FINLAND

Winter Adventure at Muotka Lodge

Muotka, Finnish Lapland
from £1,268pp 3, 4, 7 nights | Dec - Mar Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Dec

Overview

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 7 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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Choice of duration: 3, 4 or 7 nights on full board basis
  • Christmas and New Year availability

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. 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.

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!

Finland was fantastic, we had never visited before but we were so impressed with the beauty and tranquility we would love to visit again.

Oliver Brignull, Countryside Escape

Itinerary & Accommodation

3 night itinerary: Aurora Adventure Break
Day 1: arrive Ivalo - Muotka Wilderness Lodge
Fly to Ivalo 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: depart Muotka Wilderness Lodge
Transfer to Ivalo Airport for your flight home.

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 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.

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 to Ivalo 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: depart Muotka Wilderness Lodge
Transfer to Ivalo Airport for your flight home.

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.
7 night itinerary: Arctic Experience
Day 1 arrive Ivalo - Muotka Wilderness Lodge
Fly to Ivalo and transfer to Muotka Wilderness Lodge for a 7-night stay.

Days 2-7 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 8 Muotka Wilderness Lodge - Ivalo
Transfer to Ivalo Airport for your flight home.

Included activities:

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

Plus:
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.
Notes
  • 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 Lodge has a good choice of accommodation options available. With twin or double bedded hotel rooms, apartments, Riverside room or studio with private sauna, Aurora Cabins complete with north facing window and private sauna, and Log Suites new for the 2016-17 season with double bed and private sauna - it has a great selection for couples, families or friends alike.

Muotka Wilderness Lodge

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

This charming wilderness lodge split into two main build…

Prices & Dates

3-night Aurora Adventure Break

Per person price from

(excluding Christmas and New Year)

Dec - Mar10 - 20 Feb
Wilderness room (twin/double share) £1,268 £1,551
Wilderness room (single occupancy) £1,355 £1,639
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in room) £924 £1,239
Log Suites, Apartments, Riverside rooms (twin/double share) £1,363 £1,646
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Suite, Apartment and Riverside Studio) £991 £1,306
Aurora Cabin (twin/double share) £1,608 £1,892
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Aurora Cabin) £1,163 £1,479

4-night Highlights of Lapland

Per person price from

(excluding Christmas and New Year)

Dec - Mar10 - 20 Feb
Wilderness room (twin/double share) £1,457 £1,704
Wilderness room (single occupancy) £1,572 £1,818
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in room) £1,057 £1,335
Log Suites, Apartments, Riverside rooms (twin/double share) £1,599 £1,845
Log Suites; Riverside room (single occupancy) £1,714 £1,960
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Suite, Apartment and Riverside Studio) £1,157 £1,435
Aurora Cabin (twin/double share) £1,892 £2,138
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Aurora Cabin) £1,361 £1,639

7-night Arctic Experience Week

Per person price from

(excluding Christmas and New Year)

Dec - Mar10 - 20 Feb
Wilderness room (twin/double share) £2,003 £2,145
Wilderness room (single occupancy) £2,204 £2,346
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in room) £1,439 £1,539
Log Suites, Apartments, Riverside rooms (twin/double share) £2,287 £2,429
Log Suites; Riverside room (single occupancy) £2,487 £2,629
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Suite, Apartment and Riverside Studio) £1,638 £1,737
Aurora Cabin (twin/double share) £2,665 £2,807
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Aurora Cabin) £1,903 £2,046


Prices include
return flights between the UK and Ivalo via Helsinki; accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 3, 4 or 7 nights, activities as detailed in itineraries, winter clothing, full board; airport transfers and taxes.

Festive Departures

Please refer to our Christmas and New Year packages online for further details if travelling during the festive season.

  • 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.


Please note

  • 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.
  • The flights we use are schedule services to Ivalo via Helsinki, the nearest airport serving this area and just a 35 minute transfer from Muotka Wilderness Hotel. Please be aware that some flight options available fly to Kittila airport which can be over 3 hours away by transfer to the hotel.  

Departures

Scheduled flights between London Heathrow and Ivalo via Helsinki operate daily between December and March.

Please note flights from Helsinki to Ivalo are very limited and popular, especially during the festive season and February half term. 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 and half term we do hold a small number of seats from Heathrow to Ivalo on certain dates and for set durations. Please  refer the the separate Christmas and New Year packages. See below for Half term departures. Please ask our sales team to check availability for you.

All prices are subject to availability.

February Half term departures

4 night program

12 February flight from London Heathrow departs 10.20, arrives Ivalo 18.10 (via Helsinki)

16 February flight from Ivalo departs 13.20, arrives London Heathrow 17.10 (via Helsinki)

3 night program

16 February flight from London Heathrow departs 10.20, arrives Ivalo 18.10 (via Helsinki)

19 February flight from Ivalo departs 13.20, arrives London Heathrow 17.10 (via Helsinki)

Other Information

February half-term 2017

The February half-term week is also a very popular time to travel with families wanting to experience a great winter adventure. We now have set dates with flights and accommodation guaranteeing availability at this busy time. But hurry, these packages do tend to fill up quickly. Please refer to the flight section for dates and durations available.

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