Half MarathonPolar Circle

27 Oct 2021 - 02 Nov 2021

Polar Circle -- Polar Circle Half Marathon
Trip duration
27 Oct 2021
02 Nov 2021
31 Oct 2021
01 Jul 2021

The race

The Polar Circle Half Marathon. Ice as far as the eye can see. Incredibly fresh air. Musk oxen and arctic foxes on the stark landscape of the arctic tundra. Yes, we are in one of the most remote corners of the world: Greenland, in the town of Kangerlussuaq. The endless ice and arctic tundra of this vast country are the backdrop for this unusual race, where runners race through the silent arctic desert past glacial tongues and moraine landscapes. This is a rare opportunity to visit one of the most remote corners of the world while daring to take part in an extremely challenging running event. another option would be the full Marathon!

Registration Polar Circle Half Marathon 2021

Globalrunning.com offers you a package with a guaranteed runner’s bib and accommodation. Furthermore, we offer the possibility that family members or friends can travel with you as companions and together you can enjoy this event.

Take a look at our packages. We ensure that during your stay in Polar Circle Half Marathon everything is arranged down to the last detail so that the athlete can fully devote himself or herself to the run. Whether individually or with a running group, with us you run around the world!

Book now directly and secure your entry with guaranteed participation!

  • Flights can be added upon request
  • We would be glad to put together a tailor made running trip for you
  • Part of a running group? Then we would be pleased to offer you a personalized package with group discount! Contact us for the options

Event details
Sunday, 31 October 2021
Start time
Start location
Mitaarfiit Aqq - Box 1009, Kangerlussuaq / Søndre Strømfjord 3910, Greenland
Finish location
Mitaarfiit Aqq - Box 1009, Kangerlussuaq / Søndre Strømfjord 3910, Greenland
Expo location
Mitaarfiit Aqq - Box 1009, Kangerlussuaq / Søndre Strømfjord 3910, Greenland
Time limit
Expect a temperature of minus 15-10 degrees Celsius when the marathon starts. As the sun rises, the temperature will usually rise to minus 10-5 degrees Celsius.

Part of the route takes place on the ice cap itself, but most of it is run on the gravel road (often snow-covered) that connects the ice cap with the small town of Kangerlussuaq, just on the north of the Arctic Circle.

You will be rewarded with a medal and certificate.

The map below shows the locations of the start & finish, our hotels of choice and the expo location. Underneath the map, there are two buttons which show the course and elevation maps of the event.

  • Trip schedule

    As your flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq on thursday will be early in the morning (09:00) it is recommended that you fly to Copenhagen today. When doing this we Included a one night stay before your flight to Kangerlussuaq! You also have this option on your return flight. From the airport, the hotel can be easily reached by metro. Depending on your flight You could have time to explore Copenhagen. There is also a possibility to participate in 8,6 km run through the centre (costs € 40 pp).

    All participants will meet in Terminal 2 of Copenhagen Airport. The flight to Greenland leaves early (09:00) in the morning. A 4.5 hour flight will take us to Kangerlussuaq where we will arrive in the morning, local time (GMT -3 hours). About 500 people make up the permanent population of this township, which was established by the US Army during World War II and handed over to the government of Greenland in 1992. Upon arrival, you can check in at Polar Lodge. You can go on an optional excursion or just explore the area on your own. The guided hike to Hassel Mountain is a 2-3 hour walk that follows the mountain ridge eastwards towards the inland ice. The higher we go, the more beautiful it gets and weather permitting, we have a fantastic panoramic view from the fjord towards the inland ice. If there is too much snow/ice the guides will try to find an alternative route at a lower level. In the evening, dinner at Restaurant Roklubben is included, as well as a meal on board of your flight and lunch in your accommodation.

    Today, all participants will leave for the route inspection in the morning to get an idea of the challenge of running on the ice. Non-racers will also participate and can use the day as a sightseeing trip to the Greenland ice cap. Later, all runners will gather at Hotel Kangerlussuaq for the race briefing, where race officials and the medical team will provide the latest information on the marathon and half marathon races. If you want to change the distance* or register for the Polar Bear Challenge this is also the time to do so. It is not possible to register late for the Polar Bear Challenge after the marathon race on Saturday. *Both full and half marathons are limited to 150 runners each, so change of distance and registration for the Polar Bear Challenge is due to availability on a first come, first serve basis. After the race briefing, a pasta dinner will be served at Hotel Kangerlussuaq. Breakfast and sandwich lunch is also included today.

    Half marathon runners and non-runners can spend the day exploring the area on their own, but are also encouraged to cheer on the runners at the finish line. It is not possible to go to the start line to cheer the runners off, as the all-terrain vehicles are in full use. A BBQ lunch will be served in the finish area for all participants (including speculators) between 12:00 and 15:30. In the evening a semi-pasta dinner will be served at Hotel Kangerlussuaq. Breakfast is also included today.

    At 7:00 in the morning, the Half marathon runners drive in all-terrain vehicles to the starting point at the ice cap. The half marathon starts at 8:30 am and has a time limit of 4,5 hours. At the finish line the all-terrain vehicles will be waiting to take all runners back to Kangerlussuaq as they fill up. The last vehicle departs when the last runner has finished. The runners will be offered water and refreshments at stations posted along the route. In the finish area a light lunch will be provided. In the evening we will celebrate the completion of The Polar Circle Marathon & Half Marathon with a festive Greenlandic dinner in Roklubben. Awards ceremony for the top three finishers in each category will also take place before the party under an (hopefully) northern lights lit night sky sets off. Breakfast, and celebration dinner are included this day. In addition participants running the half marathon this day have a post-race meal included.

    After breakfast we check out and travel back to Copenhagen. The flight to Copenhagen leaves just before noon (11:40), so we have one last chance to enjoy a short walk or jog around Kangerlussuaq. We arrive in Copenhagen in the evening (CET) (20:00). When your flight back to your home-country is tomorrow, You will make your own way to the hotel Go City. Breakfast and meal on board the flight are included

    Depending on your flight you could still explore Copenhagen. Unfortenately, after that your adventure will come to an end. We hope that you had a great week with an unforgettable experience!

  • Transport

    We do not offer transport for this arrangement by default. However, we do offer the option to book flights with us. Prices will vary if you choose to make use of our service.

  • Accomodation
    View Polar Lodge
    € 2745,00 per person

    Set on an old US Air Force base, Polar Lodge offers excursions to the Greenland Ice Sheet, tundra tours and simple rooms with free Wi-Fi. It is located in the village of Kangerlussuaq, 100 metres from the airport.

    All brightly decorated rooms have a work desk and access to a shared bathroom and kitchen.

    The property offers bicycle rental. Staff can arrange activities such as ice fishing and dog sled or plane tours. Polar Lodge has a gift shop and a communal TV room, where you can relax and enjoy breakfast.

    Mount Hassel is located directly behind Polar Lodge. Greenland's land ice is only 25 km away.

  • About Polar Circle

    Ice as far as the eye can see. Incredibly fresh air. Musk oxen and arctic foxes on the stark landscape of the arctic tundra. Yes, we are in one of the most remote corners of the world: Greenland, in the town of Kangerlussuaq. The endless ice and arctic tundra of this vast country are the backdrop for this unusual race. Feel the soft crunch of snow under your shoes as you run through the polar desert and over the Greenland icecap while immersing yourself in rare and exceptional natural beauty.

from € 2745,00


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  • Overnight stay before and after in hotel Go City
  • Charter flight Copenhagen-Greenland
  • 4 nights in Polar Lodge
  • English speaking guidance
  • Meals according to programme
  • Route inspection

Booked a running trip 2 times already. Well organized and 2 beautiful medals earned

score: 10 / 10 Caroline Jonker
Contact is always good and questions are answered quickly

score: 10 / 10 Peter Spruit
Well organized trip, communication is good and well in time

score: 9 / 10 Anonymous
Already booked several times a running trip through running trips. Direct contact in case of questions, quick response.

score: 8 / 10 Anonymous
Done two trips, very good experience with both.

score: 8 / 10 Gini
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