The course runs point-to-point – or fjord to peak: Starting at sea level, with a 4 meter drop off a ferry into the Hardangerfjord, crossing the starkly haunting Hardangervidda mountain plateau, finishing at the rocky peak of Gaustatoppen, at 1,850m above sea level and 220km away, Norseman is a long day’s journey through some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery. The total ascent is 5,000 meters. The water is cold, clean, and comes lightly salted. The weather can be anything from brilliantly beautiful to blasting blizzard. If you’re really lucky, you may see porpoises, orcas or reindeer – or, more likely, baffled locals who think you are nuts, but will cheer you on anyway.
The male/female ratio is 85/15. Half of the athletes are Norwegian. The other half represent 40-some countries around the globe. We suspect some may actually come from other planets, as their performances are just out of this world.
For safety reasons, Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is limited to 250 athletes. For the same reason, the number of athletes allowed to finish on top of the mountain is limited to 160.Those arriving later complete their iron-distance at the mountain plateau below the peak. And all this for the prize of a t-shirt: Black for those who finish on top of the mountain; white for those who finish on the plateau below. All equally fabulous.
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon was organized for the first time in 2003, with a starting field of 21. The race quickly gained popularity. For more about the history of Norseman, read the long version here.
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is owned and organized by Hardangervidda Triatlon Klubb. The 20-odd members of the club comprise the main crew of the race. Most are slow-moving triathletes, or locals from the communities of Eidfjord and Rjukan. Learn more about the crew.
The 12th edition of Norseman Xtreme Triathlon will be held on August 2nd. 2014.
All the information you will need to participate is available at this section.
Please read the “Race Manual” thoroughly before you decide to do the race. We don’t want you to be disappointed because of wrong expectations. The race is different from all other races. It is harder than any other long-distance race. It demands more of you, amongst other things because you need your own support to participate.
If you do the race, you will probably tell your friends afterwards that Norseman was more beautiful, demanding, personal, camaraderie, frightening, and to reach the finish line was a greater victory and joy than any other race you have ever done. You will probably tell your friends that everybody should do the race once in their lifetime.
If, on the other hand, a friend told you this story, then it is time to warn you. During the Norseman, you will probably be cold, you will hate the hills, sometimes you will feel lonely and you will probably experience being unusually emotional during the weekend.
Please do not decide to do the race before you have read the Race Manual!
At this point we do not have the details for enrollment and quotas for the 2014 race. But it is to be expected that it will be similar to the setup that we had for the 2013 race. You can find the 2013 information here.
We are a small volunteer organization. The next couple of weeks we will rest after this years race. When rested we will evaluate and post the exact enrollment details for the 2014 race. Please follow us here on web and on www.facebook.com/nxtri. More news on the 2014 race in September.
Here are some common questions:
Q: When is Isklar Norseman 2014?
A: August 2nd
Q: When can I enroll for the lottery.
A: We will open for enrollment second half of October
Q: How is the Elite selection done?
A: Elite Women 5 Allocated by a jury, based on merits. Minimum requirement is 11 hours or faster on an ironman distance race or similar. Top Norseman finishers are of course eligible.
Elite Men 15 Allocated by a jury, based on merits. Minimum requirement is 9 hours 30 minutes or faster on an ironman distance race or similar.Top Norseman finishers are of course eligible.
August 2, 2014