Price from £2,055pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 20004

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: Return flights between London and Ivalo (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Aurora workshop, cross-country skiing, two Aurora hunts by snowmobile sleigh, snowshoe hike, minibus search for the Northern Lights, visit to Inari Sámi Siida, snowmobile safari to reindeer farm, Aurora snowshoe, husky safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guides
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1am

Muotkan Maja Wilderness Lodge has become a stand-out favourite amongst our guests. This recently renovated accommodation charms guests with its hospitality, Nordic décor and fantastic guides.

Muotka's location is delightful, surrounded by trees and next to a small stream. Muotka is tucked away in its own little winter world, a retreat from the modern world. Residing amongst the forested fells of North East Finland and far from the nearest town, the lodge offers a wonderfully secluded base for your adventure in prime Aurora territory. The minimal light pollution here, means, that if conditions are right, there is great potential for viewing the Aurora just outside the lodge.

During the winter, this region receives some of the highest levels of snowfall in Lapland and we really exploit this during this holiday.

Guests will enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, allowing you to get close to this stunning landscape and hopefully some of the wildlife that lives here. There are also snowmobile and dog sled safaris included; two exceptional experiences which give you a sense of the scale of the wilderness in the region. An integral part of this holiday is also the chance to learn about the local culture, as you visit the Sámi Siida Museum in Inari to learn about the fascinating Sámi culture that is still very much alive in Lapland today.

Of course, you are here to search for the Northern Lights and this is done in serious style at Muotka. The evening hunts are varied and you will take part in Aurora searches using snowshoes, a snowmobile-pulled sleigh and a minibus. Each activity is designed to maximise your Aurora viewing potential and all activities are led by expert guides with a wealth of invaluable local knowledge, essential when Aurora hunting.

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If you would like to really go all out on the Aurora front then we can also arrange for you to spend all or part of your stay in the magnificent Aurora Kotas here. These cabin/glass tepee combinations offer guests many added comforts and nights filled with Northern Lights opportunities. 

We have loved Muotka from the beginning and it offers a sense of escapism that can only be found when you know you are somewhere very special and enjoying incredible experiences on a daily basis. The fact that it offers guests the most wonderful chance of seeing the Northern Lights is the icing on the cake!

© Markku Inkila

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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.


    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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  • Inclusive night at Sarmi Wilderness Lodge

    From: £439pp

    A night at Sarmi Wilderness is a wonderful inclusion to your adventure at Muotka, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a genuine wilderness experience in a beautifully remote setting.

    The Lodge sits on the shores of Lake Sarmi and is accessible only via snowmobiles or on foot. This remoteness is complimented with a back to basics approach – no running water (warm water can be provided for washing), limited electricity powered by solar panels, and eco toilets a short walk from the building itself. For guests, this means a great sense of wilderness adventure with a focus on the surrounding nature, but the lodge is also comfortable and cosy with rustic furnishings so you are sure to have a relaxing night's stay.

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    The programme that you will enjoy will vary depending on the conditions on the day but will likely involve snowshoeing in the neighbouring forests or trying your hand at ice fishing in the nearby lake. Guests will be able to have a go at some of the necessary everyday tasks such as chopping wood for the fireplace and learning how to light a campfire which is a lovely addition to this wilderness experience!

    During your stay, the food that the guides will prepare for you has a focus on local and seasonal produce so you will be able to enjoy some simple and traditional dishes, prepared either over an open fire or in the lodge's kitchen depending on the weather.

    There are several bedrooms in the lodge which are either twin or double and a communal living room and dining area. The bedrooms will be allocated accordingly to best suit your party, with single travellers most likely sharing.

    Guests can also make use of the traditional wood burning sauna which is around 100 metres from the main building and is a wonderful place to relax in the evening! Next to the sauna is a large campfire which is ideal for socialising with the group and in the evening is the perfect spot for a prospective Aurora display.

    Following your evening's stay at the lodge, you will return to Muotka around lunchtime to continue your holiday itinerary.

  • Helsinki city break

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Extend your stay in Saariselka

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

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

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays, you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Dates
Sat 04 Mar 2017
to Sat 11 Mar 2017
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Adults£ 2,095 Single Adult£ 2,347
Sat 18 Mar 2017
to Sat 25 Mar 2017
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Adults£ 2,095 Single Adult£ 2,347

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
Sat 25 Nov 2017
to Sat 02 Dec 2017
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Adults£ 2,095 Single Adult£ 2,380
Sat 09 Dec 2017
to Sat 16 Dec 2017
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Adults£ 2,165 Single Adult£ 2,450
Sat 06 Jan 2018
to Sat 13 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 2,055 Single Adult£ 2,340
Sat 20 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 2,130 Single Adult£ 2,415
Sat 03 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 2,210 Single Adult£ 2,495
Sat 10 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 2,390 Single Adult£ 2,675
Sat 17 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 2,390 Single Adult£ 2,675
Sat 03 Mar 2018
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Adults£ 2,220 Single Adult£ 2,505
Sat 17 Mar 2018
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Adults£ 2,220 Single Adult£ 2,505

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 8 people, maximum 20.

Group sizes and minimum numbers

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

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

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

See our booking conditions for further information.

Order of activities

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

Medical History and advice

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

See our booking conditions for further information.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's lever and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

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

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

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

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

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

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

Car Hire

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

Aurora alerts

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

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

Minimum age

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

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

 

  • Brilliant location 11 December 2016 by Victoria Moore and Jason Foster

    Brilliant location; enjoyed all the activities.

  • Least enjoyable moment: Having to leave ;-) 26 November 2016 by Francesca Pezzino & Attila Legradi

    Our room was in the main building (all of it recently renewed and refurbished with very good taste) and was very cosy and comfortable, the food was very good and prepared with local ingredients and the excursions were very well organised and enjoyable. Nina, the hotel manager, and all her staff did everything they could to accommodate our requests and make us feel very welcome, and they definitely
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    succeeded; the guides for the day and night activities are knowledge and friendly and we always felt we were very well looked after. We also spent a very romantic night in an Aurora Kota (ceiling of glass to watch the sky and private sauna) and again...I can't but recommend this accommodation. The ride with the sledge pulled by the huskies is a fantastic experience, it makes you feel the spirit of the place for real. But also just walking in the forest near Muotka at night watching the Aurora, simple but magical! Least enjoyable moment: Having to leave ;-)
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay 13 February 2016 by Paul & Helen Kowald

    (This was the)..first time I've driven a snowmobile - it was great fun and we were lucky to have a crisp, sunny, clear day to enjoy the ride and admire the wilderness scenery. My wife's favourite was the husky safari. My wife really enjoyed being able to get close to the dogs and experience the landscape in a more authentic way (not powered vehicles). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Muotkan
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    Maja. Nina and her team and the activity leaders where all very helpful, knowledgeable, friendly and willing to address and resolve any issues. They made us feel at home.
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  • The last item on my bucket list 23 January 2016 by Sally Burden

    The staff at Muotka Lodge were cheerful, helpful and attentive. The flights and transfers were seamless. The accommodation was warm and comfortable. Most enjoyable activity: For me it was the dog sledding. It was exhilarating and something I didn't think I would achieve at age 76! I travelled alone and therefore had dogs and sled to myself. Least enjoyable activity: There wasn't one. Improvements:
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    If there is I don't know what it is. Additional comments: This was probably the last item on my bucket list. I couldn't be more delighted with the result. I loved all the activities, the guides were attentive and helpful as were the managers and staff at the lodge.
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  • A holiday of a lifetime...perfect 12 December 2015 by Jane & Paul Thompson

    It was by far one of the most amazing holidays we have ever had. Just wish I was still there! We saw the Northern Lights four nights on the trot. The activities were so much fun and the guides were excellent and we made lovely new friends. Will definitely go back...A holiday of a lifetime...perfect.

  • The guides on every one of the activities made the experience extra special, lots of local knowledge 11 March 2015 by Sandra Ward

    Overall holiday rating: Excellent; I enjoyed all of the activities. Having never experienced any of them before, everything I did was good. The guides on every one of the activities made the experience extra special, lots of local knowledge.

  • All staff at the lodge were excellent 11 March 2015 by Raymond Hillary

    All staff at the lodge were excellent; they were very friendly and worked tirelessly to ensure we had an enjoyable holiday. Snowmobile safari to reindeer farm (was our favourite activity); a long and enjoyable day through a winter wonderland and chance to see reindeers. It was made perfect with a clear sunny day.

  • An amazing trip! 16 February 2015 by Frances Harrison

    I had a wonderful week at Muotka. I really liked that the lodge is relatively small so it feels very cosy and friendly and you can relax and chat to fellow travellers, many from other countries. A great bonus when travelling alone. The staff were all very friendly but I think it was the activity guides that made the week so very special. They were without exception experienced, knowledgeable,
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    friendly, encouraging, supportive and patient, even when you couldn't help doing exactly what you had been warned not to! I felt that they were genuinely concerned both for our safety and that we should enjoy ourselves. The equipment provided, together with the suggestions sent before the trip were just what was needed to stay comfortable and warm (most of the time). Perhaps foot warmers should be encouraged for night time Aurora watching. The icing on the cake, well seeing the Northern Lights four times out of six nights was pretty amazing and I was completely entranced by the Aurora Camp, two hours of fabulous star gazing and Lights display with a 360 dgree view and a warm fire to thaw out by, what more could you ask for. Thank you, a very thoughtfully designed and managed trip.
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  • Activity guides were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic 08 April 2014 by John & Lilly McAllister

    Activity guides were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. (We) Very much enjoyed all activities equally.

  • It more than met expectations! 07 April 2014 by Jennifer Stacey & Keith Boseley

    The local/activity guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions posed to him. He ran each activity with safety in mind and at the right level for the groups abilities. He was flexible and always ran with the majority decision; when one activity over ran he moved the time of the next one to give us enough of a break between activities. The staff at the hotel were lovely
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    and bent over backwards to make our stay enjoyable, nothing was too much effort for them as well as always being cheerful. A great credit to their nation. The activities involved snowmobiling, snowshoeing and a sleigh ride. The Aurora camp meant that the evening was going to be enjoyable with seeing Aurora activity the 'icing on the cake'. The holiday description gives enough detail of most of the activities to whet your appetite whilst just keeping back enough detail for most activities to still hold an element of surprise which was great and made the whole holiday a pleasure. It more than met expectations!
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  • Staff and guides were superb 07 April 2014 by Anne & Andrew Leaney

    All the winter sports activities were planned and delivered to a high standard. It was good to be able to borrow skis & snowshoes to go out on our own too. We also stayed one night in the Aurora Bubble but unfortunately the cloud came over... We had two nights of Aurora to 'top and tail' our holiday. The first (13th March) were the best we have seen and had everyone entranced. The staff
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    and guides were superb. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they organised our activity programme brilliantly. This is a fantastic place to stay as it is away from any settlement and all the equipment is on site so as soon as you are kitted up, you are off to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The guides were really knowledgeable about the area and the Aurora and obviously enjoyed their work.
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