01 January 2024, 9am
Fjordkraft Bergen City Marathon
Sat 27 April 2024
This marathon combines the beauty of Norway’s west coast with the excitement and energy of a world-class race. The course takes you past iconic landmarks of Bergen and offers scenic vistas that will take your breath away.
The start and finish line are at Bryggen, which has a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The race route takes you through an international city with a lot of history but also a unique small-town feeling. You will be running through narrow streets with charming wooden houses, surrounded by the city’s seven mountains. During the spectacular run you will enjoy the breathtaking view from “Fjellveien”, then see parts of Old Bergen before you pass through the city-parks Nygårdsparken and Nordnesparken and return to the finish line in the wharf area.
DJs, cheerleaders and other entertainment will be positioned along the course and thousands of spectators will line the route cheering for you. All participants receive a memorable medal at the finish line and get to taste the famous cinnamon roll, which has been the locals’ favourite pastry for over 500 years.
The race was organised for the first time in 2012 when 600 runners took part. Since then numbers have grown every year. In 2023 11,500 runners participated and 13,000 are expected in the 12th edition of Fjordkraft Bergen City Marathon. With a 5km, 21.1km, 42.2km, relay, children’s run and a 3km wheelchair race there is something for everyone. Some of the distances were sold out last year so make sure to sign up early to take part in this outstanding race. The current course record is 1:06:28 and was set in 2021 by the Olympic gold medalist in Triathlon, Kristian Blummenfelt.
The majority of the participants in the Fjordkraft Bergen City Marathon are Norwegians but we are proud to welcome international athletes from over 60 different countries every year. Bergen is easily accessible with direct flights to more than 70 destinations. If you want to see more of the Norwegian landscape we recommend travelling from Oslo to Bergen with the train “Bergensbanen”. Our hotel sponsor offers special prices for overnight accommodation and an early marathon breakfast on race day. Our hotel partners are all located within a short walking distance from the start and finish line and are all centrally located.
When in Bergen it is an absolute must to visit Fløyen (320m above sea level). Getting there with the funicular Fløibanen is a great experience, with the two carriages that have transported people to the mountain for over 100 years. The ride starts in the heart of Bergen and takes you to the top in approximately six minutes. Once there you get a spectacular panoramic view over the city, fjord and mountains.
The new Ulriken Cable Car takes you up to the highest of Bergen’s seven mountains with Norway’s largest gondolas. The trip gives you a spectacular mountain experience 643m above sea level. From the top you have magnificent views of Bergen and the region with sea, skerries, fjords and mountains.