Vebjorn Aishana Reitan

21 year old Yukon Quest rookie

My Sponsors:
Kaktovik Tours LLC

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Kaktovik, AK
Occupation(s): Polar Bear Tour Guide
Kennel Name: Hulahula Kennel
Name Origination: Named after a river close to Kaktovik that we frequently train and travel on.
Kennel Bloodlines: Baker, Seavey, King
Breeds: Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 15

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?

Tell us about your dogs?
Many have finished Yukon Quest and Iditarod, and 1,000 mile plus trips after Iditarod in 2016 and 2017.

How did you get started running dogs?
I did my first race when I was 4 years old. My family have run dogs since before I was born. I grew up doing smaller races in Norway and helping at our tour business.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
I enjoy working with dogs and learning their personalities. Having happy and strong dogs is very rewarding.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
In 2016 I was a handler to Torsten Kohnert, I enjoyed the feel of the race and loved the landscape.

What music do you listen to on the trail?
I don't usually listen to music when I race, if I'm training I like to listen to podcasts and a variety of music.

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
Our dogs usually get Inupiat names, a litter of our younger dogs were born in the dogbox on the Dalton Highway so they were named for places along the highway.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2016 Two Rivers 200 - 7th, 2014 Femundlopet Junior - 8th, 2013 Femundlopet Junior - 15th

Messages to Mushers

Greetings sir, I am an esl teacher from Québec and my classroom will be following the Yukon Quest. I admire that you went from being a handler to being an actual racer. Enjoy the race!
January 26, 2018
How's Bruce Joe in Kaktovik?
January 31, 2018
Lykke til med den lange turen gjennom villmarka Vebjørn !
February 02, 2018
After seeing your first run, I hope you keep racing. You posted really fast times in between check points and yet took care of your dogs. It's people like you who are the future of the sport
February 14, 2018