The legendary ski race
The legendary Birkebeinerrennet takes place March 18th 2023
Birkebeinerrennet is a cross-country race starting at Rena and finishing in Lillehammer. The 54 km, classic technique, race crosses two mountains, and the track takes you through breathtaking sceneries.
It was in this landscape that the king's son was brought to safety in the 13th century. Birkebeinerrennet was introduced in 1932 to honor the fraction Birkebeinerne, who saved the heir by escaping their enemy by skiing across the mountains.
Since then, the trip over the mountains has challenged hundreds of thousands of Norwegians.
Competitors must be 16 years old by 31.12.23.
All participants must carry a backpack weighing at least 3.5 kg throughout the race.
Birkebeinerrennet 54 km
Birkebeinerrennet is 54km long, starting at Tingstadjordet, 3km west of Rena, and finishing at Birkebeineren ski stadium (490 metres above sea level), in Lillehammer.
Track profile Birkebeinerrennet/TurBirken ski
Food- and drink stations
Place Km from start Serving Start Refill Maxim sports drink and water Skramstadsetra 9 Maxim sports drink, lemonad and water Dambua 15 Maxim sports drink, lemonade, water, bananas and pastry Kvarstad 28 Maxim sports drink, Coca-Cola, lemonade, water, pastry and bananas. Midtfjellet 35 Maxim, lemonade, water, pastry and banana Sjusjøen 40 Maxim sports drink, Coca-Cola, A.Nordquist Coffee, lemonade, water, bananas and pastry Finish 54 Red Bull, Water, root beer, Maarud Potetgull® (crisps), Gilde sausages
Keep Birken clean
Littering along the route is not allowed, and will be punished with 15 minutes added to your time. Please bring your litter it to the nearest food station, or use the drop zones along the course.
Starting times and classes
All waves start at real time, except Men and Women Elite
Preliminary starting time Wave Start grid opens 07.45 Men Elite 07.35 08.00 Women Elite 07.50 08.00 101: W65+, M70+ and disabled 07.50 08.20 1: Men seeded 08.05 08.25 2: Men seeded 08.10 08.25 2: The 100 best seedet women in age classes 08.10 08.35 3: Men seeded 08.20 08.40 4: Men seeded 08.25 08.50 5: W/M Seeded 08.35 08.55 6: W/M Seeded 08.40 09.00 7: W/M seeded 08.45 09.05 8: W/M seeded 08.50 09.15 9: W/M seeded 09.00 09.20 10: W/M seeded 09.05 09.25 11: W/M seeded 09.10 09.30 12: W/M seeded/unseeded 09.15 09.40 13: W/M unseeded 09.25 09.45 14: W/M unseeded 09.30 09.50 15: W/M unseeded 09.35 09.55 16: W/M unseeded 09.40
Birkebeinerrennet has age classes for both female and male contestants, elite classes and disabled (FHM og FHK). To participate in the FH-classes you must provide a classification certificate from the Norwegian Handicap Association (NAD).
All participants must be 16 years of age by 31.12.2022 to participate in the Birkebeinerrennet.
Age classes are divided as follows: F/M 16-17 yrs, F/M 18-19 yrs, F/M 20-24 yrs, F/M 25-29 yrs, F/M 30-34 yrs etc.
Note that there are spesific rules to participate in the elite classes.
Participants assisting physically disabled, which do not wish to have their results registered - does not pay for their participation. Assistants without timing chip, may participate without complying to the back pack-weight limits, they must, however, bring extra clothes, foods, drink, tools and repair outfit.
For more information about assistance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeded wave start in Birkebeinerrennet.
All participants are seeded into waves based on their previous results in Birkebeinerrennet 2018 -2022, FredagsBirken ski 2018, HalvBirken ski 2018, TurBirken 28 and 54 2019-2022, SkøyteBirken 2019-2022.
A number of spesially selected seeding races also applies.List of seeding races for 2023 will be published in November
Note: Foreigners that do not have any results sanctioned for ordinary seeding for 2023, could get seeding from results from the international races stated in the list of races sanctioned for seeding from 2022.
For reseeding, please send your result March 13. at the latest to email@example.com
If two or more competitors wants to start together in the same wave, we can offer that in one of the unseeded waves if free spaces.
If all the competitors in the group has results sanctioned for seeding we can place the group in the wave of the slowest skiier.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org - remember to state name and Birken ID's for the competitors in the group.
All paricipants that meet the qualifications, and are 16 years old or older by 31.12.23, may enter the elite classes.
All participants must have less than 100 FIS points total from the 6th cross-country list February 2023 at fis-ski.com or meet the qualifications from Birkebeinerrennet 2018-2022, or other pre approved seeding races.
Retrieve your BIB at previously chosen BIB pick up-place. All information is printed on your start card. Download this from your personal My Page the last Wednesday before the race.
Preliminary starting time Saturday March 18th:
Men Elite: 07.45 - start grid opens 07.35
Women Elite: 08.00 - start grid opens 07.50
Please read the race rules thoroughly
Bib and timing chip
The start number vest must be visible throughout the competition. If your backpack covers the start number in front, the start number vest MUST be worn on the outside of the backpack.
The competitors in the elite classes also need to wear a BIB on the right leg - fastened right above your ancle. I addition two timing chips - one for each ancle.
All participants must carry a backpack weighing at least 3,5 kg throughout the race. (bum bag is not allowed) The backpack must be carried on your back during the entire race. Random controls of weight and content in the backpack, will be performed. Participants must make sure the backpack has the required weight when crossing the finish line.
For safety reasons the backpack must contain:
Wind proofed jacket and pants (long sleeved)
Dry and warm underwear
We strongly recommend that all skiers also bring food, drink and ski wax. Please check the weather forecast, and take necessary safety precautions.
Participants not abiding by these rules, may be disqualified or given penalty time.
Please read the Race Rules thoroughly.
For more questions about the elite classes, please contact us at email@example.com
Birkebeiner Medal (merket)
Birkebeiner Medal (merket) /max time
To recieve the Birkebeiner Medal (merket) there is a time limit based on the average time of the top 5 competitors starting in the specific age class plus 25%. Participants finishing within the limit for the first time will receive a diploma and the "Birkebeiner Medal" silver pin.
Note: These groups does not affect the Birkebeiner Medal time limit in the age classes:
- Men starting in wave 1
- In addition: M60 and M65 starting in wave 2
- Women starting in wave 2
Prizes Birkebeiner Medal:
- 1. merke: SMK (Silver pin)
- 5. merke: GMK (Golden pin)
- 10. merke: SST (Silver statue)
- 15. merke: Krus 15 (Krus)
- 20. merke: GST (Golden statue)
- 25. merke: FAT 25 (Cover plate)
- 30. merke: FAT 30 (Cover plate)
- 35. merke: FAT 35 (Cover plate)
- 40. merke: FAT 40 (Cover plate)
- 45. merke: FAT 45 (Cover plate)
- 50. merke: Krus 50 (Krus)
- 55. merke: Krus 55 (Krus)
No medals are given at the 2nd, 3th, 4th, 6th, 7th an so on.
Prizes and Diplomas must be picked up inside Håkons Hall on race day.
All participants finishing the race receives a participation pin just after the finish line. A diploma stating your time is also available at your My Page or inside Håkons Hall at the race day.
25% of participants starting in each class receives a prize.
Prizes must be picked up inside Håkons Hall on race day.
Flower ceremony for the top three male and female contestants at Birkebeineren ski stadium at 11.00 a.m.
The top three in each age class recieve their prizes from the stage in Håkons Hall. Retrieve your other prizes, pins and diplomas at the prize desk inside Håkons Hall.
Participated 10, 20, 30 and 40 times
Participants that have reached the milestones of entering 10, 20, 30 and 40 times in total from Birkebeinerrennet, VinterBirken QR, SkøyteBirken and/or TurBirken ski 54km receive a gourmet dinner plate from our prize collection. The plate is ingraved with the traditional Birkebeiner logo. Get your plate in the race office in Håkons Hall after finishing the race.
Transportation of luggage from start at Tingstadjordet, Rena to Håkons Hall, Lillehammer is included in the entry fee.
It is your responsibility to tag your luggage and hand it in to the truck marked with your wave number. The trucks are at the starting area on Tingstadjordet. Tags are included in your race packet. The organizers accept no liability for loss of baggage.
You will receive your luggage at Håkons Hall, Lillehammer, untill 20.00 on race day.
Race office +47 41 77 29 00
Lost luggage: +47 41 77 29 00
Participants which has not reached the following destinations by the listet hour, will not be allowed to finish the race due to safety reasons
Skramstadsetra by 12.15
Kvarstad by 15.30
Sjusjøen by 17.30
All participants are expected to cross the finish line by 19.00
Free shuttles are provided for participants that must abandon the race.
- Skramstadsetra to Lillehammer at 10.00, 11.00, 12.30, 15.00
- Start area to Lillehammer 10:15, 11:15, 12:45, 15:15
- Kvarstad to Lillehammer 11.00 - 15.30 when needed
- Sjusjøen to Lillehammer 14.30, 16.30 and 18.30
Note: Participants must expect some waiting.
Need to know in advance
Preliminary information 2023
- Start together in unseedet waves
- Change of pick up place Birkebeinerrennet, SkøyteBirken and TurBirken ski 54
- Ordering matress accommodation online Rena
Ordering mattress accommodation on site Rena will be available for NOK 600,- Thursday and Friday.
- Change of wave SkøyteBirken, TurBirken ski 54 and 28.
March 16. 20.00
- Registration SkøyteBirken, StafettBirken, TurBirken ski 54.
- Ordering bus for SkøyteBirken and TurBirken ski 54 km
March 17. 21.00
- Registration Birkebeinerrennet and TurBirken ski 28
- Ordering bus for Birkebeinerrennet and TurBirken ski 28
March 18. 19.00
- Registratrion UngdomsBirken ski
- Ordering bus UngdomsBirken ski
Travel and accommodation
Logistics, hotels and cabins
Birkebeinerrennet has start and finish in two different arenas. Rena and Lillehammer.
We recommend that you can stay in Lillehammer, Hamar or Rena:
Stay in Lillehammer region
- Book bus or train - VY.no to Lillehammer
- Order pick up place for your Bib in Lilllehammer, pick up your Bib in Håkons Hall, Lillehammer the day before race day.
- Book bus from Lillehammer to the start arena at Rena for race day.
- Accommodation in Lillehammer
Stay in Rena
- Birken offers mattress accommodation in Rena. You order when register for the race, or after at your My Page.
- Book bus to Rena the day before race day , or train - nsb.no
- Pick up your Bib in Rena center the day before or at the start arena on the race day.
- After the race, you can either choose to go back to Rena by bus or stay in Lillehammer.
- Accommodation Rena
- Accommodation Elverum
Stay in Hamar (save 2 hours travelling time)
- You can travel to Hamar from Oslo and Oslo Airport by train - nsb.no
- Book bus for the race day from Hamar to Rena
- Pick up your Bib at the start arena at Tingstadjordet, Rena
- Book bus from Lillehammer to Hamar after the race.
- Accommodation Hamar
Luggage transport from Rena to Lillehammer on race day is included in the entry fee.
Preliminary information 2023
Booking is availble from approximately three weeks prior to the race.
Bus transport is available from Lillehammer and Oslo to the start at Rena in the morning and return after the race. You must pre-order bus transport, through My Page before 20.00 the day before you depart. There is no refund for unused tickets.
Transportation by train from Oslo Airport, Gardermoen; vy.no
Mattress accommodation Rena
Accommodation in Rena is available in schools and other suitable buildings for Birkebeinerrennet, SkøyteBirken and TurBirken ski 54 km.
The mattress is provided, but you must bring your own sleeping bag, and sheet. In the evening, you can purchase food at, or close by, the facility.
If you wish to stay in the same facility as a friend, or you team, make sure you all choose the same site.
Breakfast is included in the fee.
Booking is available when entering or through your My Page.
Booking in advance until Tuesday in race week: NOK 445,-
Booking on site:
Birkebeinerrennet / SkøyteBirken / TurBirken ski 54 km:
March 16th/ March 17th: NOK 600,-
Groups (more than 15):
Please contact Arve at firstname.lastname@example.org
Birkebeinerrennet / SkøyteBirken / TurBirken ski 54 km 2020: March 1st
Åmot Ungdomsskole (Ungdomsskolen) - available
800 meters north west of the center of Rena. You can walk or bike. Parking available. Breakfast is served on site and you can buy a warm evening meal if you wish.
Rena Syd - available
Is located at Rena South, ii the centre of Rena. Adrress: Tollef Kildes gate 2A, oppgang A. Breakfast is served on site. Shuttle to the start.
Rena skole (Barneskolen) - not available in 2023
1 km north west of the center of Rena. You can walk or bike. Parking available. Breakfast is served on site and you can buy a warm evening meal if you wish.
Berget Arena -ikke tilgjengelig i 2023
Berget Arena is a new gymnastic building, and close to Rena skole. You can walk or bike. NOTE: It is not allowed to use outdoor shoes inside. Parking available. Breakfast is served on site and you can buy a warm evening meal if you wish.
Eidsiva - ikke tilgjengelig i 2023
700 meters from the center of Rena, walking distance. Breakfast is served on site and you can buy a warm evening meal if you wish.
The Norwegian Ski Federations rules and regulations for cross-country competitions apply throughout Birken Skifestival. The races in Birken ski festival are all nordic classic, free technique is only allowed in the classes M/F free technique in SkøyteBirken and TurBirken ski 54 km.
For your safety it is not allowd to use any form of audio during the race.
Participants not abiding by these rules, may be disqualified.
- FIS has prohibited any products containing C8 fluorocarbons/PFOA at all FIS events from season 2021/2022 onwards, in line with the EU Regulation 2019/1021 (“POP-regulation”) and EC Regulation 1907/2006 („REACH“-regulation), which regulate the handling of fluorinated waxes (FIS, 2021).
- Maximum pole length - Please find information regarding the new rule about maximum pole length:
Download pdf-file fis-ski.com
The BIB must be visible at all times during the race. It is forbidden to wear another participants BIB. Identification must be provided in case of random control.
Backpack (not mandatory for StafettBirken)
All participants must carry a backpack weighing at least 3,5 kg (7.7 lbs) throughout the race (bum bag is not allowed).
The backpack symbolizes the little prince Haakon Haakonsen - read the history. The backpack must be carried on your back during the entire race. Random controls of weight and content in the backpack, will be performed. Participants must make sure the backpack has the required weight when crossing the finish line.
For safety reasons the backpack must contain:
- Wind proofed jacket and pants (long sleeved)
- Dry and warm underwear
We strongly recommend that all skiers also bring food, drink and ski wax. Sun cream and blister plasters is also recommended. Please check the weather forecast, and take necessary safety precautions.
Participants will be disqualified, or given penalty time:
- if they do not carry a backpack
- if the backpack is to light crossing the finish line
- if the backpack is not properly equipped.
- if the bib is not visible at all times during the race
Littering along the course is not allowed. Please bring your own litter to the nearest food station or use the drop zones along the course. Littering can be penalized with 15 minutes added to your time.
Any protest must be in writing, and a fee of Norwegian kroner 300,- must be paid when handing in the protest. Deliver the protest directly in the race office in Håkons Hall.
The protest must be handed in immediately:
1. Protest against conditions during the race: 30 minuts after crossing the finish line.
2. Protest against results: 30 minuts after results being published.
If the jury decides that the weather conditions makes the race too dangerous to attend, Birken holds the right to cancel or postpone the event at short notice.
Please also read the entry conditions
For our skiing events the license is mandatory for participants from age 13-69 that is member of the Norwegian National Insurance - paying taxes to Norway.
The participants that the license do not apply for, will need to sign an Athletes Declaration form when picking up their BIB.
On race day
Distribution of Bib's
Distribution of bibs and Race office
Lillehammer Håkons Hall
Birkebeinerrennet, UngdomsBirken ski, TurBirken ski 28,
SkøyteBirken 54 km and TurBirken ski 54
- Thursday March 16. 15.00-21.00
Birkebeinerrennet, UngdomsBirken ski and TurBirken ski 28
- Friday March 17. 09.00-22.00
UngdomsBirken ski and TurBirken ski 28
- Saturday March 19. 10.00-19.00
Rena, Tingsadjordet (starting area)
SkøyteBirken and TurBirken ski 54
- Thursday March 16. 15.00-21.00
- Friday March 17. 07.00-12.00
- Thursday March 16. 15.00-21.00
- Friday March 17. 07.00-21.00
- Saturday from 06.00
Sjusjøen ski stadium
- Sunday March 19. 08..00-11.30
Note: Birkebeinerrennet, SkøyteBirken and TurBirken ski 54 km
Pick up place
Your race packet must be collected at your preordered pick up place (Rena or Lillehammer). Race packets that have not been retrieved the night before race day, must be picked up in Rena, Tingstadjordet start area, race day morning.
Note: if you enter the race after March 14th you will have to pick up your bib in Rena.
Bib pick up on race day
On race day, race packets must be collected at least 1 hour before your starting time. Allow for some extra time as traffic may be heavy.
Please bring your starting card (available at My Page 1-2 weeks before the race) to testify paid entry fee, and bib number.
NOTE: The timing chip must be delivered immidiatly after the race. Failure to return the chip entail a fee of NOK 300,-.
The timing chip will be handed out when you pick up your BIB and must be fastened on your left ankle.
NOTE: The timing chip must be delivered to the organizer after the race ( also if you do not start, or do not finish the race). Not doing so will give an extra fee of NOK 300,-
Real time: Timing starts when you pass the start line.
Start shot: Timing starts when the start shot is fired.
Elite classes: Start shot
All other waves: Real time
Wave 1: Start shot
All other waves: Real time
All waves: Start shot
TurBirken ski 54/28:
All waves: Real time
All waves: Start shot
Wax tips and service
Wax tips in the start area
Bring your own wax, we provide the information you need to choose the right wax for your kick zone.
You can also buy wax at start.
Birken and Rode facilitates waxing iron and waxing table for free use.
Wax service is also available at Skramstadsetra, Dambua, Kvarstad and Midtfjellet.
All participants should bring skis that are already prepeared, unless you are planning to use the wax service at Tingstadjordet, Rena or outside Håkons Hall, Lillehammer thursday and friday evening.
Remember to bring extra wax in your backpack throughout the race.
Rode wax service Tingstadjordet, Rena and Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
We offer wax service for a fee of minimum NOK 250,- depending on the type of service you need. They open at 15.00 thursday March 17th and at 09.00 Friday March 18th. Skies must be handed in by 20.00 Thursday and 21.00 Friday night.
KV+ provides pole service in the start area, and at all foood stations. Please return borrowed poles in the finish area, where you also return your time chip.
Birken is not liable for your poles, but all poles retrieved after the race will be brought to Rena with the lost and found items.
Salomon will have a limited number of skies available at start and at the feeding stations. If you need to barrow skies from Salomon, please deliver them back after finish.
Storage for skies and poles
Skies and poles are not allowed inside Håkons Hall or in Race Office at Rena. Storage is available on both sites.
Traffic and parking
Everyone can drive directly to the start area at Tingstadjordet, Rena.
If you are travelling with one of our buses on race day, the bus will drive directly to the start area where you also will find BIB handout and Race office.
We advise all participants to arrive early, as traffic might be heavy. Please use public transport if possible.
If you are dropping off competitors at the start: Please follow instructions on signs and from parking guards. You might not be able to leave the area until 08.45.
Travelling by car to Rena
There are two possible routes from Elverum to Rena:
RV 3 from Elverum to Rena. Lorries and busses are recommended to choose this road. Due to roadwork currently being done on this road, it might take longer then the usuall 30 minutes.
FV 535 on the east side of the river Glomma. Passenger cars are recommended to use this road.
Travelling by car to Lillehammer
If you arrive to Lillehammer by E6 take the northern exit. The exit is marked with a sign for Birkebeinerrittet from E6, and all the way up to the parking area.
Sigrid Undsetsveg (the road below Håkons Hall) is closed for traffic between the roundabout by Kiwi, Nordsetervegen, and the junction Bankgata/Sigrid Undsetsveg. Nordsetervegen is a one way street from Håkons Hall to Kringsjåvegen.
Parking Birken ski festival
Parking during Birken ski festival costs NOK 75,- and are valid at all Birken arenas at both Lillehammer and Rena.
Parking will be availble at the start area. Please follow instructions on signs and from parking guards.
Parking is available at Birkebeiner Ski stadium and at Håkons Hall. Please follow instructions on signs and from parking guards.
Parking for campers
At marked places at the start area at Tingstadjordet, Rena. No electicity available
At Rena Camping in the center of Rena. Please contact Rena Camping for booking and prices.
For camper options, please visit these sites; Lillehammer Turistsenter and Lillehammer Camping.
Preliminary information 2022:
The center of Rena
Cafeterias and stores are open in the small and cosy village of Rena.
Open church with mini concerts etc. friday from 14.00-22.00
Race office, Sport1 market and activites from Thursday
The first competitor will pass around 08.10 and the last around 12.15. You can also ski from Skramstadsetra to Dølfjellet or Dambua. Please use the tracks marked for spectators.
If you want to go to Skramstadsetra, we recommend to go before the first start (07.45).
The first competitor will pass around 09.05 and the last around 15.00.
You can get there by car from Brumunddal. It is around 23 km from Brumunddal to Kvarstad (toll road).
The highest point in the track, 910 meters above sea level.
The first competitor will pass around 09.25 and the last around 17.00.
You can park at Sjusjøen and ski 7 km from Sjusjøen to Midtfjellet.
At the food and drink station in Sjusjøen there are always a lot of spectators.
The first competitor will pass around 9.50 and the last around 17.30. You get there by car from Lillehammer.
Birkebeiner ski stadium / finish
First competitor is expected to the finish around 10.25 and the last around 19.30.
You get there by car from Lillehammer and Sjusjøen.
All competitors retrieves their diplomas and prizes. Cafeteria and Sport 1 Market.
Prize ceremonys from stage.
Center of Lillehammer
A lot of nice stores, cafetrias, restaurants and more.