After meeting through mountain climbing and bonding over their love for nature and physical activities, Karin and Tore Bergbjørn started Bergbjørn Fjellservice – a mountain guide service that tailor-makes activities for its customers, including skiing, mountain climbing, dogsledding and more.
TEXT: SYNNE JOHNSSON | PHOTOS: BERGBJØRN FJELLSERVICE
Based in Skjomen outside Narvik in the north of Norway, Bergbjørn Fjellservice offers spectacular nature experiences, tailor-made to their guests’ ability and often combining different activities like skiing and dogsledding, or mountain climbing and biking. “Neither Karin nor I is from up north, but when we looked to find a place to settle down, we had some very specific criteria as we wanted to be close to the mountains and the nature,” Tore says. “We met through mountain climbing in Spain. We have also been to South America, where Karin was the first Scandinavian woman to reach the top of Cerro Torre, so our joint love of nature and pushing our limits is what brought us together.”
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Now they live in the shadow of Norway’s majestic national mountain, Stetinden, which is where a lot of Bergbjørn’s tours take place, but the mountain has a unique place in the couple’s hearts since it’s where they got engaged.
Karin and Tore jointly own not just their business, but also no less than 16 huskies. The dogs let them offer authentic dogsledding experiences while helping to carry equipment for longer, overnight guided tours up in the mountains.
The couple owns 16 huskies and offers an authentic dogsledding experience. Photo: Andreas Røstad
“I used to work as a professional jockey in France when I was younger, but had to quit after an accident, so to be able to work with animals is something I highly value,” Karin says. “Right now, we have 16 huskies, which is the perfect number. We care a lot about our dogs’ welfare and would never put profit before their wellness. The dogs’ needs will always come first. It takes a lot of time and I spend my entire day on the dogs, so it’s fair to say that it’s a lifestyle.”
Both Karin and Tore Bergbjørn have always loved being outside in nature and pushing their limits.
Bergbjørn Fjellservice keeps the groups small, with a maximum of six people per session. They don’t mix different bookings, so regardless of how few people are in your group, you will not be in the same session as visitors you don’t know. This ensures a personal tour, suited to your capability.
“Life is too short to wait until you’re retired to start doing what you love, which is why we chose to start this business together. It is amazing to be able to do what we love every day, and even better that we can do it together,” says Karin.
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