- First run in 1950 when it was called the Rally to the Midnight Sun as it was held in summer. It became a winter event in 1965.
- It featured in the inaugural championship in 1973 and has been dominated by Scandinavians, who won every year until 2004 when Sébastien Loeb broke the mould. Sébastien Ogier and 2018 victor Thierry Neuville are the only other ‘outsiders’ to win.
- Stig Blomqvist and Marcus Grönholm top the roll of honour with five wins each.