Barbara Willen – About me

Barbara Willen – Born and raised in Switzerland

As a real nature-loving woman, I am living today with eight huskies in the woods close to a beautiful little village in Swedish Lapland. Lovely home in a tiny house on wheels, in great nature, with nice villagers and good friends. A charming place I like to share with my guests and love to return to after every trail adventure.

Living with huskies in Finnish Lapland 1996-2008

During winter 1996 I worked as a dog handler and tourist guide on a husky farm in the Finnish Arctic. Educated in marketing I immediately fell in love working with people and huskies. Immediately thrilled with this mission and the Arctic nature I stayed in Northern Finland. Therefore I founded 2003 my own adventure company with various summer and winter activities.

Moving to Swedish Lapland 2008

Later I missed the Swiss Alps and started to guide mountain tours in Sweden and Norway. With the main activities skiing and snowshoeing with huskies furthermore hiking. Since I felt rooted in the north of Sweden I moved in 2008. So, I bought a tourism company and settled in Lapland. Followed by a very intense period with too many hours behind the office table. After selling this later company in 2014 I focused anew on my adventure company. Soon, I restarted working in the Scandinavian mountains. After more than 20 lovely years guiding, I decided 2017 to stop. I completed the last commercial mountain tour in spring of 2018. Today I work part-time, rent my tiny home and keep my living costs low by minimalism.

Loving my simple life at home and on the trail

As an enthusiastic nature- and adventure lover I explored many routes in the world. By foot, skis, bike or huskies. Countless short trips and a few longer ones enriched my life. My Thru-Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail 2018 was a life-changing experience. It rose a new passion. I am loving hiking and it will lead me to many other long hiking trails.

Barbara Willen

My favourites… bicycle, dogsled or foot
  • Kingstrail – Sweden
  • Northkalottleden and Sarek – Scandinavia
  • Pacific Crest Trail – USA
  • Mustang and 3 pass trek – Nepal
  • Aconcagua – Chile
  • Patagonia Trail – Chile/Argentina
  • Martial glacier – Tierra del Fuego, Chile
  • Atlas – Morocco
  • GR20 – La Corse, France
  • Alaskan highway – USA
  • Tasmanian Trail – Australia