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Carsten Thies


Owner and Founder of Wild Goose LLC - Arctic Expedition Service

is Carsten Thies

Carsten is a retired Boeing 747 Captain who now focuses solely on exploring the Arctic.

He offers guiding and logistical services to Photographers, Film crews, Adventurers and Scientists.​

Carsten is very well connected in the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic and provides expert support to the realization of your project.

Besides being a pilot and a photographer, Carsten is a certified Bear-Guard and a Wilderness-First-Responder (WFR)

Photo Eike Nerling


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I came to Alaska in 1995 as a pilot, fell in love with the country and stayed. Besides canoeing the creeks and hiking the mountains, I caught the sled-dog bug. 

In 2003 I became the official photographer for the Yukon Quest a 1000 mile international sled-dog race. I worked the race also as a trailbreaker and in 2023 as a race-judge.

Flying the "Queen of the skies", the B747 around the globe, became my bread and butter job. In the spare time I travelled all over the North, taking pictures and writing articles for newspapers and magazines.

In 2009 I became the producer of the German TV documentary "Im Bann des Yukon's". Other assignments followed.

Because of the pilots lifestyle I couldn't afford the time to keep dogs. The snowmobile became my chosen mode of transportation during the winter. From short trips on the Yukon Quest trail to 3000 miles in 4 weeks. My friend William and I pushed the limits when we drove from Fairbanks to Nome in January 2010 to "beat the crowds". Dark, cold and miserable, no broken trails, open water and sometimes no idea where we were and where to go. 2 years later I drove from Fairbanks to Utqiaġvik (Barrow) it was on this trip that I saw my first Polar Bear. Every winter I put thousands of miles in the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic on my sled. Some years I travel with a friend, some years I travel alone, meeting people along the trail that became good friends. Every year I am learning something new and hear new stories. I am very grateful for the opportunity to visit the Athabascan, Yupik and Inupiaq communities. I want to thank all my native friends for welcoming me into their families and sharing their culture, food and laughter's.

Now I want to share my expertise, knowledge and stories with you.

Certificates & Licenses

  • WFR - Wilderness First Responder (Remote Medical Training, WA)

  • Wildlife Awareness & Avoidance Instructor (AIP)

  • Bear Guard (LTR, AK)

  • Polar Bear Awareness and Deterrence Training (USFWS & Environmental Research and Consulting)

  • Advanced Firearms Training (Florida Firearms Academy, Grey Solutions, WA, InSights Training Center, WA)

  • Advanced Bush and Mountain Flying (Bush Air, NV)

  • Navigation in Polar Regions (Groeger, Germany)

  • Svalbard & Greenland Field Staff Assessment (AECO - Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators)

  • Psychological First Aid (Johns Hopkins University)


  • CRMi (Copenhagen, Denmark)


Tel: +1-907-750-8115



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