Our Team

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[stm_staff style=”style_2″ name=”Petter Karlsson” image=”511″ image_size=”thumb-280×280″ job=”Team leader” description=”Although Finnmarksløpet and Femundløpet are recent high profile successes Petter has been striving to reach a peak of excellence in the sport for many years. Since the late nineties he has excelled at every class of dog mushing. Having found success in sprint racing and then mid-distance, winning the European Championship among others, Petter decided to take on the notoriously difficult La Grande Odyssée 2006. La Grande Odyssée is well known as The Tour De France of dog mushing. A stage race in the Swiss and French Alps, it runs through some of the most extreme terrain on earth. He went on to win it in 2008, but not before putting everything on the line to achieve his goal.

“][stm_staff style=”style_2″ name=”ANGELA KARLSSON ” image=”1956″ image_size=”thumb-280×280″ description=”Hailing from central Sweden, Angela has taken to life in the north and wouldn’t be anywhere else! While juggling work, business management and two raucous young boys, somehow Angela still finds time to support Petter’s farming and training, and is a cornerstone of the team. ” job=”Coordinator”][stm_staff style=”style_2″ name=”HOLLY BAARS ” image=”1957″ image_size=”thumb-280×280″ description=”Kennel Manager Holly brings excellent dog care and an unshakably calm manner to the kennel. She has a diploma in Animal Management and Care and a wide range of skills that make her a key part of keeping things running smoothly! “][stm_staff style=”style_2″ name=”BENT OOSTENDORP” image=”1960″ image_size=”thumb-280×280″ description=”Bent is a guide with many years of experience under his belt. He’s passionate about running dogs and making sure our guests have a wonderfully memorable experience on every trip! Bent ran the Beaver Trap trail with a team of young dogs in 2017. He is currently in charge of training one of the racing teams and will participate in Femundlöpet 400, 2018.”][stm_staff style=”style_2″ name=”HELEN MULLANE ” image=”1955″ image_size=”thumb-280×280″ description=”After 10 years working in the film industry in London, in 2014 Helen left the city behind for a new life driving huskies and has never looked back! She has worked as a guide in Norway and Alaska, as well as in Slussfors.

Helen completed Femundlöpet 400 in 2018. This year she hopes to run Femundløpet 600 and will be working hard training for this exciting step up. Alongside training Helen is producing a new documentary in association with the Umeå based production company BAUTAFILM and will be happy to share more information about that soon on the blog!”]

[stm_staff style=”style_2″ name=”Elias Kunosson” image=”3285″ image_size=”medium” job=”Handler and Guide” description=”For the last 4 seasons Elias has worked as a guide in Norway and Sweden, helping many people discover the joys of driving huskies.

In 2016 Elias ran 3 long distance races: Mush Synnfjell; Gausdal 300 and Femundslöpet 600. He is an enthusiastic outdoorsman and when he’s not mushing dogs he enjoys trail running, paragliding, skiing, climbing and mountain biking.

Elias says: “I mush dogs for the nature experiences and to learn a thing or two from them. I find the dogs to be not only incredible athletes, but also very honest beings that will teach you something each and every day“.”][stm_staff style=”style_2″ name=”Maret Pajus” image=”3287″ image_size=”medium” job=”Handler and Guide” description=”When she finished school in 2009 Maret found her first ever sled-dog job in Finland. Working with huskies turned into a life changing adventure, and after falling in love with them, it became impossible for her to leave the kennel life behind.

She loves being surrounded by the happiness of a kennel full of huskies, and sharing that experience with guests. According to Maret: “That’s probably the main thing about sleddogs and guiding for me – huskies are so full of crazy happiness, they know exactly how to enjoy life. It is almost impossible for our guests not to consider this experience one of the best things they have ever done.“ “]