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Finland Photos March 2019

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In Search for the Northern Lights in the Arctic Wilderness

An experience of a lifetime where you will get to sleep under the stars in aurora cabins, packed adventure on husky rides and northern lights drives hunt and learn all about the sami culture and a very special culinary arctic experience 

Travel with TJD

to Finland

March 2019

Curated by Michelle Karam

with Dennis Stever 

4 Nights – 5 Days in the Northern Part of Finland

(With one night at Hilton Helsinki Airport)

A huge thank you for Hertz for partnering up with us on our TJD Finland Series.

Tip: Booking with Hertz, you earn skywards miles! 

 

TJD FINLAND SERIES March 2019 

TESTIMONIALS

“Having traveled a lot and to so many destinations, we tend to under-estimate the efforts put in creating such an experience that includes so many unusual activities in the wilderness! It was not just another trip for me , it turned out to be “THE TRIP” that was incredibly fun, healing, life changing and created so many memories I will forever cherish

TJD did an incredibly beautiful job in well organizing way in advance every single detail. The genuine love and care put in this experience is noticeable and you can feel the passion for it! I wouldn’t have done it without Michelle who is the mastermind behind every single detail, activity, experience. I will definitely do it again and highly recommend TJD to organize this for you, if you are up to an unforgettable experience!

Thank you TJD team, Michelle in particular for being simply wonderful!”

Solange, Beirut

“Michelle, you were a stranger who turned into a friend, a sister, you had us experience a magical trip, you made us laugh & smile and made us cry at the end of the journey from sadness that it’s over but happiness that it happened. (It’s complicated as Joelle would say)!! Besides that you were professional, very well organized, take care of every single little detail so we felt 100% relaxed in the best hands ever!! We love you both and surely will do this again! Dennis, we wouldn’t have done it without you my friend, You are incredibly amazing & enjoyable and not to mention so patient to keep up with a crazy crowd like us! Thank you for everything! “

Darine, Lebanon

“Our experience with TJD was one of the most memorable and amazing trips for us. Michelle did a great job on what we wanted out of this trip. The accommodation was excellent and everything was done on time. We were fortunate enough to catch the stunning display of the Northern Lights – Something we will never forget! I couldn’t be happier with TJD and would definitely recommend them to all of our friends “

Hannan, UAE

“As someone who always travel solo, this was an incredible experience! The dynamic of the group worked perfectly together! Michelle took really good care of us and Dennis managed to capture all the right moments. The Itinerary was beautifully curated and it definitely exceeded all my expectations. Sleeping in the Aurora cabins, watching the stars at night was truly mind-blowing. I would travel with TJD again in a heartbeat! Thank you guys for really making it a trip of a lifetime!  “

Nahel, Syria 

“TJD’s trip to Finland was one of my most memorable trips ever. The richness of the program spanning from dog sleighing to receiving insights to how the indigenous Sami live & treasure their land, was fascinating. The competent, unhurried and loving way Michelle & Dennis managed these 5 days was very impressive. The way they organized four perfectly sunny days remain their well-guarded secret. “

Eduard & Rania, Lebanon

” The best trip ever!! Michelle & Dennis you were the highlight of the trip! It was our first experience to travel with TJD and we were pleasantly surprised with the professionalism, punctuality, dedication and fun spirit throughout the trip. Michelle & Dennis were very knowledgable about the Arctic, the activities and handpicked the itinerary! It was just a perfect vacation. I recommend this trip to everyone! If you ever want to travel hassle free and have the best time of your life just contact TJD. Michelle & Dennis, keep shining! You have put a smile on our faces and we can’t wait for our next TJD trip!  “

Farah & Wael, Lebanon

” Sleeping in a glass roofed aurora cabin under a sky full of stars, sitting on the snow and cuddling the huskies, searching-hunting and watching the northern lights …. These were on the top of my bucket list. Finally my dream came true. This was an amazing trip, I absolutely loved it!! I would like to thank the best organizers and I would book with you again and again and again.

Michelle did not only plan the trip but was involved in every single activity and thought of every small details from helping us zipping the snow gear, making sure we ate well, we slept enough, we enjoyed the activity … and stayed awake to make sure we see the aurora! She is so professional, helpful, caring, fun and positive. 

Dennis was excellent, full of life and a great motivator. He is very cool, open-minded and he never says No! He would do anything to make us happy. 

I highly recommend everyone to travel with TJD!!”

Belle, Lebanon

“Putting a face and an adventure and a beautiful experience, a one of a kind trip to this idea I had in my mind of you and your work over exceeded my expectations. Please keep doing what you do because you are doing something so awesome. A lot of others are trying to replicate and I have never tried them, but you have this extra everything. The extra touch, the extra deepness that makes everything more personal. Great teamwork  You and Dennis, it’s just the beginning and craziness and fun and love of life will always be by your side. “

Joelle, Lebanon

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The Remote Wilderness in The Northern Most Part of Finland

Email [email protected] if you wish to learn more or join our trips

A huge thank you to everyone who joined our Mini Series into the wilderness in Finland. You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place…like you’ll not only miss the people you loved and spent time with but you will also miss the person you are now right here, at that moment and at that exact space of time. 

Dennis Stever, team TJD and an incredible business partner and photographer who keeps believing in me and pushes me to go beyond my limits.  

Follow him on Instagram @dennisstever 

 

Thank you to all the wonderful guests who has trusted and believed in TJD trips, who were brave enough to take that leap of faith and joined us!

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  • “If two points are meant to meet, the universe will always find a way to make the connection... even when all hope seems to be lost - the journeys we take will define who we are and who we become. Across space, across time, amongst paths we can never predict, nature always finds its way. Trust the universe - have a little faith “ 💞 
#TravelwithTJD #CreateYourReality
  • 7 days in Iceland and it was never enough! I can happily stay a lifetime here exploring and shooting. 
On our @travelwithtjd Iceland Series, we spent a couple of nights at @radissonblu1919 exploring Reykjavik during the day and the long nights!!
The rest of the week we spent on the road in different guest houses exploring many waterfalls, lagoons, volcanic landscapes, black beaches and tasted the Icelandic cuisine. 
We have few spaces left for our next @travelwithtjd trip in April 2020! Get in touch if you like to join us 😊#TravelwithTJD #CreateYourReality
  • Iceland was everything I ever hoped it would be. Our @travelwithtjd Mini Series in Iceland started with 10 incredible strangers and ended with new friendships. We’ve spent a week exploring the best of Iceland - sharing memories and lots of laughter. If you like to join our next TJD Iceland Series in April, get in touch, we still have very few spaces left! #TravelwithTJD #CreateYourReality
  • The older I get, the more I love the value of privacy, of cultivating your circle and only letting certain people in. You can be open, honest, and real while still understanding that not everyone deserves a seat at the table of your life... I hope you find someone who is always real with you, and a place where the chaos inside is understood-whether you are searching for them or not. Day 1 Iceland on our @travelwithtjd 💫
  • As we sometimes give all the love we have to others... we sometimes forget to love ourselves more. Most of the time, when I feel I’ve lost my alignment, it’s usually a reminder on how I need to take better care of me, and not be so hard on myself. 💫
  • Sometimes, I’m terrified of my heart, of its constant hunger for great things in this beautiful world. The way it stops & starts...
  • Would you go to furthermost place on earth? 
I’m so excited to announce our 5th destination release on @travelwithtjd 
Join us on the 1st-6th of May 2020 to the Northernmost Settlement on earth and explore the Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole on an Arctic expedition. In this packed polar journey, we have the chance to encounter some arctic wildlife, Kayaking into the glorious glaciers, snowmobiling into the earth’s depends fjords, enjoy husky safari, taste the culinary Arctic experience and learn so much about our beautiful planet.
Few tips on the trip: 
During May, it will be the start of the midnight sun, and so, the sun will not set below the horizon
As flights on our packages are not included, I always suggest to find the best flight deals through @wegoarabia which will give you a range of flights to chose from, matches your budget and connecting flights
Please get in touch if you would like to join this expedition, also, keep in mind that you will need a certain fitness level to join. 
Due to safety circumstances, we can only have 6 guests in one group. 
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Photo by @dennisstever
  • Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. The archipelago is composed of nine main islands. 
We visited Pyramiden, 2 hours by boat from longyearbyen, and known as a Soviet Ghost Town, an abandoned Russians coal mine settlement sold to the Soviet Union back in 1927. When we arrived, they told us that they have seen few polar bears around and so had to stay close. 
Barentsburg, the second largest settlement in Svalbard with about 450 inhabitants, mostly, also, Russians... Some of the other islands have amongst scientist and researchers. Needless to say, Longyearbyen is the northernmost capital on earth.
I also want to thank the team at @arcticexpedition.no who were so incredible with us, it wouldn’t have been the same without them, despite me being a little afraid of walking out, they assured our safety ☺️ Make sure you join us on our next @travelwithtjd in May to Svalbard once again!#TravelwithTJD
  • With thousands of years of history frozen in time, the Arctic, for me, is as a place where we can freeze our former selves and visualize what we can achieve what’s found in stories,  books and inspiring people that made it this far. 
It’s just you, the land, and your thoughts, and you can't leave until you've wrestled with yourself and emerged a survivor. 
But then again, the light is much more intense up here and everything looks different because of it. The sun hasn’t set in a couple of months, and you can see things much more clearly when it is light all of the time. 
I’m addicted to the Arctic, it has been so for the past two years as @dennisstever and I set a mission to work together to conquer it on @travelwithTJD 
Thanks to @dennisstever for capturing this moment.
Thank you to the wonderful team @arcticexpedition.no for making this a memorable experience ❤️
  • Im at the Earth’s northernmost inhabited settlement and I made this happen!!
A Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Svalbard is home to the ‘King of the Arctic’, which is the Polar Bear, followed by whales, Arctic Fox, Birds, Seals, Walrus and Reindeers. Svalbard is 600 miles away from the North Pole, the farthest place on earth I have ever been. This is not a dream...I created this beautiful reality. #TravelwithTJD @travelwithtjd @visitsvalbard
  • I’m not sure I can’t explain in words exactly how I felt at that moment. Right, scratch that... I can, because I froze. 
In so many ways. 
Ive always felt that my moods could be best explained in photos (and music) and that’s why I’m drawn to photography because it allows me to portray what’s going on inside when words fail. 
@dennisstever and I spent a week in Finland for the midnight sun, exploring the summer season. He probably took a thousand shots of this moment and encouraged me to keep going despite the cold waves splashing on me. 
But, I’m thankful, because, after a while, the cold numbed me, so I caught my breath, looked around and realized how F*** amazing it is to feel alive!
  • Often, I am noticing more and more on social media highlighting what society identifies as their body flaws and how we are beautiful and ordinary because of it, categorizing it as ‘empowerment’. I’m all for positivity but, I feel it’s giving mixed signals and it’s becoming repetitive, focusing on body goals. Again. 
Loving yourself, or accepting yourself doesn’t start with just accepting your body or its ‘flaws’, that’s not how we become ‘ordinary’, and the constant focus on bodies is directing the false message, denoting how our looks comes first and preaching about it (constantly)is not ordinary. 
Whatever happened to beauty from within? Or education? 
Are we truly loving ourselves if we put our body ‘flaws’ constantly out there on social media waiting again, for others to approve and congratulate you?
Is that not just promoting more “What’s on the outside counts more than what’s on the inside?”
Acceptance and beauty is deeper than that, because, surely, a body’s ‘ordinary’ image, is not solely what we should or should not be celebrating. 
Imperfections comes from the inside... Our actions, reactions, our weaknesses, strengths, our challenges and triumphs, our anxieties.
Loving oneself is accepting our heart and mind’s inability to function today but still give tomorrow another chance. 
We are beautiful for how we make others feel, for being there for one another, for lifting each other, for forgiving, for loyalty, for being there for your children, for your family, for strangers and for those around you and definitely not because we have or have not accepted our bodies and those around us. 
Whoever you are... our ‘imperfections’ in our souls are what makes ordinary and learning to accept it, is what makes you beautiful, and that is what we need to be sharing. 
So let’s highlight what’s on the inside, instead of just purely focusing on the outside. Because, that’s the only way we can truly love ourself, and not by perfect or imperfect bodies.