Polar Circle Marathon Welcome




October 29 and 30, 2016


Welcome to a tough, unique marathon in truly magnificent scenery. The Polar Circle Marathon takes place in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. The endless ice and snow of this vast country make up the backdrop of this unusual race, in which runners pass glacier tongues, moraine landscapes and soundless, arctic desert.


A part of the route takes place on the slippery ice cap itself, but the main part of the course is run on the gravel road (often snow covered) that connects the inland ice with the small township of Kangerlussuaq, just north of the Polar Circle. The average temperature in Greenland in October is normally around -10ºC/15ºF, but colder temperatures should be expected. Snow is not unusual, but the race can be completed in a pair of normal running shoes.


The Polar Circle Marathon® is the perfect way to combine a special running event with exploring one of the most remote and beautiful corners of the world.  For 2016, the marathon and half marathon will be held on back-to-back days.  The marathon will be held on October 29, and the half-marathon on October 30.  Runners can now sign up for both the half and the full marathon, and by completing both within the time limits they will receive the Polar Bear medal in addition to the medals won for the half and the full marathon.  A special Polar Bear Challenge T-shirt will also be included.


Marathon Tours and Travel is the official booking agent in North America. We can assist you with flights to Copenhagen and perhaps an extended visit in Denmark's lovely capital.  Space is limited so act quickly.