Our story begins in the winter of 1520.
Vasaloppet started in 1922, but really it is much older than that. The first Vasalopp was carried out as early as 1521 by Gustav Eriksson. During his flight from the Danish king he stopped in Sälen and returned to Mora to lead the uprising against the occupation forces. Gustav Eriksson eventually united the realm and became Sweden’s first king, better known under the name Gustav Vasa. In other words, Sälen is not only the starting point for the world’s largest exercise race; it is also the starting point for the history of our whole country.
The first Vasaloppet
Anders Pers, from Mora, is the father of Vasaloppet. It was from his thoughts that the world's biggest ski race was born. He wrote about the contemporary interest in skiing and linked it to Gustav Eriksson Vasa's flight on skis from Mora towards Norway in 1521.
Start and finish
Vasaloppet's start area in Sälen and the finish portal in Mora are some of sporting Sweden's most famous environments. Here you will also find some famous memorials, statues and obelisks.
Kranskulla and Kransmas
Just before the first Vasaloppet winner was due to arrive in the finishing straight one of the organisers from IFK Mora suddenly asked “Could you place this laurel wreath on the winner?” "Of course I'd like to do that", replied the young unknown Therese Eliasson who, in honour of the day, was all dressed up in the beautiful local Mora costume.
Here you will find all historical winners of our competition races.
On March 5, 2017, we asked all participants in Vasaloppet to start the race wearing a red cap, to honour the memory of our great hero, Nils ”Mora-Nisse” Karlsson (1917–2012), who won more Vasaloppet victories than anyone in history. We celebrated because 2017 marked the centennial of Mora-Nisse's birth.
Vasaloppet's development from the 1920s up until today.
Surely nothing is associated more strongly with Vasaloppet than blueberry soup? Ever since 1958, Vasaloppet has served Ekström's blueberry soup at its checkpoints. Before then, blueberries were picked in Dalarna in the summer by the same people who would serve them at the checkpoints in the winter.
Vasaloppet’s Summer Week
It started in the winter of 2008 when the Vasaloppet board took on the new vision "The Vasaloppet Arena shall inspire activity all year round". The ski track between Sälen and Mora began to be regarded as a year-round arena, "the world's largest sports arena – 90 km long and 10 metres wide" and the words "all year round" were added. After several winters with little snow, Vasaloppet wanted to broaden its range and organize races in the summer.
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Fantastic performances from 2023 and the 100th Vasaloppet fully booked
Seventeen days after registration opened for the 100th Vasaloppet 2024, the race was fully booked with 15,800 participants. In total, nearly 30,000 have already registered for one of the races in Vasaloppet's Winter Week 2024 but there are plenty of start places left in the other races besides Vasaloppet. And with over 52,000 registered participants in the recently concluded Winter Week 2023, we can't help but single out some particular achievements:
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The 100th Vasaloppet 2024 is fully booked
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Welcome to Cykelvasan, August 11–12, 2023
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Register for Vasaloppet's Winter Week 2024 with an early bird discount up until March 19
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Emil Persson and Emilie Fleten won Vasaloppet 2023
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Ida Dahl won Tjejvasan 2023