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[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][nectar_slider location=”Torkil” full_width=”true” overall_style=”classic” parallax=”true” slider_transition=”slide” button_sizing=”regular”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][heading]We’d like to introduce you to Torkil, one of our key staff memebers and vital to the future of our company. As Tove’s son he grew up around our dogs and races with them each year.[/heading][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_column_text]

 How would you describe what you do here at Villmark?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I do everything, from transport, cleaning, raking, guiding, kayaking, medicine, shit picking as well as making decisions for the company together with Tove. Tove and I are making up good team together when making decisions about the future of the company. I’m always trying to renew our dog yard, and make everything up to date and make sure that our guides and dog yard is keeping up to date.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”8223″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]What’s the best part of what you do?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]That everyday is so different, I’m able to be a lot of days together with the dogs and some days ill be in meetings in town, other days I’m doing transport with car, from here I’m able to get a lot of planning and telephones done. But of all of this, Guiding and being with the dogs is the favourite![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Could you tell us a little about yourself?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Torkil Hansen, 27 years old, I have been training my team professionally last 5 years now. The winter is occupied with dogsledding, I wish I had more time to go snowboarding, that’s why I sometimes take 4 dogs out and only with my snowboard.
In the summer months I enjoy being outdoors; especially in the summer evenings because the wildlife never sleeps here due to the midnight sun. I Like to go climbing, underwater hunting and camping/fishing trips.
Autumn is quite locked for starting to train the dogs. But it extremely fun starting to run in the “new” members of the team. I get some time for fishing and hunting before the hard training starts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”8224″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]What motivates you to get up each morning?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Continue to build up what my mother started! Being together with my colleagues and working with the dogs, its always a pleasure to see day to day when you are working with dogs and puppies.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”8225″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Probably been a ski/snowboard-bum, as long as I would be able to be outdoors, that’s where I get my energy from. I love to work with animals, I have been thinking before about getting a veterinary education.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_column_text]

How did you get into dog sledding?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Basically born on the sledge. When i was growing and went to school I wasn’t so involved with dogsledding, but after moving back from Oslo (2010) I went full time in to the company, and had all the muscle memory from dogsledding. All my life we have had a lot of dogs, i knew how to handle them and how to train them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]If possible, do you have a favourite dog?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I have several favourites in the dog yard. I try not to have favour any dogs in my racing team, as they all need their own special treatment. All of them need a lot of care and love for them to know me and trust me.
If I were to mention a few; Spiker 6 years (race dog), He was one of my most annoying dogs when he was young, would chew on everything, and fight with everyone. Till the day I was driving on Kvænangsfjellet on the first snow in half a meter of fresh snow, and Spikers father, Bjørn, was not able to run plow through the deep snow, every time I stopped, Spiker would chew on the necklines and tug lines in front of him. Decided to put him in lead where he couldn’t chew on anything, and he was like a 4 wheel drive through the deep snow, and pulled his father in the snow. From then, he have always been my main lead dog, running every race as a lead dog from start to finish. He is the one I can trust 100% to do exactly what I say, in any kind of weather. We have an extremely strong bond together.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][heading]I can’t write or talk about Spiker without getting a tear in my eye.[/heading][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”8256″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_column_text]Then we have Multe (10 years), Multe is daughter of Fighter, my mothers main lead dog when she went for the Iditarod. Multe is the first lead dog I ever trained, she became very good but she was never a racing dog, she would always love staying at home and didn’t like bad weather or heavy conditions at all. So she became what I would call a Sunshine dog, in general, only liking to do running when its nice weather and in good condition. She normally lives without the chain, as she never moves away from her house, unless asked to. She is a very dominant female, and is excellent to train young dogs as she knows how to correct them in a right manner.
Then we have Tutti (who’s sadly now passed away). The first dog I ever named from my younger days. Really big female, who ran the finnmark race with my mother. For Tuttis her last 2 living years, she walked around as a farm dog, finding a new place to sleep every night, and eating everything she would come over. I could probably go on and on, but these are 3 dogs I’ll remember all my life.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”8229″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]You’ve raced in the Finnmarksslopet a number of times.  Could you tell us a bit about them?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I started the finnmarkrace 4 times now, I remember especially the 2 first years, as I was a rookie and it was 2 years where we had a lot of bad weather. As I was young and not so experienced, I didn’t fear anything and I really learned how to trust my dogs, and taught them to trust me. It really went a lot faster than I thought it would.
Each of the races I do is quite special in it’s own way. As long as I get to be alone running my dogs, and giving them the best treatment I can, they will give me the same. I enjoy learning to build up a team of dogs, racing them year after year is so much fun. I get some much joy looking at the dogs gaining experience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]When you’re choosing your team what do you look for?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]It’s quite many things I’m looking at, but first is their psychology, they have to have a extremely strong mind. Long distance racing, is not for every dog in the dog yard (e.g. MULTE) I like them to be on the point of “crazy” (e.g. SPIKER). Then I look at the body and how it is proportioned, strong body, long legs.
Now appetite starts playing in, going through hard training and long distance races, they really have to eat everything I give them. From the snacks every 1,5 hour, and a meal every 6-8 hours. Now, from here I can start to play a bit, having a team of dogs that are harmonious together is important for me, so I work on them being socialised with each other. After this, I have to see how they work for long distance, not getting any injuries and keeping the appetite throughout the race.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”8266″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Is there anything else you’d like to add?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I’ve set a goal to race the Iditarod before I’m 30.[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”8228″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][vc_column_text]

To meet Torkil why not join him on our 5 day tours that run through the winter season.

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