Our Team

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husky dog sledding tours in Swedish Lapland.

Petter Karlsson

Team leader

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.

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ANGELA KARLSSON

Coordinator

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.

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HOLLY BAARS

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!

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BENT OOSTENDORP

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.

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HELEN MULLANE

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 and was a full time guide last season.

She is now training one of the racing teams, and will participate in Femundlöpet 400 in 2018.

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Elias Kunosson

Handler and Guide

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".

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Maret Pajus

Handler and Guide

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."