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  • oktober 11, 2018
    Join the race as a volunteer!
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    Signup for volunteers for Finnmarksløpet 2019 is now open. Join us for the most beautif...
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  • september 13, 2018
    Registration
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    Registration for Finnmarksløpet 2019 is open. Click here to visit registration page.
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  • Finnmarksløpet logo tag with husky dog
    september 8, 2018
    Minor changes
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    As usually, changes for next year's Finnmarksløp is announced prior to sign-up start. For ...
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  • april 11, 2018
    Finnmarksløpet 2019
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    Finnmarksløpet 2019 starts in week 10. The first start will be Friday, 8 March. Also in...
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  • mars 17, 2018
    Dallas Seavey finished #3 in Finnmarksløpet
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    The American Iditarod winner and experienced musher Dallas Seavey arrived as #3 three in t...
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  • mars 17, 2018
    Nothing could stop the Swede
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    Birgitte Næss passed Swedish Petter Karlsson by after two of his dogs decided to mate on t...
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  • Tom Frode Johansen kom som #7 inn til Karasjok i dag. Foto: Trond A. Andersen
    mars 16, 2018
    - Need a bit of luck to make it...
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    Veteran Tom Frode Johansen with 19 FInnmarksløp on his CV, as well as several Femund Races...
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  • mars 16, 2018
    Follow the Final Stages and Finish Live on Facebook
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    Our experts are on-trail reporting live from the lead of the FL-1200 race. The finish in A...
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  • mars 16, 2018
    How long does it take?
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    We have looked at running times between Karasjok and Alta for the past decade of Finnmarks...
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  • Kristian Walseth and the leaders have a fairly cool ride on the leg between checkpoints Varangerbotn and Levajok. (Photo: Reidar Arnesen/@arcticlapse
    mars 15, 2018
    What Happens In Levajok After Challenging Mountain Crossing?
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    The lead teams of FL-1200 are currently struggling through the inhospitable mountain areas...
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  • Dre Langefeld receives the Best Dog Care Award. (Photo: Ann Helen Paulsen)
    mars 14, 2018
    FL-500: Best Dog Care Award to Dre Langefeld
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    During the FL-500 banquet Wednesday night, Dre  Langfeld received the Best Dog Care Award....
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  • mars 14, 2018
    FL-1200: We Are All Rookies Now
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    Competition is growing harder in the lead of FL-1200. Our expert commentators Trond Ørslie...
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  • mars 14, 2018
    Norwegian Ulsom won the Iditarod
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    Joar Leifseth Ulsom from Norway made history when he won the Iditarod this morning (Norweg...
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  • We will try to explain this
    mars 14, 2018
    Understanding the current standings table
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    New to Finnmarksløpet (the Finnmark Race)? Confused by the current standings table? Fret n...
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  • Harald Tunheim winning a convincing victory in the FL-500 race early Tuesday morning local time. (Photo: Ann Christin Pettersen)
    mars 13, 2018
    Current Race Status, 13 March
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    Harald Tunheim made history and Dallas Seavey leads the FL-1200 race, increasing the dista...
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  • Sindre Kolstad Valan debuterte med bronsjemedalje i sitt aller første Finnmarksløp. (Foto: Ann Christin Pettersen)
    mars 13, 2018
    FL-500: Bronze medal to Røros
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    Sindre Kolstad Valan from Røros is a rookie in Finnmarksløpet this year. He caught up with...
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  • Rookie Solfrid Håkenstad kom inn til andreplass og sølvmedalje i formiddag. (Foto: Ann Christin Pettersen)
    mars 13, 2018
    FL-500: Rookie claimed the silver medal
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    Rookie Solfrid Håkenstad became silver medalist when she participated in her very first Fi...
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  • Harald Tunheim prøvesitter sin nye ATV fra Polaris. (Foto: Ann Christin Pettersen)
    mars 13, 2018
    Awards and prizes for Finnmarksløpet’s winners
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    The teams that make it first to the finish line in Alta, will take home some great prizes ...
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  • Harald Tunheim and his lead dog Polaris were happy to win! (Photo: Ann Christin Pettersen)
    mars 13, 2018
    FL-500: Harald Tunheim’s Convincing Victory
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    Harald Tunheim crossed the finish line at 07:48 Tuesday morning and won a most convincing ...
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  • mars 12, 2018
    Current Status – Part 2, 12 March
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    Dallas Seavey takes his 16-hour mandatory rest in Neiden. Thomas Wærner now has a chance t...
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  • mars 12, 2018
    Current Status 12 March
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    The big favourites tighten their grip – but it’s still a long way to Alta. On day four ...
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  • From the left: Solveig Kristine Kvam, Ole Henrik Isaksen Eira and Maria Jøraholmen with their respective medals. (Foto: Ann Christin Pettersen)
    mars 12, 2018
    FL-junior: Award Ceremony and Prizes
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    Monday at 11:00 CET the Award Ceremony for FL-junior took place downtown Alta. The winners...
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  • http://www.finnmarkslopet.no/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Ole-Henrik-Isaksen-Eira-2-foto-ann-helen-300x200.jpg
    mars 11, 2018
    Current Status 2, 11 March
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    Here is a new current status report from day 3 of Finnmarksløpet.   FL-junior: Th...
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  • mars 11, 2018
    FL-1200 TD Ruling Regarding Ola B. Sunde
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    FL-1200 musher Ola Brennodden Sunde was ill on arrival to cp Levajok. The TD permitted his...
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  • mars 11, 2018
    Race status at noon, Sunday 11 March
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    Here's an update on the development in all three race classes during the past couple of ho...
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  • Thomas Wærner and his fabulous dog team just before cp Jergul. (Photo: Reidar Arnesen/@arcticlapse)
    mars 10, 2018
    Race status on 10 March
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    Here’s an update on current race status towards evening of today’s race (CET). Thomas ...
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  • mars 10, 2018
    Participant in Finnmarksløpet hit by snowmobile
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    Updated: One of the participants in the FL-junior race was Saturday hit by a snowmobile wh...
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  • mars 10, 2018
    When do they arrive?
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    Here is a useful estimate to find out when participants arrive at checkpoints during Finnm...
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  • I går var det showstart - i dag skal disse ut på sporet for alvor i FL-500. (Foto: Elisabeth Bergquist)
    mars 10, 2018
    Watch Race Start Live
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    While the FL-1200 race started last night (CET), we have two race classes starting today. ...
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  • Jana Henychova og de renrasede hundene starter FL-1200 fredag kveld. I dag starter FL-junior og FL-500 kl 13:00.
    mars 10, 2018
    Winner Candidates, Profiles and Rookies
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    It is time to take a closer look at some of this year’s candidates. Let there be no dou...
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  • mars 9, 2018
    Live broadcast
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    Follow us live! Finnmarkløpets showstart and official opening/FL-1200.
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  • mars 2, 2018
    Checkpoint? No thanks
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    For those who do not know the sport well. This is what it's about. In long distance dog ra...
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  • Arnt ola skjerve i FL-500 2016
    mars 2, 2018
    Status from Finnmarksløpet
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    Even though the race itself is a few months ahead, exciting things happen. The deadline fo...
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dog/howling /historien

Everybody on the podium

Finnmarksløpet was first organized in 1981 with three contestants. There were few rukes and the mushers were out on their own. Back then mushing was a sport for a few dedicated people. Today mushing is a sport that engange thousands of people.

As the years passed the race grew, both in contestants and audience. In 1985 there were two race classes, in 1992 the length grew to 1000km and 12 dogs as a maximum. While the class for 8 dogs were 600 km. In 2000 the open class was extended to 14 dogs and the 8-dog class reduced to 500 km. Finally, in 2018, the race is extended to 1200 km. There has been a lot of smaller changes during the years, we listen to the competitors and try to make the race as fun and challenging as possible.
 

A big celebration

In 2001 Finnmarskløpet AS was established as a race organization. From then on the race has become more professional. What used to be a small event organized by mushers is now the largest annual sport and cultural event in the region.

Finnmarksløpet has become a symbol that unite the people in the region in celebration. NRK (The Norwegian national broadcaster) has daily bulletins from the race and the interest has escalated. The TV program has a national market share of 33%.

This webpage has about 1 million visitors during the race. This is due to people checking the GPS trackers and following the contestants live as the race enfolds. Stay tuned!

The race today

Finnmarksløpet consist of three race classes

Finnmarksløpet junior (FL-junior)
6-dogs, 200 km (125 miles), mushers from 14 to 18 years old.

Finnmarksløpet 500 (FL-500)
8-dogs, 550 km (340 miles). Normally around 70-80 mushers partissipate.

Finnmarksløpet 1200 (FL-1200)
14-dogs, 1200 km (745 miles), Normally around 40 mushers partissipate.

Race start is Friday evening (FL-1200) and Saturday afternoon (FL-junior/FL-500) in week number 10 in central Alta.

This is a big event with speaker, live music and thousands of people. For more details about the race start, check out our program.

EVERYBODY ON THE PODIUM

Finnmarksløpet was first organized in 1981 with three contestants. There were few rukes and the mushers were out on their own. Back then mushing was a sport for a few dedicated people. Today mushing is a sport that engange thousands of people.

As the years passed the race grew, both in contestants and audience. In 1985 there were two race classes, in 1992 the length grew to 1000km and 12 dogs as a maximum. While the class for 8 dogs were 600 km. In 2000 the open class was extended to 14 dogs and the 8-dog class reduced to 500 km. Finally, in 2018, the race is extended to 1200 km. There has been a lot of smaller changes during the years, we listen to the competitors and try to make the race as fun and challenging as possible.

dog sledge in bad weather - løypen

Must be prepared for anything

Finnmarksløpet runs through woods, mountains and the arctic plateau. Mostly untouched and uninhabited wilderness. The track is marked but can be difficult to follow in bad weather conditions. Thanx to the dogs amazing sense of smell they can almost always follow the track.

The race is unique, not only because of the length, but also the amazing arctic nature that it runs through. The climate is unhospitable and weather changes swiftly. The mushers can experience sun and beautiful northern lights, but also violent storms, heavy snowfalls and biting colds down to -40°C / -40° F. Therefore the mushers must be prepared for anything.

Trasekart alle klasser

We are ready! Are you?!