Founder of Explore Ithaca
Dimitris Artavanis grew up on the island of Ithaca, Greece. There, from a young age up until now, he has been enganging in hiking by planning routes on the island and realizing them, while he has also been involved in various other outdoor activities.
University education - Military Service
He has studied at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens specializing in sailing, football and volleyball.
In 2011, he was conscripted by the Greek Army, where he served at the Paratroopers Special Forces.
Apart from his university training in sailing, he is has a license for open sea sailing and a license for motor boat, as well as a license for lifeguarding.
His knowledge of first aid is excellent as well as that of living in the wild, climbing and abseiling.
As a person who loves nautre, he has delved into discovering and recording the island's flora and fauna, for he has devoted a lot of time in watching and photographing animals and plants, even having firsts in those recordings.
His free time is devoted in a plenty of activities. Amongst them is football, as he has been a player of both the island's football teams. Now, he plays for Proodos FC. Another sport he practices is volleyball.
Both the sea and the mountain gain his attention, for one of his hobbies are free diving and trekking. Mountain biking is also one of his interests, while his familiarity with nature allows him to go camping on a regular basis.
The all-embracing activity of his is photography. Photography gives him the opportunity to record Ithaca's wondrous biodiversity and, by doing so over the course of years, he has created a great gallery of photos that he occasionally shares with people who love nature, Ithaca or both.