Phil tells us that there's snow on the ground in Kiruna eight months out of the year. Too bad we're here in one of the other four, then. Phil says that during that period, dogsleds are the fastest form of transportation, but they have to stay in shape during the off-season, too. Which is where our racers come in, I guess. Phil looks a little embarrassed amid barking huskies as he says the teams "will find out exactly what it takes to keep these animals in shape during the dog days of summer." They'll use a summer training sled (which has wheels instead of skis) to mush dogs down a trail through the woods. As they go, they'll need to grab five flags hanging from wires overhead, and then trade them with a "hunter" for a shipment of pelts. If they miss any flags, they'll have to do a penalty lap for each one (which is why this region is called Lapland, obviously). Then they'll drive the dogs back to the start of the course and swap the pelts for their next clue. Michael is doing this Road Block, which should tell you all you need to know about how physically challenging it is.
Majestic music plays as Michael apparently has to round up his own team. Once they're attached to the sled, he's off to the proverbial races. He calls encouragement to the dogs and grabs flags as he goes, having a great time. Even a bear roaring at him from the side of the course doesn't spoil his mood. Of course it's a fake bear. Fake fire, fake bear -- poor Michael's going to get to a fake mat at a fake Pit Stop and get checked in by a Philbot.
The other three teams who made the first flight here also find the clue box, Mallory either laughing triumphantly or having a psychotic episode. This Road Block will be going to Mallory, Claire, and Kat.
Michael's still having a great time, grabbing his next flag. Kat is the next to hit the trail, followed by Mallory and then Claire, who reminds us that she grew up on a ranch. "I felt, like, really rough and rustic," she interviews, in another example of the two of them cracking themselves up without actually having to say anything funny.
Michael has found the hunter's camp, and he presents the flag to the hunter, who makes a big show of counting them before giving Michael a smile, a thumbs-up, and a bundle of pelts. Michael heads back from whence he came.