The race in pictures

On Sunday the world’s longest ski race ended in Jokkmokk, 30 hours after it had started in the early hours of Saturday. Swedish Johan Lövgren took the men’s race while Frida Hallquist (SWE) managed to make it two victories in a row.

This year’s race was affected by unusually warm weather the last days leading up the race. As a consequence, the jury had to adapt the ordinary track to avoid flooded parts along the way. Hence, the race became 20 km shorter and was decided over 200 km instead of 220 km.

Nevertheless a record field of 512 skiers from more than 20 countries showed up at the starting line in Purkijaur just outside Jokkmokk. They we’re welcomed by a couple of degrees below zero and thin layer of fresh snow that made race conditions rather slow in the beginning.

The last participant crossed the finish line in Jokkmokk after 28 hours and 7 minutes.

Start was delayed until 5:30 but after that, it was full on.
After the first pole strokes a sharp left corner led the skiers into the wild.
No 121, Peter Riedl from Germany with a fast start.
The field spread out quickly and became a long thread of skiers.
Positioning was important upon start.
Off towards the turning point they go.
The fresh snow made it however tough to be in the front.
No 63, Kristina Berggren, started strongly.
No 229, Henrik Granström skied all the way on equipment from back in the day. What a hero!
Even though considered a rather flat race, there are some hills to get over.
Get a grip.
Fantastic views around the control in Sågudden.
A local hero fight the head wind on one of the frozen lakes.
The shelter of the woods was welcomed by many.
Skiers Xing
The whole distance of the race is above the Arctic circle.
No 123, Martin Rejman on the way towards a time below 20 hours.
Team work makes the dream work.
Ice, ice, baby!
Technique study.
More views.
And headwind…
Rush hour towards the turning point.
No 112, Johan Lövgren in the lead.
Nr 106, Christoffer Lindvall from Finland lost contact to the break but again performed strong as ever.
The leading duo still together.
Men’s winner 2022 Johan Lövgren in 10:36:55 looked surprisingly fresh after 50 km of solo skiing in the front.
2nd place for Frenchie Antoine Auger in 10:43:20.
Daniel Strand (NOR) again was 3rd man in after 10:46:26.
Swedish, French and Norwegian on the men’s podium.
Frida Hallquist took her 2nd consecutive win in 11:42:37.
The ladies’ podium: 1st Frida Hallquist, 2nd Sandra Adriansson and 3rd Sofia Lindberg.
A tough journey for both body and mind.
Energy levels were often low at the finish. Time to refill.
The medal time of 21 hours and 22 minutes refers to the winner’s time of 1884.
Dusk is falling in.
Many skiers were out in the dark for a long time.
Head light chatting.
Along the way, there are possibilities to warm up.
Nordic lights as a perk for being slower than the winner.