Address: Arctic Circle Raceway, 8638 Storforshei, Norway
PH: +47 913 01 222
Circuit type: Permanent road course
The world's most northerly circuit, as its name implies, nestles close to the Arctic Circle in Norway. With full modern amenities, the circuit is also the longest in Norway.
Built in 1995 on the site of a former quarry, it is a modern and flowing circuit on undulating terrain close to Mo i Rana. The long summer days mean that it would be possible to host a 24 hour race entirely in daylight, while the long winter months also mean that ice racing and other winter sports can be hosted here.
The track was designed primarily with motorbikes in mind and features elevation changes of up to 31 metres. A special asphalt surface had to be formulated to cope with the harsh winter climate and around 62 million kroner of government funding was used in the construction of the track.
Between 1999 and 2004 the Arctic Circle Raceway regularly hosted rounds of the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC), local ace Tommy Rustad sending the spectators into raptures when he won both races of the inaugural event in a Nissan Primera. Mattias Ekstrom and Carl Rosenblad were among the other winners before the STCC departed south to Våler for subsequent Norwegian rounds.
While the track benefits from a fabulously scenic backdrop, its remote rural location has undoubtedly proved a hindrance to further development. Oslo is more than 600 miles away (a mere 13 hours drive!) and Trondheim is little better at nearly seven hours drive... Perhaps understandably major racing events have preferred to stay south at venues closer to major population centres and today the circuit is fairly underused, with the main activity being track days and driver training events. A pity, as it is probably among the best layouts in Scandinavia.
Arctic Circle Raceway is located near to Mo i Rana in Norway's Nordland District. The nearest airport is Mo i Rana Airport at Røssvoll, offering domestic connections to Bodø and Trondheim (the runway is too short to allow planes with the fuel range from Oslo). International flights are available from Trondheim, though this is a considerable distance from the circuit.
The track itself is located near to the village of Storforshei, around 18 miles (30 minutes drive) north of Mo i Rana. Unless you are local, expect a very long drive to get the circuit. As stated above, it is around a 13 hour drive from Oslo or a seven hour trip from Trondheim. Public transport options are limited, though trains do run twice a day between Trondheim and Bodø, Moinday to Thursday and on Sundays. The nearest station to the track is at Skonseng, though you will still require a taxi to the circuit.