IceFjord Midnight Marathon & Half 2024

Nights
5
Date
1 June 2024
  • Adventure
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon

Run The Icefjord Midnight Marathon

The Icefjord Midnight Marathon takes place in the picturesque town of Ilulissat (Greenland), a colorful backdrop that winds its way through the ancient Inuit ruins of Sermermiut to the UNESCO-accredited Ilulissat Icefjord. With ice stretching out as far as the eye can see, embark on a true trail run over rocky terrain and past impressive icebergs that glitter under nocturnal sunlight.

Ilulissat is an extraordinary winter wonderland located about 300KM above the Arctic Circle in the Disko Bay on the western coast of Greenland. It is Greenland’s third largest city with a population of 5,000 people. Although this small number may be surprising, the fact that there are almost as many sled dogs as people is even more so!

We offer a four-night and a five-night package with several optional excursions such as kayaking among the icebergs – this frosty gem is the perfect place to explore on the water, especially where it is home to more than 15 species of whales! You can also hike and sail to the Oqaatsut Settlement or opt to meet a local musher who will introduce you to his way of life, his dogs and educate you on their upbringing. Two optional post-race extensions are available. Consider joining us and embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

 

Meals Included

Meals Included

Pre race pasta dinner & celebration dinner

Guide

Guide

Support from Albatros Adventure Marathons staff

Transfers

Transfers

Select transfers and flights included (see Packages)

Accommodation

Accommodation

Four or five nights hotel accommodation included

Entry

Entry

Guaranteed race entry with a choice of distance available

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Celebration dinner included

Excursions

Excursions

Various tours and excursions included

Medal Bling

Medal Bling

Trophies or comparable race mementos are provided

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Icefjord Midnight Marathon Package/4 & 5 Nights/May 30 - June 4, 2024

      Wednesday, May 29
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      Since the flight to Greenland departs in the morning on Thursday, May 30, we strongly recommend you arrive in Copenhagen at least one day in advance. Rooms can be reserved at the Comfort Hotel Vesterbro (or similar). In addition, you can join a running tour crafted specifically for Icefjord Midnight Marathon participants. This will give you the perfect opportunity for sightseeing some of the fantastic Copenhagen sights while running. The tour departs at 3:30 PM from City Hall Square (H.C. Andersen Statue) and will last approximately 1.5 hours. The distance will be about 8KM with a pace adjusted according to the overall level of the participants (approx. 5-6 km/hr or 3-3.75 miles/hr). The rest of the day is on your own. Please note that this hotel night is NOT included in your package price and is optional (although highly recommended).

      Thursday, May 30
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      Today, all participants will meet at Copenhagen Airport Terminal 2. An almost five-hour flight will bring us to Kangerlussuaq, where we arrive in the morning and will transfer to a domestic flight to Ilulissat. Due to the smaller size of domestic carriers and limited seat availability, the group will be divided into two flights. All flights will have landed by late afternoon, and in Ilulissat we will check into our hotels. After we have settled in, you are invited to join us for a tour of Ilulissat. We will walk around town with a local guide who will explain the history and highlight places of cultural significance. The tour will begin at the historical Hotel Hvide Falk, and wind its way past the Zion Church, the local fish market, and the colorful houses on our way toward the harbor. Along the way, enjoy interesting stories on a variety of topics, such as the origin of Ilulissat, how the city has developed over the years, and the importance of its fishing culture.

      The walking tour is an excellent opportunity to get your first glimpse of the fascinating culture in Ilulissat, and your guide will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

      In the evening, all participants will meet to enjoy a Greenlandic buffet. If you still have some energy left at the end of the day, you can join an evening kayak excursion among hundreds of icebergs. (Plane meal and dinner included)

      Friday, May 31
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      This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you can shake off the travel stiffness with a light hike through one of the region’s most acclaimed areas. We will hike to the Sermermiut Valley, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its exceptionally beautiful nature and unique importance to glaciological science.

      The hike is a must-do activity in the region and will take us approx. 2 KM south of Ilulissat, beginning at the Icefjord Visitor Center. From there, we enter the UNESCO-area on a wooden path toward the famous ruins of Sermermiut. Sermermiut is an ancient settlement that has been home to many different Inuit people for more than 4000 years. The stone ruins of old turf houses are scattered on various hilltops that we will be able to see as we walk. We continue through the old settlement to Nakkaavik, a cliff whose name means ‘the place to fall.’ You can ask your guide about the origin of this haunted name. From here, we are treated to a breathtaking view of the Kangia, the famous Ilulissat Icefjord with its many massive icebergs. While you explore the enchanting surroundings, your guide will prepare hot coffee and tea to keep you warm in the arctic wind. We will follow the same wooden path back to town.

      In the afternoon and the evening, you have the chance to experience the Icefjord by boat. We will embark on a boat trip with experienced guides who will give us information as we wind our way through the icy giants. No matter the weather, the icebergs make an impressive sight – they shimmer and shine with the sun, while clouds highlight the extraordinary blue colors hidden in the ice. The experience is much more exciting in small boats, so we will be using two 12-participant boats. This means there will be four departure times for this trip: two before dinner and two after dinner.

      In the evening, all participants will meet to enjoy a pasta dinner and get the race briefing. Please note that the race briefing will be your last chance to change distances.

      Tonight, you can join an optional kayak excursion. (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Saturday, June 1
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      You have the morning and afternoon to sleep, explore, and prepare yourself for the night to come. Today, you might also choose to “meet the sled dogs” (only offered on June 1). The marathon begins at 9:00 PM and the half-marathon will begin at 10:30 PM. All races will be done by 4:00 AM at the latest (Breakfast included)

      Sunday June 2
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      Today is a justified relaxation and recovery day. Most of us will likely sleep the morning away. You may also use the day to explore on your own or join one of the optional excursions. On this day we will run a sail excursion to Oqaatsut, a tiny, authentic village 20KM north of Ilulissat. Otherwise, we also offer a day trip by boat to the immense Eqi Glacier. It is also possible to join our Kayak among Icebergs Excursion after breakfast. In the evening, all participants will gather for the celebration dinner. Together, we will revel in the prior night’s victory, share stories, and enjoy a good meal together. (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Monday, June 3
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      We will say goodbye to those on the four-night package as make their way back to Copenhagen for their international flight home. Flights from Ilulissat/Kangerlussuaq will arrive in Copenhagen around 9:30 PM with a meal served on the flight. Guests are responsible for their own flights home from Copenhagen. Please keep in mind that you will need time to collect your bags and check in for your flight home. We recommend that you don’t book flights within three hours of our 9:30 PM arrival. We strongly recommend staying the night in Copenhagen and flying out the next day.

      If you are on the five-night package you will have one final day to enjoy the charm of Ilulissat and its surroundings. Again, you may choose to explore on your own, or if you haven’t been kayaking yet, we highly recommend it! Today there is one final optional excursion to sail from Ilulissat to the Oqaatsut settlement or the Eqi Glacier, in case you haven’t been able to join the previous day. (Breakfast included)

  • Extensions

    • OPTIONAL DAY EXCURSIONS

      Running Copenhagen (1.5 hours) – May 29, 2024 (approx. 5 miles)

      A perfect way to shake out your legs with our guide and do some sightseeing in Copenhagen before heading to Greenland. Crafted especially for Icefjord midnight Marathon participants the route has been planned with the beautiful scenery of Copenhagen in mind. You will run along the canals and the harbor as well as Copenhagen’s Parliament, the Queen’s Castle, and H.C. Andersen’s Little Mermaid Statue. The tour is very informal and there will be plenty of time to ask questions about the sites, places, or people you pass. Pace will be adjusted according to the overall level of the participants, but you should expect between 3-4 miles/hr.

      Meet at City Hall Square by H.C. Andersen statue at 3:30pm.

      Kayak among Icebergs (3 hours) | May 30 & 31 and June 1, 2 & 3)

      Ilulissat is known as the capital of icebergs, and you will see why as we paddle our way through the gigantic ice fjord just south of the city. You can smoothly slice your way through the water while keeping your eyes open for whales – 15 species regularly inhabit Greenlandic waters in the summertime! There will be morning guided kayak groups on several days. In the evenings, you can experience the serenity of the landscape as we calmly paddle our way among the ‘floating” mountains under the extraordinary midnight sun. Whether it is sunny or cloudy, the icebergs offer beautiful reflections – the sun will emphasize their sparkle, while clouds evoke the deep blue color of the ice. Your guides will provide information on the ice sheet and its glaciers, as well as the story of the original kayak that was made from sealskin and wood and will answer any other questions you may have. Thanks to our certified kayak guides, modern equipment, and safety protocols, it is possible for you to paddle through this remarkable landscape. The tours are open to all levels, whether you are a master paddler or it’s your first time in a kayak. We take pride in providing a safe and comfortable experience for everybody and want everyone to be able to experience the magic of floating among the largest collection of icebergs in Greenland. Note: the option to do this excursion on June 3 is only available for the 5-night package.

      Departures: The excursion will start at 8:00 PM on May 30 & 31 and June 3. On Jun 1 & 2, the excursion will be a morning tour and start after breakfast. Please pick the day and time you prefer when booking your package, but please note that due to participant limitations and various excursion schedules, we cannot guarantee a specific day or time.

      Includes:

      • Certified guide
      • Kayaking gear, double sea kayak, paddle, thermal suit, dry suit, life-jacket, boots and gloves
      • Pictures from the tour which can be downloaded
      • A bottle of water and a chocolate bar

      Meet the Sled Dogs (1.5 hours) | June 1 (10:00 AM)

      For every animal lover! The excursion begins at Arctic Living, at the place of Flemming, a local musher who will meet us outside next to his dogs. You will learn about training pups, the expeditions he has taken them on and “mushing” itself. These are working dogs and not pets. We will be able to observe the dogs, but they are not meant to be cuddled. Please note that only 12 people can take part in this excursion at one time so book early!

      Sail to the Oqaatsut Settlement (5 hours) | June 2 & 3 (11:00 AM)

      The tour starts in Ilulissat at 11AM with a 30-minute boat ride among gigantic icebergs. Arriving in Oqaatsut, you will enjoy a tour of the local school, church, and fish factory. You will learn about living in a small settlement-community and gain much history of Oqaatsut. The tour ends at Restaurant H8 Explorer where you will enjoy lunch made from local ingredients. After lunch you will have time on your own (1-2 hours) to hike or simply enjoy the local coffee and unforgettable views. On the way back you will see the 70-million-year-old volcanic Disko Island to the west and the green mainland to the east. Note: Option on June 3 is only available for the five night package. (Lunch included)

      Eqi Glacier Express (6 hours) | June 2 & 3 (10:00 AM)

      Only a few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. By boat, it is possible to get very close to the glacier and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off (called ‘calving’). The sounds are enormous and the sight of icebergs crashing into the water is breathtaking. We will sail on modern boats that will get us quickly to the glacier. The route heads north along the coast, passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut, and the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often seen. Further along we will pass through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains and boasts waterfalls and a rich bird life. Upon reaching Eqi, we will anchor at a safe distance and idle for approximately an hour in front of the glacier. While we wait for the ice to calve, we will enjoy a packed lunch that we’ve brought with us from the hotel. After we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the sight of the glacier, we’ll head back to Ilulissat. (Lunch included)

      ​*Please note that if the min. number is not reached for all excursions, we reserve the right to either move participants to another departure day or cancel the excursion. If the excursion is canceled, you will be refunded.

      Additional details will be shared after you book your tour and excursions.

      OPTIONAL PRE-RACE EXTENSION

      Ice Camp | Two-Night Package | May 28 – 30, 2024

      Day 1 – May 28: Arrival Day | Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ice Camp

      We will meet at Copenhagen airport where a 4.5 hr flight will bring us to Kangerlussuaq in the early afternoon. Upon arrival, we will depart for Ice Camp in all-terrain vehicles. Our destination is Point 660 on the edge of the ice cap and will take about an hour. We will have an important safety briefing and, following our experienced guide, we will then venture onto the Greenland ice Sheet. The hike to our destination is about 2 miles and our priority upon arrival is setting up camp. Once our accommodations are in order we will relax with a warm beverage and enjoy the silence that the ice sheet offers. Dinner will be wholesome, simple and warm. In an environment where no food sources are available, your humble meal of freeze-dried food (easily carried on such expeditions) will feel like a gift. (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Day 2 – May 29: Ice Camp – Kangerlussuaq (Polar Lodge)

      Following a night spent snuggled in our warm sleeping bags and an energy-packed breakfast, we will head out on our hike. We will proceed with care over seemingly eternal fields of ice, following our guide and always being careful of any potential ice fissures. Throughout the duration of this expedition, we will maintain a safe distance from danger and plot a route across secure terrain. Crampons and trekking poles will provide each guest with extra stability. Ropes will not be used. Please note: As a participant on this trip, we expect you are willing to pull a sled with your own/group equipment from the ice edge to the camp. This effort is considered by the majority of participants to be a fairly easy and natural task to perform, but be aware it is expected. Depending on weather conditions, we will either enjoy our packed lunch whilst hiking or back at base camp. As our adventure concludes, we will break camp, pack up our goods and leave only our footprints behind. We will then drive back to Kangerlussuaq to check into the Polar Lodge, where we will stay for the evening. Dinner will be at Roklubben. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

      Day 3 – May 30: Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat

      Today we will make our way from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat for the start of your race-package. (Breakfast included)

      All itineraries subject to change.

  • Packages & Rates

    • Our IceFjord Midnight Marathon 2024 Package includes:

      • Roundtrip flight from/to Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
      • Four (4) or five (5) nights hotel accommodations at selected property
      • Domestic transportation from/to Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat
      • Meals as listed on the itinerary (including celebration dinner & farewell BBQ)
      • Icefjord by Boat Tour
      • Guided Ilulissat City Walk
      • Guided Sermermiut Hike
      • All hotel taxes
      • Pre-race briefing
      • Services of Albatross Adventure Marathons Staff

      Not Included:

      • Flights to/from Copenhagen
      • Accommodations in Copenhagen
      • Race Entry
      • Optional excursions/extension
      • Beverages
      • All activities listed as optional
      • Gratuities and tips
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance

      Race Entry Includes:

      • English-speaking race officials
      • English-speaking medical team from Denmark and Greenland
      • Timing and results
      • Medal
      • Exclusive Icefjord Midnight Marathon T-shirt
      • Manned water and supply stations along the route

      Pre-Race Extension (Ice Camp) | Two-Night Package: May 28 – 30, 2024

      Features:

      • Two (2) night accommodations (one night at Ice Camp/one night in Kangerlussuaq)
      • Meals as listed on the itinerary
      • All hotel taxes
      • Guided Ice Cap hike
      • Safety gear (crampons and trekking poles)
      • Camping gear (including a warm sleeping bag)
      • Transportation to/from Point 660 (per itinerary)
      • Services of Albatros Adventure Marathons Staff

      Not Included:

      • All activities listed as optional
      • Gratuities and tips
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance
      Icefjord Midnight Marathon Package
      Four-Nights Double Occupancy Four-Nights Single Occupancy Five-Nights Double Occupancy Five-Nights Single Occupancy
      Standard Room - Sold Out $5,645$6,450$6,050$7,085
      Bay View Room - Sold Out $6,050$7,029$6,495$7,715
      Deluxe Explorer Room - Hotel Icefjord (Four-Night Sold Out and Five-Night Limited Availability) $6,759$8,250$7,250$9,225
      Pre-race extension packages
      Double occupancy Single occupancy
      Pre-race extension packages $1,270$1,500
      Copenhagen Option
      Double occupancy Single occupancy
      Comfort Hotel Vesterbro $259 $489
      Race Package | Optional Activities
      Running in Copenhagen | May 29 $109
      Kayak among Icebergs | May 30 & 31 (sold out) and June 1,2 & 3 $365
      Meet the Sled Dogs | June 1 $109
      Sail to Oqaatsut Settlement | June 2 & 3 $529
      Eqi Glacier Express | June 2 & 3 $745
      Race entry
      Marathon $635
      Half Marathon $635
  • Hotels

    • Hotel Hvide Falk - Please note this is our 2023 hotel and is subject to change for 2024

      Hotel Hvide Falk is centrally located in Iluslissat, otherwise known as the ‘Iceberg Capital’. Set besides the Icefjord lagoon, this comfortable hotel is a great base to explore the Arctic. There is a restaurant and bar onsite to enjoy Greenlandic tastes and design.

      The rooms are all en-suite with a flat screen TV and a desk, most boasting excellent views over the Icefjord. Your included breakfast is served in the restaurant where you can choose between a continental or buffet breakfast.

      Select from a single or a twin share in a standard room at Hotel Hvide Falk. Alternatively, we have Bay View Rooms and Bay View Apartments available, if you wish to upgrade to either of these please contact team@destinationsport.com.

      Address
      Napparsimaviup Aqq 18 Ilulissat Greenland 3952

      Hotel Icefiord

      Hotel Icefiord is a beautiful harbor hotel located in the center of Ilulissat, Greenland. It offers a spectacular view over the panorama of the UNESCO world heritage site of Disko Bay and its crystal-white glaciers. We offer comfortable single or double rooms, equipped with all modern facilities and private bathrooms.

  • Event Information

    • Race Date: June 1, 2024

      Race Time:
      9:00 PM (21:00) – Marathon will start
      10:30 PM (22:30) – Half-Marathon will start

      The race will officially end at 4:00 AM.

      Course: The 2024 Icefjord Midnight Marathon will challenge you with hills, trails, and roads as you traverse the course. A course map can be found here.

      Entry Fee:
      Marathon – $635 AUD
      Half Marathon – $635 AUD

      Eligibility:
      Marathon – 18 years +
      Half Marathon 16 years +

      Time Limit:
      Marathon – 7 hours (must finish by 4:00 AM)
      Half-Marathon – 5.5 hours (must finish by 4:00 AM)

      Notes:

      • Runners finishing beyond 4:00 AM will receive Finished No Time (FNT) as their official finish status. An FNT race result is not accepted by the Seven Continents Club® as a qualified completion.
      • Marathon runners that have not begun their second loop within four hours will be held back at the start/finish area (half-way point).

      Awards: Everyone who finishes their running event within the time limit will receive a Finisher Medal and Race Shirt.

      Temperature: As we are significantly above the Arctic Circle, participants should prepare for the day to be chilly, with an average temperature between 6 and 7°C (43 – 45°F). Ilulissat averages about five (5) days of rain in June, so there is a small chance that the race will see some rain. That said, June is known as a dry month in Greenland.

      Difficulty: The course is difficult due to the relentless hills and the terrain.

      For more information click here

      Route Description

      The Icefjord Midnight Marathon route will start and finish just outside of the historic Hotel Hvide Falk. Both marathon and half-marathoners will run the same route, but the marathon runners get the leisure of enjoying the views twice!

      There are virtually no flat sections on the run – instead, the course constantly fluctuates between mild ups and downs (generally not more than a few meters at a time). From Hotel Hvide Falk, you will follow the road for approximately 4 km through town. After climbing a wooden staircase, you then are on the ‘yellow track,’ which you will follow for approx. 3 km over hilly, rocky terrain. While the dazzling view of the icy fjord can be quite distracting, don’t forget to look where you place your feet!

      Once you reach the old heliport at the Icefjord Visitor Center, the yellow track turns into the ‘blue track’, and you’ll follow a wooden path into the official UNESCO World Heritage site. The wooden path only lasts for about 1 km, and then you are running on trails again. After another 2.5 km of trail, you’ll reach Holms Bakke, and turn left onto the ‘red track.’ You’ll follow the red track back up to the old heliport, and then turn right to continue back into town. The course will be well-marked by race officials, and each track is additionally permanently marked with paint circles of their respective colours.

      Back in town, you’ll follow along the road and take a tour of the eastern side of Ilulissat before running 4 km up to the airport. From this point, you’ll traverse the same path back to Ilulissat. For the half-marathoners, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump until you are back at Hotel Hvide Falk and you can take some well-deserved relaxation. The marathoners will continue on to enjoy the Icefjord and the loop a second time!
      There will be no race pacers at this event.

      Route Logistics

      Kilometre signs are placed at each kilometre along the route. The signs are colour coded according to the distance they represent. The signs will also indicate the equivalent distance in miles. The tracks are marked with dots of paint of their respective colors (i.e., the blue track has blue circles), but we will of course be marking the route ourselves as well.
      Water stations will be positioned along the route at approximately every 4 kilometres. Some stations will also serve energy drinks and energy gels. Personal supplies can be deposited at the start/finish area, which marathon runners will pass through halfway through their race.

      Surface

      The Icefjord Midnight Marathon will be run on a variety of surfaces: pavement and gravel roads in and around the town, a short stretch on a wooden path, and rocky trails.

      Registration & Booking
      Please note the information below related to our 2023 packages and is subject to change to change for 2024.

      On Request Bookings

      Request Bookings will confirm that you have accepted our Booking Conditions. Your booking is not however, guaranteed until our partner company confirms availability. Please expect confirmation of place within 1-3 days of making your booking. Your card payment details will still be required for the deposit to secure your space, though please be advised this information will be held securely, and the card will only be debited upon confirmation of booking.

      Disclaimer

      Albatros Adventure Marathons reserve the right to change the itinerary and/or running course without further notice in the event of extreme weather.

      By signing up for this event you agree to the Terms & Conditions.

      Visa

      Please note that it is each traveller’s responsibility to check visa and passport requirements and ensure that they comply. Obtaining a passport and, if required, a visa, is solely the responsibility of each traveller. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after returning from your destination.

      A visa is required for all travellers entering Jordan. Most nationalities can obtain the visa upon arrival at Amman airport at a cost of JOD 40. Note that cash payment is required. USD is accepted corresponding to the exchange rate at the time of entry. Kindly be advised that certain nationalities require an entry visa to be obtained PRIOR to travel. Please check with the FCO.

      Room Options

      If you are a solo traveller and choose a shared double room when booking, we will pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, choose single room. A single supplement will apply.

      Travel Insurance

      Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip.

      The roads are not closed for traffic. Although traffic is not heavy in the area, please be aware whenever running on asphalt roads. We advise you to run on the left side of the road, so you can see any vehicles coming towards you.

      Age Limits

      Full marathon runners must be at least 18 years old on race day.

      Half marathon runners must be at least 16 years old.

      Packing List

      Packing for north of the Arctic Circle is all about layers. Even though it is summer, it will not be “warm” by most people’s definitions. In general, it is a good idea to have a base layer that will warm up your body (merino wool, for example), as well as a wind-protective outer layer. The weather can change rapidly, so having extra layers is a good idea. That way, you can adapt to warmer or cooler conditions.

      What to Bring:

      Practical clothing incl. a warm jacket
      Hiking boots
      Sunscreen
      Sunglasses

      Cut-off Times:

      The Marathon starts at 21:00 in the evening and the Half Marathon starts 22:30

      The race officially ends at 4:00.

      This means that marathon runners have a cut-off time of 7 hours, while half-marathon runners have a cut-off time of 5 1/2 hours. All runners with a net finishing time slower than these cut-offs will receive a FNT (Finished No Time) on the result list.

      After 4:00, we will drive around and collect any runners still on the route. Any marathon runners that have not begun their second loop within 4 hours will be held back at the start/finish area (the half-way point).

      Weather

      As we are significantly above the Arctic Circle, participants should prepare for the day to be chilly, with an average temperature between 6 and 7°C (43 – 45°F). Ilulissat averages about 7 days of rain in June, so there is a small chance that the race will see some rain. That said, June is known as a dry month in Greenland.

  • Registration & Booking

    • Please note the information below related to our 2023 packages and is subject to change to change for 2024.

      On Request Bookings

      Request Bookings will confirm that you have accepted our Booking Conditions. Your booking is not however, guaranteed until our partner company confirms availability. Please expect confirmation of place within 1-3 days of making your booking. Your card payment details will still be required for the deposit to secure your space, though please be advised this information will be held securely, and the card will only be debited upon confirmation of booking.

      Disclaimer

      Albatros Adventure Marathons reserve the right to change the itinerary and/or running course without further notice in the event of extreme weather.

      By signing up for this event you agree to the Terms & Conditions.

      Visa

      Please note that it is each traveller’s responsibility to check visa and passport requirements and ensure that they comply. Obtaining a passport and, if required, a visa, is solely the responsibility of each traveller. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after returning from your destination.

      A visa is required for all travellers entering Jordan. Most nationalities can obtain the visa upon arrival at Amman airport at a cost of JOD 40. Note that cash payment is required. USD is accepted corresponding to the exchange rate at the time of entry. Kindly be advised that certain nationalities require an entry visa to be obtained PRIOR to travel. Please check with the FCO.

      Room Options

      If you are a solo traveller and choose a shared double room when booking, we will pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, choose single room. A single supplement will apply.

      Travel Insurance

      Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip.

      The roads are not closed for traffic. Although traffic is not heavy in the area, please be aware whenever running on asphalt roads. We advise you to run on the left side of the road, so you can see any vehicles coming towards you.

      Age Limits

      Full marathon runners must be at least 18 years old on race day.

      Half marathon runners must be at least 16 years old.

      Surface

      The Icefjord Midnight Marathon will be run on a variety of surfaces: pavement and gravel roads in and around the town, a short stretch on a wooden path, and rocky trails.

      Packing List

      Packing for north of the Arctic Circle is all about layers. Even though it is summer, it will not be “warm” by most people’s definitions. In general, it is a good idea to have a base layer that will warm up your body (merino wool, for example), as well as a wind-protective outer layer. The weather can change rapidly, so having extra layers is a good idea. That way, you can adapt to warmer or cooler conditions.

      What to Bring:

      • Practical clothing incl. a warm jacket
      • Hiking boots
      • Sunscreen
      • Sunglasses

      Cut-off Times:

      The Marathon starts at 21:00 in the evening and the Half Marathon starts 22:30

      The race officially ends at 4:00.

      This means that marathon runners have a cut-off time of 7 hours, while half-marathon runners have a cut-off time of 5 1/2 hours. All runners with a net finishing time slower than these cut-offs will receive a FNT (Finished No Time) on the result list.

      After 4:00, we will drive around and collect any runners still on the route. Any marathon runners that have not begun their second loop within 4 hours will be held back at the start/finish area (the half-way point).

      Weather

      As we are significantly above the Arctic Circle, participants should prepare for the day to be chilly, with an average temperature between 6 and 7°C (43 – 45°F). Ilulissat averages about 7 days of rain in June, so there is a small chance that the race will see some rain. That said, June is known as a dry month in Greenland.