FINLAND

Christmas at Muotka Lodge

from £1949 4 & 3 nights | 23 & 27 Dec 2018 Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • 23 & 27 Dec 2018

Overview

Finland's eastern Saariselkä fells and Urho Kekkonen National Park is home to Muotka Wilderness Lodge, the ideal choice for a magical Christmas escape. Hemmed by tranquil taiga forests, you can do as much or as little as you like here, with a range of activities including reindeer sledging, snowmobile safari and husky sledding. When night falls, cosy-up by the crackling log fireplace before heading outside to find the northern lights above.

Highlights

  • direct flight to Finnish Lapland
  • help decorate the christmas tree
  • look for the northern lights from your wilderness location
  • 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

Set within the vast fell area of Saariselka, 300km north of the Arctic Circle, Muotka Wilderness Lodge is just a 45-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, or perhaps Santa himself. More about the aurora »

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!

Muotka Lodge has a good choice of accommodation options available. With twin or double bedded hotel rooms, superior rooms with sauna, log cabins and Aurora Cabins complete with north facing window and private sauna - it has a great selection for couples, families or friends alike.

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If you like the idea of a festive break but can't quite get away for Christmas, then perhaps a short break in between Christmas and New Year is right for you. It's the perfect chance to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery, thrilling activities and wonderful atmosphere this time of year brings. Our 3 night break gives you a taste of winter wonderful, but you're back in time to celebrate the New Year at home wiht family and friends.

Itinerary & Accommodation

All Inclusive Itineraries
All of our all-inclusive packages 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, winter activities as detailed below and winter clothing for the duration of your stay.
Christmas Break - 23rd December 2018
The following activities are included in the 4 night package.

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 Camp (approx. 2.5 hours)
After the dinner head out up to the fells in search of the northern lights by a snowmobile pulled sledge.

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.

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.
Festive Break - 27th December 2018
The following activities are included in the 3 night package.

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 Camp (approx. 2.5 hours)
After dinner head out up to the fells in search of the northern lights by a snowmobile pulled sledge. Sit on reindeer skins and keep watch overhead as you make your way to the camp. Warm up with hot drinks.

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.

Aurora Snowshoeing trip (approx 2-3 hours)
Enjoy an evening snowshoe walk in the surroundings of Muotka. Once you have mastered the skill of snow shoeing, keep a look out for the northern lights overhead as you head to the camp for hot drinks.

Aurora Hunt by car (approx. 2.5 hours)
Spend the evening searching for the northern lights - travelling by car you head to the best spots for aurora watching. Hot drinks are provided.
Notes

Information for all itineraries

  • The order of the above included activities will be confirmed locally and each activity will be included once during your stay.
  • 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.
  • The weather in Finland can cause serious delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Finland will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.

Accommodation Options

Muotka Wilderness Lodge

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

This charming wilderness lodge with two main buildi…

Prices & Dates

4 night Itinerary - 23rd December 2018

Per person price from Adult (twin share)Child (4-14 years)
Wilderness room £1,949 £1,566
Superior room with sauna £2,138 £1,698
Log Cabin £2,233 £1,765
Aurora Cabin £2,327 £1,831

All prices are subject to availability. Child prices are valid when sharing with two adults - please note, children will be accommodated on a sofa bed.

Price includes: direct flights between London Gatwick and Ivalo with Finnair; accommodation in rooms (see above) with private facilities for 4 nights on full board basis; activities as detailed in the itinerary; winter clothing and airport transfers. 

  • 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 and every child gets a small present.

Flight departure:

23 Dec Gatwick to Ivalo departs 08.25, arriving 13.55
27 Dec Ivalo to Gatwick departs 07.00, arriving 08.40

3 night Itinerary - 27th December 2018

Per person price from Adult (twin share)Child (4-14 years)
Wilderness room £1,729 £1,392
Superior room with sauna £1,881 £1,498
Log Cabin £1,975 £1,564
Aurora Cabin £2,070 £1,630

All prices are subject to availability. Child prices are valid when sharing with two adults - please note, children will be accommodated on a sofa bed.

Price includes: direct flights between London Gatwick and Ivalo with Finnair; accommodation in rooms (see above) with private facilities for 3 nights on full board basis; activities as detailed in the itinerary; winter clothing and airport transfers.

Flight departure:

27 Dec Gatwick to Ivalo departs 09.30, arriving 15.00
30 Dec Ivalo to Gatwick departs 06.00, arriving 07.40


All prices are subject to availability.

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