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Finland: Your chance to travel beyond the arctic wilderness in Ivalo

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Hunt for The Northern Lights

An experience of a lifetime where you will get to sleep under the stars, hunt the Northern Lights with a snowmobile, travel into the arctic wilderness and learn how to photograph the Aurora lights

Travel with TJD to FINLAND

8th of March – 11th March 2018

Curated by Michelle Karam

with special guest host Dennis Stever 

3 Nights – 4 Days in the Northern Most Part of Finland, Ivalo

€1,655 Solo Traveler 

€1,520 Couple Travelers/Price is per person

 

WHAT IT INCLUDES

Taxes, transportation, activities below such as snowmobiling, sledge-dog safari and ice-fishing, full board meals (breakfast,lunch,dinner), curated itinerary, snow gear,  two nights in a standard room of a wilderness hotel and 1 night in an aurora cabin, photography advice from Dennis Stever 

WHAT IT EXCLUDES

Airfare, Airport hotel stay at Helsinki (if needed), alcoholic beverages, visa, tips, any additional meals, photography equipment, upgrades and any extra tours.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

 Wed 7th March 2018    

Arrive to Helsinki from wherever part of the world you are in. If you are in the UAE, your flight will depart on the 7th of March. (There is only one direct flight on this day and no flights on the 8th of March) 

Flight number: AY619 OR AY609 

Departure Time: 7:15AM Helsinki – Ivalo Or 7:40AM Helsinki – Ivalo

This trip is open to travelers worldwide.

Option is to stay at Hilton Airport Helsinki 

We will catch the 7am flight to Ivalo 

Day 1   Thu 8th March 2018

Day 2  Friday 9th of  March 2018

Day 3 Saturday 10th of  March 2018

    

Day 4 Sunday 11 th of  March 2018

  • Departure day

Northern lights are dancing in the skies in this area on 3 out of 5 nights. However, you can only see them on a clear night, when clouds are not covering them. Aurora hunting means finding open spots, where the sky is clear.  The experience is magical. As you will travel with myself and Dennis, we will give you tips, how to catch northern light moments as great photographs..

Please note that there is no guarantee you will see northern lights as it is a natural phenomenon. 

Sleep under the stars

ACCOMMODATION

Boutique hotel Nangu  is an old wilderness lodge, which has been fully renovated during 2017 and opened on 20th of December 2017.  You will find log houses with cozy hotel rooms split around the area. 

The hotel rooms are located in two separate log buildings in the hotel yard. There are 17 rooms with double beds and 2 single rooms. Each room has its own bathroom with supplies, wardrobe, and hairdryer. All rooms are decorated in rustic wilderness style, the traditional log walls adding the final touch to the Lappish atmosphere. Note that the accommodation is forest view. Lake view is available upon request for an additional cost.

Inari Wilderness Hotel  is owned by the same family as Nangu, Nellim and Muotka Widlerness Lodge. This is a brand new holiday resort by lake Inari as well. There are 34m² Luxurious aurora cabins with own sauna and bathroom. This is, how you will spend your last night observing auroras in a spacious cabin with a view to the sky – from your own cozy bed! The glass thermal roof ensures that the window will stay clear even in the lowest temperatures, and the warmth and amenities of the cabin will ensure you the most comfortable aurora observing experience. The cabins are equipped with twin beds, and there is also a possibility for extra beds. Each cabin offers a private bathroom.

Additional Information There will be extra charge for any of those who wish to stay additional nights in any cabins. Lake view options are also available at an extra charge subject to availability. You can also stock up your cabin with any food and beverage you wish to bring from the market we will stop by on our way into the wilderness.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP SPECIAL

Craving for constant adventure got me this far! For the first time of our Travel with TJD mini series that I curate, I will opening this special beyond the arctic circle trip to anyone who wants to join and experience the journey I have personally experienced during my trip to Finland. I will be partnering up with Skafur Tour, who works with the most authentic lappish families and suppliers in Finland giving you the true experience in Lapland. Everything in our journey will be based on sustainability travel, historical journeys, a true culinary lappish experience and an intense off the beaten path adventure! I will also be sharing a little bit of my story on how I turned my passion into a business and how I traveled to 87 countries and will also be available to help you with your photography of the Northern Lights. This trip is purely experiential and adventure and is open to all those who are ready to drop everything, for a chance to get out there and explore the arctic circle!

Dennis Stever is a travel photographer and social media professional from Halifax, Canada. Residing in Dubai for the past 5 years, Dennis has traveled to over 40 countries, capturing colourful landscapes and culture from around the world. With 10 years of experience behind the lens, Dennis has worked with tourism boards, international hotel brands, and industry leading companies to create engaging photography campaigns. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced photographer, Dennis is excited to share his techniques and passion with you. 

You can follow him on Instagram 

ACTIVITIES

Aurora Hunting

On this snowmobiling tour, you will head to Lake Inari in search of northern lights, looking for the best spots to view the open night sky. Driving distance depends on the weather conditions – if the sky looks promising, we will make more stops to admire the northern lights that will hopefully appear for us. If you are traveling with a plus one, you can take turns on driving, if you are traveling alone, you have the option of driving or jumping in the back seat of the snowmobile with a professional driver.

What’s included: Snowmobiling lesson, guided snowmobile tour, warm drinks
Duration: 2,5 hours

Ice Fishing with a Snowmobile

 Lake Inari, the third biggest lake in Finland! You will learn how to drill a hole through the thick ice, bait the hook, and see if you can catch a perch or a whitefish from the secluded, ice-covered wilderness lake.

The snowmobile safari takes you through the remote, uninhabited forests and over the windy fells, past the breathtakingly beautiful scenery, until we reach the small wilderness lake. At the lake, we will try our luck at fishing and build a fire to enjoy a delicious meal and fry the fish we have caught.

Along the way, we stop to take photos of the most beautiful sights of our trip.

All snowmobile safaris include an introduction to safe handling and riding as well as an experienced guide.

What’s included: Snowmobiling lesson, guided snowmobile tour, warm drinks
Duration: 4 hours

Husky Safari 

DETAILED ITINERARY 

A detailed itinerary is only available to those who register and book the trip

FLIGHTS/GETTING THERE

From the Middle East/GCC 

If you are flying from the UAE: FINNAIR has the only direct flight to IVALO with only 1 flight on the 7th to Ivalo via Helsinki. Please make sure you book your tickets ahead of time as they tend to get full 3 months in advance due to limited seats.

If you are flying from Qatar: QATAR AIRWAYS fly to Helsinki and you should then book the 7:15 or 7:40 am flight on the 8th to Ivalo.

Additional Information There will be extra charge for transportation if you were not able to make the meeting time schedule. Therefore please book ahead of time.

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Go Beyond The Arctic Wilderness

Email [email protected] if you wish to learn more

We will help you plan your flight schedule and send you a list of packing material you need for the trip.

 To book, please fill in the form attached and we will contact you by phone or by email. 

Please make sure you add the subject like TravelwithTJD Finland

SPACES ARE VERY LIMITED
AIRLINES HAVE LIMITED SPACES

THIS IS AN ADVENTURE LEVEL WELCOME TO ALL

Join me on a curated trip of a lifetime! A maximum number of 8 guests will be able to join this trip so we will have a lot of time to get to know each other and experience beyond the arctic circle! Get ready to be in subzero temperatures with the proper gear! Luckily, in March, the temperatures are less dramatic and is between -15 to +1 on good days. This trip is packed with adventure and I am lucky to have Dennis Stever as a guest advising us on the best way to photograph the northern lights and the icy cold landscape. I am available on email to help you plan your trip with me and will make sure that you are ready!

This trip is in partnership with Skafur- Tour, Nellim Hotel and Gearmeup.com 

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