Nordic Fest Sporting Events

Nordic Fest Sporting Events

The Norse Gods have set forth the Ultimate Norseman Competition to test the skills of the true Nordic Fest competitor.

Athletics play an important role in the Scandinavian cultures. Strength, stamina and a strong stomach are all traits of the gods.

Festers who participate in the three Saturday events of the Elvelopet 15k run, Rock Throw, and the famed Lutefisk eating contest will have their results combined to face off with other Ultimate Norseman!  The top Ole (men’s) and Lena(women’s) division winners will receive a custom Grizzly Cooler! 

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Elveløpet 5K run/walk or 15K Run

Elveløpet 5K run/walk or 15K Run Join in the Elveløpet, Nordic Fest's 5k and 15k race that draws more than 800 participants each year! Decorah's Annual "River Run" race course highlights the natural beauty that northeast Iowa has to offer. Official themed Elveløpet Race Shirts are provided to all paid participants!

The race begins on Saturday July 30th at 7:30 a.m. in front of Decorah's City Hall. Hydration offered along the route and fruit and drink available at the finish line. Don't forget to ask for a print-out of your results!

Registrations can be dropped off at 507 W. Water Street until noon on Friday, July 29th. Cost is now $40 in advance for 5k or $45 for 15k (by Friday, July 29th at noon) and $35 for youth. All registrations after the deadline will only be accepted at City Hall from 6-8 p.m. on Friday or 6-7 a.m. the day of the race.

5k Race Route

15k Race Route

2016 Race Results


Floorball Floorball is a fast-paced sport officially played withfive field players and a goalkeeper on each side. It has similarities with bothfield and ice hockey, but also with basketball. It is played with a carboncomposite stick with a plastic blade and a plastic hollow ball, with holes.Floorball is a versatile sport, where a lot of action and changing situationsoccur in a split of a second. It has a low entry level, since it can be playedin any size sports venue, you just need to alter the number of players toaccommodate the available space. It is the true sport of today, being played inover 75 countries worldwide and it is quickly becoming the sport of tomorrow.

Demonstrations Friday and Saturday afternoon!

Kanoløpet Canoe Race

Kanoløpet Canoe Race The traditions of the Kanoløpet Cane Race returns on Friday, July 29th! This perennial favorite will begin at Off the Driftless, 212 Pulpit Rock Road and will end at Twin Bridges next to Palisades Park. Nordic Fest would like to thank Luke and Sue Cote for starting the event so many years ago and for Hutchinson Family Farm Campground for taking it over to keep the tradition alive!

 It takes just two people for a canoe and one for a kayak to to race down the river in pursuit of the coveted "paddle"! Bring out your inner Viking for a fun and exciting race on the Upper Iowa River!

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament!

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament! $150 per team
Contact: Shannon Quandahl -
Tournament begins Friday @ 10:00AM with Round Robin play.
Bracket Play begins Saturday @ 12:30 PM.
For rules, tournament brackets, & waivers visit:
*Every team guaranteed 3 games!
Proceeds benefit the Decorah Girl’s Basketball Program!
*Number of games dependent upon the amount of registered teams

Nordic Fest Rock Throw

Nordic Fest Rock Throw For a sport that dates back to the Viking ages, try the annual Nordic Fest rock throw, where participants can compete in various age, size and weight categories. Begins Saturday at 1:00 pm near the Decorah Middle School.



Stop #11 on the U.S. Mölkky Tour. This event will be the location of  the 2016 2v2 U.S.Championship.

Molkky is a Finnish yard game that involves throwing a wooden baton at pins to accumulate points. The rules of the game are simple and anyone of any ability or age can play. Finland has a large Molkky following with many clubs and tournaments,along with the world championships.Demonstrations will start at 3:00 pm Friday and tournament at 2:00 pm Saturday following parade. Tournament is open to anyone from ages 8 to 80. Entrants can confirm through, usmolkky@gmail.comor calling 218-640-2063. This tournament is FREE and limited to 48 2-personteams. This tournament will have preliminary round robin followed by elimination brackets and located on the school grounds........event page can be found on event tab under