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In Search 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

TJD Finland Series

In search of the Northern Lights

  8th March – 12th March 2020

4 Nights – 5 Days in the Northern Most Part of Finland, Ivalo

Package Starting Price

Double Traveler Costs:    3,320 Euros P/Person

Single Traveler Costs:   3,543 Euros 

Our promise to you is to experience the most authentic arctic experience in Lapland with real Sami reindeer herds and not farms, sustainable luxury hotels family owned, Lapish guides and the friendliest nurtured huskies.

WHAT IT INCLUDES

Taxes, transportation, activities below such as snowmobiling hunting for aurora lights, sledge-dog (husky ride) safari, fire camp, sauna & Jacuzzi in the wilderness, sami singing workshop with a lappish dinner in hut, Ice-fishing, toboggan ride down the slopes, full board meals (breakfast,lunch,dinner), curated itinerary, snow gear, 2 nights in a standard room and 2 night in an aurora cabin, photography advice, guide and advice on winter wear before the trip. 

WHAT IT EXCLUDES

Airfare, alcoholic beverages, visa, tips, any additional meals, photography equipment, upgrades and any extra tours.

* Please note that extra activities could also be booked as additional costs

* Please note that the Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon and it will be your responsibility to stay awake during the nights to witness them. We will arrange tours and evening hunt from 9pm-12am. After that, it is your responsibility and not the responsibility of Dennis or myself to wake you if they appear.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1

  • Arrival 
  • Airport Transfer to Hotel
  • Ice-Fishing
  • Welcome dinner in a lappish traditional hut
  • Night in a standard wilderness room

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Sauna & Jacuzzi Experience   
  • Aurora hunt by Snow-Mobile
  • Campfire
  • Night in a wilderness room

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Husky Safari 4 Hours
  • Lunch 
  • Check into Aurora Cabin with sauna 
  • Dinner 
  • Aurora Cabin Experience

DAY 4

  • Breakfast
  • Horse riding in the snow
  • Lunch
  • Tobogganing on the hill
  • Dinner
  • Aurora Cabin Experience 

DAY 5

  • Breakfast
  • Departure day Transfers to Airport

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. It is not our responsibility to wake you up past 12am.

ACCOMMODATION

Our First Stay will be in a luxury authentic Finnish cabin in the wilderness.

Note that the accommodation is forest view. Lake view is available upon request for an additional cost.

Our second accommodation experience will be in an Aurora Glass Cabin

The fell hotel is located next to the Urho Kekkonen National Park by the road leading to the Kiilopää fell center in the Kakslauttanen area, it is located on the hills and perfect place to see the Northern Lights. Here is where you will stay in an Aurora Glass Cabin

Additional Info

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.

Please note that we do not allow the use of PLASTIC cups/plates/straws. 

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP SPECIAL

Craving for constant adventure got me this far! 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 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 specialize in coaching, leadership training and facilitation of team events. His passion is travel photography. 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

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  or flydubai

If you are flying from Qatar: Qatar Airways or Turkish Airlines

Norwegian also flies 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.

TESTIMONIALS

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!  “

” Dear Michelle, I Wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for probably one of the most wonderful trips I’ve ever gone on. Everything was so meticulously organised, the hotels were beautiful, the company was fantastic and the adventures were on another level. I got the chance to do things I’ve always dreamt of doing, especially the husky safari, so thank you for that and for everything. Sending you love and kisses and hope to see you soon.   “

Diala Shuhaiber

” My Latest trip to Finland with TJD was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a mixture of adventure, beauty, fun. The group was incredible and we all quickly became good friends. The subzero temperatures was a challenge but pushed our limits and we did the most amazing activities. I don’t mind not have seen the lights due to weather but my whole arctic experience topped it and I would definitely go back with TJD if she organizes another trip!”

Tamara Antaki

“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 

” I never thought of traveling to Finland before but what an awesome and exciting experience it turned out to be! I was mesmerised by the awe-inspiring beauty of the wilderness. Also, I had one of the most exciting times exploring and enjoying the snow activities, my favourite being the husky sledge ride, despite the freezing cold weather! Indeed it was a trip of a lifetime. “

Samar Sadik

” Exploring the wonders of the Arctic has been one of the MOST incredible experiences I’ve had. What struck me the most about this stunning winter wonderland was how utterly peaceful it was. Whilst there are so many exciting things to learn, experience and explore, you can also just disconnect and enjoy the beauty of nature, and be one with your thoughts. Finland has definitely found a place in my heart and I will return soon. If you love pushing your boundaries and are an explorer at heart, then this magical destination is for you.”

Sevan Terzian

“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

“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

” I have always been wanting to travel Finland and when you posted about it I directly booked. I had at some point in my life do a trip that took me out of my comfort zone and I actually did. The whole trip was very well organized ,the activities from the shoe-snowing till that husky ride and so on. Even getting good contact with nature at -27. Traveling with strangers is quite challenging , but we made a good team all of us! The flow was good since the beginning , we all made good efforts getting to know each other and I honestly believe new friendships are being built. It wasn’t easy for you but you made everything smooth. I would definitely try a new country again with TJD. Discovering the world is what I want to do. Thank you michelle and I hope we get to fly soon together.”

Meena Mukhi

” I absolutely loved the trip. Well, where do I begin? This trip to winter wonderland with Michelle & Dennis was an incredible experience for me. I had a wonderful time. It was the first time I travel alone and naturally I was reluctant and quite nervous. But almost instantly and before we even boarded our flight from Dubai, 9 stranger travel companions felt like family. Mich not only put together a great itinerary for this full of adventure trip, she also went shopping with me for it. During the trip, she joined on all the activities, watched out for us and took great photos of all of us. She made us all feel like family. Dennis was absolutely amazing, full of life and enthusiasm, he taught us many photography tricks and helped us take great shots of the trip. Not only did this trip put me out of my comfort zone, it awakened the adventurous spirit in me. I would travel with this same bunch anywhere, anytime and am sure I’ll always feel at home.”

Lamya

“Travel with TJD was extraordinary! An intimate travel experience where you get to meet the people from different walks of life, share lots of laughs and allows you to participate in activities you never dreamed of before. Most of all, the bond created within the group during the trip is a memory of a lifetime”

Tammy Gan, Singapore

“Overall it was an amazing experience! At first I was not sure about the two boats instead of one, but honestly, it really worked out for the best and I genuinely loved the catamaran experience and visiting the island and seeing the stars at sea the most. I could have definitely done it for a few more nights even!! I think, I’m discovering a new passion with the whole sailing, it was really great that I got to learn and assist with some of it, gave me such a buzz! I also loved the reindeer and learning about the Sami culture and the ‘YOIK’ “

Mona, London

Lovely Michelle,
Never would I have thought I would go on a group trip. Nor, did I expect that this would be one of the best trips I have done so far. This trip has exceeded my expectations and was beyond unforgettable! Your enthusiasm, positive energy, efforts and care before within and even after the trip, have made a massive impact on everyone and have been an inspiration to me on a personal level. You really put your heart and soul in to what you do and have shown that you CAN make your dreams come true and that makes me chase mine! Also, not to forget the incredible selection of the guests. I made some amazing friends through this amazing little journey and we all shared an unforgettable experience. As you kept saying “It’s an experience” and I would recommend everyone to experience a TJD trip themselves! Keep shining! Much love “

Ahlam, Dubai

“Thank you so much for having me and giving people new realities as you say! Living your dream! You see incredible in others because of who you are yourself, so we are so incredible, changing other people’s world, each one of us in our own special way! Thank you! Love you! “

Martina, Spain

“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

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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. 

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SPACES ARE LIMITED

Due to the nature of this adventure and in order to keep this trip authentic and united, we have limited number of 8 guests only. 

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  1. Jade D'sa says:

    This is an experience of a lifetime!!

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