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Juutua Wilderness Adventure

from £1328 excluding flights

  • 3, 4, 6 & 7 nights
  • Jan-Mar, Dec
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Highlights and Video

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Discover the wonder of a winter break in Lapland staying at a rural retreat in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Watch our video providing an in-depth look at what to expect from a stay at a wilderness hotel through the eyes of our clients, Simon, Claire and 9-year-old James.

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Stay in a beautiful wilderness location

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Stay in remote location ideal for northern lights viewing

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Experience thrilling winter activities

Restaurant Aanaar

Sample mouth-watering Lappish cuisine

Why this trip...

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Inclusive but flexible

Meals and activities are included in this holiday to provide the best value but can be tailored

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Where you stay

This holiday offers a choice of accommodation options which are part of the overall experience

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Festive getaway

This holiday can also be taken at Christmas or New Year adding a dose of magic to the festive season


On the shores of the Juutua River and close to Inari village, Wilderness Hotel Juutua offers boutique accommodation amidst beautiful scenery, as well as award-winning cuisine, a range of activities and the chance to witness the elusive northern lights.

Just over 260km north of the Arctic Circle, a short distance from the Sami village of Inari and only 40 minutes from Ivalo airport, Wilderness Hotel Juutua lies in a beautiful riverside setting. It is the newest property of Mari and Jouko Lappalainen, owners of the popular resorts of Nellim, Muotka, Inari and Nangu, bringing their portfolio to five.

Flowing into Lake Inari, the Juutua River makes for a picturesque setting and provides the backdrop for different activities including husky safaris, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice-fishing. Like its sister-properties, the location is ideal for aurora watching should they appear.

We have offer a choice of different breaks which include full board and offer a range of included activities. The remote location also provides a great opportunity to hopefully see the northern lights.


Spend time relaxing in the spectacular surrounds of Muotka with two full days for adventure.
Included Activities: Snowmobile Safari; Meet the Reindeer; Husky Safari; Aurora Camp; Aurora Snowmobiling and Arctic sauna visit with jacuzzi

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4 night adventure with activites and an opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
Included Activities: Snowmobile Safari; Husky Safari; Meet the Reindeer; Gentle Snowshoeing; Aurora Camp; Aurora Workshop and one 5 course dinner at restaurant Aanaar

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Immerse yourself in the spectacular wilderness surrounding Muotka on this extended break packed full of adventure.
Included Activities: Snowmobile Adventure; Meet the Reindeer; Husky Safari; Ice Fishing by Snowmobile Sleigh; Winter Walk to Janiskoski; Aurora Camp; Aurora Snowshoeing and one 5 course dinner at restaurant Aanaar

Spend one week in the wilderness with plenty of activities and time to relax in the snowy surrounds.
Included Activities: Snowmobile Adventure; Meet the Reindeer; Husky Safari; Ice Fishing by Snowmobile Sleigh; Snowshoeing Adventure; Aurora Camp; Aurora Snowmobiling; Aurora Workshop and one 5 course dinner at restaurant Aanaar

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Activity information

The order of the activities will be confirmed locally and each activity will be included once during your stay according to the itinerary.

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Snowmobiling (variable)

You will receive driving and safety instructions before a short lesson and then once ready, take to the trails through the beautiful winter surroundings.

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Snowshoeing (variable)

Enjoy the beautiful scenery while learning the art of snowshoeing and your guide will will share stories about the Finnish nature along the way.

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Husky Safari (approx. 3 hours)

Visit the husky farm where you will have an opportunity to learn how to mush your own team of dogs. You will be given full instruction on how to handle the sled and dogs before setting off on the trail. The experienced dogs will be keen to run.

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Aurora Camp (approx. 3 hours)

Get comfortable in a sled behind the guides snowmobile and enjoy the night sky on the way to the camp. Its remote location far from light pollution makes it the perfect place to see northern light displays. Warm up with a hot drink and an open fire and hopefully the aurora will dance across the sky.

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Meet the Reindeer (approx. 2 hours)

Meet a local reindeer herder with his peaceful reindeer. At the reindeer farm you will learn interesting information about the reindeer and the life of a reindeer herder.

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Aurora Snowshoe (approx. 2.5 hours)

Walking in the dark forests companied by the light of the moon and dance of the Northern Lights is unforgettable. Warm up by the campfire and wait for the Auroras to show up, while warm drinks are prepared on the open fire.

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Ice Fishing by Snowmobile Sleigh (approx. 4 hours)

Ice fishing done in traditional Finnish way; does it get any better? Travel by snowmobile sleigh to the best ice fishing spots and spend the day outdoors learning how to fish and about life up in the North. Includes a tasty lunch by open fire.

Juutua River

Winter walk to Janiskoski rapids (approx. 1.5 hours)

Walk to beautiful Jänisköski rapid the largest of 10 rapids at Juutua. There is about 1km walk to the camp spot and this trip is suitable for everyone. During this trip you will learn about the river Juutua which is important part of Inari Sámi Culture and other interesting facts about the locals and their way of living. Enjoy warm drinks and grill sausages while listening the sound of running water.


5 course dinner at Restaurant Aanaar

Enjoy a 5 course menu at Aanaar restaurant. Taste Lapland’s seasons with a view to the rapids of River Juutua.

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Finnish Sauna Experience with Jacuzzi

Take time to relax the Finnish way in Juutua’s sauna which is heated by a Finnish electric sauna stove. You can also take advantage of the Jacuzzi on the outside terrace and enjoy the view overlooking the rapids of Juutua River.

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Aurora Hunt by Snowmobile (approx. 2.5 hours)

Head off on a snowmobiling adventure into the wilderness in search of the elusive northern lights. After safety instructions and a lesson in driving the snowmobile it’s time to take to head out where the chances of seeing the aurora are the best.

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Aurora Workshop (approx. 1 hour)

Visit the nearby camp which is in a great location for viewing the lights, away from any light pollution. An expert will teach you about the science behind the phenonenom and tips on taking photos of the lights.

Prices and Departures

Price from £1328 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £300 per person with Finnair, or from around £900 per person during peak times such as Christmas and New Year. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Winter Clothing
  • Return transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices from per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Holiday Name Wilderness Room Arctic Room Juutua Suite
Dec-Apr 3 nights Aurora Break £1,328 £1,409
Dec-Apr 4 nights Arctic Juutua £1,373 £1,479 £2,001
Dec-Apr 6 nights Frozen Delights £1,964 £2,101 £2,146
Dec-Apr 7 nights Winter Adventure Week £2,237 £2,391 £2,437

Prices may vary depending on departure date (supplements apply during festive season and school holidays). The final cost will be based on the room type selected, included activities and travel season. We will confirm the exact price for your holiday in your individual quotation, based on your chosen travel dates and duration.

Other room types are available. Upgrade to include one night in Aurora accommodation from £150 per person.

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