Event invitation

The international orienteering relay competitions, the 72nd Jukola Relay and the 43rd Venla Relay, will be held in Rovaniemi, 21.-22.8.2021. 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.

72nd Jukola Relay

An orienteering relay competition with seven legs for teams from orienteering clubs and other associations. The winning team will be awarded the challenge trophy “Lukkarin oppi” (“The Schoolmaster’s Lesson”), donated by the Kaukametsäläiset association.

Estimated distance Estimated leg time Climb
1. 12,9 km dark 74 min 230 m
2. 12,9 km dark 74 min 230 m
3. 16,6 km dark 93 min 300 m
4. 9,1 km dark 50 min 120 m
5. 8,9 km dark/dawn 50 min 120 m
6. 11,0 km dawn/daylight 59 min 180 m
7. 16,4 km daylight 85 min 280 m
Total 87,8 km 8h 5 min 1460 m


All legs include approximately 1200 meters of marked route. Forking is used in all legs. The sun sets at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, 21st of August and rises at 5:13 a.m. on Sunday, 22nd of August. The race starts with a mass start at 11.00 p.m. on Saturday, 21st of August 2021.

43rd Venla Relay

An orienteering relay competition with four legs for women’s teams from orienteering clubs and other associations. The winning team will be awarded the challenge trophy “Venlan avaimet” (“Venla’s keys”) donated by the Kaukametsäläiset association.

Estimated distance Estimated leg time Climb
1. 7,3 km 45 min 70 m
2. 5,4 km 33 min 50 m
3. 9,1 km 56 min 110 m
4. 8,5 km 52 min 90 m
Total 30,3 km 3 h 6 min 320 m


All legs include approximately 1200 meters of marked route. Forking is used in all legs. The race starts with a mass start at 1.45 p.m. on Saturday, 21st of August 2021.

General information

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. It is forbidden to use spiked shoes, but shoes with studs are permissible. GPS trackers will be allocated to chosen teams and must be worn throughout the competition. The chosen teams named by the organizers will use numbered vests.

The embargoed (forbidden) area can be found on the Arctic Circle Jukola´s  website: www.jukola.com/2021/en/the-forbidden-training-area/.

Competition Map and Punching System

Printed orienteering map with a scale of 1:10 000 and a contour interval of 5 meters. Mapped by Matti Kivelä 6/2015-10/2019. Maps are sealed in plastic. The electronic Emit punching system will be used.

Eligibility to Participate

Participants are not required to obtain a Finnish Orienteering Federation license. It is the responsibility of the clubs and the competing members to ensure that all personal data is correct. Both men and women can participate in the Jukola Relay, this includes any women also competing in the Venla Relay.

The teams of associations (meaning teams other than orienteering clubs) are allowed to have no more than two first class orienteers aged between 17 and 39 years. To women this applies only when competing in the Venla Relay, not in the Jukola Relay. Only teams affiliated to organized orienteering clubs are eligible to compete for podium positions or points for the challenge trophy.

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 2006, or earlier, are allowed to compete in the relays.

Registration and Payment

All registrations and payments will be automatically transferred to 2021, if cancellation is not made by club and/ot teams. Also ordered/paid other services (camping pitch, tent from organiser, wind shelter pitch, camper/caravan, emit-cards) will be automatically transferred. Cancellation of registration and other services is possible by sending email to sami.leinonen@jukola.com. 

The registration has opened on the December 2nd 2019 and it is continueing with the price of second category. Entries can be submitted through the Arctic Circle Jukola´s website www.jukola.com/2021. An access code to the electronic enrolment system is sent via e-mail in November 2019 to the clubs and associations that participated in Kangasala-Jukola in 2019. All new clubs, associations and/or private persons will receive their code after registering in the electronic enrolment system.

Each team must have at least four (4) Emit cards in Jukola relay and three (3) in Venla relay. (Note! Updated 22nd February 2020). The same Emit cards are not allowed to be used by two different teams in the same relay. However, the same Emit card can be used in both the Jukola and the Venla Relays. Emit cards can be rented from the organizers. Renting an Emit card costs 20 euros per card until June 15th 2021, after this date the price will be 40 euros per card. The number of rental cards required must be indicated in the registration form when making the entry. Numbers of Emit cards will not be published in advance but they will be registered into the electronic result system at the competition centre when runners enter the start and changeover area.

The schedule for registration, entry fees and other advance payments are shown in the table below. Payment must be made online at the time of an entry or a reservation. If a reservation is not paid within the date range of the price category when the reservation was made, the fee of the next price category will be charged.

All teams are asked to check all the details carefully when entering a team and paying.

Entry fees 15.6.2021 6.8.2021
until 11.59 p.m. until 11.59 p.m.
Venla/team   232 € 272 €
Jukola/team 406 € 476 €

Starting order of the teams registered before June 15th, 2021 is determined by the results from Kangasala-Jukola 2019. All teams registered and paid later will find their starting position at the end of the starting list. All questions regarding the starting lists should be sent to the technical advisor, to the email address jaakko.lajunen@jukola.com.

An international team has the right to cancel their participation before July 29th, 2021 at 11.59 p.m. If a team cancels its participation after July 29th, 2021, the entry fee will not be returned.

Other Fees

Other services (camping pitch, tent from organiser, wind shelter pitch, camper/caravan, emit-cards) will be automatically transferred. Cancellation of other services is possible by sending email to sami.leinonen@jukola.com. 

15.6.2021 6.8.2021
until 11.59 p.m. until 11.59 p.m.
Camping pitch, 10 m x 10 m 30 € 60 €
Tent from organizers 245 € 490 €
Wind shelter pitch, 6 m x 5 m 50 € 100 €
Camper/caravan 55 € 110 €
Camper/caravan with electricity (50 pcs) 80 € 160 €
Passenger car/motorcycle 20 € (from the competition centre) 25 € (at the parking area)
EMIT-CARD RENT 20 € 40 €

Running Order

The running orders of teams are entered into the electronic enrolment system either during the entry or later by using the access code. The running order can be entered as public or non-public; in the latter case, it will become public on Friday, 20th August, 2021 at 6.00 p.m.

The running orders for both relays, the Jukola and the Venla, have to be entered into the electronic enrolment system by 6.00 p.m. on Friday, 20th August 2021. After this, changes can only be made in exceptional circumstances. More specific information on this will be published in August 2021 in the Competition Information on the website of Arctic Circle Jukola.

Number bibs (note: no safety pins are provided by the organizers) and other team specific competition material will not be available until the running order has been submitted and all fees have been paid.


All accommodation located within the competition centre area has to be booked and paid for through the electronic enrolment system which has opened at the same time with the registration, on the December 2nd, 2019. Accommodation will be confirmed after the organizers have received the payment. Prices for accommodation can be found from the table above (Other fees). The camping area for tents is mainly located in a heath and mixed forest area next to the competition centre and the size of each pitch is 10 x 10 m. The maximum distance from the camping area to the gate of the changeover and start area is approximately 1 000 meters.

In addition, the organizers will provide 360 non-heated team tents which can accommodate up to 16 people. These tents are located at the competition centre. These team tents are to be booked per tent.

Foreign clubs book and pay for the team tents through the electronic enrolment system together with their entry at latest on June 15th, 2021. Any tents that remain available after that time can be booked by Finnish teams by sending an e-mail to sami.leinonen@jukola.com.

Parking and accommodation areas for campers and camper vans are located in different areas, about 200-600 meters from the competition centre. Places are limited and distributed in the the order of registration. Places must be reserved and paid in advance through the registration system before June 15th 2021.

Please see other accommodation options on the website of Arctic Circle Jukola.

Wind Shelter Area

Competing clubs have an opportunity to book a place for a wind shelter near the changeover and finish area. There are approximately 250 wind shelter places. All competing clubs making an entry for at least eight teams (Jukola and Venla combined) will have the right to book two wind shelter places. All the competing clubs that wish to have a wind shelter place must book it through the electronic enrolment system. The top 50 teams from Jukola 2019 have the right to reserve wind shelter places 1-50. Booking and payment must be made by 28th of January 2021.

Competition Centre

The competition centre is located at Mäntyvaara racetrack, 8 km northwest from the city centre of Rovaniemi. The competition centre opens on Firday, August 20th, 2021 at 10.00 a.m. Facilities located at the competition centre include, for example, a canteen, first aid services and an information desk as well as shops and exhibition areas. No accommodation is allowed at the competition centre before its official opening time.


Detailed instructions for arrival and other information can be found in the “Guide to Arctic Circle Jukola” which will be published on the website of Arctic Circle Jukola in August 2021. Road signs directing to the competition centre will be in place by August 20th, 2021 at 8.00 a.m. The driving instructions issued by the organizers must be strictly adhered to.

Bus transport (for a fee) to the competition centre will be organized from the city centre, bus station, railway station, airport, and from the accommodation places of Arctic Circle Jukola´s collaborators. Information on the schedules, bus stops etc. will be published later on the website of Arctic Circle Jukola.

Parking and Parking Fees

All cars will be parked on the parking areas according to the guidance and instructions given by the organizers. Passenger cars will be parked approximately 1500-2000 meters walk from the competition centre. There’s transport only for equipment from the nearest parking area, not for the participants. Transport for the participants will be organized from the parking areas with over 3 km away from the competition centre. The parking fee includes transport. Parking areas for invited guests, media and disabled guests are located next to the competition centre.

The parking fee for a passanger car and a motorcycle is 20 euros, if purchased in advance from the information desk. When paid at the parking area, the parking fee is 25 euros.

Campers and caravans: see the Accommodation section above.

The bus stops are located near the camping areas and approximately 1500 meters from the competition centre. Club buses staying in the organized parking area at Lapin Urheiluopisto will have to book their parking in advance by August 6th, 2021 through the electronic enrolment system. The bus parking area is 10km from the competition centre and is free of charge.

Bicycles, motorcycles and mopeds have their own parking area at the competition centre. Parking for bicycles and mopeds is free of charge.

Children’s Activities

A “children’s world” offering free time activities is available for children.

Showers and Changing Rooms

There will be showers with warm water as well a sauna (entrance fee €5) at the competition centre. Changing facilities are not provided.

Photos and Filming

During the event, photos and videos will be taken. By registering and participating in the event, you confirm that photos or videos taken of you may be used for event-related marketing and other purposes. The material will not be sold or given to third parties in any other way.


Pre-race trainings are available using the training maps of Arctic Circle Jukola. More information on trainings can be found on the website of Arctic Circle Jukola. Over the Jukola weekend, there is a training map available of the area nearby the competition centre. Maps to this training area can be purchased from the information desk. The training maps can be purchased from Friday, August 20th, 2021 at 10 a.m. from the information desk.

Competition officials

Competition director Martti Anttila, martti.anttila@jukola.com, +358-40-5413645
General secretary Sami Leinonen, sami.leinonen@jukola.com, +358-50-557 8003
Communication manager Johanna Sarriola, johanna.sarriola@jukola.com
Map and course managers/Jukola
Kimmo Määttä, kimmo.maatta@jukola.com, +358-400-287723
Jyrki Itkonen, jyrki.itkonen@jukola.com, +358-50-5987883
Map and course managers/Venla
Mikko Rapakko, mikko.rapakko@jukola.com, +358-40-7571124
Harri Mäki, harri.maki@jukola.com, +358-400-749233
Course controller Juhani Jetsonen, juhani.jetsonen@alcon.com, +358-400-723404
Technical advisor (TA) Jaakko Lajunen, jaakko.lajunen@jukola.com, +358-400-142222

Welcome to the 72nd Jukola Relay and to the 43rd Venla Relay!


Arctic Circle Jukola´s office, sami.leinonen@jukola.com
Registration and instructions, www.jukola.com/2021/en, www.jukola.com/2021/en/event-invitation/
Accommodation, www.jukola.com/2021/majoitus/, www.visitrovaniemi.fi/stay/
Finnish Orienteering Organization’s rules, www.suunnistusliitto.fi
Forbidden training area, www.jukola.com/2021/en/the-forbidden-training-area/