Petter Karlsson

Petter Karlsson is a competitive dog musher and the breeder of some of the fastest long distance dogs on the planet. He has won Europe’s longest race (Finnmarksløpet, 1200km) four times, and the 650km Femundløpet in record breaking time. He is the World Champion in Longdistance.

Although Finnmarksløpet and Femundløpet are recent high profile successes Petter has been striving to reach a peak of excellence in the sport for many years. Since the late nineties he has excelled at every class of dog mushing. Having found success in sprint racing and then mid-distance, winning the European Championship among others, Petter decided to take on the notoriously difficult La Grande Odyssée 2006. La Grande Odyssée is well known as The Tour De France of dog mushing. A stage race in the Swiss and French Alps, it runs through some of the most extreme terrain on earth. He went on to win it in 2008, but not before putting everything on the line to achieve his goal.

In 2016, he made history as the first non-Norwegian to claim victory in Europe’s longest sled dog race, the Finnmarksløpet. The following year saw him triumph in the Femundlopet in record breaking time, and in 2018, he secured another Finnmarkslopet win, crossing the finish line just six minutes ahead of the runner-up team. In 2023 Petter not only clinched his third Finnmarkslopet title but also earned the prestigious title of long-distance world champion. This triumph wasn’t a one-time feat; he successfully defended his victory at the beginning of 2024.

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