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This trip combines two of our best-loved destinations in one epic Aurora hunting week. Starting in the stunning Wilderness Hotel Muotka before heading to remote Nellim, exceptional winter activities fill your holiday in areas with outstanding Northern Lights records.

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. Routings 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 (accommodation upgrades are available subject to availability and supplements, see accommodation tab for details)
  • 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 the activities listed is for guidance only, your agenda will be provided on arrival)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guides
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1 am

Wilderness Hotel Muotka and Wilderness Hotel Nellim, are two of our most popular Northern Lights destinations. Each hotel offers guests something special, 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 as both locations are combined in one unforgettable week.

When it comes to activities and Aurora hunting, both hotels are at the top of their game. Both sit in remote areas, far from light pollution, both offer guides with extensive local knowledge and Aurora expertise and both offer innovative Aurora accommodation options.

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Your holiday will start at Muotka, where you will enjoy the total seclusion of the hotel and the peace and quiet which accompanies this location. Surrounded by forests and fells, the hotel is the ideal base for 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 a specifically chosen Aurora Camp and explore the forests on foot during a guided snowshoe hunt.

After four nights at Muotka it is time to head to Nellim. En-route you will detour to Inari, the heart of indigenous Sámi culture in the region, where you will visit the fascinating Siida Museum before continuing to Nellim.

The landscape around Nellim just begs to be explored and at only around 9 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 visit to an Aurora Camp, travelling by 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.

The activities outlined will all be included in your holiday, however, the order listed is for guidance only, and your agenda will be confirmed on arrival.


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Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
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  • Upon arrival, you will be transferred* to Wilderness Hotel Muotka, your base for the first four nights of your holiday.

    Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant this evening and you can enjoy your very special new surroundings.

    * Transfers are based on a scheduled group shuttle which sometimes makes stops at a couple of hotels in nearby Saariselka. If you would prefer to upgrade to private taxi transfers, please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.

    The order of the activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your activity timetable will be provided on arrival.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • 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 stunning natural environment which surrounds the hotel. 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. Lunch will be served around an open fire (weather permitting) and you will be out for around 4 hours in total.

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

    The Aurora Camps around Muotka have been chosen specifically for their views of the skies. You will travel to the selected camp in a sleigh pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. A campfire will be lit, and you will commence your Aurora stakeout. Should conditions be favourable, you will be in a prime viewing location. In total you will be out for around 2.5 hrs.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 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. A short reindeer-pulled sleigh ride is included, and you will also be shown how to use a traditional lasso. A warming soup lunch will be included during your activity.

    You will return to Muotka on your snowmobiles after a wonderful set of experiences. Throughout you’ll be travelling 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). The activity lasts around 4 hours in total.

    After dinner, you will set out on the trails with your guide, using only headtorches to light your route. Your Aurora snowshoe hike will lead you into a prime Northern Lights location. Here you will enjoy a break around the campfire and watch the skies for a potential display. In total you will be out for around 2.5 hours. The distance travelled on snowshoes varies depending on conditions.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • This area is renowned as one of the best places in Finland to enjoy cross-country skiing and the sport is hugely popular in Finland. It is your turn to see what all 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 forests 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. The lesson lasts around 2 hours in total.

    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 hotel’s grounds in order to witness them.

    You may also like to spend the night in one of the incredible Aurora Kotas which are available at Muotka – details can be found in the Accommodation and Personalise sections of the holiday page. (please note that as the final order of activities will be confirmed on arrival, the kota cannot be guaranteed to be booked on your free night, but you’ll still be able to enjoy plenty of time in the accommodation after any activities).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 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 1.5hrs 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 on local wildlife and photographic displays detailing the rich and varied history of the Sámi people and their role in modern day Lapland. The museum also has a wonderful gift shop selling an array of handmade products which make wonderful souvenirs.

    Lunch will be served at Wilderness Hotel Inari, sister hotel to Muotka and Nellim.

    After lunch, you will take the road to Nellim (around 1.5hrs drive), travelling along the edge of Lake Inari. The trip will give you a sense of how big this lake is, as you will still be following its shores when you arrive at Nellim.

    On arrival at Nellim you can check in to the hotel and enjoy an evening meal in the restaurant.

    This evening we recommend taking a short walk down to either the small lake right beside the hotel, or the frozen surface of Lake Inari (a few minutes away), both of which are exceptional Aurora viewpoints. These locations are where many members of our team first saw the Northern Lights.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • The scenery around Nellim is just begging to be explored. Shaped by the huge frozen expanse of Lake Inari, surrounded by dense forests and 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 thrilling safari. Travelling across the lake and exploring the forests will give you such a sense of what a remarkable area you are in and how remote the village of Nellim is. Lunch will be cooked on an open fire. In total you will be out for around 4 hours today.

    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).

    After dinner tonight it is time to visit one of Nellim’s Aurora Camps as you travel by snowmobile-pulled sleigh to a remote Northern Lights viewpoint. Fingers crossed the Northern Lights will add their own illumination to the glow of your campfire. You will be out for around 2.5 hrs.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 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.

    You will be given a safety briefing and full instruction on how to handle a dog sled and your team, before you head to the husky camp a short distance from the hotel. The reason your instructions are provided away from the animals is that they are sure to make a cacophony of noise prior to departure, as they are so excited for the trail.  Once you have been allocated your teams, you will set off travelling in pairs (one driving and one enjoying the views from the sled). The huskies fall silent as soon as they set off as they are totally focused on the task at hand, leaving you to enjoy the peace and quiet. This is an experience that is not easily forgotten and is a magical way to travel. Back at the camp you will have time to take some pictures with the huskies and ask any questions you may have about these wonderful working dogs. The total experience lasts around 2 hours* and lunch will be served back the hotel.

    As you have another free evening, we strongly recommend a walk to one of the lakes to enjoy the views of the sky. Many a guest (and Aurora Zone staff member) has enjoyed staggering displays of the Northern Lights from these spots, and with luck, the Aurora will bid you farewell this evening.

    Alternatively, you may wish to book additional activities. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts or see the ‘personalise’ section for details.

    You may also like to consider spending the night in an Aurora Bubble or Aurora Kota here at Nellim – a fabulous way to end the holiday (see 'Personalise' section for details). Please note that as the final order of activities will be confirmed on arrival, the kota cannot be guaranteed to be booked on a night with no activities, but you’ll still be able to enjoy plenty of time in the accommodation after any activities.

    * Please note that this safari is sometimes described locally as being 3 hrs in duration, but this duration includes lunch (which we include as standard of course).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today is sadly 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 packed breakfast.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

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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

Wilderness Hotel Nellim

Nights: 5-7

Wilderness Hotel Nellim is owned by our good friends Jouko and Mari Lappalainen. Nellim was their first hotel (they now also own the delights of Nangu, Muotka and Wilderness Hotel Inari) and is now renowned as an Aurora destination. It will always hold a special place in our hearts for being the first place many of us saw the Northern Lights. The hotel has been upgraded over the years and now has a wide range of accommodation options including rooms, suites, log cabins and unforgettable Aurora Cabins and Bubbles (see the ‘Personalise’ section for details) which are all within a short walk of the main reception and restaurant building.

A tiny village just 8km from the Russian border, Nellim is a remote spot close to the shores of Lake Inari and surrounded by incredible wilderness, providing perfectly dark skies, ideal for Aurora viewing.

Hotel facilities

  • The restaurant/reception building is the focal point at Nellim. With locally-made furnishings, the atmosphere is charming. Hearty buffets of local and international favourites are served three times a day. There is usually a soup and salad selection, two choices of main meal and a pudding for evening meals
  • Guests can relax next to the roaring fire and enjoy a drink from the bar in the restaurant
  • A sauna is available for guests to use and can be reserved at reception in hourly slots
  • There is a fully-stocked gift shop which offers a range of local produce and souvenirs for you to take home
  • Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the main building for guests outside meal times
  • Cross-country skis and snowshoes are available to hire from the onsite activity centre
  • The small lake behind the hotel is a great spot for some independent Aurora stake outs – you can light the fire in the small wooden kota (traditional shelter) and watch the sky with a warm drink

Room types

Hotel rooms

The 54 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

Wilderness Hotel 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 the apartments require an upgrade supplement. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Please note these images display a range of the different types of apartment.

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

Image credits: Markku Inkila

Special Nights

Aurora Bubble

From: £242pp

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.

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.

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 the magnificent Aurora cabin whilst staying at either Muotka or Nellim. 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 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.

Image credit: Anthony Oberlin

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Aurora Bubble

From £242pp

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

Read more about this activity

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 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.

Image credit: Anthony Oberlin

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. 

Image credit: VisitFinland

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.

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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying a deposit of only £50pp. The provisional prices, departure dates, and itinerary remain subject to change. We will contact you when final details are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £350pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation. 

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Holiday group size (approximate)

This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run, however, we require a minimum of 8 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 24 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.

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 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.

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 recommended 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

Overall two very happy customers with many fond memories!! Thank you to the team 17 March 2019 by Christina Pedersen & Christopher Stacey

We cannot recommend this trip highly enough. We had such a wonderful week. Both Muotka and Nellim were lovely places to stay, we were really pleased to experience two destinations and would definitely recommend staying in both locations. All of the activities were amazing experiences, even with no previous experience we enjoyed everything. All of the guides were extremely professional and we were
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well looked after, with a warm, welcoming and friendly manner which made all the difference. We were lucky enough to see an amazing display of the Aurora, but even without that the whole holiday would have been fantastic. Already planning our return trip!
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Muotka & Nellim - The Great Aurora Adventure 03 February 2019 by George & Lynette Green

Everything worked very smoothly and the staff at both Muotka and Nellim were very helpful and friendly. Dog sledding. A completely new experience for me. Added bonus of petting the St Bernard and the Husky puppies after the ride.

The Muotka hotel is amazing 21 March 2018 by Daniel Fainzilber & Marianne Elisabeth Froidevaux

The Muotka hotel is amazing, the people that are working are very nice. Special mention to Matt, the aurora zone representative: he is very nice and the organization of the activities, groups, info, and kindness made the Muotkan experience quite pleasant. The local guides Yanni, Tia and Matt are also amazing people, kind, funny.

Was a really good trip 12 March 2018 by Stephen Cherry & Elaine Stanford

Everything worked well and went to plan. Everything met or exceeded our expectations, so was a really good trip. Even the northern lights put on a great display while there.

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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