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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 20008
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
This trip combines two of our best-loved destinations in one epic Aurora hunting week. Starting in the stunning Muotka Lodge before heading to remote Nellim, you spend seven nights enjoying exceptional activities in an area with an outstanding Northern Lights record. This trip offers the incredible option to stay in a spectacular Aurora Bubble.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: return flights between London and Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routeings are subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers are included as well as a transfer from Muotka to Nellim.
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in twin/double rooms at Muotka and 3 nights in twin/double rooms at Nellim (cabin and apartment upgrades are available, supplements apply)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: snowshoeing, Aurora workshop, Aurora Camp, snowmobile to a reindeer farm, Aurora snowshoe hike, cross-country skiing, visit to Inari Sámi Siida Museum, wilderness snowmobile safari, Aurora camp, husky safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guides
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1 am

Both Muotka and Nellim are owned by the Lappalainen family and are two of our most popular destinations. Each offers something different and many people have found it hard to choose between the two destinations. This holiday means that you do not have to make that choice any longer as you get to visit both spectacular locations and see what they both have to offer.

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One thing that both Muotka and Nellim have in common is their wonderful staff and expert guides. The local expertise that the guides provide means that not only do guests gain an insight into the local culture and way of life, but your chances of seeing the Northern Lights are increased. There are few better tools to have at your disposal when Aurora hunting than local knowledge.

Starting at Muotka you will enjoy the total seclusion of the lodge and the peace and quiet that can only be found in such a location. Surrounded by forests and the wild fells, the lodge is the ideal base for many activities.

Here you will explore the landscape on snowshoes and cross country skis (the region is renowned for its ski trails). Guests will also encounter reindeer following a snowmobile safari to a local reindeer farm.

Your evenings at Muotka are filled with Northern Lights viewing opportunities. Expert guides will lead the hunt as you travel to specifically designed Aurora Camps and explore the forests on foot during a guided snowshoe hunt.

After four nights at Muotka it is time to head to Nellim and en route you will detour to Inari, the heart of Sámi culture in the region. Here you will visit the fascinating museum before continuing to Nellim.

The wilderness around Nellim just begs to be explored and at only nine kilometres from the Russian border, this is real wilderness! You will head out on snowmobiles for an adventure before the all important husky safari where you will take control of your own team of dogs.

At Nellim, you will also enjoy a hunt for the Lights travelling in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh.

This holiday is already special, but if you fancy adding further finishing touches then you can do so by taking advantage of some of the exceptional overnight experiences which are available.

You can spend your time at Muotka in an Aurora Kota - enjoying the benefits of your own cabin style accommodation with a glass tepee roof above your bed, ideal for watching the Aurora from the comfort of your duvet! You can also enjoy the wonder of the Aurora Bubbles at Nellim. These incredible stand-alone rooms have transparent domes above the beds and enable you to keep an eye on the skies throughout the night. Details of all these unforgettable options can be found in the 'Accommodation' and 'Personalise' sections of the holiday page.


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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Ages 15+ with a reasonable level of physical fitness. See our terms for further information.
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  • Upon arrival, you will be transferred* to Muotkan Maja Wilderness Lodge, your base for the first four nights of your holiday. You will have a meal this evening and we would suggest casting your eyes up to the night sky before retiring to bed – the Northern Lights often welcome guests to Lapland in spectacular fashion.

    * 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.

  • Your adventure at Muotka will begin with an Aurora workshop which will be hosted by one of the expert guides. It will give a simple overview of the science behind the Northern Lights and will advise you on what to keep an eye out for during your hunts.

    Your first foray into the wilds is designed to introduce you to the scenery and the serene peace and quiet here. You will be guided on a snowshoe hike through the forests and your guide will point out any local flora and fauna as you explore. This is an ideal introduction to the region.

    Dinner will be served at Muotka tonight before your inaugural hunt for the Northern Lights commences.

    The Aurora Camps around Muotka Lodge have been built or chosen specifically for their views of the skies. Your guide will choose the optimum camp for the predicted conditions and you will be travelling in a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. Once there they will ensure that there is a fire and warm drinks for guests to enjoy as you await a potential Aurora.

  • Snowmobiles are a vital part of the local economy and ensure that remote communities can stay connected, even reindeer herders have benefitted hugely from them as they track down their herds each day. Snowmobiles are also hugely popular with local people from a leisure perspective and today you will see why during your first snowmobile safari.

    Your guide will give you a full safety briefing and instruction on driving the snowmobiles before you set off on the trails. Your destination is a local reindeer farm for an encounter with these delightful animals and the chance to meet the herder. Here you can enjoy learning about one of the most remarkable ways of life in Europe and the importance of the reindeer to the region. You will return to Muotka on your snowmobiles after a wonderful set of experiences. You will travel two people per snowmobile and will have the chance to swap drivers at the reindeer farm (any driver must be over 18 and have a full driving licence).

    Later this evening after you have enjoyed an evening meal at the hotel you will put your new found snowshoeing skills to good use and head out on a route towards an Aurora viewing point to maximise your chances of witnessing a beautiful display of the Northern Lights.

  • You will have seen the many cross-country ski tracks which wind through the forests around Muotka. This area is renowned as one of the best places in Finland to enjoy the sport and today it is your turn to see what all of the fuss is about.

    No previous experience is required as you will be given full instruction from your guide as you ski along the tracks, exploring the fells and taking in the sights. This sport can be very addictive however and so you can hire skis at either Nellim or Muotka should you wish to continue to explore independently.

    This evening you are free to do as you wish. The beauty about Muotka is that should the prospects of an Aurora be high, you rarely need to venture further than the grounds in order to witness them. There is a campfire close to the hotel which is a real favourite with guests in the evenings and many people gather there for an Aurora stakeout.

    As there are no scheduled activities tonight then why not spend the night in one of the unique accommodation upgrades available here. You can upgrade to one of the Aurora Kotas here at Muotka - which offers exceptional Aurora opportunities. All details of the options available can be found in the 'Accommodation' and 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

  • This morning your time at Muotka has come to an end as you will check out ready for the next stage of your holiday.

    Before heading to Nellim you will visit the small village of Inari (around two hours from Muotka) to visit the Sámi Siida Museum which is the centre for Sámi culture in Finnish Lapland.

    The museum is very well known for its permanent exhibits and photographic displays detailing the rich and varied history of the Sámi people and their role in modern day Lapland. You can enjoy displays on the local wildlife and how the animals adapt to the changing seasons, as well as the many changing displays that the museum hosts each year. The museum also has a wonderful gift shop selling an array of handmade products which make great presents for friends and family back home.

    Following your visit to Inari, you will take the very scenic road to Nellim, travelling along the edge of Lake Inari and getting an idea of how big this lake is, you will still be following its shores when you arrive at Nellim.

    At Nellim, you will check into your accommodation before a welcome meal in the restaurant.

    This evening you can take a short walk down to the small lake behind Nellim; this is the very spot where four members of our staff saw the Northern Lights for the first time (all on separate occasions), so it is well worth a visit.

  • The scenery around Nellim is just begging to be explored. There are many lakes and more rugged fells here than you perhaps encountered around Muotka and, at only nine kilometres from the border with Russia, the area really feels wild and wonderful.

    Snowmobiles offer the best means of getting to grips with the scale of the wilderness here and today you will be back out on the trails for a wilderness safari. Crossing frozen lakes and exploring the forests and fells will give you such a sense of what a remarkable area you are in and how remote the village of Nellim actually is. You will travel two people per snowmobile and will have the chance to swap drivers (all drivers must be over 18 and have a full driving licence).

    Tonight your guide will be the one in control of the snowmobile as you travel in a sled pulled behind. They will lead you to one of the Aurora Camps. The camp locations have been carefully selected to provide unobstructed views of the night sky and little if any light pollution. Experiencing the wilderness, with just the headlights of the snowmobile to guide you is quite something. Fingers crossed the Northern Lights will add their own illumination.

  • One of the highlights of any holiday in this region must be a dog sled safari. For many, this is the experience which is most synonymous with the Arctic and many people do find that it offers a real connection with the landscape. The musher will give you full instructions before you head off on the trail, travelling with two people per sled, one person driving and one taking in the views (there will be the chance to swap drivers during the safari). The dogs are sure to make a cacophony of noise prior to departure, as they are so excited for the trail, but they fall silent as soon as they set off as they are totally focused on the task at hand. This is an experience that is not easily forgotten and is a magical way to enjoy your final day in Lapland.

    Tonight your evening is free and you may like to gather around the fire at the small frozen lake behind the hotel. Many a guest (and Aurora Zone staff member) has enjoyed staggering displays of the Northern Lights from this very spot and with luck, the Aurora will bid you farewell this evening.

    If you wish then you may also like to consider spending the night in an Aurora Bubble here at Nellim – a fabulous way to end the holiday (see 'Personalise' section for details).

  • Today is departure day and you will be transferred back to the airport to catch your return flights. If you are on an early flight you will be provided with a breakfast box.

    We can also arrange for you to enjoy a city break in Helsinki on the way home. All details can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

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Muotka Wilderness Lodge

Nights: 1-4

Muotkan Maja Wilderness Lodge 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 lodge with the same hard-working ethos and it exudes the same warmth and charm for its much-welcomed guests.

The lodge 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

Nellim Wilderness Hotel

Nights: 5-7

Nellim Wilderness Hotel is a traditional and intimate family-run hotel, offering comfortable accommodation and wholesome home-cooked food.

All guests can expect a warm welcome from owners Jouko and Mari and their family, as well as being well taken care of by our dedicated Aurora Zone representative.

Hotel facilities

  • Formerly the village school, the building has been restored with a typically Scandinavian-style and décor offering a relaxed environment for guests to enjoy during their trip
  • The recently renovated restaurant is the focal point of the main building which serves hearty buffet-style food in a beautiful dining area
  • Tea and coffee facilities are also available in the restaurant for guests to access throughout their stay, although none are available in the room
  • There is one sauna for guest use, which you can book per room for private use
  • Wi-Fi is available for guests to use in the main hotel reception area

Room types

Hotel rooms

The 34 double or twin rooms are decorated in keeping with local surroundings and culture. All have an en-suite shower room and hairdryer. Some of these rooms are located in the main building and others are situated in separate annexe buildings, a short walk from the main building. There are also two hotel rooms with private sauna which can be booked, subject to a supplement and availability.


Other options

Nellim Apartments

Many guests like to upgrade to one of the six apartments at Nellim, all of which are situated in one of the annexe buildings across from the reception and restaurant. The apartments offer guests additional room and their own space in which to relax after a day or night of activities.

Each apartment varies in size and facilities. Apartments are allocated on a first come, first served basis according to the accommodation which best suits your party.

Please note that some of the apartments require a supplement. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Please note these images display a range of the different types of apartment. Upgrade supplements may apply.

Apartment facilities

  • The one, two and three bedroom apartments are all equipped with living area, bathroom (with shower and hairdryer), kitchenette and/or electric kettle and TV
  • Some of the apartments offer a fireplace or a sauna but these facilities cannot be guaranteed, only requested
  • We recommend taking supplies of your favourite tea and coffee so you can enjoy warm drinks in your apartment

 

Please note that an upgrade supplement may apply. Please speak to our Travel Experts for a full quotation


Image credits: Markku Inkila

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Our pick

Aurora Bubble

From £138pp

What a concept this is! These bubbles represent the absolute pinnacle in the increasingly sophisticated search for the Northern Lights.

Essentially, the Aurora Bubble brings the Arctic wilderness and the night sky into the comfort of your own bedroom. Each bubble has a heated bedroom with a large north-facing dome window, allowing you to gaze at the firmament from the comfort of your own bed!! This is Aurora hunting in style.

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The bubbles are located in an area of minimal light pollution but within walking distance of the hotel should you wish to return to your room during the night. We can't imagine that you will as there is a toilet which means there is no need whatsoever to leave your comfortable bubble during the night.

Of course, we can neither guarantee that the Northern Lights will appear nor can we ensure cloud-free skies because Aurora hunting will always carry an element of luck. What we do know is that the Aurora Bubbles represent a genuinely unique and memorable experience.


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.


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Activities

Heated Aurora Sleigh

From: £196pp

The wonderful Jouko and Mari at Nellim have once again come up with an innovation in Aurora hunting, ensuring that guests are in total comfort throughout. They have created a heated Aurora sleigh: a private, intimate and toasty warm experience that has been thrilling visitors to Nellim during the winter.

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This is the way to travel in the Arctic! Climb into your private Aurora-viewing cocoon which will be pulled behind a snowmobile driven by a local guide. The sleigh has large transparent windows to the front, back and, most importantly upwards, hence providing a fantastic view of the night sky. As they are heated, it could be -30C outside and you will be reclined in comfort hopefully gazing at the fabulous Northern Lights.

This safari lasts about two and a half hours (departing around 8 pm) and takes you onto the frozen expanses of mystical Lake Inari some 250km north of the Arctic Circle in prime Aurora hunting territory. Your English-speaking guide will take you to some of the best vantage points where you can choose to get out (or not!), take photos and walk on the ice. You will also be served warm drinks.

We cannot guarantee that the Aurora Borealis will come out to play but regardless, the Aurora Sleigh is a fantastic way to experience the Arctic in the dead of night.

Unsurprisingly the sleigh rides have seen many marriage proposals over the past months and for anyone thinking about popping the question, this is a very stylish way in which to do it – sadly we cannot guarantee the answer, but this setting should give you an excellent chance!

Private Aurora sleigh ride including dinner: please speak to our Travel Experts for a quote

Special Nights

A night in an Aurora Kota

From: £117pp

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 the magnificent Aurora Kotas whilst staying at either Muotka or Nellim. These stunning, part-cabin, part-glass tepee buildings, offer guests an exceptional overnight Aurora hunting experience.

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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 Kota faces north so ideal for guests to gaze upon the night sky every night of their holiday, from the comfort of their duvet. The Kotas are all 25 sq. meters 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.


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.

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Trip Extensions

Helsinki city break

With our destinations being so remote, the majority of flights to Finnish Lapland are operated by Finnair and therefore involve connecting through Helsinki Airport. Many of our guests choose to extend this stop and spend some time in the Finnish capital, either at the start or end of their holiday.

We can arrange a wide variety of city centre hotel accommodation for guests to choose from and some options closer to the airport should you prefer. We know that everyone tends to be looking for something different so please contact our travel experts for their opinion on the hotels which may best suit you and your party.

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Located on the peninsula of the Baltic Sea, Helsinki enjoys a charming coastal location and has much to offer its guests. This thriving city has a rich culture and arts scene with many museums and galleries to enjoy alongside the exciting gastronomy.

Despite its cool urbanism and a reputation for cutting-edge design, Helsinki also retains its charm and visitors will enjoy this city's very friendly atmosphere.

In the city itself, Senate Square is the main feature, showcasing neoclassical architecture and offering easy access to the surrounding shops. With Helsinki once part of the duchy of Russia, it offers similar striking architecture, with wide streets and bold facades. For those looking for more of an insight into the city's past, we would suggest visiting the Ateneum Art Museum which houses over 20,000 pieces of art, or the Helsinki Design Museum which showcases the history of design in the country from traditional folklore to postmodernism.

A 15-minute ferry ride from the main city is the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Sea Fortress which was constructed in 1748. As well as being a unique monument, it is also a lovely day trip, as the island has numerous shops and parks to explore.

Helsinki's food scene has seen a recent evolution, with a growth in street food which showcases the city's multicultural population. Helsinki is famed also for its specialist dishes of seafood and Russian cuisine so there is much to sample!

Finland is famed for its coffee consumption so you can be sure of a thriving café culture here. Be sure to include an obligatory stop for a coffee and a cinnamon roll during your explorations!

Whether you add your city break onto the start or the end of your holiday, spending a night or two in Helsinki is not something that you will regret.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a full quotation. All city breaks are subject to flight availability. 

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Extend your stay in Saariselka

Following on from your holiday, we can arrange for you to extend your stay in Lapland and spend two nights in the ski village of Saariselka. This extension is ideal for those who want to combine their initial Arctic adventures with some downhill skiing or those who want some time to explore independently.

There are lots of things to see and do from your comfortable and well-equipped hotel in the village centre. We can arrange for you to add in additional activities, hire downhill or cross-country skiing equipment or you can simply explore at your own pace and enjoy the shops and restaurants. The choice of how you spend your time here is yours, however, our Travel Experts will help you plan the perfect extension and provide a full quotation.

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays, you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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The single adult price is based on a single room but a shared transfer and snowmobile. If you would prefer to drive your own snowmobile please speak to our Travel Experts for the supplement.

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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 in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next season's provisional dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. 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.

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Sun 01 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 2,520 Single Adult£ 2,770
Sun 08 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 2,550 Single Adult£ 2,800
Sun 15 Dec 2019
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Sun 05 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 2,400 Single Adult£ 2,650
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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people, maximum 24 people (approximately)

Group sizes and minimum numbers

Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Order of activities

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination

Medical History and advice

If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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 lever 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

In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

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.

Aurora alerts

During your stay, you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is typically a mobile phone system to which the staff will send a text should the Northern Lights be sighted. The alerts generally operate until 1 am but it is best to confirm with your guide as times may vary.

The alerts are designed as an aid to Aurora hunting and, although every effort will be made to issue an alert should the conditions seem conducive to a display, things can change very quickly so you should not rely solely on them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old, however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no effect on the activity experience. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.

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

 

Traveller Reviews

I enjoyed every part of my stay. 28 February 2018 by Jessica Feeney

I enjoyed every part of my stay. The scenery was magical and everything ran smoothly.

Great time overall.... 27 February 2018 by Jeff Tee and David Kelly

Snowmobile safari and husky safari were the highlights. Saw Northern Lights brilliantly at both centres. Muotka, an amazing place and hotel. Very efficient and well run, yet was incredibly welcoming and cosy. It had an intimate and friendly feel to it. Hotel staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them. There seemed to be a generally fun and
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relaxed atmosphere to the whole place.
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It was hard to fault this holiday 08 February 2018

It was the best holiday I have taken, everything I ever wanted to see and do, we did. I am so happy with the trip, all the staff and guides were great people, interesting and knowledgeable. The atmosphere in the lodges main halls were really peaceful and great efforts had been made to make it relaxing and chilled. Everyone I have told about this trip are jealous and want to go themselves. Well
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done and thank you!
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It was an excellent holiday 19 January 2018 by Jonathan and Gillian Pickering

In Muotka the management of the food was excellent - it never ran out, and there was always someone checking that there was enough of what was needed and people liked it. Similarly the guides at Muotka, all of whom that we met were Finnish, were excellent, engaging, interesting and interested, and able to give a Finnish insight into the culture and history, as well as being good guides. Matt
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Robinson, the rep at Muotka, was brilliant, particularly his knowledge and explanations of the Aurora (to see which was principally why we had gone). He also made sure we were being properly looked after and enjoying ourselves; and took some excellent photographs. We particularly enjoyed the husky safari, provided at Nellim. Driving silently through the snowfields of Lake Inari and the surrounding woodlands was magical. It was an excellent holiday which we really enjoyed. That was helped by the three displays of Northern Lights and by the unusually heavy snowfall which had happened the night before and morning of our arrival which made everything look amazing.
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The most amazing experience with wonderful 'forever' memories 19 December 2017 by Sharon and Mark Horken

Without doubt, the most enjoyable experience was the husky safari. Arriving to the hullabaloo of 40 huskies harnessed and ready to run, further supported in the singing by their canine friends who were in their kennels with viewing permissions only, can only be described as a truly wonderful experience! And then ... the dogs take off as quick as they can, and we are driving/being pulled by a team
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of dogs whose job is to run; they love it and they want to go faster and certainly don't want to stop! As they become quiet, all we can hear is their paws and the sled across the snowy surface, and the breeze. We are husky sledding across a frozen lake in the Arctic Circle - the most amazing experience with wonderful 'forever' memories. :)
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A Honeymoon we wont forget! 18 December 2017 by Rachel Walker and Samuel Kenworthy

What an amazing experience, we booked this trip for our honeymoon and it will be an experience we won’t forget in a hurry. Staff were well informed, friendly and attentive to your needs adding to the overall experience. Keep doing what you are doing because it works.

Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Finland 18 March 2017 by Tera and James Gardner

Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Finland. I would struggle to pick a favourite activity as everything was well run and fun, the guides all friendly and professional. Never felt cold, despite the -21 degrees; the kit provided really does its job. A bonus was seeing a good display of the lights on the one night we stayed in a Kota at Muotka, magic. It was good to try the two different places,
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quite a different feel from the atmospheric forest at Muotka to the vast frozen lake at Nellim.The advice and help given by you all at Aurora Zone was superb and we wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend this holiday.
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Perfect trip 18 March 2017 by Sam Kness & Amelia Cook

The perfect trip :) Snowmobiling and the huskies were the favourites because it gives you a chance to see the beautiful back country. 

Just AMAZING 18 February 2017 by Caroline Gibbins & Matthew Bamborough

I have told EVERYONE here in PERTH Australia what an EXCELLENT time we had and how WONDERFUL you guys were - and they are all going to see the Norther Lights (one day). We were lucky enough to see the lights 4 times over 3 nights one of which was a night sleigh ride to the plateau over Muotko with a breathtaking display. Will never forget that. Enjoyed the huskies (of course) and the reindeer -
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JUST EVERYTHING. Don't change anything. Just fabulous - Thank you!
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Brilliant fun! 21 January 2017 by Catherine and Robert Keys

Favourite activity: Dog sledding - just amazing to hear their excitement at the start, and then the silence once you get underway. Brilliant fun! :-)

Out of this world 05 March 2016 by Andy & Liz Peck

From the moment we booked to the moment we left Nellim to go home, everything ran like clockwork. Most enjoyable?: HUSKY driving of course!!!!!! But NOTHING can beat the magnificent Northern Lights display we witnessed on Thursday 10th March. Out of this world.

Very impressive 05 March 2016 by Christopher and Elizabeth Rons

All went without a hitch and we had a splendid night watching the Aurora at Nellim. The trip including a trip to the Russian border was welcomed. Your admin team were always so kind and helpful; nothing was too much trouble answering some small queries of mine. Again, very impressive.

An amazing, fun experience 05 March 2016 by Susan & Stephen Sharp

An amazing, fun experience from start to finish but the pinnacle has to be the Aurora Borealis which danced and danced, and danced.

Fantastic holiday, well organised and will definitely recommend 02 February 2016 by David and Lisa Brown

Excellent venues and activities. Reps and guides were all excellent and very helpful especially Sara at Muotka and Ben at Nellim. (Most enjoyable activity): Husky safari due to the interaction with the dogs following the ride. I did not expect to be able to interact with the dogs quite as much as they are working dogs but once the harnesses were odd they were very playful. All activities were
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enjoyable and worthwhile. Fantastic holiday, well organised and will definitely recommend.
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The Aurora made a splendid appearance 09 January 2016 by Karen Blisard and Russell Kleinman

The staff were wonderful, especially Robin, Niina and Minga at Muotka. Barry on the sales team went out of his way to get us booked before Christmas. The husky safari was wonderful. As a dog trainer, it was so fun to see the dogs doing what they were bred to do. And the Aurora made a splendid appearance, which was fantastic.

We saw the Aurora Lights for five nights 12 December 2015 by Gillian Howe

We were delighted that we saw the Aurora Lights for five nights in total, exceptionally well on three. The organisation and administration of the holiday were great. Muotka was smaller, more intimate, less sophisticated but somehow more attractive, and easy to enjoy between activities going for walks etc. Most enjoyable : Seeing the Aurora Lights (the bit that you can't guarantee!!),
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Snowshoeing in the National Park at Muotka. Snowmobiling on the lake at Nellim. Husky dogs in a snow blizzard!
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