Mille PorsildHometown: DENMARK
Mille started mushing in 1992, running a team of Polar Husky sled dogs for polar explorer, Will Steger, on three month long dog sled expectation in Canada. She was hooked. Ever since, Mille has lived with her sled dogs to experience the amazing people and places in the magical North, while finding ways to be sharing the adventures with people around the world. She has slept more than 1000 nights in a tent on the dogsled expeditions and feels home anywhere in the circumpolar Arctic. Mille has done 15 long-haul expeditions with her freight dogs. Each expedition lasted two to six months and was as long as 3000 miles, in Greenland, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Alaska and crisscrossing Canada. In 2011 she entered her first sled dog race, running the 800 mile Nadezhda Hope race in Chukotka, Russia. Mille then moved to Alaska with Team Racing Beringia and her then partner, Joar Leifseth Ulsom. Together they trained and raced with great success that culminated in 2018 with his Iditarod championship.
Mille was born and grew up in Denmark until she came to the United States and did her first dogsled expedition at 18 years old. Her great grandfather founded the world’s first Arctic research station, in Greenland. His sons traveled Arctic North America by dog team and canoe in the 1920’s — the “normal” son being Mille’s grand who left Greenland to live back in Denmark. Growing up, Mille would sit in her grandfather’s basement surrounded by drawings, mystical carvings and seal skin clothing, listening to his adventures across the ice with his sled dogs. That’s when Mille decided she wanted to grow up to be dog musher and live her life with sled dogs. Mille will be racing the 2020 Iditarod for Team Racing Beringia.
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