Cell phone during the boat season: 907 987 8266 Captain Ketil
For Passenger van or plane info: 907 640 0165 Evelyn
Kaktovik Tours LLC is owned by Ketil, Vebjorn Aishana and Martin Apayauq Reitan.
Ketil Reitan (58) was born in Norway and came to Alaska and crossed the Northern part of Alaska by dog team for the first time 30 years ago. During his first trip he met his wife, Evelyn Anguyak, and later settled down in Kaktovik. Ketil was a crew member in his father-in-law, Herman Aishanna's whaling crew for 6 years. Ketil hunted by dog team in the mountains, and ran the Iditarod sled dog race 6 times and has finished as high as 10th place. Ketil is still an active dog musher, and he finished the Iditarod 14th place in 2018, and the 2019 Kobuk 440 in 8th place.
Ketil and his family are spending the summer and fall hunting and exploring around Kaktovik and Northern Alaska. Ketil was also the leading dog musher in BBC and History Channel’s reconstruction of the Race to South Pole between Amundsen and Scott.
Vebjorn Aishana Reitan (23) grew up with hunting in Kaktovik during the summer and dog mushing in Norway in the winter. He ran his first sled dog race when he was 4 years old. He has finished the Two Rivers 200 mile. In 2016 Vebjorn ran our dog team, after Ketil finished the Iditarod, all the way from Nome, through Kotzebue, Anaktuvuk Pass, back to Kaktovik. About 1000 miles. Ketil followed by snow machine. Vebjorn finished 4th place in the 2018 Yukon Quest sled dog race. He also likes to hunt caribou, dall sheep, seal and he has been a member of Green Boat Whaling crew. He is a US Coast Guard certified captain.
Martin Apayauq Reitan (21) grew up with hunting in Kaktovik in the summer and dog mushing in Norway in the winter. He ran his first sled dog race when he was 4 years old. He likes to hunt, like his older brother Vebjorn Aishana. In 2017 Martin ran our dog team in Knik 200,Copper Basin 300 and Two Rivers 200. After Ketil finished the Iditarod, Martin ran the dog team from Nome, through Kotzebue, Utkiagvik (Barrow), back to Kaktovik. Martin run the Kobuk 440 and finished 12 th place in competition with some of the best dog teams in Alaska. Martin was elected by his fellow competitors to receive the Sportmanship Award. The total trip for the dog team, including the Iditarod and Kobuk 440 and the trip from Nome to Kaktovik was 2720 miles (4300 kilometers). Martin finished 12th place in the 2019 Yukon Quest (1000 miles, 1600 kilometers), and he was named Rookie of the year. Then finished 28 th place in the 2019 Iditarod sled dog race. He is the youngest mushed that have finished both Yukon Quest and Iditarod the same year as a rookie.
Martin Apayauq Reitan is a US Coast Guard certified captain. Martin is a avid wildlife photographer. his favorite equipment is a Canon 5D mark 4, with a 500mm/F4 lens.