It's Iditarod time, but Dallas Seavey is doing a different race - in Norway

Dallas Seavey at his kennel in Talkeetna, Alaska.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — It may be the Iditarod season here in Alaska, but one of the race's best known faces isn't competing in it.

On Friday, Dallas Seavey and his dog team began their second straight Finnmarkslopet, billed as the longest dog-sled race in Europe, is a 1200-kilometer race, which is roughly 750 miles, shorter than the roughly 1,000-mile Iditarod course.

Seavey took third in the race last year, which is also said to be the northernmost in the world, featuring a trail that cuts through untouched wilderness, brush, and the arctic plateau.

Four-time Iditarod Champion Seavey made the decision to race in Norway in January saying it’s a "puzzle we haven't finished yet.”

Since Seavey made the decision later he didn’t have a major sponsor to help pay the roughly $25,000 it takes for him to compete in the international race.

In his announcement video in January, Seavey said he’s planned on relying on the help of friends and fans to make it reality.

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