Sled-dog racer, or musher, Mats Pettersson poses with his dogs before the start of a race. Photo: Mats Pettersson

"It was a big, big journey for me"

9:31 min

Mats Persson, 42, recently completed the famed Iditarod sled-dog race - a 1,600-kilometer race through the wilderness of the U.S. state of Alaska.

Competing for the first time, Pettersson crossed the finish line with a time of 10 days, 18 hours, 32 minutes and five seconds, coming in at 29th place.

In his hometown of Kiruna, Pettersson runs his own tour company that offers sled-dog trips in northern Sweden.

Radio Sweden's Frank Radosevich speaks to Pettersson about his travels through the harsh Alaskan tundra and about how he got interested in the sport in the first place.

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