Polar Circle Marathon

The coolest marathon on Earth
Run through the endless ice and arctic tundra of Greenland and experience breathtaking polar landscapes.

The Polar Circle Marathon presents the rare opportunity to visit one of the world’s most remote corners and participate in a challenging running event.

Annually in October

The Route
The Polar Circle Marathon offers two distance races: a full marathon and half marathon. The marathon takes place on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday, giving you the perfect opportunity to run both distances and complete the ultimate test – The Polar Bear Challenge!

Starting with a loop on the ice sheet, participants run through an extraordinary landscape of glacier tongues and arctic desert. The route leads onto a gravel road (often snow covered) that connects the ice sheet with the small township of Kangerlussuaq, just north of the Polar Circle. Runners will be in for a challenge in this astonishing area, where reindeer and musk oxen graze and the Northern Lights create a mesmerising show in the night sky.

The average temperature in this region of Greenland in October is normally around -10°C/15°F, but colder temperatures should be expected. Snow is not unusual.

Tour Package
Entry in The Polar Circle Marathon – often referred to as “the coolest marathon on Earth” – takes place in icy Greenland and is a unique chance to explore one of the world´s most fascinating corners. With multiple days in Kangerlussuaq and optional extensions after the race, participants have time to take in the fascinating nature and get a taste of Greenland.

Ready to push your limits?
Visit the Polar Circle Marathon website