The world’s largest orienteering event Jukola Relay has been postponed for one year because of coronavirus epidemic. The Arctic Circle Jukola will be held 19.-20.6.2021 in Rovaniemi. Initial dates to organize the Arctic Circle Jukola were 13.-14.6.2020.
Change of schedule has been decided upon by the organising club Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura (Ounasvaara Ski Cub), the Jukola leading team, and the Finnish Orienteering Federation.
– We have been following the development of coronavirus situation and started preparations to move the relay to August. As planning progressed, we had to admit that there were so many unknowns with respect to August, that we decided instead to move organization of Jukola Relay to the next year, says the chairman of the Jukola leading team Juhani Sihvonen.
– Before taking the decision we closely consulted with other interested parties and have agreed, for instance, with the next years’ organizers to move their right of organization one year ahead as well. We’ve thoroughly analyzed all the available options before deciding to move the event. The decision was unanimous, elaborates Sihvonen.
Martti Anttila, competition director of the Arctic Circle Jukola, stresses that Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura was completely ready to successfully organize the event in June 2020.
The club was of an opinion that it was too great a risk to try moving the event to August because of coronavirus epidemic. According to Anttila, if moved to August, the Arctic Circle Jukola would have lost its midnight sun nature. Additionally, the number of domestic and foreign teams would be smaller.-
That, of course, was not what the club wanted. Having waited for 40 years, we can wait for one more.
Participation of registered teams will be moved to year 2021, since the Arctic Circle Jukola keeps registrations and participation fees valid. Deadlines for new registrations will be communicated later and will be updated, among other things, in the website version of event invitation.
Following Jukola Relays:
2021 Napapiiri-Jukola, Rovaniemi, Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura
2022 Lukkari-Jukola, Mynämäki, Liedon Parma ja Mynämäen Suunnistajat -52
2023 Porvoo-Jukola (Borgå Jukola), OK Trian
2024 Lakia-Jukola, Kauhava, Kauhavan Wisa, Lapuan Virkiä
Next announcement about organizing the Arctic Circle Jukola will be given on Friday, April 3 at 12 am.
The working committee of the Arctic Circle Jukola has decided that the arranging of the event will continue as planned.
The Arctic Circle Jukola is planned to be organized on June 13 and 14 in Rovaniemi.
-The priority option is to organize event as planned on June 2020. However, the most important thing is safety, says competition director Martti Anttila.
The organizers of the Arctic Circle Jukola are following the current COVID-19 situation closely. The Finnish Government has decided to apply large restrictions to control COVID-19 epidemic in Finland. The restrictions will be valid until April 13.
The management group of Jukola Relay makes the final decision of Arctic Circle Jukola arrangement at latest on April 17.
More information will be shared at latest on April 17.
The organizers of the Arctic Circle Jukola are following the current COVID-19 situation closely. The Finnish Government has recommended today that all events with more than 500 people attending should be cancelled until the end of May 2020. The Arctic Circle Jukola is planned to be organized on June 13 and 14 in Rovaniemi.
The working committee of the Arctic Circle Jukola will gather on March 17 to discuss the situation and the possibilities. More information will be shared after the meeting.
Registration of Arctic Circle Jukola opened on December 2nd 2019 at 6 pm. It’s now time to plan your visit to Rovaniemi next summer.
Rovaniemi, known as the Official Hometown of Santa Claus, is a popular international tourist destination that is easy to reach by plane, train, coach or car. There are scheduled flights to Rovaniemi from Helsinki, and trains from across Finland will take you there.
VR (the national railway company) has published the train timetables for summer 2020. Tickets will be available in February 2020 for individuals and groups (10+ people).
Arctic Circle Jukola competition center will be opened already on Thursday 11th of June 2020 at 4pm – Arrive in good time on Wednesday night by train.
Check also the train connections in Sweden (to Boden or Luleå) on www.sj.se. From there, you can rent a bus for your team.
Finnair and Norwegian fly to Rovaniemi all year round. Finnair has added two extra flights for Friday 12th June 2020 and one for Saturday 13th June 2020 from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. In addition to these, there are multiple daily flights operating Helsinki-Rovaniemi on a regular basis.
More information here!
Winter has come to Rovaniemi and it’s time to close Arctic Circle Jukola’s training areas except Ounasvaara (H1). Sale and pick up of training map of Ounasvaara (H1) only from reception of Santasport (Hiihtomajantie 2).
Due to snow conditios we can’t guarantee that all the controls are seen properly or the course is proceed by foot.
All-new training areas will be open in the end of May 2020 depending on snow condition. More information will be published Jukola´s website during the winter.
We welcome you to train in the all training areas at the Arctic Circle Jukola in May 2020!
The international orienteering relay competitions, the 72nd Jukola Relay and the 43rd Venla Relay, will be held in Rovaniemi, 13.-14.6.2020. The main organizer of the event is Ounasvaara Hiihtoseura ry.
The competition instructions for the Arctic Circle Jukola, as well as the event programme and a “Guide to Arctic Circle Jukola” will be published as electronic versions. All competitors are asked to download these beforehand.
The event is regulated by the rules of the Suomen Suunnistusliitto (the Finnish Orienteering Federation (FOF)). The rules of FOF are available on the FOF website at www.suunnistusliitto.fi.
Participants are not required to obtain a Finnish Orienteering Federation license. Both men and women can participate in the Jukola Relay, this includes any women also competing in the Venla Relay.
Foreign orienteers in particular are reminded of the fact that they are allowed to compete for only one club during the competition season (1st January – 31st December). Only competitors born in 2005, or earlier, are allowed to compete in the relays.
The registration process opens on the December 2nd 2019. Entries can be submitted through the Arctic Circle Jukola´s website www.jukola.com/2020.
More information here.
Arctic Circle Jukola 2020 with midnight sun has got lot of positive interest during Kangasala-Jukola 2019 and other Finnish orienteering weeks.
Arctic Circle Jukola 2020 will join O-Ringen Kolmården 22.-27.7. and World Orienteering Championships in Norway 14.-17.8. We welcome you to visit in our promotion place and discuss more about Arctic Circle Jukola.
Our promotion place of O-Ringen is situated near O-Ringen Radio at the O-Ringen square.