The Midnight Sun Marathon is held in Tromsø, the very north of Norway, 400km above the Arctic Circle. Apart from the splendor of the Norwegian natural scenery, the key offering of the Midnight Sun Marathon is in its name! The marathon takes place during Norway's high season for the midnight sun, where the sun never sets, and flora, fauna and indeed, people, are given an energy boost. Few people can say they've run in broad daylight in during the night. Be one of them!
The Midnight Sun Marathon starts and finishes in the city centre.After 2km you cross the Bridge of Tromso, which rises up from 6 to 43m over sea level and brings runners to Tromsdalen. The sight of the Arctic Cathedral with the mountains behind is a superb view. After 20km you cross back over the bridge and return through the city centre. The second half of the course is mainly flat and quite easy to run.
Time limit: 5hr 30m
The Half Marathon is relatively flat and follows the same route as the last 21km of the marathon.
Time limit: 3hrs 30m
Each kilometre is marked for the marathon and half marathon. The first mark is 42km, indicating there is 42km to go.
The 10km goes from the city centre, around the southern tip of the island and returns back to the city centre. The finish line is on Mainstreet Storgata.
There may be minor adjustments to the start times. Check when collecting your race pack.
Race packs are to be collected from the City Hall.
All races start in Grønnegata for all races.
Available in the Culture house, close to the start line.
Friday night at the Scandic Ishavshotel 18:00-21:00.
THU 16 JUN
Arrive Tromso - check into your hotel
FRI 17 JUN
Race pack collection
Free time to experience Tromso
SAT 18 JUN - RACE NIGHT!
Rest and relaxation before your run tonight!
SUN 20 JUN
Emjoy the sights of Tromso - contact us for details
MON 20 JUN
Departure from Tromso
You're here for your marathon but there are so many other things to do. Let's help with that list.
Our accommodation for this trip is the luxurious Scandic Ishavshotel, the hotel that won the award for the county's best hotel breakfast in 2017! Stay right by the quayside in Tromso, the 'Paris of the North', and enjoy fantastic views from the hotel. Experience themidnight sun in the summer. Fresh seafood is available at theRoast restaurant.
When you finished exploring the town and local area, come and round off your day at the Roast restaurant. Here you can order delicious food from a modern à la carte menu that offers fresh seafood and locally produced meat – all prepared in an open kitchen. After dinner you can enjoy a delicious drink at the Roast Bar which has an extensive bar menu and a large selection of local beers. In the morning, you will enjoy a breakfast buffet which ranks among the best in the country, coming 3rd in Twinings Best Hotel Breakfast competition. The hotel has free WiFi.
Stay in the 'Paris of the North' with a view over Tromso harbour. Scandic Ishavshotel is located only 50 metres from the Hurtigruten ferry, and 4 minutes from the Polar museum. In Tromso you can also go on a whale safari and enjoy a midnight concert in Ishavskatadralen church. Don’t forget to sign up for a northern lights tour if you're here in winter, or the Midnight Sun Marathon in the summer. Our hotel is located just 6 km from the airport.
The Scandic Ishavshotel is the Official Race Hotel for the Midnight Sun Marathon and the Pasta Party will be held there on Friday evening. Tickets will be available online and we recommend you attend one of the best Pasta Parties you will go to! The hotel is also only a few minutes walk from the start and finish lines and also the City Hall, where the expo is held. The Scandic Ishavshotel is the perfect hotel for your stay in Tromso.
It is well worth spending some time in Tromso. Please contact us for information - as we were in Tromso in 2019 for the Midnight Sun Marathon we are well versed to advise you of the local places of interest and tours that may interest you.