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Finland Photos March 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Travel With TJD
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

Travel with TJD to FINLAND

March 2018

Curated by Michelle Karam

with a special host

Dennis Stever

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 

TESTIMONIALS

” 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

” 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

” 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

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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. 

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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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