Trine, gründer and manager
Trine is the founder and manager of BIRK. BIRK was established in 2004 and is the oldest company offering husky tours in our region.
Trine is educated as a teacher and she is teaching full time in 1st to 4th grade at Kirkenes primary school in addition to managing BIRK. As manager she does all the office work such as emails, bookings, planning of tours BIRK will offer, guides and all the shopping in addition to the economy.
To be a gründer in the north east of Norway can sometimes be a lonely job, this is why Trine find it rewarding to work full time as a teacher with a lot of great colleges as well. She thinks it is a positive profit on many levels of life.
Running BIRK has become a way of life for Trine and her husband Tor. All guides live around the family home where the cabins and guesthouse also are located and tours starts.
All the kids in the family has moved out, some working and some still under education. They all do however still contribute to BIRK whenever they can in many ways, everything from using the excavator to flatten out the kennel every fall, make food for guests, do tours or others.
BIRK is located right at the Norwegian - Russian border with Russia only a few meters away to the east and Finland a few kilometers away in the west.
In addition to the family we do have volunteers working as guides here all year. Some in spring and summer and some in fall winter. All of them traveling up to the north to have a different adventure of a lifetime.
OUR GUIDE TEAM
Depending of time of the year we have different amount of helpers here. We need help with all the practical work from making food, cleaning, caretaking of the dogs, training and guiding, plus a lot of other tasks. Normally 1- 3 guides in the spring and summer time and when we start training the dogs leading into the winter season 4-6 guides from September out the month of April. Some years we have returning guides, other years we start on scratch with all new team.
Right now you do find this fine bunch of guides here at BIRK
Kevin our boss over the kennel this season. Kevin have done dog sledding both over in Canada and in Finland before he came to us.
Kevin is from France.
Elise is from France as well.
Remi is our third French guide of the season.
Fruzsi is the last member of the team this season, she is from Hungary.