NOMAD Lapland

24 – 28 January 2022

Lapland – Finland

An unique adventure

The NOMAD event 2022 takes place north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland




270 km


4 days


The Finnish Lapland

The departure of the NOMAD event will be on January 24, 2022 on the Arctic Circle, in the village of Santa Claus. The 270 km route will take participants through the municipalities of Rovaniemi and Sodankylä.

To the rhythm of the creaking snow under your feet, this exceptional adventure will make you discover unspoiled nature. From the beauty of the frosted trees to the blue hue of the polar night, you will experience a preserved environment dotted with frozen lakes and perhaps you will be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights dancing across the bright midnight sky.

The arrival of this unique event will be on the Ounasjoki River in Rovaniemi.


270 km non-stop in Lapland

The first edition of the NOMAD event is a 270 km non-stop ultramarathon that takes place north of the Arctic Circle, in Finnish Lapland. Competitors have 4 days (96 hours) to complete the entire route. Mandatory Checkpoints will be set out along the route to monitor the competitors and to provide hot water. At these places it will be possible to rest.

The competition is in Self-Supported, which means that each competitor must carry their compulsory equipment, food, personal gears, safety equipment and a minimum of 1,5 liters of water.

In January the temperatures in the region oscillate between -5 ° and -30 ° degrees. In addition, the length of the days is extremely short (around 5:30 hours). The runners will therefore have to progress on the course in the dark using the GPS route provided by the organization. The extreme conditions in which NOMAD 2022 takes place require specific preparation and technical equipment.


Save the dates

Saturday 22 January 2022

Reception of participants at 3 pm at the Sokos hotel in Rovaniemi. Installation in double rooms, the rest of the day is free. 

Sunday 23 January 2022

After the breakfast offered at the hotel, we will organize the administrative, technical and medical checks before the race from 10 am to 3 pm The pre-race briefing will take place at 5 p.m. then we will all have dinner together at the hotel.

Monday 24 January 2022

After breakfast, we will make a 20-minute transfer to reach the Arctic Circle located in Santa Claus village. At 10 a.m. we will give the start of the NOMAD.

From Monday 24 to Friday 28 January 2022

In the maximum time of 96 hours, participants will have to travel a 270 km route in food autonomy. Checkpoints will be distributed along the route. A technical and medical team will accompany the runners.

Friday 28 January 2022

End of the race at 10 a.m. The rest of the day is free. The awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a closing dinner.

Saturday 29 January 2022

After breakfast, participants can leave their rooms at the end of the morning and go individually to the airport.


Participants will be accommodated before the race at the Sokos hotel in Rovaniemi city center and after the race at the Ounasvaara Chalets hotel.


Rovaniemi Regional Airport is approximately 8 km from the hotel.


Discover the Finnish Lapland


Frequently asked Questions

What equipment and clothing are compulsory for the NOMAD Lapland?

During the pre-race checks, each participant must present the following equipment & clothing:

  • Suitable rucksack x1
  • Sleeping bag (minimum comfort -20 °) x1
  • Winter sleeping mat x1
  • Blizzard Survival Blanket x1
  • Waterproof matches x10
  • Knife (minimum blade of 3,5 cm) x1
  • Lighter x1
  • Compass x1
  • Whistle
  • Headlamp x2
  • Utensils to cook, x1
  • Solid fuel tablets, x5
  • Medical pocket for the first aid x1
  • Insulated water bidons each of 1 liter or equivalent x2
  • Mobile phone + additional battery x1
  • Reflector bracelet x2
  • GPS x1
  • Spare batteries x4


  • Trail running shoes/boots x1 (a larger than normal size is recommended to fit extra socks)
  • Liners socks x2 (toe socks are not recommended as they can increase the chance of frostbite)
  • Over socks x2 (thick enough for extreme cold)
  • Thermal insoles x1
  • Snow shoes x1
  • Base technical layer: Trousers/Tights x1 (-> first layer: tight and breathable garment)
  • Mid technical layer x1 (-> second layer: garment that retains heat)
  • Outer technical Layer: Trousers x1 (-> third layer: clothing that protects against wind and low temperatures)
  • Liner Gloves x2
  • Gloves x1 (must be insulated and suitable for very low temperatures)
  • Thermal Hat x1
  • Polar hood x1
  • Face mask x1
  • Ski-Goggles x1

How will I be able to orient myself on the course?

Participants must imperatively follow the route provided by the organization under penalty of a penalty. The course follows primary and secondary snowmobile trails. Participants will have before departure the GPS track of the NOMAD Lapland 2022 route as well as a map. This map will show you the approximate distances, the nature of the terrain, the direction as well as the particularities of the route. Failure to take a card during the event will result in a penalty.

Will it be possible to sleep on the course?

During the race it will be possible to sleep only at the checkpoints offered by the organization. These checkpoints will be spaced approximately every 18 km and will have either a tipi, a Laavu or a kota (Finnish chalet). The checkpoints will also be used for water supply and for checking the control card. These are compulsory passage points for each competitor under penalty of a penalty. Medical assistance will be present at some of these posts and will have the task of assisting, treating and stopping a faulty runner.

Will we see Santa Claus?

The start of the NOMAD Lapland 2022 is on the Arctic Circle, in the village of Santa Claus. It is very likely that he will be with us on the morning of January 24 for the start of the race.

How to join the group in Rovaniemi?

The registration fee does not include plane tickets. Participants must individually manage transport (Plane & airport transfer) to reach the departure accommodation. The participants will meet with the organization on Saturday January 22 at 3 p.m. at the Sokos hotel in the city center of Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi Airport is 8 kilometers from the Sokos Hotel. You can also reach northern Finland by train from Helsinki.

How to validate my registration?

To register for NOMAD Lapland 2022, we ask you to send us the registration form duly completed and signed. This document can be sent by mail or email. You must also send us a copy of your passport, a repatriation insurance certificate. Finally, to confirm your registration, you must pay the deposit. -> Entry fees details

What is the deadline to register?

There is no deadline to register for NOMAD Lapland 2022. However, we limit the number of registrations to 20 participants.

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