Swede wins major Norwegian dogsled race

Petter Karlsson from Slussfors in Northern Sweden became the first non-Norwegian to win the gruelling long-distance dogsled race Finnmarksløpet in more than 26 years on Friday. The race is the longest in Europe, covering 1,070 kilometers over the Arctic tundra in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark. Karlsson spent six days on the route that runs […]

Major dogsled race starts in Finnmark

This year’s running of Finnmarksløpet, the longest dogsled race in Europe, took off from the northern Norwegian city of Alta on Saturday, with 132 mushers from 13 nations competing over the tough long-distance route. The race has become a major annual event, as it’s expanded from its humble beginnings in 1981 with only three mushers taking part. It […]

Toddler dies from dog bite wounds

A two-year-old girl who was badly bitten by one of her family’s dogs on their Norwegian farm late last week died over the weekend from her wounds. Her eight-year-old sister reportedly wanted to give the dogs some water, and the two-year-old followed her into the dogs’ fenced-off enclosure, fell onto the ground and was attacked. Their mother was inside […]

Dog-sledding added to university curriculum

Norway’s Arctic University of Tromsø is introducing a course in dog-sledding, which will be the first of its type in Europe. The course, to be taught at the university’s campus in Alta, will be obligatory for all students majoring in the  university’s three-year Arctic outdoors program. The dog-sledding course will also be offered from 2015 […]

Ekran won Femund dog sledding race

Sigrid Ekran of Folldal became the first woman to win the gruelling Femundløpet, a demanding dog sledding race in bone-chilling eastern Norway. Ekran competed the 615-kilometer course in 35 hours and 39 minutes. “It feels good,” she told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) when it was all over, adding that she and her dogs “had fun” despite sub-freezing […]