If you have tried snowshoeing before, you’ll know that it’s really hard work. Therefore, you better start training, if you’re up for a challenge in northern Norway this March.
For the second time, the Arctic SnowShoe Race will be held in Tromsø – or rather on the island of Kvaløya, just across the bridge from the city’s airport.
This is a race for both experienced runners and beginners. The Recreational Class will follow a 5km route through relatively flat marshlands, to make it manageable for newcomers to the sport. Meanwhile, the Competition Class takes hardcore racers to the summit of Rødtinden mountain, some 470 metres above sea level. Both classes leave from Kvaløya’s ski stadium at 1 pm.
Surprisingly for some, three Spanish snowshoers took the medals in last year’s competition – the winning time being 47 minutes and 12 seconds. Think you can beat that? Or just wanna enjoy yourself? It’s up to you if you want to walk or run, but the natural scenery is worth the trip alone.
Participants have to be at least 12 years old and both classes take off from Kvaløya’s ski stadium at 1 pm.