Our key guides have all worked in the sleddog world for a number of years and are completely committed to both the dogs and to ensuring that you have the holiday of a lifetime.
Charlotte has worked with huskies in a number of places including in Iceland and Canada so she comes with a wealth of stories from many different types of farms. She is originally from Strasbourg in French and is a pâtissier (pastry chef) by trade. Whilst that might seem a stange background for someone working with dogs, it is actually a great benefit since she can literally whisk a cake right out of her buff whenever we are in need. When not running tours and looking after dogs, she manages the gear room and stays on top of all of the constant repairs the dogs neccessitate. Outside of work, she enjoys peaceful journeys by backcountry ski into the nature and her favourite time of year is Autumn when the dogs are gearing up for all of the challenges of the winter season to come. Ask Charlotte about Jopa (her favourite dog) and our adoption plan for oldies.
Gemma is Australian (with a semi-Swiss heritage too) but speaks passable English (ie. even non-Aussies will be able to understand her!). She also speaks French. When not busy running tours and looking after the dogs, Gemma spends time answering client emails, making copious versions of dog feeding plans through the season and designing all of our trail maps. Gemma's favourite time of year is Spring when there is time for adventures of our own on the trails. When not on the farm, she enjoys meeting up with friends and family around the world and taking part in mountain adventures. Ask Gemma about Nomad and Olive (her favourite dogs) and sleddog ethics.
Eliel was born in May 2010 and isn't quite fully functioning as a guide quite yet. Maybe we will wait until he can at least read and write for that (they don't even start to learn, in Finland, until they are 7!). Eliel has been driving sleighs since he was 2 and driving without someone controling his speed from behind since he was c. 4. You can find a few videos of him in action on his section of our youtube channel. He took part in his first solo race (the Barnas Finnmarksloppet (children's Finnmarksloppet)) pulled by 4 dogs when he was just 5. When he was very little, he was quite amenable in terms of introducing clients to the farm and dogs. Now it is a bit more hit and miss. However, he is perfectly capable of feeding the farm if we can persuade him to leave his minecraft behind and he sometimes translates for his mom or for visiting artists (eg our Joiku singer) if they are struggling with communication between English and Finnish. Ask Eliel about Atlas, Tryfan and Unni (his favourite dogs) and about Minecraft and Pokemon. He may also show you his treehouse if you are lucky!