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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 20001
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
This trip allows guests to experience the real highlights of this remote and spectacular region in a more relaxed fashion. Your evenings are still dedicated to the quest for the Northern Lights but your days offer exceptional experiences and activities, as well as time to enjoy the peace of Lapland.

What's included?

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

  • Flights: return flights from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Aurora workshop, two Aurora hunts in a minibus, husky safari, Aurora camp and snowmobile 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

Muotka is simply delightful. This small and remote hotel is surrounded by the forests of North East Lapland. The region is a veritable feast for anyone looking to enjoy a comprehensive experience of Lapland whilst looking for a retreat from the every day and a more relaxed pace of life.

You will enjoy true 'bucket list' activities such as an unforgettable dog sled safari in the wilds of the Arctic and an exciting snowmobile safari to the fells.

Your evenings are dedicated to the hunt for the Aurora Borealis and these excursions typically use engines to do all of the hard work, allowing you to focus on the task at hand. During two evenings you will hunt for the Northern Lights using the mobility of a minibus. Your expert local guides will use their incredible local knowledge and the latest weather forecasts to aid your search. Your third Aurora evening uses a snowmobile-pulled sleigh as your method of transport as you will be heading out to one of the Aurora camps.

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We can also arrange for you to upgrade to the epitome of Aurora accommodation for either part or all of your holiday and book you into one of Muotka's wonderful Aurora Kotas. Details of all of these special upgrades can be found in the 'Accommodation' and 'Personalise' sections of the holiday page.


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Key facts

Duration:3 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed and then transferred* to Muotkan Maja Wilderness Hotel. The hotel has a beautifully remote feel and provides the ideal base for a Lappish adventure.

    On your first evening, you will be provided with your cold weather clothing and Aurora alert. 

    After dinner, your Northern Lights quest gets underway with your inaugural Northern Lights hunt. The guides will drive you to a potential vantage point, utilising their local knowledge, weather and solar forecasts.

    * 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.

  • Today, you will be trying out one of the most memorable activities in Lapland, as you participate in an exciting husky safari.

    Guiding a team of huskies is almost always one of our guests' favourite activities and is a truly unique experience. Travelling in this traditional fashion gives people a wonderful connection with the Arctic environment. Once the dogs have calmed their initial excitement, it is a remarkably peaceful activity as the dogs pull you through this winter wonderland.

    Before setting off, you will be given full instruction and will travel two people per sled with the opportunity to swap drivers during the activity so you can both experience the thrill of being the musher, and the joy of taking in the scenery as a passenger. A soup lunch will be served at the husky farm.

    Today your guide will introduce you to the Northern Lights and some of the myths and legends that this phenomenon has inspired over the centuries. Your guides are all locals and their knowledge of the area and the Northern Lights is exceptional.

    After dinner, you will head out on another hunt for the Northern Lights. You will travel via sled pulled by your guide's snowmobile to one of the Aurora Camps, which offer excellent views of the vast night sky. If the solar conditions are favourable, and there is no cloud cover, then you will hopefully see the Northern Lights dancing overhead.

  • This morning, you will travel two people per snowmobile and journey through snow-covered forests and over fells during this thrilling and exciting snowmobile tour. After a full safety briefing and instructions on how to drive and handle the snowmobile, you will head out for a snowmobile safari lasting approximately four hours. You will have the chance to swap seats and each take a turn at driving (the driver must hold a full driving licence).

    This afternoon will be free to relax before dinner. You may wish to take advantage of one of the hotel's saunas. There may also be additional activities which can be arranged locally and snowshoes can be hired should you wish to explore independently.

    Your guide will take you out via minibus once more for your final Aurora hunt tonight. They will be armed with solar activity data and detailed weather forecasts to pinpoint the best directions and locations to view any potential Northern Lights display.

  • 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, a packed breakfast will be provided. If you depart on a later flight, you will have breakfast in the restaurant.

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Wilderness Hotel Muotka

Nights: 1-3

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

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

Hotel facilities

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

Room types

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


Image credits: Jouko Lappalainen, Markku Inkila


Other options

Wilderness Hotel Muotka - Superior Sauna Rooms

Supplements from: £136pp

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

Facilities

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

Wilderness Hotel Muotka - Log Cabins

Supplements from: £240pp

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

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

Log cabin facilities

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


Special Nights

A night in an Aurora Cabin

From: £111pp

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

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

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

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


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


Credit: Anthony Oberlin and Minttu Mantynen

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A night in an Aurora Cabin

From £111pp

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

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

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

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


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


Credit: Anthony Oberlin and Minttu Mantynen

Other options

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.

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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 to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

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

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Thu 12 Dec 2019
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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 8 people, maximum 20.

GROUP SIZE

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

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

MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE

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

Itinerary amendments

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

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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

Medical History and advice

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

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

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

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

PREGNANCY

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

INSURANCE

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

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

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

Reduced Mobility

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

Experience and fitness

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

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

See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

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

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

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

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

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

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

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

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

Car Hire

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

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

FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION

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

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

BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER 

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

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

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

THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

All the activities were excellent 30 March 2018 by Denise Herron & Martin Stocks

Fantastic place to stay with great activities and excellent guides.

I would definitely recommend booking with The Aurora Zone 30 March 2018 by Louise & Grayham Churchouse and Kim Drury

My husband and I decided to go on another trip with The Aurora Zone (this was our third!). My mum had never experienced a cold holiday and was keen for a Northern Lights trip, so we suggested a short break in Muotka, and came along! Muotka has grown a lot since our last trip in 2015, but has not in any way lost any of the charm that made us fall in love with it the first time! It is homely, warm
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and welcoming. Everything is extremely well organised, and the staff and guides could not be happier to help. The meals provided were of a great quality, and there was always something yummy on offer! There was a great little bar area there with a nice selection of drinks available...I would suggest trying the pear cider! The gear provided is sure to keep you nice and warm, and is very comfortable! The activities were fantastic as always, with thorough briefings given by the guides beforehand. We stayed for three nights, and were actually lucky enough on each of the nights to see the Northern Lights! It really made the short break that little bit more special. I would definitely recommend booking with The Aurora Zone. Although we have only gone to Finland, I have no doubt that any one of their holidays will be fantastic, and of a great quality!
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We liked all the other activities 05 March 2018 by Judith Pallot and Julia Fairbank

It is obvious that a lot of effort is put into taking visitors to places where there was maximum chance of seeing them. We liked all the other activities and we liked the combination of physical activities (cross country skiing) and less energetic activities, like snowmobiles. The huskies were great, as usual.

Something totally different 26 February 2018 by Keith and Judith Mitchell

The husky safari was great. Something totally different to the norm, the right balance of adrenalin required to turn fear into excitement and enjoyment. An added bonus is the beauty of the otherwise inaccessible routes you get to see.

A wonderful holiday 25 February 2018 by Michael and Dian Slay

The whole experience was fantastic with excellent guides and informative staff.

Would rebook with your company 23 February 2018 by Graham and Susan Willis

Would rebook with your company, the reps from the hotel/lodge are amazing and made the holiday, they were excellent and attentive. Great credit to the operations

Fantastic holiday with no complaints 08 February 2018 by Peter & Lynda Hollies

An excellent holiday with good food and good equipment provided. Booking and information provided was very good.

Overall an excellent trip 08 February 2018 by Susan and Robert Morris

Overall an excellent trip; we saw the Aurora every night - it was magical. The guides at Muotka were fabulous, friendly and helpful. The hotel was warm and extremely comfortable, with great staff.

Awesome - some of our frients have already booked on this on our recommendation! 01 February 2018 by Matthew Briggs and Joanna Charsley

Really good - all the guides were so enthusiatsic and knowledgeable. It really felt as if everyone was there to make this a memorable trip. The Aurora Camp (with Northern Lights!) was exceptional, awesome environment for photos but the snowmobiling and Husky sledding were both great - I think an absolute must to fill the days and make it worthwhile trip even if you miss out on the aurora. Awesome
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- some of our friends have already booked on this on our recommendation!
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I really hope to use you again! 31 January 2018 by James and Nina Purkiss

The whole experience from location accommodation and activities were beyond our expectation. I really hope to use you again.

A fabulous holiday in every respect 30 January 2018 by Carol Edmonds, Rachel Yates and Hannah Bodek

It was a fabulous holiday in every respect. Seeing the northern lights was amazing!

I had an amazing time on my trip 16 January 2018 by Amanda Hameon

I did this trip by myself but felt extremely welcomed by friendly staff and met another girl travelling by herself as well. Someone dared me to go into the icebath so I did. ????? I would recommend this trip to everyone! My favourite part was sledding with the huskies. ? I could have done that all day!

Well organised, great guides. 07 January 2018 by The Greenhalgh Family

The huskies and skidoos were fantastic. Well organised, great guides.

Loved the Huskies 12 March 2017 by Lorna and Bernard Walker & Janet and Christopher Jones

It was brilliant. Just loved the huskies, fun, exciting and wonderful for animal lovers, although my husband a confirmed non animal lover was quite taken too. Snow hole fishing. Fun idea and so unique to the culture, it had to be done. The holiday was well planned with free time increasing towards the end as we got more tired. The local guides were exceptional, they were very friendly and
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extremely skilled in assessing the group and making sure everyone was comfortable with the level of activity without making slower or less fit members feel they were holding the group up. They also went out of their way to answer questions, lighten the moment and make sure everyone got maximum value from the experience. 
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Best holiday experience 12 March 2017 by Angela Kelly

This has been the best holiday experience that I have ever had. I got to tick so many things off my bucket list. I was travelling solo but was never left out of any of the activities due to this, the staff made sure that I was included in everything… The husky Safari, outside with nature going over the frozen lakes, forests, and through the snow! What more could you ask for.  The holiday
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was so well planned out. All the staff were friendly and helpful, full of advice. This was from the moment I booked the trip to the driver that took us back to the airport. What a fantastic team of professional people.
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Fantastic guides 12 March 2017 by Jill & Peter Evans

The activities i.e. snow mobiles which we paid extra for as it wasn't part of our trip, snow shoe safari in a snow storm in the Pallas National Park, the husky trip, and the ice fishing were made even better (if that is possible) by the fantastic guides we had they were knowledgeable enthusiastic really helpful and fun to be with. The staff in the hotel were also really great as well.

Guides were excellent 12 March 2017 by Melodie & Ian Henry

Everything was done well and the log cabin was very good! The guides were excellent. Very helpful and kind.

Nothing like I have ever experienced before 12 March 2017 by Rebecca Smedley

I enjoyed all of the activities immensely and for different reasons. The reindeer farm was so interesting and the reindeer sledging was so pleasant. The huskies were just adorable and, even though it was a little bit daunting at first, the ride was a lot of fun even when one of the dogs decided to go number 2 on the run! The Aurora hunts were great (even the one where it was snowing and we didn't
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see anything) because the scenery was so beautiful and nothing like I've ever experienced before.
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It was ALL excellent 19 February 2017 by Kevin and Leslie Crosbie

The guides are helpful, enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable. We don't think there's anything you could improve on. The Kota and sauna were spot-on and the champagne was a nice touch. We slept really well as the bed was very comfortable.

An amazing holiday/experience - thank you! 12 February 2017 by Elizabeth Ellis

The clouds pictured were polar stratospheric clouds which I'm told are highly unusual and was a real highlight of the trip as the locals ran out and grabbed their cameras to see them.

The most magical, unforgettable holiday 18 January 2017 by Gillian Butler and Wendy Butterworth

Nothing to add except "Excellent"! All the activities I participated in were really enjoyable and well led by knowledgeable and friendly guides. If I had to choose one, it would be the Aurora Camp simply because we were treated to an amazing 'light show'! All the staff, without exception, were great - friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. The Lodge itself is fabulous too. I have just
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returned from the most magical, unforgettable holiday.
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The guides were all wonderful 21 February 2016 by Gail & Angharad Pitty

The guides were all wonderful, but I wanted to especially mention Vesa who took us to the Sámi Museum in Inari. He entertained us on the journey with some great stories about the area and his life, and was a very informative guide around the museum itself. We really loved the dog sledding, and are looking at a husky safari for next year because it was so enjoyable. We also enjoyed the
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snowshoeing.
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Every day was filled with the most amazing experiences ticking many of our bucket list items!! 31 January 2016 by John White

Your sales team/admin team were fantastic and extremely helpful especially Amy and Dawn. Thanks for sorting out twin beds in the Kota. Am so pleased we chose the Kota rather than the hotel - well worth the extra - thanks Amy for that advice and "nudge"!! The husky trip was the best - the reindeers would have topped this had the ride been longer. That was my wife's view! I loved the snowmobile trip
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with Juoko, with the huskies a very close second! All were brilliant and amazing!! All of it was exceptional and enjoyed them all! We have travelled to many places but for such a short trip every day was filled with the most amazing experiences ticking many of our bucket list items!! It completely surpassed all of our expectations. We really had no idea what to expect and strangely the Northern Lights became secondary! However, we loved seeing them even though they weren't that spectacular because of the cloud cover but because of the other trips we weren't as disappointed as we thought we might have been when we first arrived.
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What a magical experience 18 March 2015 by Brian Bentley

What a magic experience. Even though the Aurora Lights did not appear the package was an excellent offering. I would have stayed an additional day, time allowing, to experience the snowmobile ride. The husky dog sled ride was top notch. To be in charge of a team of six huskies was an experience not forgotten easily.

Really found the staff at the hotel delightful 11 March 2015 by Halina Szutowicz

Really found the staff at the hotel delightful. They were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, hard working and seemed to be able to turn their hands to anything that needed done in the lodge. I'd go back like a shot for a longer time. Loved all activities, best was probably husky sledding which was much more fun than expected and none of us fell off!

Fantastic holiday 20 February 2015 by Kylie Dow

Couldn't have asked for a better trip - well-organised, lovely staff, comfortable accommodation, great activities and three sightings of the Aurora. Perfect balance of activities and time to relax.

Muotka was superb 06 November 2014 by Brian Goodall

The welcome at Muotka was superb and I can't think of anything else they could have done. We really had a fantastic time and on the last night we saw the Lights which we thought were totally wonderful - much more so than I had expected, indeed I find it hard to put into words how very special I thought they were. We really loved Finland and enjoyed the activities which were very extensive although
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we particularly enjoyed the Husky sledge driving. Red squirrels appeared outside the window most mornings whilst I was eating my breakfast and they were absolutely enchanting and quite different to our red squirrels. We were very impressed by our guide Santo - his knowledge of the area was encyclopedic and he worked tirelessly, indeed I'm not sure when he slept. All of the staff could not do enough to help - we were really impressed - the additional outer clothing provided was great and absolutely essential. All in all it was just fabulous and I really hope to go again!
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We saw the Aurora twice 08 April 2014 by Peter Drummond

Overall an excellent holiday. We saw the Aurora twice, the second time a fantastic display.

First rate trip 31 March 2014 by Richard Butler

We just wanted to let you know how very impressed we all were with all the arrangements and clothing for our recent four days at the Muotka Wilderness Lodge. Everything went very smoothly and was well and safely organised—though heaven knows what an energetic tour must be like! We arrived around 11.30pm to find a delicious soup available and things were just as good and better than we dared hope
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for all four days and we even saw the Aurora on our last night – at minus 27C. Our guide Mantuu was superb and always interesting and knowledgeable whilst all the background info you provided was first rate. Many thanks
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We had a really great time on our recent holiday 17 February 2014 by Irene Blake

What can I say, but we had a really great time on our recent holiday organised by your team. Our party of eight were hosted by some really enthusiastic people when we stayed in Finland. ALL the activities were enormously enjoyed by us and we learnt such a lot from our guides. On each of the three nights that we went out Aurora hunting, the guides did their very best to find a clear part of
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sky somewhere in Finland! We travelled even to the Russian boarder for a view. On our last night the skies cleared and Noora, our fantastic guide, took us up to an area in the North which provided us with the most stunning views. I think the Aurora spirits were on our side, as it was my birthday, and what a display we saw. Noora took many photos to include us in and made these available to us afterwards and these will be treasured by us all. Please pass on our many thanks to your team and to all those involved at the Wilderness Lodge, Finland, especially Noora.
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Amazing time at Muotkan Maja in Lapland 27 March 2013 by Helen Purser

We are just back from an amazing time at Muotkan Maja in Lapland. All of the activities were brilliantly organised, our guides were enthusiastic and knowledgable. We did a lot in the time we were there, but at no point did the trip feel rushed or hurried, the pace was just right! Two of our four nights were very cloudy, limiting our chances of Aurora spotting, but on our last night the clouds
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parted and the Northern Lights danced across the sky for us, both at the lodge and up on the fell at Kiilopaa - we stayed out on our last night until 2.30am in termperatures of -17c and it was well worth it! The accommodation was modern and comfortable, the food was tasty, plentiful and warming - just what we needed to keep us going!
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This was an excellent and memorable holiday! 24 March 2013 by Brian Knight

This was an excellent and memorable holiday! It's hard to think of anything that could have improved our experience. Our days and evenings were completely filled with new and exciting activities, the hotel was cosy, the food was delicious, and we saw the Aurora on two nights out of four. Sanna and Santtu looked after us very well, and were very flexible in arranging activities and mealtimes to
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suit everyone. We were lucky to share the trip with a great group of like-minded guests, and it was a pleasure to chat to them around a blazing fire over a cup of hot berry juice. Particularly special was snowmobiling through the starlit forest at midnight, as it was unlike anything we'd done before! Being propelled through a sunlit forest by enthusiatic huskies was equally thrilling!
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The husky rides were just fantastic 22 March 2013 by Natalie Fearns

The husky rides were just fantastic. Even better when we got to hold the husky puppys. There wasn't anything that I didn't enjoy, or (would) change. 



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