Sjusjøen Husky Tours was formed in 2014 by Leif Tore and Ida, and their team of very talented people and dogs have been growing since then. Today there are a total of 120 Alaska huskies at their kennel in Åsmarka, 15 mins away from Sjusjøen. Also the team consist of 3 boys and 3 girls on full time basis and a few part time helpers.
Leif Tore Lie
Leif Tore was born in Øyer/ Hafjell in Gudbransdalen and grew up with dogs since was a little child. He is educated and has experience as an industrial mechanic, specialised in plate/welding/steel structure and has been running his own company where he eventually included dog sledding. He got his first Alaskan Malamute about 18 years ago and participated in Gausdal Marathon 100km as the first ever with a sled consisting of pure Alaskan Malamutes. He is still participating in Gausdal Marathon and this coming season for the first time also The Femund race. Now however with working Alaska huskies from Sjusjøen Husky Tours.
In October 2015 a documentary was made about Leif Tore, (English subtitles).
Ida Nilseng grew up in Lillahammer, and has a degree in Business & Management and a lot of experience in tourism marketing. She is the one taking care of all the bookings, and the one you will likely be in touch with if you decide to come and join us!
She is normally also to be found up in the mountains welcoming you as you get there, making sure everything is running as it should. If you have any questions about anything, do not hesitate to ask her!
Ida has also grown up with dogs, currently has two golden retrievers and two Icelandic horses which is her passion outside of working hours.
Erik has been with us since May 19. He is born in Oslo, but now lives happily in Åsmarka with his own team of 11 Alaska huskies. With Erik in the handler team our days always include a good laugh! Also, he is very good at making our guests feel welcome.
Ophelie Martel and Joe Singelton
Ophelie is 26 years old and comes from the country of baguettes and smelly cheese. She studied tourism and can speak french, english, some spanish and german. Norwegian being on her new studying language list. She started working with sleddogs last winter in Estonia and is now looking forward to spending this winter with Sjusjøen Husky Tours.
Joe is from England. He entered into the world of dog sledding at the age of 32, after spending time in Estonia. He is hoping to have dogs of his own in the future and is happy to answer any questions you may have about the dogs or what we do.
And all of our dogS:
A total of 120 dogs, some of them puppies. All of them with their own little houses in Åsmarka. They are well trained, and some of them join races. Running and training a lot throughout the year is what they love more than anything and makes them incredibly happy. And they are all very sociable and love to be cuddled. During summer and autumn it is possible to visit us at home, check out kennel visit.
Føyke is our best dog of them all, our queen of the pack. She is a leader on Leif Tore´s racing team and mother to Prinsessa, Klara, Frost, Minni, Dolly and Tyson.
Lea is 12,5% Alaskan Malamute and I hard working quite big and strong female. Sister of Max, Bjarne, Silke, Alfa, Audi, Mercedes, Pat, Bob and Sam.
Oliver is brother of Sjakk. Both of them are on Leif Tore´s racing team.
Sjakk is brother to Oliver. Both of them are on Leif Tore´s racing team.
Bjarne is 12,5 Alaskan Malamute. Brother of; Max, Lea, Silke, Alfa, Audi, Mercedes, Pat, Sam and Bob.
Max is 12,5 % Alaskan Malamute. He is on Leif Tore´s racing team, and is a good leader.
Born 15.08.2016 in Vestre Gausdal.
Blood lines from Trond Ørslien. Klodrik is father to: Prinsessa, Tyson, Frost, Klara, Minni and Dolly.
Kiara is on Leif Tore´s racing team. A leader since puppy training and Kiara is always happy! Mother to Pernille 14.08 19.
Dakka is Leif Tores racing team and a perfect dog for the tourist business. Mother to some of our best dogs; Max, Bjarne, Alfa, Silke and Lea born 25th of March 2017. Puppies also this summer; Audi, Mercedes, Bob, Pat, Sam and two more females sold to a mushing friend. Father to both litters; Volt.
Stefanie came to us as a puppy this autumn. A happy and friendly little one that we immediately fell in love with!
Born: 31st of May 2016
Tesla is the mother to: Mummi, Hemulen, My, Snorki and Mumrik as well as 7 puppies born 9th of Aug 19. Not all of them have names yet.
Born: 21.03.2014 Mother: Vilja
Born 14.05.2012. Mother to Varja. Steady command leader who we often use for training puppies.
Born: 9th of June 2017
Brother to Ask, Embla, Lana and Janko
Born 23.04.2016 in Gausdal
Åsta is 50% Alaskan Malamute. She is a mother of six puppies from 26th of July 2019.
Mercedes is sister of Audi, Pat, Bob, Sam as well as Max, Bjarne, Lea, Silke and Alfa
Audi is sister of Mercedes, Pat, Bob, Sam as well as max, Bjarne, Silke, Alfa and Lea.
Brother to Selfie
Born: 15:10.2016 at Sjusjøen Husky Tours
Mother: Tikka (100% Alaskan Malamnute)
Father: Ali (Alaska husky, belongs to Kine Skaugen)
Brother to Yatzy
Tipi is 50% Akaskan Malamute. She runs usually with her brother Volf They work well together although Tipi finds her brother really annoying and silly before take-off.
Varja is on Leif Tore´s racing team
Alaska is on Leif Tore´s racing team.
Gaga is the mother to Pompel, Pilt, Gorgon and Putin born 22.07.2019
Timian is the brother of Tiril and Terror
Pepsi is a small female and extremely happy. Sister of Farris and Joker.
Lona is the real boss of Sjusjøen Husky Tours. You will find her in the cabin in Sjusjøen, likely close to the campfire, making sure everyone are served and happy. She will not hesitate helping you in case you have trouble finishing your food, although she tends to put on weight and Ida keeps telling her to watch her diet..