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One of Northern Europe's best asphalt courses
3750 meters long
25km north of Mo i Rana

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The 2022 rename and rebrand of the Arctic Circle Raceway -  The ACR Arena

In Northern Norway, just below the Arctic Circle, is possibly Northern Europe's best racetrack. Surrounded by mountains and forests the Arctic Circle Raceway is a highly coveted and exotic destination for motorsport enthusiasts from all over the world. Passionate souls through many years of planning managed to realize the track that many saw as impossible. For the climate is harsh,the summer season is short, and the distances are long. But still, after ten years of planning and building, the track was opened in 1995. Known as “ACR” for most, the track has hosted many racing events throughout the years.


Now we are expanding the brand and the name to match the future of ACR. We continue to build on the well-known brand and the mythical position that ACR possess. The racetrack and motorsport will naturally be at the core of ACR, but ACR is developing into an arena for a wide variety of activities. Its latitude location opens some unique possibilities, as the midnight sun in the summer makes races possible at night, and the heavy snowfall in winter is perfect for a variety of winter sports. Additionally, the surroundings are fantastic for both hiking, biking, downhill and summit trips.


ACR will be so much more than a racetrack. It will be an all-year arena for a wide variety of sports, events, action and activities.


This is why we call it ACR Arena.

North pole feeling



North Pole corner - Photo: Gary Bailey /

Arctic Circle Raceway is located as the crow flies just 13 km south of the global the Arctic Circle, and with Saltfjellet and Svartisen National Park in the north and Tiurhaugen Nature Reserve in the south as the closest neighbours. 

The entire arena is based on the environmentally friendly reuse of the giant rock piles of gray rock from Rana Gruber's many years of business. Only a tenth of the arena is laid out in previously untouched nature.

The arena's start/finish is 200 meters above sea level, and the Alpine peaks that rise up through the glacier in the north extend up to over 1400 meters above sea level. In the Northern Norwegian way, we allow ourselves to claim that the Arctic Circle Raceway, with its 3750 metres, 11-13 meters width and more than 30 meters height difference, is the most beautiful track in the world.

Deep below the arena, 30 - 40 below the asphalt and across the rough rock tips, flows the river Vesteråga. On its way to the fjord, the water passes three different hydropower plants. This means that every little snowflake, and every single drop of rain that is swept away by the window cleaners on the car, will return to the arena as renewable energy. No other track in the world has such an energy supply!

Arctic Circle Raceway was opened in 1995 after almost ten years of planning and construction. Behind the realization was enthusiasm and courage from local motorsport environment, with great help from the local population and businesses, municipality, county council and tens of thousands of volunteer hours.


After approval by the Norges Idrettsforbund's (Norwegian Sports Confederation) board, the arena was realized as a national facility for road racing in line with other Norwegian national facilities such as Ullevål Stadium, Vikingskipet, Kvitfjell Alpinanlegg and Holmenkollen. The arena is owned by a joint-stock company with the same name.


The company is currently owned by Norges Motorsportsforbund and ACR AS with 51 and 49 per cent ownership respectively.

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