Rules FL-500

Updated 11th September 2018

There is a sports committee in Finnmarksløpet that is responsible for the special rules for Finnmarksløpet.

We make note of NHFs regulations that are up to date. We ask participants to read through and understand this rule.

The Finnmark race is judged by NHF’s Long Distance Regulations (LR), which can be found on the NHF’s website under the laws and regulations ( and the special rules set forth here. The following regulations and policies have been prepared which, in addition to the NHF`s LR, apply to Finnmarksløpet (FL):

The Finnmark race 500 shall be open to all participants who have qualified according to the requirements set by the Sports Committee for Finnmarksløpet. (View registration)

Finnmarksløpet is an international sled dog race with three classes. The FL-500 should not consist of more than 8, minimum 6 dogs at start, and min. 5 dogs in goal.

The goal of Finnmarksløpet is to conduct a sled dog competition where you will find out which participant and dogs who can return the race in the shortest possible time. The race is to be carried out only by means of the participant and the dog’s own forces, and without the help of others in the track and in the display area at the checkpoints. The participant with his dogs must be equipped to cope with different weather conditions that one can expect to meet in Finnmark. Finnmarksløpet is carried out on nature’s premises, where weather and conditions can vary depending on where the participant is at all times. The participant must have good skills when it comes to outdoor activities and dog care. This in order to make the best possible reviews for themselves and their range along the way.

Information about the media / press under FL:

Media / Press shall relate to FL’s guidelines regarding contact / interview with the participant along the way. The following information will be provided to media / press:

The participant must enter the checkpoint, park the team, pick up the depot, take off socks, put the dogs on straw and start the kettle. Only after this is the participant available for media / press on request. However, photography and filming can take place at a distance, without disturbing the participant.

Special rules

#1 Dogs: All dogs participating in Finnmarksløpet must be labeled. In addition, each dog must be labeled with FL tag on the collar along the way during the course. Tags are submitted by registration before the race. (It is recommended to put the tag on the dog’s collar on the start day)

#2 Start: In the FL-500, the teams start at 1 minute intervals. The draw of the starting number will take place on Thursday before the start of the race.

#3 Start number/ commercial: Participants are required to carry advertising / GPS tracking device on their own and / or on the sled. FL’s advertisement must be clearly visible to the participant’s hat throughout the course, including at start, finish, and prize ceremonies according to guidelines issued by Finnmarksløpet. FL-500 participants will carry their starting number clearly visible from start to checkpoint Kautokeino, as well as from Karasjok checkpoint to target pass. The handler for each musher will use his own orange handler test at all checkpoints.

#4 Public road: It is not allowed to follow public roads on stretches other than the organizer has decided. Information will be given at the driving session.

#5 Control stations (checkpoint):

FL-500 participant will personally check in and out at the following control stations: Jotka I – Kautokeino – Jergul – Valjok – Karasjok – Jotka II.

NB. Jotka I and II and Valjok are a manned checkpoint.

Jotka I and II and Valjok have the same status as the other checkpoints in Finnmarksløpet but handlers can not access these checkpoints. Participants may be required to stop for veterinary checks at all checkpoints.


#6 Mandatory stop: The FL-500 has a resting time of 22 hours. Minimum two hours plus time-alligment is taken at Joatka 1. Six hours will be taken at Karasjok checkpoint where there is a mandatory veterinary check. The remaining hours must be taken at one or more of the following checkpoints: Jotka I, Kautokeino, Jergul, Valjok. The rest of the FL-500 should be taken out for whole minutes.

Participant will personally check in and out to complete all required stops. None of the required stops can be combined at the same checkpoint.

The individual participant is responsible for the time-alligment being done at Joatka 1.

#7 Depot: The following checkpoints are depot stations:

FL-500: Jotka I (one bag and max weight of 20 kg) – Kautokeino – Jergul – Valjok – Karasjok

The depot bag of Jotka I can also be used at Jotka II, participants must bring the depot bag from Jotka when used, no later than Jotka II. FL do not bring depot back from Jotka.


#8 Depot bag must be packed securely in all sacks and marked readily with the name of the participant and the name of the depot station to which it is intended. IMPORTANT: Fuel for primus / boiler electricity. Eq. is not allowed in the storage bag. There is no limitation in total weight, and the number of deposit bags. Each bag must be maximum 20 kg.

Depot shall be shipped out of the organizer.

Submission of depot bags – see the race program for further information. The participants must lift their bags on the loading plane, as well as check the form together with the official, how many bags are delivered to each checkpoint. Bags on the ground will be left behind. The crash rails run from Alta on Thursday at. 15:00 pm. Information about the deposit system is available at the registration office. FL is not responsible for the participants’ deposit boxes in mild weather, loose dogs and the similar.


#9 Equipment: Outsiders / handlers shall not be in a different manner with the depot than placing / collecting equipment at the depot site at the checkpoint.

Equipment for this purpose is considered: Anchor – blanket – batteries – hand heater – heat ointment – pot socks – pot ointment – sledding – boiler / primus fuel – hay* (to use in between checkpoints). This equipment must be placed in a designated storage area in soft packaging (plastic bags or similar). Everything that is delivered to the participant in this way can be controlled by the TD / rider / employee.

*Hay used in between checkpoints: Hay must be packaged in sack and can be taken from handler car to depot area. Hay from handler car can be used in between checkpoints. If hay is been used outside of checkpoint, it must be transported back to next checkpoint by participant.

Everything that the participant will leave at checkpoint will be brought to the custody of the participant and can be obtained from outside.

#10 Help / Assistance: At the control stations, it is not allowed to receive any assistance to the team other than necessary assistance in steering and braking, unless otherwise determined by Checkpoint Manager / TD / Running Manager.


#11. Dogs / checkpoints:

#11 A: At the control stations it is not permitted to bring dogs into a house, dog box or the like, except for any veterinary examination. However, the participant may take the dog (s) into his own tent that is brought on the sled from the start.

#11 B: The race’s TD and / or race director, in collaboration with the race veterinarian, shall have the absolute authority over the dog team participating in Finnmarksløpet.

Their decision to take a dog or dogs out of the race or other decisions related to dog breeding / animal health is be final.

All dogs will be looked at and / or checked, as far as possible, at all checkpoints.

The veterinarian of the race in collaboration with the gang leader or TD can hold dog sledge at any checkpoint if it is necessary to take care of the dog sledge’s health.

No dog team can leave a checkpoint before the dogs in that team are able to continue the race.


#11 C: The team / dogs must leave the parking space / check point without compulsion. It is forbidden to pull / remove the dogs from the place of storage / checkpoint when the crew is to leave the checkpoint.


#12 Animal welfare and health

FL is to be conducted with a particular focus on the welfare and health of the dogs. FL as organizers and FL participants both have a mutual responsibility for the race dogs.


1) The participant in Finnmarksløpet is at all times responsible for setting, feeding and safeguarding the welfare and health of their dogs according to the needs of the dog. The dogs and other participants must be treated with respect and kindness. Participants should drive and dispose of their course in accordance with their fitness, physical and health conditions and status, and take into account how weather and conditions affect the dogs along the way.

Violation of the rule may cause the participant to become disqualified.

2) Dogs that are injured or from other health and / or condition conditions are not suitable to continue during the race and are to be transported to the next checkpoint for the assessment of FL veterinarians.

Dogs that are considered by FL veterinarians to be unable to participate further should be taken out of the race.

Dogs like halter must be transported in the sledge to the nearest checkpoint / destination. Dogs shall not stop, nor out of checkpoint / into destination.

Violation of the rule may cause the participant to become disqualified.

3) Dogs that fall over / throw themselves shall never continue in the team but must be brought to the sled to the next checkpoint and taken out of the race.

Dogs that have been / have been overheated shall never continue in the team but must be brought to the sled to the next checkpoint and taken out of the race.

Violation of the rule may cause the participant to become disqualified.


FL Race Veterinarians will be available at all checkpoints, and provide the same service to all dogs participating in the race. The running veterinarians shall at all times, to the best of their ability, investigate and perform adequate treatment of all dogs participating in the course from available medical and diagnostic equipment, available premises and field conditions.


#13 Dead dog: If a dog dies during the race in the track along the way between checkpoint, it will be shipped to the first next checkpoint or to the last checked checkpoint. The dog is to be transported in the sled and is covered on arrival at the checkpoint. The participant shall notify the running team at TD as soon as possible, rennsleder and / or running veterinarian. The participant can only continue on after permission has been given by TD, runner and / or runner-up. The participant may be disqualified from further participation if it appears from the survey that the participant has been guilty of maltreatment of the dog or otherwise caused the dog’s death. The participant can also be disqualified if he / she at a previous checkpoint has received a written message (Veterinary Book) about and reinstate the dog if death is not due to other reasons. The participant can also be disqualified if death is due to drying out or overheating. Starting and targeting are also considered drives in this context. If an autopsy is required, this should not be taxed to the participant financially.

Race director and chief veterinarian can decide, at certain climatic conditions, that dead dog should be taken outside checkpoint if this is necessary to ensure sample quality for an eventual autopsy.


#14 Help between checkpoints: No help or assistance from outside, and from outside parties allowed between the control stations. Except emergency situations and sledding are beyond what is possible to repair on site. In case, TD / running supervisor should be notified and approved for such assistance.


#15 Care: All care of dogs, equipment check, cooking of dog food and feeding of the dogs must be done on a field-by-side basis, and shall only be carried out by the dog team participant in the designated area at the checkpoints. It is only possible to collect cold water for the preparation of dog food. Cold water can be picked up in a fired water can / bucket. When using a refrigeration bag or similar equipment, this must be carried in the sledge from the start, or shipped with a depot in FL’s depot. Cooling bag or similar equipment removed from the specified / marked area can not be re-entered.


#16 Left dog: It is possible to put dogs back on all checkpoints.

Participants in FL-500 and FL-1200 can put dogs in Sorrisniva approx. 15 km after start. (Not applicable on return) Dog (s) is delivered to FL’s official. The participant shall immediately notify his trader to pick up the dog in Sorrisniva as soon as possible.

All dogs taken out of the race must undergo a mandatory veterinary check at the checkpoint the dog was taken out of. Participant is responsible for the check being carried out, but may leave responsibility for veterinary checks carried out. At the checkpoint Upper Pasvik and Valjok, Jotka I and II, the participant is responsible for ensuring that the dog has undergone a mandatory veterinary check.

All dogs taken out of the race must be entered in the veterinary journal «journal dropped dog». Here the reason for the removal of the dog will be entered, as well as a veterinary check on the dog / s shall be signed by one of the ML veterinary surgeons.

Participant must mark the dog taken out in the veterinary book «journal team». If a participant breaks the race, all dogs in the team must be checked by the veterinarian at the checkpoint the participant breaks the race. Veterinary check is mandatory and must be signed in the veterinary journal «journal team»

Participants who have not completed and have signed compulsory veterinary checks in the veterinary book «journal team» on dogs / dogs or in broken runs will be automatically disqualified.

Veterinary book «journal team» shall be brought to the participant’s sled throughout the course and «journal dropped dog» shall be in a shopping cart throughout the course. Dogs taken out at checkpoint are transferred to the dealer / follow-up team.

In the FL-500 there is a dog-drop in Masi on the stage of Kautokeino. Participants must notify their handler / follow-up team to pick up the dog as soon as possible. Dogs left in Masi must be shown to the veterinarian at checkpoint Kautokeino (NB! Masi is not a checkpoint, only dog ​​drop)


#17 Veterinary Control and Health Control of Dogs:
Compulsory health check before start: All dogs to participate in Finnmarksløpet must perform a mandatory health check before starting.

Mandatory veterinary checks:

In the FL-500 there is one mandatory veterinary check at Karasjok, in addition to compulsory veterinary checks at the finish line.

Mandatory veterinary checks must contain at least the general condition, respiratory and circulatory system, digestive system, fluid balance and team (BCS) check.

Dogs to proceed during compulsory veterinary inspection should have normal temperature and fluid balance, normal appetite, normal respiratory and circulatory system findings, minimum (3) and otherwise healthy and harmless.

Veterinary check of the team is also mandatory for broken run at the checkpoint where the participant breaks.

The participant is responsible for having signed compulsory veterinary checks in his veterinary journal journal team by one of the ML running veterinarians.

In addition to the mandatory veterinary checks, regular veterinary checks by FL run veterinarians are conducted at all FL checkpoints where the participant stops. A team running through the checkpoint shall have the minimum regular veterinary inspection by FL race veterinarians at the next checkpoint in the trail. However, FL Veterinarians, TD and Rhine Leader, have the authority to demand a dog or a team examined whether there is doubt about the health of a dog or a spider, or ability to continue throughout the course. This applies regardless of whether the driver plans to stop at the checkpoint or not.

Recheck: Check-out is a new veterinary check of a single dog or team where FL veterinarians find this necessary to safeguard the health of the dog’s health in the best possible way. A check-up can be ordered to be completed at the checkpoint the participant is located and / or at the next checkpoint the participant comes to. The completed check-up must be signed by one of the FL race veterinarians, and the driver is responsible for completing and signing the check in the veterinary journal team.

The participant who refuses to have veterinary checks, leaves the checkpoint or scored without having passed, signed and approved mandatory veterinary checks and recheck will be automatically disqualified.

There is a mandatory veterinary check at the end of the test which must be approved before the participant receives a approved race.

The veterinary books «journal team» and «journal dropped dog» must be submitted to one of the FL veterinari after the finish line, or at a broken run at the checkpoint the participant breaks the race.

Veterinary treatment of dogs before running and doping.
Participants who bring dogs that have been treated by a veterinarian / treatment are completed within 28 days before starting at Finnmarksløpet shall:

-Fremvise the dog to investigate one of Finnmarksløpets running veterinarians.

– Bring documentation (epicrise / sick story) from his treating veterinarian to the running veterinarian in Finnmarksløpet.

The documentation shall contain an assessment based on the event and the treatment given if it is welfare and health that the dog is required to start in Finnmarksløpet.

If such an assessment can not be clarified at the time of treatment, the treating veterinarian may give Finnmarksløpets running veterinarian the final assessment authority.

If the treating veterinarian finds it irresponsible that the dog starts in Finnmarksløpet, it can not be started.

A veterinary surgeon may, upon examination of the dog / s before starting, override the approval of the treating veterinarian if the veterinarian finds it irresponsible that the dog / s will start in Finnmarksløpet.

A dog that has been diagnosed and treated for pneumonia can not start until 3 months after the end of treatment. If the disease is nearer than 6 months back in time, the dog must be approved until the start of FL race veterinarians.

Finnmarksløpet follows the NHF and IFSS`s seat at the current doping regulations. Updated doping rules are available on NHF websites during anti-doping.


#18 Violation of rules committed by participants, trades (s) or other outside parties may result in disqualification of the participant. If a participant or someone from its acting team to the participant acts improperly over FL officials / volunteers, other participants, press or spectator this will result in disqualification of the participant.


#19 Securing dogs in races

1) There must be wire in the mainline / centerline, all wire must be padded.

2) All dogs in the bucket must be fastened with backline and nakkeline if using long loops. Nakkeline is not required for the lead dogs.

3) If the participant is driving with short-shoulder, the backrests of the shorts must be properly secured against the dogs in the tire not biting off the tail. When using short-shoulder straps, necklaces are not required. The backing for short shorts must be of padded wire. The length of the backrests should be a maximum of 40 cm using short shields.

Note: The participant with his dog sled must have trained with short sexes before running. Participants who run with short-shoulder should not be angry with other participants during the race.

4) All participants must, however, secure their dogs at check point / rest with the nakkeline of wire at least 40 cm long. Backlining made of padded wire (short saddle) can be used as a nackeline at checkpoint

5) When driving in areas with reindeer, the participant is responsible for ensuring that the dogs in the range do not cause damage to the reindeer. The participant is liable for damages if a dog causes direct damage to the reindeer.

6) Participant may be disqualified by violation of # 20

7) Drivers with short-sleeved shorts must have an additional line set with necklaces available in the console to be able to swap when needed. Replacement must be approved by TD.


#20 Reflex: The saddle must have reflector markings (minimum 10 cm) on both sides of the handlebar, which should be clearly visible in the dark.

There should be reflex markings on the necklace of the leader dog (s) or on the neckline between the guide dogs. The participant must always be well-labeled with reflex front and back of jacket.

#21 Skins on sled: Skins can be shipped in a deposit box or with an outside party. Only participants who are allowed to change their sledge.


#22 Change of sled: If a sled is broken beyond what is possible to repair then it is possible to change the sled. Replacement must be approved by TD / race director / checkpoint manager.

In addition to this, it is possible to change empty sledge against empty sledge two (2) times. Trailer that is being installed along the way during the race is considered sledding.


#23 Sled: The participant’s sled should be able to carry the participant. The sledge and packing bag shall be large enough to accommodate at least 1 dog under the sleigh rack as well as compulsory equipment. This will be checked at startup.

(FL recommends dog bags for dogs to use if dogs can be transported in the sled).

#24 Repair of sledge: If a participant wishes to take empty sledge out of the repair and depot repair area, this must be approved by TD / race director / checkpoint manager.

#25 The goal strecth is from the bridge in Upper Alta (slightly below Strand Camping) and to the goal.


#26 Rookie / First time mushers: The participant must complete the race and pass the finish line in Finnmark Race, to cancel status as rookie. The participant has a rookie status when the participant starts in a new class for the first time, regardless of whether the participant has completed FL in another class.


#27 Poles: The FL-500 is not an opportunity to use poles / stake equipment and similar.

#28 Participants’ suitability for the completion of the race. The Finnmark race at the rider and / or the jury may draw a participant for further completion of the race. This to safeguard the interests of the dogs, the participant, and / or the organizer. Participant withdrawal shall be justified in the dog’s or participant’s safety and suitability for further participation.

#29 Garbage

All forms of wasting garbage along the track may lead to disqualification for the participant. This includes dog socks and dog food!

Participants must always carry the following compulsory equipment (this can be checked at checkpoints and out in the trail.) The participant can be disqualified if there is a lack of compulsory equipment:


  • GPS (the coordinates will be posted on Finnmarksløpets webpages) and map scale 1: 250,000 with recorded route
  • Veterinary book «journal team». «Journal dropped dog» should be in the handlers car.
  • Compass
  • Snow shovel
  • Ax or big knife
  • Extreme winter sleeping bag – weight minimum 2000 grams and withstand minimum -30C
  • First aid kit
  • Extreme winter clothing (w / reflectors that are clearly visible in the dark, front and back)
  • Extra clothes change (underwear and outerwear, socks and winter shoes)
  • 8 socks per dog, including those in use
  • Headlight and batteries
  • Lightstick AND signal pen (minimum one must be in pocket on the body)
  • Wire or chain for dog taken and delivered checkpoint manager. There must be a sling per dog in the team – min. 40 cm. Drag Line with wire is approved for this use. When assembling, the entire buckle should be attached to an assembly line with wire or chain from the collar and out.
  • Reserve food for the dogs for at least 24 hours, 500 grams per dog, packed separately, sealed by the organizer and under normal circumstances unused for purpose.
  • Reserve food for running for at least 24 hours. Must consist of at least 500 grams.
  • Operating kettle (see description) with container for heating minimum ½ liter of water per liter. dog.
  • Garbage bags
  • Extreme Wind bag. Minimum weight is 1200 grams
  • Or alternatively to extreme wind bag: Tents and regular windbag
  • Tau to attach to the sled in areas where you can meet the reindeer.

Mandatory equipment that is lost or destroyed may be supplemented / replaced from deposit box / outsiders. The equipment must be submitted to TD / race director / checkpoint controller to approve the replacement / replacement. Used dog socks, batteries, trash bags, fuel for boil / primus are excluded and may be replaced if necessary from the storage bag / outsiders.



Comments from the Sports Committee regarding some of the compulsory equipment:

Participants, and especially first-time drivers, should read these carefully. It is important to be aware that TD / race director has full opportunity to approve or reject equipment.

Reserve food for dog and participant: To be used approx. 24 hours after the participant has left the checkpoint and stays between two checkpoints. Therefore, the participant must bring enough food and talk for the first 24 hours to both himself and the dogs.

Snow shovel: This must be of good quality so that it can withstand hard and icy snow and that it is suitable for digging yourself down in the snow.

Ax or big knife: Many taip the «sapmi knife» on the sled. Nevertheless, have a knife attached to the body. A knife or ax should have a minimum length of more than 30 cm.

First Aid Kit: Only single package does not hold. A minimum is plastics, sports tape, single pack, gauze and painkillers (prescription-free). It is recommended that it is packed waterproof, such as plastic bag.

Extra changing clothes: The underwear must be of the long type. Outerwear recommended is windproof trousers and jacket, good socks and footwear that keep warm.

Operating kettle: That it is operational means that you have from all stations both matches and enough red sprouts or liquor (at least 1 liter). The studs are recommended packed waterproof.

Dogfood bowls and food ladle to be in the sledding from the start. There is no reason to get this from shopping car.

Important: It is recommended to pack extra clothing, sleeping bag and windproof bag in waterproof packaging.


Primus has been removed from compulsory equipment. However, it is recommended to bring the primus if you have a tent.

The kettle is an alternative to heating / boiling water, (melting snow), but is a bad option to have a tent.

Sleeping pad: Strongly recommended. Avoid cooling by lying on the snow. Pack easily by laying the bottom of the packing bag throughout the length of the sled. Repair equipment: We recommend you have div. equipment to perform simple repairs in fields. These can be multi-tools, strips, thin strong rope, strong tape.




All participants shall, according to their best ability, seek to carry out a long distance competition at their level based on the resources they possess.

A participant who may / may choose to break the race must be notified as soon as possible to the race management and is responsible for the transport of himself, his dogs and his equipment and the depot from the checkpoints.

A search for a participant will normally be started approx. 24 hours after last contact. Unnecessary stay between checkpoints should therefore be avoided.

A dog in the sled when the participant arrives at the checkpoint is not taken out of the race unless the driver wishes.

There is a possibility for musher to ride the sled.

Written protest must be delivered TD / Jury no later than 1 – one hour after goal passing. Protest fee will be NOK 100, -.

Have a nice trip!