Nordic Islands Adventure Race


The Nordic Islands Adventure Race takes place over the European summer in Scandinavia, and in 2018 will link the Swedish capital Stockholm to the town of Turku in Finland, via the Aland archipelago. It is an unsupported, full length multisport race for mixed teams of four.

The course will be some 600 kilometres long, starting in central Stockholm with a mass abseil of teams. From there it will travel north and then cross the Baltic Sea to the thousands of islands in the Aland archipelago, in the trail of the early Vikings, before heading for mainland Finland and Turku. Sports will include mountain biking, kayaking, rope-work, pack-rafting and – new for an adventure race – the discipline of swim-run.

There will be some 20 teams in the race, which starts on 12th August 2018. The first team to finish the course is expected to take around 90 hours or just less than four days. Read an interview with Staffan Bjorklund about designing the course for the Nordic Islands Adventure Race 2018.

See how the race unfolded in words and pictures.

You can see Nordic Islands Adventure Race website here. The race forms part of the Adventure Race World Series and is a qualifying race for the World Championships in Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean in November