The world’s northernmost sled dog race nets awesome views

Every night auroras could be seen during Norways Finnmarksløpet race.

Every night auroras could be seen during Norway's Finnmarksløpet race.

FINNMARKSLOPET:  You’ve heard of the Iditarod. But do you know about the Finnmarksløpet? “Finnmarksløpet is the world’s northernmost sled dog race and the longest in Europe,” explains Kerstin Langenberger of Finnmark, Norway. “It was held this year in mid-March. Every night auroras could be seen – it was awesome!

“Most of the time I was busy helping at the race, but at the Sirma checkpoint I managed to photograph some auroras dancing right above a few of the teams that were having a few hours of well-deserved rest,” says Langenberger.

Indeed, March 2010 has been one of the busiest months in years for Arctic Lights. It’s a sign that the sun is waking up from a long slumber. For the record, the 1019 km race was won on March 18th by Ralph Johannessen. He and his dogs crossed the finish line in only 5 days, 8 hours and 58 minutes … under green skies, of course.

Also at Finnmarksløpet: A Fuskey!

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