Arctic Race of Norway

The Arctic Race of Norway is the world's northernmost road bike race for the world's cycling elite. Owned by A.S.O. (the Tour de France organisers), the race can be seen on TV worldwide and gets extensive media coverage.


Stage 1: 16 August Vadsø–Kirkenes 184 km

Stage 2: 17 August Tana–Kjøllefjord 195 km

Stage 3: 18 August Honningsvåg–Hammerfest 194 km

Stage 4: 19 August Kvalsund–Alta 145,5 km


August 16-19

Kirkenesdagene 2018

Fair at Kirkenes center.



August 1-5


Finnmarksløpet - The longest sled dog race in Europe

The Finnmarksløpet sled dog race takes place every year the week of March. That’s when around 150 sled dog teams will be competing, with about half going the full 1,200 kilometres and the rest 500 kilometres. The race starts in Alta, crosses Finnmark to Kirkenes and ends back in Alta. It is Europe’s longest, and the world’s northernmost, sled dog race.


March 8-17

Barents Spektakel 2018

The Barents Spektakel is Norway’s most border-crossing festival!

The festival is a cultural-political cocktail with contemporary art and music, theatre and performance, literature and architecture and seminars and debates as its ingredients – all spiced with current issues related to the Barents Region and the High North in general.



February 21-25

Kirkeneskonferansen/The Kirkenes Conference 2018

The Kirkenes Conference focuses on different aspects of the development of the high north in intersection between politics and industrial and social development.


February 20-22