“It was tough at the start to get going,” he told Swedish Radio, after the 90 km race from Sälen to Mora in Dalarna. “I was worried that there would be a big spurt to deal with but then I just tried to go as fast as possible at the end - the others didn’t respond so I came first.”
It was Auklund’s second Vasaloppet win. Swedish skier Daniel Tynell came second place.
The fastest woman was Laila Kveli, also from Norway, who came in at 4 hours and 22 minutes.