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Race dates for 2022–25

The race dates have been set for the next few years.

The date for the 2022 race was set a few years back and will be 2nd April 2022. The free style race will be 31st March 2022.

Race dates 2023 and later

Historically, Fossavatnsgangan has been held in April or early May. Starting in 1980, the Saturday or Sunday closest to 1st May was used, with a few exemptions.

There are many things to consider when setting the date; snow conditions, the big Donald Duck ski festival in Akureyri (held on the first day of summer according to the traditional Icelandic calendar), date of Easter and other factors.

Fossavatnsgangan has traditionally been the last race in the Icelandic skiing calendar, but now with Fjallagangan having started, that is no longer the case.

Maintaining our rule of late April–early May often creates a few weeks where people around the country cannot ski, and where snow conditions deteriorate in our mountains. Thus, we wanted to move it a bit earlier into the year.

Saturday is the best day for the race, as it gives people the Sunday for travel back home.

In choosing the dates from 2023 and beyond, we have created the following rule for the main race:

Fossavatnsgangan is held on the Saturday of winter (according to the Icelandic traditional calendar), except when it falls on Easter weekend, in which case it is the Saturday before Palm Sunday.

Thus, the dates for our next races are as follows:

  • 2nd April 2022 (already decided)
  • 15th April 2023 (following new rule)
  • 20th April 2024 (following new rule)
  • 12th April 2025 (following new rule)

More news

News package 16th April

News package 16th April

1. Results The races yesterday went well. See the results here: https://timataka.net/fossavatn2021/ 2. Backpack In the backpack, for safety reasons, participants should have at least: a) drink and food for the whole race b) 1,5 kg of protective extra clothes (pants,...

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Good news for Fossavatnsgangan

Good news for Fossavatnsgangan

Today's news from health authorities show the good success we've had in our fight against the coronavirus, and pave the way for a simple transportation and starting process on Saturday. Every participant will be assigned a bus departure time. First bus departs at 7:30...

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The 2021 races will be held

The 2021 races will be held

With the approval from Icelandic health authorities, we are now able to continue in our preparation for the next Fossavatnsgangan April 15th –17th. Our races, 12.5 km, 25 km, and 50 km will be held on scheduled time. The total number of participants will be limited to...

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