Nature is my passion.
Sharing the joy
is truly inspiring!
I love traveling, meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds and exploring the great outdoors.
The idea to start my own company came about in 2014 when I hiked solo across the bush of South Island in New Zealand. Over 1400 km of tramping, nurturing and strengthening my nature connection and realizing it was what I wanted to do with my life - take people to nature to find their own connection. After few years of travelling and living abroad I moved back to Finland and started wilderness guide studies in Lapland. I also did a wonderful Yoga teacher training in Spain. The yin and yang - balance with adventure and nurturing - in my mind a winning combination especially in the middle of wild nature.
Lapland has been my home for almost 15 years. While working for hotels, regional marketing, national parks and tourism projects, I did nature excursions and longer hikes all along. After moving back to Finland from Australia, I knew that North with real winters, changing seasons and large wilderness areas is the place where I want to be guiding. North is where my soul belongs. Nature here is powerful, wise and old. So is the culture.
As a guide your safety is a priority to me. I won't take clients to places unsafe or inappropriate to be. I might gently push you to reach beyond your comfort to something new, but that only happens when I see you have an urge to go there too.
The reason I started Trail Tailor is to share this pure and exciting place with you. I warmly welcome you to explore the mythical North, the land of extremes with Trail Tailor and shout out loud woo-hoo!
Suga, an energetic mix breed, is happy to join us on adventure if you like dog company. She's an experienced outdoor adventurer despite her young age.
Tuija Laitakari, Trail Tailor entrepreneur
Qualified wilderness guide, yoga teacher, nature enthusiast and always ready for new adventures
Motto: Let's do it!
Favorite time of year: Now
Favorite dessert(s): Lemon meringue pie, salmiakki and anything chocolate
Motivation: Teaching new skills - seeing people try and learn something new is very inspiring
Favorite place to sleep: out in nature
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