Muotka, Finnish Lapland
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Winter Adventure at Muotka Lodge

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  • Itinerary

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  • Price

    From £1240

  • Duration

    3, 4, 6 nights

  • Departures

    Nov - Apr

Located deep in the tranquil taiga forests of Finland’s eastern Saariselkä fells and Urho Kekkonen National Park, Muotka Wilderness Lodge is a magnificent place for a winter break whether you stay 3, 4 or 6 nights. The picturesque surroundings provide the backdrop for a range of activities including reindeer sledging, snowmobiling and husky sledding. Enjoy evenings spent beside a roaring log fire before seeking out the magical northern lights in the skies overhead.

Who for? Couples, friends, families and solo travellers looking for a true winter getaway blending activities and relaxation.

Highlights

  • look for the northern lights from your wilderness location
  • spend a night in the special Aurora Hide (optional)
  • go snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and drive a team of huskies (included)
  • relax by the log fire or in a traditional Finnish sauna after a day in the snow
  • choice of duration: 3, 4 or 6 nights on full board basis

Set within the vast fell area of Saariselka, 300km north of the Arctic Circle, Muotka Wilderness Lodge is just a 30-minute transfer from Ivalo airport. Purpose built, 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 included, you can 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.

Nights are 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!

If you are celebrating a special occasion, why not add a celebration package including sparkling wine, hand-made cake, chocolate, salmon sandwiches and a rose. Please ask our sales team for more details.

Aurora Hide
Spend a night in an Aurora Hide under the dark starry sky and, if you’re lucky, the aurora borealis may appear. The hide has a double bed and large window facing the north sky. Nearest bathroom facilities are 50 metres from the hide.
Supplement: £143 per person based on 2 sharing.

Itinerary Options: 3 nights | 4 nights | 6 nights

3 night itinerary: Aurora Adventure Break

Day 1 arrive Ivalo-Muotka Wilderness Lodge fly from UK to Ivalo via Helsinki and transfer to Muotka Wilderness Lodge for a 3-night stay. After dinner you will be taken to the Aurora Camp to embark on your first northern light hunt. Whilst waiting for the aurora to (hopefully) appear you can keep warm in the heated cabin and enjoy the hot drinks and snacks provided.

Days 2-3 winter activities enjoy time exploring the wilderness by husky sledge and a snowmobile safari on your included activities in the company of expert guides. And in the evening - further searching for the Northern Lights!

Day 4 Muotka Wilderness Lodge - Ivalo transfer to Ivalo Airport for the flight back to the UK via Helsinki.

Included Activities

  • Snowmobile Safari to a Reindeer Farm (approx. 4-5 hours) - snowmobile to a reindeer farm where you will meet the local Sami and learn about reindeer husbandry. Learn how to lasso a reindeer before a short sleigh ride. Snowmobiling distance around 30 km.
  • Aurora Hunt (approx. 2.5 hours) - after the dinner head out up to the fells in search of the northern lights.
  • Husky Safari (approx. 4 hours) - visit a husky farm where you will meet huskies before a 2.5 hour 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. Lunch by an open fire will be served on the trail.
  • Northern Lights Snow Shoeing (approx. 3 hours) - after dinner it is time to go out on a search of the Northern Lights. Depending on the weather conditions the guide will transport you either on a snowmobile sledge or by car to the fell.

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

 

4 night itinerary: Highlights of Lapland

Day 1 arrive Ivalo-Muotka Wilderness Lodge fly from UK to Ivalo via Helsinki and transfer to Muotka Wilderness Lodge for a 4-night stay.

Days 2-4 winter activities spend time enjoying the range of activities included in the holiday: snowmobiling, reindeer sledging, husky sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well as an evening aurora hunt.

Day 5 Muotka Wilderness Lodge - Ivalo transfer to Ivalo airport for the flight back to the UK via Helsinki. Alternatively you can extend your stay for a night in one of the Kakslauttanen glass igloos.

Included Activities

  • Snowmobile Safari to a Reindeer Farm, Aurora Hunt and Husky Safari as per the 3-night itinerary

Plus:

  • Snowshoeing trip (approx 3-4 hours) - enjoy a snowshoe walk in the beautiful surroundings of Muotka. Picnic snacks and warm drinks will be provided during the trip. Once you have mastered the skill of snow shoeing, you will have the use of the equipment for the rest of your stay to enjoy at your leisure.
  • Skiing tour to Taiga forest (approx 2-3 hours) - start with a cross country skiing tuition before venturing out on a ski tour through the taiga forest. Picnic snacks and warm drinks will be provided during the trip. Once again, you will have use of the equipment for the rest of your stay.

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

 

6 night itinerary: Wilderness Adventure Week

Day 1 arrive Ivalo - Muotka Wilderness Lodge fly from UK to Ivalo via Helsinki and transfer to Muotka Wilderness Lodge for a 6-night stay.

Days 2-6 winter activities time to have some fun in the snow with an exhilarating ride on a snowmobile or meeting the local Sami people and their reindeer herds. Learn the art of mushing a team of huskies or simply sit back on the sledge and enjoying the scenery. Take time to sharpen your skills with cross country skiing or snowshoeing while in the evening head out on the mystical hunt for the aurora! This longer itinerary allows you more opportunities for seeing the northern lights, as well as time to relax and enjoy the nature surrounding the lodge.

Day 7 Muotka Wilderness Lodge - Ivalo transfer to Ivalo airport for the flight back to the UK via Helsinki. Alternatively you can extend your stay for a night in one of the glass igloos at nearby Kakslauttanen.

Included Activities

  • Snowmobile Safari to a Reindeer Farm, Aurora Hunt and Husky Safari (as per the 3-night itinerary) and Snowmobile Safari to a Reindeer Farm and Snowshoeing trip (as per the 4-night itinerary).

Plus:

  • Skiing tour to Taiga forest (approx 2-3 hours) - start with a cross country skiing tuition before venturing out on a ski tour through the taiga forest. Picnic snacks and warm drinks will be provided during the trip. Once again, you will have use of the equipment for the rest of your stay.
  • Snowmobiling in the Fells (approx. 4 hours) - take a thrilling snowmobile safari in the surroundings of Muotka Wilderness Lodge. Drive through forests and up to the fells. Driving distance is approximately 40-50 km with two people sharing a snowmobile and taking turns driving. Enjoy a picnic lunch by an open fire on the trail.

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

 

Information for all itineraries

  • All activities begin with a safety briefing and instruction from the experienced guides. Thermal overall, mittens, balaclava, woollen socks and winter boots are provided as well as a helmet for the snowmobile safaris. Children 4-14 years will be in a sleigh pulled by guide with snowmobile or on the guide’s sledge whilst husky sledging.
  • Snowmobiles are covered for third party insurance only and should you have an accident and there is damage to the snowmobile, you will be charged an excess - currently €800 (Euro). All drivers must have a valid driving licence and may be required show it before the excursion.

 

Special Offer

Travel from 15 to 30 November 2014 and receive a 20% discount off the Muotka Lodge accommodation package. Note, this does not apply to the flights.

3-night Aurora Adventure Break
Twin (per person) £1,240
Single (per person) £1,307
Child (up to 14 years and sharing with 2 adults) £910

4-night Highlights of Lapland
Twin (per person) £1,327
Single (per person) £1,416
Child (up to 14 years and sharing with 2 adults) £973

6-night Wilderness Adventure Week
Twin (per person) £1,593
Single (per person) £1,725
Child (up to 14 years and sharing with 2 adults) £1,157

Prices include return flights between the UK and Ivalo via Helsinki; accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 3, 4 or 6 nights, activities as detailed in itineraries, winter clothing, full board; airport transfers and taxes.

Please note, accommodation in Apartments is available at a supplement, ideal for families or friends travelling together (minimum of 4 people sharing)

Scheduled flights are based on the lowest available airfare and should this be unavailable a supplement will apply, to be advised at the time of confirming your booking. All prices are subject to availability.

 

Festive Supplements

Please note, if travelling during the festive season (20 December 2014 to 02 January 2015) a festive supplement of £19 per person per night applies.

  • On Christmas Eve you can help with the search for a perfect Christmas tree, while children make decorations and assist with gingerbread baking. Santa will visit after a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner and every child gets a small present.
  • On New Year’s Eve enjoy a special meal before venturing outside to toast the New Year with sparkling wine, bonfire and fireworks.


Departures

Scheduled flights between London Heathrow and Ivalo via Helsinki operate daily between November and April

Please note flights from Helsinki to Ivalo are very limited and popular, especially during the Christmas season. We highly recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. It may be necessary to stay overnight in Helsinki before taking the connecting flight to Ivalo. over the festive period we do hold a small number of seats from Heathrow to Ivalo on certain dates, please ask our sale team to check availability for you.

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