NIAR "Valhalla" 2019

Welcome to a true Nordic Adventure

A ten day race that journeys from the Swedish mountains to the Norwegian coast.

About the race

We have 20 unique team spots due to permits. Entry Fees is 4500 Euro per Team (Inc. VAT 6%). Entries close June 20th 2019 unless sold out sooner. To confirm your registration you simply pay the 4500 Euro no later than June 20th 2019. You will be sent an invoice through email. For more information and details about payments etc please feel free to contact Emma at

Register here

Nordic Islands Adventure Race will host all racers from July 11-21th, including all meals at Holiday Club in Åre. At arrival in Ålesund, we will host all finishers with beds and breakfast and ceremonial dinner.

July 20th, at 20:00 pm. Prize ceremony, banquet and the big party that continues all night into the morning.


Team entry fee includes:

* Accommodation and meals before the race, July 11-13th.
* Transportation from Östersund/Åre Airport (OSD – Åre) July 11th-12th
* Accommodation and breakfast after the race, from finish to July 21st
* Three meals a day before the race.
* Transportation to Ålesund/Vigra Airport (AES – Vigra) July 21st
* A high quality expedition length adventure racing course in a new location
* Logistical support for the event (no need for support crews)
* On-site first response teams for emergency first aid
* Kayaks and other water crafts for the event (Note: Not PackRafts)
* Special disciplines and equipment
* Team tracking and live race website
* Race maps for your team (NIAR aim to suplie two sets of maps per team)
* Official race vest
* Race pack with goodies and event prizes (dependant on sponsorship)
* Download of race photos and videos
* Post race dinner and presentations
* TV production and visiting journalist program
* An event of a lifetime!
* Prize ceremony

What you will need to provide:

  • Travel to and from the event Race HQ in Sweden, Norway and your own Pack Rafts.


Teams may officially cancel their entry at any stage prior to the event by writing, calling or emailing the race organisers.

Note: 1,000 Euro upon registration is not refundable at any stage. Team cancellations before April 1st is 100 % refundable. Between April 1st and May 1st 50% of the entry fee is refundable. After May 1st Nordic Islands Adventure Race organization will NOT refund any entry fees.

If the race is cancelled due to acts of god, natural disasters, terrorism or other reasons etc, the organisers will make every effort to refund as much of the entry fee as possible to all teams. The race will not be re-scheduled.

About the Area

The Nordic Islands are the ancient home of the Vikings and in their spirit you will undertake great feats of exploration as part of the Nordic Islands Adventure Race.

The 2019 race will set teams on an epic journey from Sweden, across the Scandic mountain range, through nature and many fjords ending in Norway.

Åre is the capital of skiing in Sweden and teams will meet here to start the race. The 400 year old little village carries a lot of history from the Sames who where the first to inhabit this region in the 1600th century hunting, fishing and hurdling reindeers.For further information visit

The Scandinavian Mountain Range is home to literally thousands of peaks and fjords – a truly unique place like nothing else in the world. The western sides of the mountains drop precipitously into the North Sea and Norwegian Sea, forming the fjords of Norway. The mountains are not very high, but are very steep at places. The combination of a northerly location and moisture from the North Atlantic Ocean has caused the formation of many ice fields and glaciers. The Scandinavian Mountain Birch forest and grasslands terrestrial Eco region is closely associated with the mountain range.

The race will cross through the Scandinavian Mountain Range –which are named after the Scandinavian language.
The ultimate destination for adventure in the 2019 Nordic Islands Adventure Race is the country of Norway, famous for deep fjord, wild forests and steep mountainsides dropping straight in to the ocean. Ålesund, is our final destination and brings us right in to the binging of the Viking era. This is the coastal town where it all started in the 800th century with one Viking named Rolf, also known as Rollo.

While this will bring a close of your epic Viking journey the long daylight hours of summer will ensure you see the most of region.

For further information visit

Course Description “Valhalla” 2019

COURSE – The Nordic Islands Adventure Race will take teams on an epic journey from Sweden to Norway. To complete the 700km course teams must trek/run, bike, packraft, navigate and complete roping elements to reach the finish line.

Course fact: 700 km and 16,500 vertical meters climb.

The winning team will complete the course in 4.5-5 days and all other teams are permitted up to 7 days to complete the course. There will be cut off on the course and options for short courses with the aim to allow teams the maximum time to complete the full course of +12 Legs. There will be no mandatory stops, no dark zones and no optional controls – a genuine Nordic adventure.

LOCK DOWN – 4 hours before the actual race start, teams enter a “Lock Down”. They are then given the detailed course maps and notes revealing for the first time exactly where the expedition will take them. Teams must remain in the Lock Down area until the race start. They are prohibited access to the Internet, phones, tablets etc. Any additional non racing bags may be left at the Lock Down and will be stored while a team is racing and returned to them at the finish line.

LIVE TRACKING – Teams will carry tracking devices throughout and are visible to spectators through the live race website.

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT – The race will use the Standard ARWS Mandatory Equipment List with additional items for SwimRun discipline.  Download the  Mandatory Equipment List – NIAR 2019


  • Rappel device; ATC, ATC Guide or Reverso 3 el. 4.
  • 2 pieces of 120 cm polyester or dyneema sling.
  • 1 pieces of 60 cm poyester or dyneema sling.
  • 3 pieces of carabiners.
  • Prusik: 135 cm long 6 mm rope when its not tied. Must be tied with double fisherman knot.
  • Harness; Must follow EN12 277 type C standard with identification tags, and with belay loop.
  • Helmet: CE standard Bike Helmet.
  • Gloves.

All equipment will be checked before the race. There will be no exception from this list, the permits demand this equipment and you will not be allowed to go through the rope sections without this gear.

LOGISTICS – The course outline and logistic diagram will be released two weeks before the race allowing teams to begin their equipment/food preparations and travel to the race with only the equipment they require.

RULE OF COMPETITION – The Nordic Islands Adventure Race uses the AR World Series Rules of Competition – Download It is adjudicated by an official AR World Series Referee.

SWIMRUN – There will be NO swimrun for NIAR Valhalla. However, there will be short sections of the course where you have to swim, a total of 320 meters in fairly could water.

PACKRAFT – we recommend wet or dry suits for these section but it will not be mandatory. Certified helmets for white water rafting will be mandatory.



Teams will use the Standard ARWS Mandatory Equipment list.

TRANSITION BAGS – Teams need to provide their own TA bags and bike boxes. 4 x 130 liter bags without wheels and one kayak bag. (Bring you ARWS paddle bag if you have one). Max weight one each bag and bike box is 25 kg.

BIKE BOXES – Each athlete must provide a bike box made by hard plastic to be no larger than 140cm X 80cm X 30cm (standard ARWS size). If you don’t have a bike box, you can pre order one at Cost: 200 Euro.

PADDLE BAGS – Team need to provide one kayak bag, max size 50 x 50 x 150cm (standard ARWS size). Max weight 25 kg.

KAYAKS/PARKRAFTS – Kayaks will be provided by the Race Organisation. Teams will need to bring their own pack rafts and helmets for certified for white water.

Event Schedule

JUNE 28th, 2019 (Friday)

  • Plan overview sent to teams via email with discipline and distance breakdown. Also available for download on website from this day.

JULY 11th, 2019 (Thursday)

We recommend all teams to arrive on July 11th. Registration and check in at Hotel Holiday Club Åre.

  • 15:00 – and forward you can check in at the hotel
  • 19:00 DINNER at Holiday Club Åre

JULY 12th, 2019 (Friday)

  • 07:30 – 10:00 BREAKFAST
  • 10:00-18:00 Gear Check
  • 09:00-12:00 Late Check in and Gear Check
  • 12:00 LUNCH at Holiday Club Åre
  • 13:00-18:00 Media day
  • 18:00 NIAR Daily Live
  • 19:00 DINNER at Holiday Club Åre

JULY 13th, 2019 (Saturday)

  • 07:30 – 10:00 BREAKFAST
  • 12:00 LUNCH
  • 12:30-16:30 Lock Down and Bag drop
  • 16:30 Race Meeting
  • 17:15 Walk to Start
  • 18:00 Race STARTS / NIAR Daily Live

JULY 12th – JULY 18th, 2019 

  • 18:00 – 18:30 NIAR Daily Live + Price ceremony

JULY 18th, 2019 (Thursday)

Winning team estimated to finish in the afternoon.

JULY 20th, 2019 (Saturday)

  • 18:00 Course closes
  • 20:00 Price ceremony and Dinner

JULY 21st,, 2019 (Sunday)

Shuttle to airport in Vigra, Ålesund

*All meals mentioned above are included in the entry fee.

Volunteers and race supporters

Race supporters are welcome to come to the event, after all it is a special part of the world and very friendly to follow live. If considering coming, contact for further information.

Are you also interested in volunteering or working for our organisation? We’d like to come in contact with you! Send an email to for more information.

Race Accommodation

Nordic Islands Adventure Race will host all racers from July 12th-21th, including all meals in Åre at Holiday Club.

At arrival in Ålesund, we will host all finishers with accommodation, breakfast and ceremonial dinner with party.

Prize Break Down*

There is 8.250 Euro in prize money for the 700km long Nordic Islands Adventure Race course “Vallhalla”.

1st team: 30,000 Sek + free entry to AR World Championship 2020

2nd team: 1,5000 Sek

3rd team: 5000 Sek


Quick Facts

DATES: 11 July – 21 July 2019.

COUNTRY: Sweden/Norway

REGION: The Scandinavian mountains range and the Norwegian fjords

DISCIPLINES: Trek/Run, Mountain Bike, Swimming, Pack Rafting, Kayak, Ropes, Navigation

DISTANCE: 700 km

WINNING TIME: 4,5-5 days



TEAM LIMIT: 20 Teams

LOGISTICS: Unsupported

WATERCRAFT: Kayaks provided

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT: YES – uses the ARWS standard list

RULES: YES – uses the ARWS standard rules

QUALIFIER: 1st Place receives free entry to ARWC 2020

PRIZE MONEY: 8,250 Euro

OTHER PRIZES: Sponsor products

ENTRY FEE: Early 4,500 €

MORE: ALL INCLUSIVE NIARgames standard, accommodation, food, transfers, logistics.

ARRIVAL: Östersund, Sweden (OSD – Åre)

DEPARTURE: Ålesund, Norway (AES – Vigra)

GUARANTEED SIGHTS: Reindeers, moose and BIG mountains

REGISTRATION OPENS: November 30st 2019, 12:00pm (GMT +1)

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