Swedish musher wins Finnmarksløpet

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A happy Petter Karlsson crossed the finish line in Alta late Friday evening. (Courtesy Morten Broks/Finnmarksløpet)
Petter Karlsson from Slussfors, northern Sweden came first to the finish line in Europe’s longest dogsled race.

The race is 1,200 kilometres from Alta to Kirkenes and back. After seven days across Finnmark, Karlsson came first just a few minutes ahead of Birgitte Næss from Norway. American musher Dallas Seavey finished in third place.

Petter Karlsson won Finnmarksløpet also in 2016. After crossing the finish line downtown Alta late Friday evening, Karlsson announced he will be racing Finnmarksløpet next year and then go for the Iditarod in 2020.

Finnmarksløpet is 1,200 km long. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

Iditarod is 600 kilometres longer than Finnmarksløpet, crossing Alaska from Anchorage to Nome.

Norwegian Joar Leifseth Ulsom won Iditarod earlier this week after running with the dogs for nine days and 13 hours.

For photos and more results from Finnmarksløpet’s finish line in Alta, visit the portal of the race.

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Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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