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Counting Bears Is Not Rocket Science is the third episode of The Amazing Race 6.


Nine teams set out from Voss, Norway and race all the way to Stockholm.

At the world's largest IKEA store, teams face a simple detour, which proves to be a grueling challenge for some teams as they struggle to take inventory of more than 2,000 pots, pans and stuffed animals. Meanwhile, one racer is touched by their teammate's persistence in what seems to be an impossible task.[2]


Route Markers[]

The order of departure from Nesheimstunet Farm are as follows:

  1. Kris & Jon (2:47 am)
  2. Jonathan & Victoria (2:53 am)
  3. Gus & Hera (2:54 am)
  4. Hayden & Aaron (3:06 am)
  5. Lori & Bolo (3:07 am)
  6. Adam & Rebecca (3:20 am)
  7. Freddy & Kendra (3:46 am)
  8. Don & Mary Jean (3:54 am)
  9. Lena & Kristy (4:05 am)
Don & Mary Jean had arrived in 7th place in Leg 2, but they mistakenly drove the car that belonged to Adam & Rebecca. They were given a 30-minute penalty for the beginning of this leg, causing them to depart in 8th place.

Teams must drive back to Voss. Once in Voss, teams must travel by train to Oslo and bus to the city of Stockholm, Sweden. Once in Stockholm, teams must find the Ice Bar at the Nordic Sea Hotel to find their next clue.

Teams must slide a shot glass across the bar. If either team member landed a glass on a target at the end, they would receive their next clue. If neither team member's glass hit the target, they had to go to the back of the line before trying again.

Teams must make their way to Kungens Kurva and search for their next clue in the world's largest IKEA store.

Choice A: Count It
Teams must count the number of pots, pans, and stuffed animals in three large bins. If they give the correct number (2,304) to the supervisor, they would receive their next clue; otherwise, they would have to count again.

Adam & Rebecca, Freddy & Kendra, and Lena & Kristy chose this task.

Choice B: Build It
Teams must assemble a desk using all of the provided parts. If they make a mistake, they would have to fix it or start the construction over. Once the desk is assembled, the supervisor would give them their next clue.

Don & Mary Jean, Hayden & Aaron, Gus & Hera, Jonathan & Victoria, Kris & Jon, and Lori & Bolo chose this task.

Teams must take a train to the town of Häggvik and ride a tandem bike 2 miles to find their next clue at Bögs Gård Farm.

At Bögs Gård Farm, teams would have the option to Yield a team. None of the teams opted to use the Yield.

"Who's got hay fever?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must unroll bales of hay to find their next clue hidden inside one of only 20 out of 270 bales.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Over two hours after Don & Mary Jean checked in, Lena was still searching hay bales for her clue. Host Phil Keoghan came to the site of the Roadblock and eliminated her and Kristy.

Teams must ride their tandem bike back to Häggvik station, take a train back to Stockholm, and find the af Chapman to check in. For coming in first, Hayden & Aaron won a seven-night cruise vacation to the Mexican Riviera, courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg or continue racing on a No-Rest Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield
Hayden & Aaron
 1st place 
Hayden & Aaron
Dating Actors
Kris & Jon
 2nd place 
Kris & Jon
Dating Long-Distance
Gus & Hera
 3rd place 
Gus & Hera
Jonathan & Victoria
 4th place 
Jonathan & Victoria
Married Entrepreneurs
Adam & Rebecca
 5th place 
Adam & Rebecca
Formerly Dating
Freddy & Kendra
 6th place 
Freddy & Kendra
Engaged Models
Lori & Bolo
 7th place 
Lori & Bolo
Married Pro Wrestlers
Don & Mary Jean
 8th place 
Don & Mary Jean
Lena & Kristy
 9th place 
Lena & Kristy



  • Aaron Goldschmidt at Reality Reel (12/03/2004): "We'll Be The Judge Of That - Episode Five"


The Amazing Race 6 Episodes

"The Game's Afoot" · "I'm Not His Wife, He Doesn't Need to Scream at Me" · "Counting Bears Is Not Rocket Science" · "What If It Isn't Sanitary" · "Quit Following Us" · "They Should Probably Have Some Counseling" · "Phil Is a Choo-Choo Charlie" · "One of You, I'm Gonna Break in Half" · "Tell My Mom I Love Her" · "Are There Instructions on Donkey Handling?" · "It Always Comes Down to Details" · "You Deal with This Before I Hyperventilate" · "4 Continents, 24 Cities, 40,000 Miles"