Start at Rena
14500 skiers was skiing this year Norway's biggest and most famous long distance ski race "Birkebeinerrennet". It was tough 54 km over the mountain range from Rena to Lillehammer. Total ascent during the course was over 1000 meter.
First 13 km uphill section successfully passed
At the way to Norway our bus stopped at lunch at Mora, just next to Finish line of Vasaloppet, which was skied couple of weeks earlier. There were absolutely no snow left at Mora anymore. Amazing that ski race was held just 2 weeks earlier. Perhaps I'll cross this finish line at some day...
Vasaloppet finish line
On the way back to Finland we stopped at Falun, where World cup finals 2012 were held. Dario Cologna and Marit Björgen were clear winners on this last world cup race this season. It was amazing to see how easily world elite skiers climbed "Mördarbacken".
Climbing Mördarbacken at Falun WC finals