Paws of Björnlund is a small company run by Anna Americo Galante and Jeldrik Seibert. We live and work all year round in the small municipality of Malå in Lapland. Here we have our 19 Alaskan Huskies, a female Siberian Husky and a house cat.
We do not only keep our dogs for tourist trips, but build a middle and long distance team to participate in national and international competitions. With us, you will find real athletes whose needs are met in a genuine way!
Why should you discover Lapland with us?
We want to share our enormous passion for sled dogs, the beautiful nature and the tangible feeling of freedom with you. Our husky tours come in different forms and are not purely tourist arrangements. Some of the tours are physically and mentally demanding, so be aware of this when booking. But if you are looking for a challenging and unique adventure, then you are in the right place. Don’t hesitate to contact us regarding any questions you may have!
Anna A. Galante
Anna was born in 1989 in Riga, Latvia, where she spent her childhood. Even then, she loved being out in the woods and spent almost all of her free time outside. She has been smitten with animals – especially dogs and wolves – for as long as she could remember and tried to be constantly around them. Unfortunately it was not possible for her to have an own dog back then.
In 2000 she moved to Ratingen, Germany with her family. The desire for a dog buddy grew but unfortunately the family still could not realize it. And so, at the age of 11, she began to work her way deeper and deeper into the subject of „dogs“ with the help of books and films. Behaviour, communication, health, feeding, care, dog sports – every piece of information was absorbed and saved. The day she held the „350 dog breeds“ encyclopedia in her hand, it was all over her. She discovered the sled dogs!
Shortly before the end of the 12th year she was absolutely sure: One day she will work with sled dogs and turn her hobby and her passion into a profession.
Between the ages of 16 and 20 she was finally able to spend more of her free time with dogs. She started walking dogs, taking them into care over weekends/holidays and socialize and train difficult dog breeds. After graduating from high school in 2009 she began studying chemistry in Dortmund in order to create a basis for a general professional life. Here she finally had the opportunity to travel a bit and visited Sweden for the first time. After a trip to Stockholm not only was her career goal clear but also the country where she wanted to fulfill her lifelong dream.
Throughout her master’s degree in chemistry and numerous well-paid jobs in the chemical industry, she was able to finance her long-awaited vacations with sled dogs. She spent every year as a tourist with weekly tours of around 300 km each in Sweden and Russia as well as volunteering at the Volga Quest (international sled dog race) in Russia. These experiences have shown her that her dream is exactly what she wants.
After spending 20 years in Germany, she left In 2020 to built a new life up here in the north together with Jeldrik, just like she dreamed of as a child.
Jeldrik was born and grew up in Laubach, Germany in 1990. He has been surrounded by dogs at home since he was born and has always dreamed of keeping his very own husky. As a child he used to spend a lot of time outside in the nature – build various huts and hideouts in his garden at home – as well as cook in his freetime.
In 2006 he began his education as a chef. Even though cooking and baking was always a lot of fun for him in the next few years of his professional life, he felt like there was a lack of connection to nature. It was only at the beginning of 2019 that he was able to fulfill his heart’s desire by working as a dog handler for several months at a husky farm in Sweden. After his return to Germany it became apparent that he needed his own husky. That is when he found a wonderful female Siberian Husky dog, that was introduced to him through an animal protection organization.
Being back home in Germany didn’t make him happy in the long run, so in 2020 he went back to Sweden to work at a husky farm. However the position at the previous farm was no longer available due to the effects of Corona. Luckily that was when he met Anna during his stay and at the beginning of 2021, he moved to Sweden in order to realize their common dream of a sled dog farm together with her.