YOUR GUIDES TO THE WILD

LISBET NORRIS

OWNER/GUIDE

Originally from Willow, Alaska, Lisbet grew up in a dog mushing family. She is a three-time finisher of the Iditarod, the longest sled dog race in the world. Lisbet has a strong love for the North. She feels at home in the boreal forest of Interior Alaska and loves sharing the northern landscape with others. 

Lisbet holds a degree in Northern Studies and History from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Prior to starting Arctic Dog Adventure Co., she worked as a musher and expedition guide for outfitters in Alaska and Arctic Norway and has over a decade of experience guiding dog sled tours and expeditions. Lisbet also teaches dog mushing at the college level at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is known for her leadership qualities under adverse circumstances and through sound preparation and experience, she makes the most unique and challenging adventures possible for her clients!

Lisbet met Nils while on a mushing training trip in Fairbanks. In July of 2016, they bought the Hattie Creek Homestead with the intention of pursuing a nature-based, off-grid, sustainable lifestyle with their sled dogs and Karelian Bear Dogs. To read more about Lisbet's Iditarod adventures, visit her blog: www.lisbetnorris.com. 

NILS PEDERSEN

OWNER/GUIDE

Nils Pedersen was born and raised with sled dogs in the Murphy Dome region of Fairbanks, Alaska. After finishing an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Nils began training and working with Karelian Bear Dogs as a bear-human conflict specialist across western North America and the Arctic for the Wind River Bear Institute; an outfit he now heads as Director.

 

Nils completed a M.S.c. Degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from UAF in 2019. His research focuses on grizzly and polar bear conservation in the Arctic. An avid hunter, skier, dog driver, and outdoorsman, Nils is known 

for his friendly, easy- going disposition, complimented by his meticulous attention to detail and safety in planning and operation of his programs.

When Nils is not guiding, he is working in his role as Director of the Wind River Bear Institute, a group dedicated to reducing bear mortality world wide. When visiting us, you may have the opportunity to meet the members of Nil's bear conflict team: Wind River Soledad, Erauspojan's Rio, and Wind River Mardy (Rio x Soledad), Nils' trio of Karelian Bear Dogs. For more info on the Wind River Bear Institute and their work in the field of bear conservation, please visit www.beardogs.org or www.Facebook.com/windriverbearinstitute.

THE DOGS

ANADYR SIBERIAN HUSKIES

 

Lisbet & Nils operate the Fairbanks branch of the oldest Siberian Husky kennel in the world— Alaskan Kennels — home of the Anadyr Siberian Husky. The heart of our operation -- our beautiful sled dogs -- are all AKC registered Siberians. Siberian Huskies are ideally suited for the harsh subarctic environment of Interior Alaska. They have thick coats, tough feet, incredibly efficient metabolisms, and an indomitable desire to run. Each dog has its own unique and individual personality -- come meet them all! 

To learn more about the history of the kennel, click on the "Meet the Dogs" tab under the About section of our webpage.