The Team


Simone (1970) came to Eräkeskus in 2003 to live a dream, a life in nature, working with dogs and being self-employed. What started with 35 dogs long ago, is now a well running company with around 150 dogs, a team of 6 - 9 workers and happy clients in winter as well as in summer. She got infected by the Scandinavia-virus in 1978 and had her first contact with sleddogs in 1992.

Simone was working for many years in the tourism industry and studied animal psychology besides.

Today she is taking care of the administration, loves to work in the kennels, helps wherever help is needed and is out on tour with guests during several weeks in both seasons.


"I am from Austria, from the area of beautiful Lake Constance. Always I (1991) wanted to join the life on a huskyfarm, that`s why I made my dream come true from April 21 on. I was part of the team until early summer 22. After a summer season back home in Austria I am now back at Eräkeskus for another season as Allrounder and Guide."

Moritz is a trained electrician, some years ago he was with the armed forces from austria on deployments abroad. Welcome back in the team for the next season!

Petra & Gabriel

We, Gabriel (1989) and Petra (1991), are a couple from beautiful Tyrol and go through life together since 2007. Besides working as machine engineer and logistician, our first sleddog, a Siberian Husky, joined us in 2009. After having worked for 6 months in Alaska in 2014, we started building our own team and knew, that our hearts are beating for the beautiful North. 

By now we have 6 Alaskan Malamutes and 2 Sibirian Huskies and we moved to Eräkeskus to support the team with all we can and love to do, to get our dream come true.  

Looking forward to new adventures together and an unforgettable time!


My name is Helena and I was born 1999 in Palatinate, Germany. During my studies in the field of tourism, I got the idea of working on a husky farm as a mandatory internship. Thanks to this I ended up working on Husky farms in Finland and Norway during the last two winter seasons. As I got closer to finish my studies I decided to search for a small kennel with the possibility to stay for longer than just one season.

Helena is in our team since August 2022


I am Liah (2002), arrived from Stuttgart in Germany and finished my studies in May. After the exams, a whole year of practical work is requested, wherever we want. I have chosen Eräkeskus, as I wanted to work with dogs and I loved the place. At home I have 2 own dogs, a Podenco Maneto and a Labrador, also I already have experiences from working in an animal shelter, which will help me here with the daily routines. 

Liah is part of our team since September 22. 


I am Julia (2003), coming from Germany. Last summer I finished school and before the normal life goes on, I wanted to gain some practical experiences abroad. We own an own dog at home and I have already helped out in a kennel. As I loved the work with dogs, I wanted to work on a sleddog farm and am lucky to get that chance here at Eräkesus. Looking forward to the coming months! 

Julia is part of our team since September 22

Julian (S)

During my first winterseason at Eräkeskus in 21/22, I collected a lot of good experiences and got to know the life on a huskyfarm. 

The handling of the dogs, the jobs as a doghandler, the training of the dogs before season starts, guiding tours with guests and much more was a lot of fun for me. I loved the time and it remains unforgettable. 

Because of all the good memories and experiences, I am  happy to be back at Eräkeskus also for coming winter 22/23 and spend one more winter in snowy North-Karelia. 


I am Stefan (1986) from Rostock/Germany. Since many years I am fascinated by dogs and learned, that working with them is a deeply satisfying job. After my education at the animal shelter in Lubeck I was here at Eräkeskus the first time in winter 2013/14 and the sleddog-virus did not leave since then. Together with my own dogs Levi & Zuri I am now part of the team since January 2023. 

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