The video of this year’s Isklar Norseman 2016 is already racking up viewing numbers since it was posted on 15 September 2016. As with last year’s movie, ‘Isklar Norseman 2016 – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ is produced by Serge Maiquez at Domino Productions in Norway. The 10 minute Norseman 2016 highlights video gives a taste of what has become an increasingly iconic event.
For safety reasons, Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is limited to 250 athletes. For the same reason, the number of athletes allowed to finish on top of the mountain is limited to 160. Those arriving later complete their iron-distance at the mountain plateau below the peak. And all this for the prize of a t-shirt: black for those who finish on top of the mountain; and white for those who finish on the plateau below. As the organizing team points out, ‘all equally are fabulous’.
Norseman journeys through some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery. The course runs point-to-point – or fjord to peak. It starts at sea level, with a 4m drop off a ferry into the Hardangerfjord. Then, athletes cross the starkly haunting Hardangervidda mountain plateau and finish at the rocky peak of Gaustatoppen, at 1,850m above sea level and 220km away.
Traversing its fjord to peak route, Norseman’s total ascent is 5,000m. The water is cold, clean, and comes lightly salted. The weather can be anything from brilliantly beautiful to blasting blizzard. ‘Participating athletes may see porpoises, orcas or reindeer – or, more likely, baffled locals, who think the athletes are crazy, but will cheer them on anyway!’