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
Greg fra France is here with his wife. Greg left his work as a baker do have an adventure up here in the north. Boy do we feel lucky when he is baking in the kitchen. The couple drove up here with their caravan.
Marilyne, wife of Greg has also taken a break from her work in France to discover the north. Marilyn has a great laughter and will always met you with a smile and do all her best for you during your stay with us.
Gudrun from Belgium has worked with dogs before she came to BIRK and it is good to have her experience in the team.
Gudrun has education within animal care.
Michael our Danish handyman - he does of course like dogs, but is also fond of working with his hands. Here at BIRK he has got to try out different woodwork as well as the normal tasks with the dogs, guesthouse and so on. Michael had half a season as a husky guide in Estonia before he came to BIRK.
Mariska from the Nederlands is our guide with most experience form high mountains and alpine challenges. Mariska is dreaming of a season even further north at Spitsbergen after her season her with us.