IceFjord Midnight Marathon & Half 2024

Nights
5
Date
01.06.2024
  • Adventure
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon

Run The Icefjord Midnight Marathon

The Icefjord Midnight Marathon takes place in Ilulissat, Greenland, where the UNESCO-accredited Ilulissat Icefjord provides a spectacular backdrop to this unique race. A race like no other, we offer the opportunity to run in the shine of the night! This trail race leads participants over a variety of surfaces including; pavement and gravel roads in and around the town, a short stretch on a wooden path and rocky trails with a stunning backdrop of Icefjord’s shimmering icebergs.

For international participants, race entry is only possible in conjunction with a multi-day tour package. The packages include all the ingredients for a fantastic getaway: accommodation, social events, sightseeing and select meals and transportation per the itinerary. Packages also generally include ample amounts of free time, during which you can choose to join organized excursions or explore the region at your own pace.

 

Meals Included

Meals Included

Pre-race pasta dinner & celebration dinner

Transfers

Transfers

Select transfers and flights included (see Packages)

Accommodation

Accommodation

4 or 5 nights accommodation in Ilulissat

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

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Icefjord Midnight Marathon 2024 Package - subject to change/4 & 5 Night Packages/30 May - 4 June 2024

      30 May 2024
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      Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat: Town Walk

      Fly from Copenhagen to Greenland in the morning, after joining the tour at Copenhagen Airport Terminal 2. We encourage you to book a night prior to the tour starting to make the included flight comfortably. The journey is made up of two flights. The first from Copenhagen into Kangerlussuaq will take approximately 4.5 hours, from there we take a domestic flight to Ilulissat.

      Due to the smaller size of domestic carriers and limited seat availability, the group will be divided into several flights. The expected arrival time into Ilulissat is late afternoon, where a locally guided tour of Illuissat will take place, providing insight on the fascinating culture in Illulissat. This will be followed by a Greenlandic buffet in the evening.

      31 May 2024
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      Icefjord Boating, Sermermiut Hike, and Race Briefing

      This morning, enjoy a light guided hike through one of the region’s most acclaimed areas. 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. Later in the day, embark on a boat trip through icebergs. In the evening, all participants will meet to enjoy a pasta dinner and get the race briefing.

      1 June 2024
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      Race Day

      You have the morning and afternoon to sleep, explore, and prepare yourself for the night to come. For those interested there is an optional excursion to Meet the Sled Dogs today. The marathon begins at 21:00, and the half-marathon will begin at 22:30 – all races will be done by 04:00am at the latest.

      2 June 2024
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      Optional Excursions & Celebration Dinner

      Today is a justified relaxation and recovery day. You may also use the day to explore on your own, or join one of the optional excursions on offer. On this day guests can enjoy an optional sail excursion to the Oqaatsut, a tiny, authentic settlement 20 kilometers north of Ilulissat. Otherwise, there is the option to join a day trip by boat to the immense Eqi Glacier. It is also possible to join the Kayak among Icebergs Excursion after breakfast. In the evening, all participants will gather for the celebration dinner.

      3 June 2024
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      Ilulissat Day – Optional Excursions And 5-Day Tour Departures

      Those on the 6-day package 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! Those on the 5-day package will depart the tour today on a flight back to Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq, which will arrive at approximately 9pm. We recommend booking extra nights in Copenhagen on this night.

      4 June 2024
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      Ilulissat Day – Farewell Greenland

      Sadly, it is time to say farewell to Ilulissat. Fly first to Kangerlussuaq in the morning. Once in Kangerlussuaq, you will board a flight back to Copenhagen that will arrive around 9pm. Guests are responsible for their own flights home from Copenhagen. Keep in mind that you will need time to collect your bags and check in for your new flights, and thus we don’t recommend booking flights within three hours of arrival. Given the late time of our arrival, we strongly recommend booking a night in a hotel in Copenhagen and flying out the next day.

  • Extensions

    • Extras & Extensions

      Sail to Oqaatsut – 2 & 3 June | 5 Hours | £229
      Travel 30-minutes by boat from Ilulissat to Oqaatsut for a guided tour of the settlement. While you sail you will pass giant icebergs from the Ilulissat Icefjord. End your settlement tour with lunch at Restaurant H8 Explorer. You have some free time to explore the area before returning to Ilulissat. You’ll see some great scenery on the route. The 70-million-year-old volcanic Disko Island to the west and the green mainland to the east. The tour will last approximately 5 hours in total and will depart at 11am.

      Note: the option to do this excursion on June 3 is only available for the 6-day package.

      Kayak Among Icebergs – 30, 31 May, 1, 2, 3 June | 3 Hours | £155
      Ilulissat is known as the capital of icebergs, and you will see why as you paddle your 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!

      Meet the Sled Dogs – 1 June | 1.5 Hours | £45

      Begin at Arctic Living, the place of Flemming, a local musher who will speak about raising the pups, the expeditions he has been on, and mushing itself. Admire and observe the dogs here, but please remember that these are working animals and not pets – they are not meant for cuddling.

      Eqi Glacier Express – 2, 3 June | 6 Hours | £270
      Only a few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometres 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. Packed lunch included.

      Ice Camp – 28–30 May | 2 Nights | From £545
      Join this additional 2-night tour for a truly unique overnight Ice Camp experience. Meet at Copenhagen Airport for the included flight to Kangerlussuaq. Upon arrival, depart in all-terrain vehicles to the Ice Camp which is around an hour’s drive toward Point 660 on the edge of the ice cap. Here, you will have an important briefing on safety and the coming activities. After setting up camp, enjoy a warm beverage and the total silence that the ice sheet imposes. Dinner will be wholesome, simple, and warm, consisting of freeze-dried food that is easy to carry on such an expedition. The next day you will head out for a hike where crampons and trekking poles will be provided. Tonight will be spent at the polar lodge where all meals are included.

  • Packages & Rates

    • Our IceFjord Midnight Marathon 2024 Package includes:

      • A choice of 5 or 6 day tour packages
      • Round-trip flight from/to Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
      • Domestic transfers from/to Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat
      • 4 or 5 nights accommodation in Ilulissat
      • Meals as stated in the itinerary
      • Icefjord by Boat Tour
      • Guided Ilulissat City Walk
      • Guided Sermermiut Hike

      Also available:

      • Race entry – Marathon or Half Marathon – £275
      • Additional tours and excursions

      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

      Why Book with Marathon Tours & Travel?

      You’re in safe hands 

      Whether you are running or supporting, we have an expert team to ensure your trip runs smoothly. Your travel package is protected by ABTA.

      Logistics covered

      We take care of all of the logistics for you, so you can focus on the event and your trip. Choose from our 5-day or 6-day packages and in addition, book one of our optional excursions or extension tour.

      Choice of two distances

      Elect to join one of two distances; the full marathon – 42.195km/26.2mi or the half marathon – 21.1km/13.1mi

  • 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

    • 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 4km through town. After climbing a wooden staircase, you then are on the ‘yellow track,’ which you will follow for approx. 3km 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 1km and then you are running on trails again. After another 2.5km 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 4km 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 may be required for travellers entering Greenland, though tourists from the UK do not require one. Thoroughly check the relevant information before you travel.  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 04:00am.

      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 04:00am, 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 may be required for travellers entering Greenland, though tourists from the UK do not require one. Thoroughly check the relevant information before you travel.  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 04:00am.

      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 04:00am, 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.