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Travel to Finland in search for the Northern Lights

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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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

Travel with TJD to FINLAND

30th November – 4th December 2018

Curated by Michelle Karam

with special guest host Dennis Stever 

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

Package TBA SOON!


Taxes, transportation, activities below such as snowmobiling, sledge-dog safari and ice-fishing, hunting for aurora lights, full board meals (breakfast,lunch,dinner), curated itinerary, snow gear,  2 nights in a standard room of a wilderness hotel and 2 night in an aurora cabin, photography advice. 


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

* 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.



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.

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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.


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 


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 


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 are in Ivalo at 13:20 to take the same bus as us.

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,

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

Dear Michelle,

I absolutely loved the trip.

Please don’t forget to send me the rest of my photos especially the ones we too yesterday with your professional cam. Love you

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.

love ya,


Hello Michelle,

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

Dear Michelle

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


Dear Michelle

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

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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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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! In November, the winter temperatures would have started and temperatures 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 

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