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Muotka Wilderness Adventure

from £1161 excluding flights

  • 3, 4, 6 & 7 nights
  • Jan-Apr, 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 remote location ideal for northern lights viewing

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Experience thrilling winter activities

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Stay in a beautiful wilderness location

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Choose to spend the night in an Aurora Cabin

Relax in front of a warming fire

Relax by a log fire after a day in the snow

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Enjoy a traditional sauna

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


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.

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 wide range of inclusive activities including 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 snowshoeing 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 the new year!


Spend time relaxing in the spectacular surrounds of Muotka with two full days for adventure.
Included Activities: Reindeer Day by Snowmobile; Husky Safari; Aurora Camp and Aurora Snowshoeing

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4 night adventure with activites and an opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
Included Activities: Snowshoeing Adventure; Cross Country Skiing; Husky Safari and Aurora Snowshoeing

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Enjoy an extra day for adventure as well as plenty of time to relax.
Included Activities: Reindeer Day by Snowmobile; Husky Safari; Gentle Snowshoeing; Cross Country Skiing; Aurora Camp and Aurora Snowmobiling

Immerse yourself in the spectacular wilderness surrounding Muotka on this extended break packed full of adventure.
Included Activities: Snowmobile Adventure; Reindeer Day by Snowmobile; Husky Safari; Gentle Snowshoeing; Aurora Camp and Aurora Snowshoeing

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Spend one week in the wilderness with plenty of activities and time to relax in the snowy surrounds.
Included Activities: Snowmobile Adventure; Reindeer Day Snowmobiling; Husky Safari; Snowshoeing Adventure; Aurora Camp; Aurora Hunt by Car and Aurora Snowshoeing

Choose your preferred duration, accommodation and selection of optional activities from husky safaris to snowmobiling, snowshoeing to ice-fishing to completely customise your experience. We will then provide a quote accordingly.

Activity Information

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Aurora 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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Reindeer Day by Snowmobile (approx. 4 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 by snowmobile

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Aurora Snowshoe (approx. 2.5 hours)

Snowshoeing on the frozen lake during night time is an adventure of its own. You wander on the lake and surrounding wilderness heading for the camp, where you sit back with hot drinks while gazing at the sky, waiting for the aurora to appear.

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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 1 hour.

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Snowmobile Adventure (approx. 4 hours)

Take a thrilling snowmobile safari in the surroundings of Muotka Wilderness Lodge. Warm up with lunch and drinks before heading back

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Snowshoeing (variable)

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.

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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.

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Cross Country Skiing (approx. 2 hours)

The traditional Finnish winter sport is definitely something you have to try on your trip. Cross country skiing used to be the most common method of transportation – there is no other method as quiet taking you through frozen and snowy scenery than on skis. The guide shows you how to use them, and once everyone is ready, you take a nice route admiring the beautiful scenery, stopping to take pictures and enjoy warm drinks on the way.

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Aurora Hunt by Car (approx. 3 hours)

Head out in search of the northern lights in the comfort of a warm vehicle. Your expert guide will take you to the areas where they think you will have best chance to see them if they make an appearance. Hot drinks will be provided to keep the cold at bay!

Prices and Departures

Price from £1161 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 Panorama Log Cabin Aurora Cabin
Dec-Apr 3 nights Aurora Adventure £1,161 £1,479 £1,482
Dec-Apr 4 nights Arctic Break £1,210 £1,677 £1,799
Dec-Apr 4 nights Highlights of Lapland £1,563 £1,970 £2,027
Dec-Apr 6 nights Winter Wonders £1,946 £2,525 £2,749
Dec-Apr 7 nights Winter Adventure Week £2,043 £2,706 £2,888

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 £120 per person.

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