Muotka Wilderness Adventure

from £936
including flights
3–4, 7 nights Jan-Apr, Dec

Overview

Located deep in the tranquil taiga forests of Finland’s eastern Saariselka fells and Urho Kekkonen National Park, Muotka Wilderness Lodge is a magnificent place for a winter break. The picturesque surroundings provide the backdrop for a range of activities including snowmobiling, husky sledding and snowshoeing. Enjoy evenings spent beside a roaring log fire before seeking out the magical northern lights in the skies overhead.

Highlights

  • Look for the northern lights from your wilderness location
  • Go snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or drive a team of huskies (optional)
  • Relax by the log fire or in a traditional Finnish sauna after a day in the snow
  • Choice of duration on full board basis
  • Direct flight to Finnish Lapland
  • Christmas and New Year availability

What's Included

  • Return flights between London and Ivalo
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • Activities as per itinerary

Full description

Set within the vast fell area of Saariselka, 300km north of the Arctic Circle, Muotka Wilderness Lodge is just a 35-minute transfer from Ivalo airport. The location of the lodge was carefully chosen for the beauty of the surrounding taiga forest, as well as the proximity to the river and the winter ski trails.

Well away from artificial light, Muotka is ideally located for viewing the northern lights and offers a genuine winter experience. With a whole host of activities available; you have the chance to enjoy the thrill of snowmobiling, meet the local reindeer herders and try reindeer sledging, or mush a team of huskies through the snowy forest. You can also try your hand at snow shoeing or cross country skiing and join a hunt for the northern lights.

Evenings can be spent in the cosy lodge where a crackling fire and Finnish sauna allow visitors the chance to relax. The more adventurous may even choose to take a winter plunge in the nearby river!

Travelling in December - Christmas and New Year

Christmas and New Year are a very magical time here in the Arctic, beautiful festive lights sparkling in the snow, decorations and tasty traditional food and cakes. On Christmas Eve, the much awaited Santa will bring a small present for everyone. Toast the New Year with sparkling wine before gathering outside for bonfire and fireworks to welcome 2021!

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This was my second visit to Muotka and with such fond memories of my last visit, I was intrigued to see what has changed. Along with the addition of new Aurora Cabins (glass ceilinged cabins to give you the chance to lie back and see the Northern Lights from your bed), there are now stunning Log Cabins in place, as well as a renovated restaurant which is one of the nicest I have seen in all of Scandinavia!
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Prices & Dates

Activities Not Included

Season Duration Wilderness Room Log Cabin Aurora Cabin
Winter Season 2020-21 3 nights £936 £1,234 £1,305
Winter Season 2020-21 4 nights £1,077 £1,474 £1,568
Winter Season 2020-21 7 nights £1,498 £2,193 £2,359
Festive Season 2020-21 3 nights £1,318 £1,729 £1,752
Festive Season 2020-21 4 nights £1,491 £2,042 £2,070
Festive Season 2020-21 7 nights £2,011 £2,980 £3,023
Holiday Season 2020-21 3 nights £993 £1.354 £1,376
Holiday Season 2020-21 4 nights £1,152 £1,634 £1,663
Holiday Season 2020-21 7 nights £1,631 £2,475 £2,524

Activities Included

Season Duration Wilderness Room Panorama Log Cabin Aurora Cabin
Winter Season 2020-21 3 nights 1,377 £1,675 £1,746
Winter Season 2020-21 4 nights £1,599 £1,996 £2,091
Winter Season 2020-21 7 nights £2,326 £3,021 £3,186
Festive Season 2020-21 3 nights £1,759 £2,170 £2,193
Festive Season 2020-21 4 nights £2,014 £2,562 £2,592
Festive Season 2020-21 7 nights £2,838 £3,798 £3,851
Holiday Season 2020-21 3 nights £1,434 £1,795 £1,816
Holiday Season 2020-21 4 nights £1,675 £2,157 £2,185
Holiday Season 2020-21 7 nights £2,458 £3,302 £3,352

What's Included

  • Return flights, either direct from London Gatwick to Ivalo (Thursday and Sunday only) or from London Heathrow via Helsinki to Ivalo
  • 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 »

Season Dates

  • Winter Season dates: 06 Dec - 20 Dec 2020; 03 Jan - 05 Feb 2020; 22 Feb - 31 Mar 2021
  • Festive Season dates: 19 Dec 2020 - 02 Jan 2021
  • Holiday Season dates: 06 Feb - 21 Feb 2021
Other room type prices are available on request

Getting There

The prices above are based on direct flights from London Gatwick to Ivalo with Finnair (Sundays and Thursdays only). These flight operate between mid December  and end of March. Flights are also available on alternative days via Helsinki with Norwegian Air from London Gatwick and with Finnair from/to London Heathrow. You can also overnight in Helsinki and spend time to explore the Finnish Capital city before continuing the journey.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itineraries

All of our holidays include return transfers from/to Ivalo airport; full board starting with dinner on the first day to breakfast on the departure day, accommodation in your chosen room type and winter clothing for the duration of your stay. We have also added in some of the best winter activities as detailed below which can be amended to suit you.

Winter Activities included

The following activities are included in the different durations, these are fully flexible and can be changed to suit you.

3 night itinerary
Aurora Camp, Snowmobile Safari, Husky Safari

4 night itinerary
Aurora Camp, Reindeer Farm Visit, Husky Safari, Snowmobiling

7 night itinerary
Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer Farm visit, Gentle Snowshoeing, Aurora Hunt, Aurora Hunt by Snowmobile, Aurora Camp, Husky Safari

Note the order of these activities will be confirmed locally and each activity will be included once during your stay.

Travelling in December - Christmas and New Year
Christmas and New Year are a very magical time here in the Arctic, beautiful festive lights sparkling in the snow, decorations and tasty traditional food and cakes. On Christmas Eve, the much awaited Santa will bring a small present for everyone. Toast the New Year with sparkling wine before gathering outside for bonfire and fireworks to welcome 2021!

Activity Information


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.

Reindeer Farm Visit (approx. 2 hours) - visit the farm and meet the reindeer. Learn more about the life of a herder and even get the chance to feed the reindeer before heading back to the hotel.

Aurora Hunt (approx. 3 hours) - after the dinner head out up to the fells in the comfort of a warm vehicle in search of the northern lights.

Husky Safari (approx. 3 hours) - visit a husky farm where you will meet huskies before heading out on your husky sledging journey. You will be given full instruction on how to handle the sledge before heading onto the trail with 2 people sharing and taking turns driving. Time on sledge is approximately 2 hours. Lunch is included and served at the hotel.

Snowmobile Safari (approx. 4 hours) - take a thrilling snowmobile safari in the surroundings of Muotka Wilderness Lodge. Drive through forests and up to the fells. Light lunch is included.

Gentle Snowshoeing (approx. 2 hours) - enjoy a snowshoe walk in the winter wonderland. Your guide will give you advice on how to master the skill of snowshoeing before encountering the gentle trails.

Aurora Camp (approx. 2.5 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 on the open fire and enjoy a hot drink and hopefully the aurora will dance across the sky.

Muotka Wilderness Lodge

Finland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

This charming wilderness lodge, is located in the heart of Finnish Lapland amidst the Saariselka fells and Urho Kekkonen National Park and is ideal for couples, families and friends.

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Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf below and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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