Niklas Wikstrand

Niklas Wikstrand guide Svalbard

If you have been to our dog yard together with Niklas, you quickly realize that here is a guide who has a very special hand with huskies and their needs. Niklas is at his best when he is standing in peace and quiet on the dog sled with an intense focus on his four-legged friends, how they work well together and how they can do the pulling job without wear and tear or damage.

Niklas grew up in Nes in Akershus, but moved to Svalbard in 2013 to have an internship as an arctic nature guide with us in Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen. In 2016, he chose to spend the next three winters in Alaska, where he trained dogs and ran competitions. While in the summer it was still Svalbard that beckoned, and he has, among other things, been a host at the Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel for a season and worked as an assistant at a veterinarian in Longyearbyen.

In addition to education in biology, business economics and arctic nature guide, Niklas is almost done with his studies as a massage and rehabilitation therapist for dogs.

– The most important thing about dog sledding is that the dogs feel good and are happy. I think we achieve that by having the right balance between training and recovery, both mentally and physically – in addition to the right nutrition, Niklas believes.

Nature, freedom, people and society are supporting elements for Niklas’ well-being in Svalbard. And we know that Niklas is a key element in the well-being of our huskies both at the Trapper’s Station and not least when he takes them out into the arctic wilderness.

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