A pulk (from Finnish pulkka, also pulka in Swedish, pulk in Norwegian, bulki in Northern Sami) is a Nordic short, low-slung small sled used in sport or for transport, pulled by a dog or a skier, or in Lapland pulled by reindeer. They are classically made out of wood and other natural materials but are nowadays made of plastic, which makes them inexpensive.
Pulks are originally meant to carry supplies such as a tent or food, or transport a child or other person. In Norway, pulks are often used by parents to pull small children on skiing trips. In Finland and Sweden, pulks exists as a winter toy, mainly for children, for going downhill. Besides the classic toy pulk there are similar alternatives like "saucers" (pulks shaped like a disc), as well as sleighs of different configurations.
A larger pulk, designed for transporting larger amounts of goods, is called ahkio [ɑhkio] in Finnish. This word is also used by the US Army for a human-drawn snow sled.
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