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At helsenorge.no, you'll find updated rules upon entry to Norway. At the moment, most travelleres from abroad will have to stay in a 10 day quarantine at a quarantine hotel (you cannot camp in a tent, stay in a motor home or rent a place). 

As we cannot predict the Covid-19 pandemic situation in April, all teams must plan accordingly. VAKE cannot cover any economic losses if we have to cancel or if the situation in Norway or in your own country prevents you from travelling to Varanger. Bear that in mind when you plan and book your travel. 


Dates VAKE 2021

Arrival Berlevåg Tuesday April 6th
Start Berlevåg Thursday April 8th
Sailing window closes Monday 12th at 16.00
Departure Vadsø Tuesday 13th

Details will follow in the Race Manual

Options - explained below

  • You get to Berlevåg on your own before Tuesday. 
  • You get to Kirkenes/Vadsø on Tuesday and get on the VAKE-bus
  • If you are not able to arrive Berlevåg on Tuesday, please inform us in the application form or e-mail us on post[at]vake.no. 

You can travel to Kirkenes, Vadsø or Berlevåg with either plane, car or Hurtigruten.

Travelling by plane

You can travel with SAS or Norwegian from Oslo to Kirkenes every morning, from other airports to Kirkenes and/or fly with Widerøe from Kirkenes (or other airports) directly to Berlevåg. Widerøe cooporates with SAS and you can get connecting flights when ordering your ticket through them. To make the VAKE bus, you have to be in Kirkenes no later than noon April 6. 

VAKE Bus Transfer Kirkenes Airport – Berlevåg Tuesday April 6 at 12.30

At 12.30 or after last flight has arrived, a transfer bus for VAKE participants will take you to Berlevåg. The bus will be in Berlevåg around 16.00 (can be delayed if bad weather). 

Transportation of skis and pulks on planes

Excess baggage (in addition to carry-on baggage) is cheaper when booked in advance (as you buy your ticket). SAS will also ask you to register that you are travelling with skis or special luggage.

You'll find the details at www.sas.com and www.norwegian.com.

NB: You can hire pulkas from VAKE. Check the option in the registration form.


Travelling by car

It is possible to drive to Berlevåg. However, all participants are transported to Vadsø after the race, so then you should have someone to drive your car back from Berlevåg to Vadsø. 


Travelling by Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten travels the Norwegian coast between Bergen and Kirkenes. You can travel with Hurtigruten from Kirkenes to Berlevåg or from Bergen to Berlevåg if you want to make the most out of your trip. If you choose this option, you have to travel with a boat that arrives in Berlevåg on Saturday March 29 (or before).

How to get from VAKE 2021

Hurtigruten usually departs from Vadsø 07:15 and corresponds with the early departures of SAS and Norwegian. We don't know if this will be the schedule in April. We'll keep you posted. If so, we'll arrange taxi transfer from the hotel in Vadsø to the Hurtigruten port.

If you would like some more time in Vadsø on Tuesday, check out later departures with Widerøe from Vadsø with south-bound connections.


The VAKE bus photo Ekaterina Golitsyna
                                                                                                                        THE VAKE BUS. Photo: Ekaterina Golitsyna / VAKE



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