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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2898
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Spend Christmas enjoying the snowy surroundings of Muotka with an itinerary of adventurous activities. From snowmobiling and husky sledding to Aurora hunting at night – this is a complete winter festive break over four nights.

What's included?

All of the activities and services detailed below are included in the holiday price

  • Flights: direct return from London to Ivalo (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Aurora workshop, snowshoe hike, cross-country skiing, Aurora Camp, snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm, Aurora snowshoe hike, husky safari and Aurora snowmobile (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1 am
  • Services of our expert guides

This exciting Christmas edition of our hugely popular Northern Lights Adventure holiday is ideal if you are really looking to make the most of your Christmas break and also put yourself in an excellent position for a prospective Northern Lights display. Muotka is one of the most beautiful locations we offer throughout the winter season, but at Christmas, the snow covered fells and wandering reindeer feel wonderfully festive and are sure to put you in high spirits.

Your base for your four nights here will be wonderful Muotkan Maja Wilderness Hotel which, with is Scandinavian décor, tasty local food and enthusiastic guides proving to be hugely popular with our guests who have high praise for its welcoming charm and comfortable base from which to try out a range of activities.

Muotka is also home to the spectacular Aurora Kotas, which offer wooden tepee-like accommodation with transparent roof sections. If you opt to upgrade one of your night in these you can enjoy the experience of lying back in bed and gazing up at the endless Arctic sky. See the 'Personalise' section of this holiday page for details.

During your time here, as well as celebrating a traditional Finnish Christmas you will have the opportunity to try out the much loved Lappish pastimes of snowshoeing and cross country skiing. A further highlight of this exciting trip includes a thrilling husky sledding experience and the chance to snowmobile both during the day and at night time. Aurora hunts will also be enjoyed via snowshoe and snowmobile-pulled sled. The beauty of Muotka though is that you don’t necessarily have to go far to seek out the Aurora as it is often seen from just above the hotel, filling the sky with dancing colour.


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Key facts

Duration:4 nights
Pace:Active
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  • Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your local guide before being transferred* directly to your accommodation at Muotkan Maja Wilderness Hotel where your festive adventure awaits. 

    As you will arrive in the afternoon, you will have plenty of time to settle into your accommodation. You will be given your cold weather clothing and your guide will discuss your upcoming adventure with you.

    Tonight the group will travel in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile as you head to one of Muotka’s Aurora Camps. Muotka has several at their disposal, all offering spectacular views of the Arctic sky and the incredible fell backdrop. Here you will sit around a campfire and enjoy hot drinks whilst you wait. Hopefully, the Aurora activity will be high tonight.

    Muotka is home to the Aurora Kotas which offer an exceptional upgrade option, providing comfortable Aurora accommodation. Details of these options can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.


    * Transfers are based on a scheduled group shuttle to a few nearby hotels. If you would prefer to upgrade to private taxi transfers please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.

  • This morning you will awake in a perfect winter wonderland, ready to enjoy some exciting activities. Before everything begins, you will have an Aurora Workshop with one of the knowledgeable local guides. They will discuss the science behind the Northern Lights and the legends they have inspired over the centuries in addition to running through the camera settings that will assist you in hopefully capturing that perfect shot. The guides here are local experts with a passion for the activities and the Northern Lights and will be more than happy to pass on their knowledge and wisdom to you.

    Your first adventure to explore your surroundings today will be on snowshoes as you set off on foot across the forested fells. Snowshoes have been utilised by people in this region for centuries and using them means that you can walk across areas of deep snow that would have otherwise proved difficult. With your guide to lead the way, you will see the beauty of the wilderness and hopefully some local wildlife also.

    This afternoon you will be heading back out to explore again, but this time utilising cross-country skis, heading out across the set trails which surround the hotel.  Cross-country skiing is one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, and hopefully, this easy route will show you why. The majority of our guests will enjoy the sport very much and skis can be hired from the hotel should you wish to explore at your own pace later in the week.

    In Finland, Christmas is celebrated on 24th December so tonight, you will enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner with some traditional Finnish delicacies and there will be some festivities for the entire group to enjoy.

  • Today you will spend the morning at a local reindeer farm.

    The farm is around 20km away and you will travel there on snowmobiles with an exciting drive across the fells and frozen lake. This is one of the most thrilling ways to travel in the Arctic with the snowmobiles providing you with the mobility to explore further and really get a sense of the scale of the wilderness here. Before setting off you will be given full instructions and a safety briefing and then you will head out travelling two people per snowmobile (there will be the chance to swap drivers providing you both have a full driving licence).

    Upon arrival at the working reindeer farm, you can get up close with these gentle creatures and you will also have the opportunity to chat with the Sámi herder and learn more about their lives here. Reindeer husbandry dates back centuries in this region with herding one of the most important and widely held jobs in the Sámi community.

    In the modern day, it is still of huge importance to both the Sámi culture and the region’s economy and something that will hopefully provide you with an invaluable insight into this remote corner of the world. You will enjoy a hot drink and snack and hopefully a short sleigh ride before snowmobiling back to the hotel (you will be out for around four hours in total).

    Your Aurora hunt tonight will be via snowshoes. Snowshoeing by night is a much different experience to doing so in the day and the scenery takes on a whole new shape. With any luck, the Northern Lights will also make an appearance to light the way.

  • Your morning activity is sure to fill you with a childlike sense of excitement as you will be led by a team of enthusiastic huskies across the snow.

    You will be transferred to a nearby husky farm where the dogs will be waiting to go. They really do love nothing more than to run and are sure to make this known to you. Their joyous enthusiasm is wonderful to witness though and ensures that this is almost always one of our guests’ favourite activities during their stay. The dogs will soon settle into a steady pace which will allow you to appreciate the beauty of the endless snow-topped scenery here. You will be travelling two people per sled so can take it in turns to stand and control the brake, or sit in the sled.

    You will be out for around three hours in total (with around two hours of dog sledding). Lunch will be enjoyed back at the hotel.

    Following dinner at Muotka tonight you will be heading out on a snowmobile (two people per machine) and be taking advantage of their mobility to hopefully track down the Lights. Your guide will lead you to an ideal viewing point where you will, with any luck, see a wonderful display on your last night (driver must be 18 years old and hold a full driving licence).

  • Today you will say goodbye to your festive adventure as you are transferred back to Ivalo for your flights home. As you will be on an early flight, a breakfast box will be provided.

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Wilderness Hotel Muotka

Nights: 1-4

Muotkan Maja Wilderness Hotel resides around 40km from the main town of Ivalo, tucked away in the corner of North-East Finland. Recently renovated and restored it is owned and run by the same couple as the popular Nellim Wilderness Hotel, Mari and Jouko Lappalainen. They run the hotel with the same hard-working ethos and it exudes the same warmth and charm for its much-welcomed guests.

The hotel boasts some wonderful scenery, tucked away in the forested-fells with roaming reindeer frequently seen amongst the trees. It consists of two main accommodation buildings, one with the majority of the bedrooms and another with hosts additional bedrooms, the main restaurant and the reception area.

Hotel facilities

  • The focal point of the main building is the restaurant which is where you will have the majority of your meals. Food will be served buffet style with a variety of continental and cooked food for breakfast and the choice of two or three options for each course at dinner. The menu has been designed with a focus on both traditional and international cuisine using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients
  • There is a bar which is usually open until 1 am and serves a variety of spirits, wines and beers and a lounge area with comfortable armchairs to relax in during your free time
  • There is a sauna in the main building which is heated daily for guest use
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in the main building (at the bar and in the restaurant)
  • In the main building, you will also find two fireplaces, games and books, which makes it a perfect place to relax
  • The rooms do not have tea and coffee making facilities but tea and coffee are available free of charge and available in the restaurant area
  • Hairdryers are available from the main hotel reception.

Room types

There are 12 double and twin rooms in the main building and 11 in the additional building just across the courtyard. All rooms are en-suite with shower room, wardrobe, hairdryer and nightstand and can be made up as either a double or twin. They have also been recently renovated and offer lovely Scandinavian décor and charm. 


Image credits: Jouko Lappalainen, Markku Inkila


Other options

Wilderness Hotel Muotka - Superior Sauna Rooms

Supplements from: £195pp

Muotka Wilderness Hotel has 16 Superior Sauna rooms, located a short distance from the main hotel building. These rooms are designed to offer rustic luxury and are ideal for small families and groups or those that simply wish for more space to relax in during their stay at Muotka. The rooms are approximately 33m² and each separate building has four superior sauna rooms inside.

Facilities

  • All rooms will contain their own private sauna, sofa and an electric kettle to make your stay as comfortable as possible
  • Each has a queen-size bed within and space for 1-2 extra beds
  • All meals will be served in the hotel restaurant which is just a short walk away
  • Hairdryers are available from the main hotel reception

Wilderness Hotel Muotka - Log Cabins

Supplements from: £245pp

Situated not far from the main hotel, the log cabins at Muotka are a wonderful upgrade option for those looking for a little more space during their stay or if you are travelling as a small group or family.

Each log cabin is approximately 50m² and is fully equipped to make your stay cosy and comfortable.

Log cabin facilities

  • All cabins will contain their own log burner and private sauna - ideal for warming up after a day in the snow!
  • Each has a double bed and space for 1-2 extra beds
  • All cabins have a small kitchenette and a kettle
  • The log cabins are equipped with large north facing windows so you can easily keep watch for a potential Aurora display
  • All meals will be served in the hotel restaurant which is just a short walk away
  • Hairdryers are available from the main hotel reception


Special Nights

A night in an Aurora Cabin

From: £111pp

As ever, Muotka leads the way in Aurora viewing innovation and we are therefore proud to offer our guests the chance to spend the night in one of only 20 magnificent Aurora Cabins. These stunning, part-cabin, part-glass tepee buildings, offer guests an exceptional overnight Aurora hunting experience.

Guests get the space and feel of a cabin during the day and the Aurora viewing benefits of a glass igloo at night, as you sleep under a glass tepee. This means that you are provided with the most wonderful views of the night sky from the comfort of your bed. 

These part-cabin and part-glass tepee buildings, are self-contained and situated a short distance from the hotel, next to the annexe. They combine the space and atmosphere of a cosy cabin with a glass roof above the bed. Each cabin faces north so ideal for guests to gaze upon the night sky every night of their holiday, from the comfort of their duvet. The cabins are all 25m² with their own private sauna, double bed and en-suite bathroom, making them an excellent base.

Please note an additional supplement will apply on our Christmas and New Year departures and that all prices are based on guests spending their final night in a cabin and checking out of their hotel room the day before departure.


Please note: prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.


Credit: Anthony Oberlin and Minttu Mantynen

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A night in an Aurora Cabin

From £111pp

As ever, Muotka leads the way in Aurora viewing innovation and we are therefore proud to offer our guests the chance to spend the night in one of only 20 magnificent Aurora Cabins. These stunning, part-cabin, part-glass tepee buildings, offer guests an exceptional overnight Aurora hunting experience.

Guests get the space and feel of a cabin during the day and the Aurora viewing benefits of a glass igloo at night, as you sleep under a glass tepee. This means that you are provided with the most wonderful views of the night sky from the comfort of your bed. 

These part-cabin and part-glass tepee buildings, are self-contained and situated a short distance from the hotel, next to the annexe. They combine the space and atmosphere of a cosy cabin with a glass roof above the bed. Each cabin faces north so ideal for guests to gaze upon the night sky every night of their holiday, from the comfort of their duvet. The cabins are all 25m² with their own private sauna, double bed and en-suite bathroom, making them an excellent base.

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Please note an additional supplement will apply on our Christmas and New Year departures and that all prices are based on guests spending their final night in a cabin and checking out of their hotel room the day before departure.


Please note: prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.


Credit: Anthony Oberlin and Minttu Mantynen

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Dates
Sun 23 Dec 2018
to Thu 27 Dec 2018
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Adults£ 1,895 Single Adult£ 2,030

Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed, the remaining deposit will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Dates
Sun 22 Dec 2019
to Thu 26 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 2,030 Single Adult£ 2,175

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 8 people, maximum 24 people (approximately)

GROUP SIZE

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

Medical History and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

PREGNANCY

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

INSURANCE

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced Mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.

If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.

You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER 

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                    New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                  Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                      The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 12 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.

Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

To drive a snowmobile, you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

Traveller Reviews

We loved our trip 02 January 2018 by The Elsbury Family

Loved seeing the Aurora and having Matt happily take photos for us so that we could just be in the moment was fantastic! We loved the trip as it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.



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