Price from £1,975pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 20010

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Pace:Set your own
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • Flights: Return flights from London Heathrow to Ivalo (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at Muotka Lodge, 3 nights Saariselka hotel room
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities are included at Muotka: Aurora workshop, snowshoe hike, cross-country skiing, Northern Lights hunt by snowmobile-pulled sleigh, snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm, Aurora snowshoe hike, husky safari and Aurora snowmobile (the order of activities is subject to change). Guests can choose from a range of individually priced activities during their stay in Saariselka (see ‘personalise’ section for details)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1am at Muotka only

This seven-night holiday in the fells of Finnish Lapland starts off with four nights at the remote Muotka Wilderness Lodge where you will take part in our active Northern Lights Adventure. You’ll then head around 10 kilometres north to the ski village of Saariselka where you can tailor your time with downhill skiing, additional activities or some more relaxing options. Both of these destinations offer you their own highlights.

Muotka Wilderness Lodge is nestled in the heart of the fells and forests of North West Finnish Lapland. The Northern Lights Adventure is one of our most popular itineraries here and guests will enjoy a full range of Arctic activities and adventures during their action-packed stay.

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Snowshoe hikes, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding are all included, along with a visit to a reindeer farm, and three dedicated Northern Lights activities which are designed to maximise your chances of witnessing a display. The local guides are excellent and they will ensure that you make the most of your time here and really get to take in the wonderful scenery and wild landscapes.

Following on from your time at Muotka you will head slightly further north to the ski village of Saariselka, where you will stay in a centrally located hotel and you can completely tailor your time. The main draw of Saariselka is the chance to enjoy some downhill skiing or make use of the variety of cross-country ski trails which start here. It’s a place where people can be independent and enjoy their time however they choose. There are additional activities which can be arranged and of course, there are Northern Lights hunts to book if you wish, however, a simple short walk at night will lead you to dark skies and some great viewpoints.

This is very much a holiday of two parts, and two very different locations, but between them, they provide the chance to participate in just about all of the experiences on offer in Lapland.

Image credits: Markku Inkila, Lapland Safaris
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  • A night in an Aurora Kota

    From £105pp

    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. 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. 

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    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 25m² with their own private sauna, double bed and en-suite bathroom, making them an excellent base.

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

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  • Aurora by snowmobile sleigh

    From: £69pp

    Sitting in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh you will travel up through the fells and into an area with a remarkable view of the Northern skies. Your destination is a remote fell cabin where you can enjoy warm berry juice whilst admiring your surroundings. This is an excellent viewpoint from which to witness the Northern Lights and so if conditions are favourable you could be in for a real treat. Regardless of Aurora activity, it is a wonderful place to come and a very enjoyable activity. 

    This activity lasts a total of three hours (approximately).

    Available: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 19.00

    Image credit: Markku Inkila
  • Cross-country ski trip

    From: £55pp

    Saariselka attracts more than just downhill ski enthusiasts; the cross-country ski trails here draw in thousands of people each year as there are some excellent routes to enjoy.

    This cross-country skiing trip offers a great introduction to the sport and your guide will teach you how to use the equipment and get to grips with the basics before you take to the trails. A stop will be made en route so that you can enjoy a warm drink. The equipment is yours until 17.00 so that you can continue to explore independently if you wish to. Your activity lasts around two hours. 

    Available: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10am

    Image credit: Lapland Safaris
  • Evening reindeer sleigh ride

    From: £105pp

    This activity is a magical way to experience a reindeer sleigh ride. You can sit back in a sled which is pulled by a reindeer and gaze at the peaceful forest around you. Travelling in the evening also offers the chance for you to potentially witness the Northern Lights dancing overhead if conditions are favourable. 

    Drinks will be served around a campfire as you enjoy the sounds of the crackling logs against the backdrop of the silent forest.

    The activity lasts for a total of two hours.

    Available: Dec - Jan 19.00 - 21.00 (excluding 24 Dec) and Feb - Mar 20.00-22.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

     

     

  • Driver's dream snowmobile safari

    From: £141pp

    This safari is all about the driving and it is an excellent option for those who want to concentrate on driving and really get to learn how to handle a snowmobile in various conditions. Everyone travels one person per machine and full instruction will be provided. You'll cover some wonderful trails and have the chance to explore the varied terrain. There will be a break for hot drinks during the safari.

    Please note: you must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

    Image credit: Jane & Paul Thompson (clients)

     

  • Scenic snowmobile safari

    From: £99pp

    This safari is designed so that you have time to take in the beauty of your surroundings and so the pace is relaxed. You will be given full instructions and a safety briefing before setting off to climb up the fells and gaze across the wild and remote landscape that stretches out before you. Warm berry juice will be served as you take in the views. The activity lasts around 2.5 hours in total and you will travel two people per machine. 

    Please note: you must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

    Available: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 09.30. 

    Image credit: Jane & Paul Thompson (clients)
  • Aurora Borealis safari by snowmobile

    From: £122pp

    You will meet your guide for a full safety briefing and instruction about how to drive a snowmobile and following this you will hit the trails, travelling two people per machine (you will be able to swap drivers for the return journey). Your destination is locally known as the Northern Lights Resort and is around 20km from the town. At the resort, you will find the Aurora Borealis theatre which is built inside a large snow igloo. Here you can see a film documenting some of the science and myths which surround the Northern Lights which includes some spectacular photography.

    You will then have time to explore the resort taking in the igloo bar or enjoying a short snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride. There is also the chance to just sit back in the 'snow observatory' where you may relax by the fire and admire the Northern skies. Delicious reindeer burgers will be available in a traditional cabin and you can indulge in one around the campfire should you wish.

    Your guide will be on hand to provide hints and tips on how best to capture the Northern Lights on camera should they appear because, if conditions are right, you are in a prime Aurora viewing location. You will then continue your travels back to base in Saariselka.

    Your trip lasts approximately 4 hours (including transfers).

    Available: Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 7pm

    Image credits: Lapland Safaris
  • Northern Lights snowshoe

    From: £55pp

    This activity will see you head out with your guide on snowshoes, in search of the Northern Lights. Heading through the forests you will leave light pollution behind and search for an ideal Aurora viewpoint.

    There will be a break for a warm drink on the way and with a little luck, you may witness the glorious sight of the Northern Lights overhead. You will be out for around two hours in total. 

    Available: Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 7pm

    Image credit: Lapland Safaris
  • Northern Lights Resort by Minibus

    From: £80pp

    This trip takes you by minibus to what is locally known as the Northern Lights Resort, around 20km away. At the resort, you will find the Aurora Borealis theatre which is built inside a large snow igloo. Here you can see a film documenting some of the science and myths which surround the Northern Lights which includes some spectacular photography.

    You will then have time to explore the resort taking in the igloo bar or enjoying a short snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride. There is also the chance to just sit back in the 'snow observatory' where you may relax by the fire and admire the Northern skies. Delicious reindeer burgers will be available in a traditional cabin and you can indulge in one around the campfire should you wish. 

    Your guide will be on hand to provide hints and tips on how best to capture the Northern Lights on camera should they appear because, if conditions are right, you are in a prime Aurora viewing location. Your trip lasts approximately three hours (including transfers).

    Available: Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 8pm

    Image credit: Lapland Safaris
  • Husky safari (2 hours)

    From: £163pp

    After a transfer to the husky camp departure point, you will meet your team of eager dogs. Full instruction will be given on how to handle a sled and team before you take to the trails travelling two per sled (you can swap drivers midway).

    Your guide will lead the way with their sled and you will whizz through the landscape and experience the delights of travelling in such a time-honoured fashion during a two-hour safari.

    A hearty lunch is included during this activity and you will be dog sledding for a total of around two hours.

    Available: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10.30am

    Image credit: Lapland Safari
  • Husky safari (1 hour)

    From: £135pp

    After a transfer, you will arrive at a husky camp where you will be greeted with enthusiastic barks from the eager huskies. You’ll be provided with instructions on how to handle a sled prior to departing on a thrilling safari travelling two people per team (there will be the chance to swap drivers at the mid-point).

    Your guide and their team will lead the way and you will be out on the trail for around one hour. There will be a break to enjoy a warm drink around a fire where you can discuss the dogs with the musher. This activity provides an ideal introduction to dog sledding.

    Including transfers, this activity lasts a total of around three hours.

    Available: Daily at 10.30am

    Image credit: Lapland Safari
  • Reindeer safari

    From: £96pp

    In the past, the only available means of transportation in Lapland was a reindeer sleigh. In some cases, more than 20 sleighs would travel in convoy. Today you will get the chance to experience this traditional and peaceful mode of travelling through Lapland as you get wrapped up in a sleigh for a magical safari.

    Warm drinks will be served around a fire after the sleigh ride and you shall then be transferred back to the hotel by minibus. You will be out for a total of around two hours. 

    Available: Daily at 9.30 am

  • In the heart of nature - snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing

    From: £158pp

    This multi-active day in the wilderness incorporates three excellent active experiences as well as a host of opportunities to learn about this incredible part of the world.

    Setting off on snowmobiles, you shall traverse fells and narrow valleys as you follow a trail which ends at a small wilderness lake. Here there will be the chance for you to try ice fishing and snowshoeing before the snowmobile trip continues in the forests. You may come across reindeer in search of their favourite food, moss and lichen, which lie buried under the snow and there is also the chance of spotting a range of other wildlife. The exact route used will depend on the trail conditions and weather on the day and you will be out for around five or six hours. 

    A delicious traditional Lapland lunch will be served during the day.

    Available: Wednesday at 9am

    Image credit: Lapland Safaris
  • Snowshoe hike

    From: £53pp

    This is a wonderful way to explore this scenic wilderness. You will strap on your snowshoes and follow your guide for a leisurely and informative two hours. As you travel through areas of deep snow, your guide will highlight wildlife tracks and points of interest as you walk.

    A break for hot drinks and photos will give you the chance to really soak up your surroundings and you will be out for around two hours. 

    Available: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am

    Image credit: Lapland Safaris
  • Snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm

    From: £122pp

    This is a great opportunity to combine two Arctic activities as you head by snowmobile to a reindeer farm.

    Travelling two people per snowmobile you will follow fell and forest trails to the farm where the Sámi host will introduce you to the indigenous culture and reindeer-based economy of Lapland. During the visit, you will learn how to throw a lasso and drive a reindeer-pulled sleigh. This experience is sure to provide you with a great insight into the traditions of the area.

    A warm drink will be served before you head back and you can change driver as long as you both hold a full driving licence. Guides, instruction and equipment are all included and you will be out for around three hours.

    Available: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1pm

  • Ice fishing by snowmobile

    From: £121pp

    Ice fishing is one of the most popular pastimes with locals in Finland and today you can combine the chance to learn this skill with a thrilling snowmobile safari. As you explore the trails you will see the snowy forests and fells of Lapland in all of their glory.

    Your destination is a small lake where your guide will provide you with the equipment you will need to reach the icy waters below. You will then drop your line and wait patiently for a fish to bite. If you are lucky enough to land a catch then you can always make use of the campfire and supplement your snacks with your fish. You will travel two people per snowmobile and can change driver midway as long as you both hold a full driving licence. Full instruction, guides and equipment are provided and you will be out for around four hours.

    Please note: you must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

    Available: Tuesday and Friday at 9am

    Image credit: Lapland Safaris
  • 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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Dates
Wed 18 Jan 2017
to Wed 25 Jan 2017
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Adults£ 1,975 Single Adult£ 2,236
Sun 19 Feb 2017
to Sun 26 Feb 2017
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Adults£ 2,175 Single Adult£ 2,520
Sun 12 Mar 2017
to Sun 19 Mar 2017
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Adults£ 1,985 Single Adult£ 2,288

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 year'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 below simply by paying a deposit. This means that you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain provisional and subject to change, we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed and 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. Flight supplements may apply and any none package rates listed on the website are subject to price increases. Our travel experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Dates
Sun 07 Jan 2018
to Sun 14 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 2,220 Single Adult£ 2,515
Wed 17 Jan 2018
to Wed 24 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 2,220 Single Adult£ 2,515
Sun 18 Feb 2018
to Sun 25 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 2,445 Single Adult£ 2,835
Sun 11 Mar 2018
to Sun 18 Mar 2018
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Adults£ 2,230 Single Adult£ 2,570

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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.


 

 

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