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Trappers Trail

Spitsbergen’s largest dog sled race

Impressions from the Trappers Trail 2014, Spitsbergen’s largest dog sled race. Since 2009, the Trappers Trail is an annual event. The route is in toal 75 kilometres long and takes the teams from Longyearbyen via Todalen and Bødalen to Kapp Laila on the first day, where the teams, organizers and visitors enjoy a memorable evening with bonfire, oven-heated tents and a grand view over Isfjord. The second day takes the teams through Fardalen and up to Longyearbreen. The slope up to the pass to the glacier is the toughest part of the route, which is, altogether, well within reason for reasonably well trained teams.

There are several disciplines, depending on the number of dogs per team and the kind of sledge. “Ski and pulk” is a group on its own. This year, “Longyearbyen Hundeklubb” has announced a record-breaking number of participants: 23 teams with 38 mushers and 199 dogs.

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last modification: 2014-05-06 · copyright: Rolf Stange