The Tobacco Trail Board is delighted to introduce a new trail and new checkpoints for 2020.
This year is special as we have tremendous amount of snow. For reindeer this increases the difficult for getting food and some herds get emergency feed in form of hay in places near (but not on) the trail. It means that we only can be on municipal snowmobile leader. The race will turn and go back down the same trail. We will try to make it as smooth we can, but there is a possibility that you will meet other teams.
Our race base is at Lannavaara and the race trail makes 1-3 loops starting/finishing at Lannavaara.
The village of Lannavaara is a 1.5 hour drive from Kiruna town/airport and will serve as our ‘race base’ as well as a checkpoint. Registration will take place at Lannavaara Lodge, where there is also accommodation available to rent for mushers/handlers very close to the main checkpoint. See ‘accommodation’ page for more information.
Kristallen, Lannavaara facilities – kristallen.com
Guldvaskarvägen 4, 980 13, Lannavaara
Kristallen is Sweden’s leading educational centre for gemstones, gemology and jewellery making. It also has a fascinating shop with a large display of gemstones which is well worth a visit. Jenny at Kristallen is a keen supporter of the race and we are delighted to be partnering with them.
The mid distance (150km race)
Teams will start at Lannavaara with one pass through a wilderness checkpoint at Lainio (47km, return = 94km) here there will be the chance to rest and leave a dog. Then back to checkpoint Lannavaara. Here you have to take the mandatory rest and time regulation. A second loop of 47km follows Tobacco Trail and finishes at Lannavaara (after total 141 km).
The long distance (300km race)
Teams start at Lannavaara following the same route as the mid-distance class. The loop is 94km passing a wilderness checkpoint after 47km, where it is possible to rest if you choose, and leave a dog. The end of the first stage is at race base in Lannavaara. Stage 2 continues with a loop along the Tobacco Trail towards Sudijvaara (approx 101km with a turning point half way). We will have volunteers at the turn point, but there is no opportunity to leave a dog. Stage 3 is the same loop as stage 1, with all mandatory rest being completed before leaving the wilderness checkpoint for the second time. Total distance is approx. 289 km.
- Registration takes place at Lannavaara Lodge.
- Accommodation is available to mushers/handlers during the race at Lannavaara Lodge (apartments to rent).
- A small relaxation area is available to mushers and handlers at Kristallen where you can also purchase food and drink.
This checkpoint will be officially manned by volunteers who will take the arrival and departure time of dog teams only. Teams will be provided with straw and access to cold water to prepare dog food but must bring everything else they require in the sled (such as booties, dog jackets and blankets). Dog food drops will be organised by the race officials. NO help is allowed from handlers.
Mushers will have access to a communal tented area with fire or stove for coffee/tea and ‘fika’ snacks as well as limited places to rest. Mushers should bring their own sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Mushers should also bring their own personal food and cooker (if required).
The wilderness checkpoint is NOT accessible by vehicle, therefore NO handlers are allowed.
It is possible to drop a dog at this checkpoint. The dog will be transported by snowmobile to the nearest road where it must be collected by the handler team at the soonest opportunity or requested time. Mushers must only drop a dog if they can arrange pick-up with their handlers at a given time by the race officials, otherwise the dog must be transported to Lannavaara in the sled.
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