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Musher information for Finnmarksløpet 2024

Race office Pre race check Finnmark Race plaque Prizes Map: Alta Show Race Checkpoint Depot Handler/handler car Map GPS

Chipliste FL-junior
Chiplist FL-600
Chiplist FL-1200

Depot FL-junior

Depot FL-600

Depot FL-1200


NB! All participants must personally register before race meeting. See program here.

Here the participant will:

  • Enter list of chip numbers for dogs that are nominated for startup, in two examples. For 1200 km / 14-dog team max 16 dogs and to 600 km / 8-dog team max 10 dogs, junior 6-dog team max 8 dogs. Dog list – name and chip number at top of this site. This can also be done electronic from your signup profile.
  • Submit your own Self-declaration signed with a personal signature from the musher and identity card. This can also be done electronic from your signup profile.
  • Take the reserve food to the dogs for inspection and sealing
  • Submit vaccination certificates for dogs, age and required vaccinations (see veterinary pages for further clarification). This can also be done electronic from your signup profile.
  • All foreign mushers must submit documentation at the date of entry to Norway and approved vaccination – see information on the veterinary website and link to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s website
  • Provide an approved NHF license or sign a one-time license

At the race office you will be given the opportunity to pay the license to NHF. Mushers from other countries need licencs from their countrys federation.

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Pre race check (mandatory)

Information about mandatory pre race check in Alta before race start will be posted later.

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Finnmark Race plaque

Everyone finishing the Finnmarksløpet for the first time gets a plaque in Altaskifer. The plaque is 35 x 45 cm. with Finnmarksløpset logo invoked.

First-time musher: All are considered “Rookie” in the class they make until they have finished.

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There are cash prizes and gift prizes in Finnmarksløpet. Own awards after round number of completed races.

Full overview of premiums can be found here.

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Map: Important places in Alta

In the map below you will find the most important places in Alta in preparation for the race.

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Restrooms / cabins at the checkpoints will initially be reserved for mushers. Finnmarksløpet has no offers for riders and handlers who want their own rooms / cabins. Own bookings are recommended, more information on accommodation here.

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The participant handles the depotbags at Skillemoen (see map further up) Thursday between kl. 09.00 and 15.00

The bags are placed in the designated space on the trailer, which is parked in the parking lot. It is divided by and marked by different rooms to the different checkpoints on the car. Be careful that your bags are placed in the correct room for the checkpoint to which the deposit box is intended. Participant must sign on lists that depots has been handed in.

It is the individual mushers responsibility to put his depotbags in the right room on the car.


You should pack your equipment in the best possible way with solid bags, such as nylon bags, as these prove to be of the best and safest type in terms of strength and marking (you write directly on the bag). Our experience with the use of plastic or paper bags is that these are easily cracked and are not in any way recommended. Deposits that are not properly packed and marked with drive and full driving name may end up in other places than intended. Finnmarksløpet does not take extra trouble with bags that are sloppy packed and marked!

If you choose to use cooling bags, these should be of such a design that they can withstand hard treatment.


You should think that there are about 45 to 50 dogfood and equipment to be transported with the trailer, so pack and mark your bags properly.

It is not permissible to send flammable or harmful liquids with the storage bags.


Food drop leftover / left dogs

We kindly ask handlers to bring their own rest depot as well as left dogs from the checkpoints after the mushers has left, and that those who do not have handlers to deal with other handlers. Restdepot bags that are not packaged properly and marked with name will be considered as garbage.

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Handlers / handlercar

Finnmarksløpet recommends that all participants have handler (s) and car that follow the musher from checkpoint to checkpoint. One handler per team must meet at the race meeting. There should be at least two drivers on each car. The car should have a dog box with space for the whole dog sled.

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It is mandatory to have a GPS with a map and marked trail. Download from the FL website.

(The GPS must be able to be operational (have power) throughout the race)

About the maps and the trail

The majority of the trail follows the old roadways/sled trails on the plateau which are marked with Finnmarksløpet own wood markers with red top and reflex.

At the mushers meeting, special information will be given about marking, difficult sections, etc.

Trail troopers travel with snow machines from all stations a couple of hours before the leading team and ensure that the markings are in place.

It is therefore an absolutely necessary qualification to take part in a race like this that you can navigate the terrain using a map and compass/GPS. A necessary qualification along the lines of being able to take care of yourself and your dogs out there, in a 3- to 4-day winter storm with up to hurricane force gusts.


varri = mountains
oaivi = spots / mountains
cåkka (utt.tsjåkka) = tind
jåkka = river
njarga = enjoyment
javri = water
luobbal = less water associated with a larger, often called “kjos” in Norwegian.
gurra = narrow valley / gap
vuobmi = (forest) valley

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FL tracks for GPS – download. This years version will be ready some days before race and information will be send by e-mail.

Junior GPX: FL JR 2024
Junior GDB: FL JR 2024

600 GPX: FL 600 2024
600 GDB: FL 600 2024

1200 GPX: FL 1200 2024
1200 GDB: FL 1200 2024