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
30th November – 4th December 2018
2nd of December – 6th December 2018
Curated by Michelle Karam
with special guest host Dennis Stever
4 Nights – 5 Days in the Northern Most Part of Finland, Ivalo.
Double Traveler Costs: 2,015 Euros P/Person
Single Traveler Costs: 2,370 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, sledge-dog safari and hunting for aurora lights, fire camp, 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 mentioned below could also be booked at the price mentioned below.
* 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
- Arrival in Helsinki
- Morning Flight to Ivalo
- Arrival in Ivalo
- Airport Transfer to Hotel
- Dinner at the hotel
- Aurora Borealis Hunt
- Night in a Riverside Room
- Sledge-dog safari
- Dinner at the Hotel
- Aurora lounge in usage
- Night in a riverside room
- Reindeer visit and Culture Education
- Dinner at the hotel
- Campfire to watch the Northern Lights
- Night in an Aurora cabin (with sauna)
- Lunch in a very special Arctic Design House experience
- Dinner at the hotel
- Aurora Hunt Snowmobiling tour on the hills
- Night in an aurora cabin with sauna
- Free Time for Snow Shoeing and other activities
- Return Transfers to Ivalo 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.
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.
Note that the accommodation is forest view. Lake view is available upon request for an additional cost.
Muotka Wilderness Lodge has a long tradition in serving cross-country skiers. You will arrive in this charming hotel after a sightseeing in Inari and Saariselkä area by car. 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 an ideal place for not only for early season fell skiing and snowmobiling trips as it is located on the hills and part of the Nellim family and perfect place to see the Northern Lights. Here is where you will stay in an Aurora Glass Cabin
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
We will be doing two Aurora Hunting activities – One by car, another by snowmobile. On this tour, you will drive 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 and 4 hours
A detailed itinerary is only available to those who register and book the trip
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 30th 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 make sure you then take the flight to IVALO.
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.
” 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. ❤ “
” 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!”
” 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. “
” 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.”
” 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.”
” 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.”
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Go Beyond The Arctic Wilderness
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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.