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First Dog Sled Competition Held in Iceland

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First Dog Sled Competition Held in Iceland

A dog sled competition will be held by the Víti crater near Krafla in the Mývatnssveit district in northeast Iceland today. One of the organizers, Anna Marín Kristjánsdóttir, said she believes this is the first competition of its kind in Iceland.

From Mývatnssveit. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Up to 30 people have registered their dogs for the competition, which have to be of the breed Siberian Husky. Kristjánsdóttir told visir.is that people usually only have one or two dogs each and therefore team up. Four dogs are needed for each sled.

“Since this is the first tournament the track isn’t especially long,” Kristjánsdóttir said. The track is between two and three kilometers, which is much shorter than the largest dog sled competition in the world, which is held annually in Alaska, where participants have to cover 1,800 kilometers.

Kristjánsdóttir said there are different categories, such as a short-distance race between two dog sleds. The competition begins at 10 am.

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