Price from £2,395pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Muotka is one of our most scenic locations, tucked away in the fells and forests of Northern Finland. This 7-night stay offers a balanced itinerary to showcase some of the best landscapes and experiences in Lapland during the day, and exceptional Northern Lights excursions as night falls.

What's included?


  • Flights: return flights between London and Ivalo (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change.
  • Transfers: return scheduled group shuttle 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 Camp visits, snowshoe hike, minibus search for the Northern Lights, 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
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1 am

Muotkan Maja Wilderness Hotel has become a stand-out favourite amongst our guests. This 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 hotel 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 hotel.

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. 

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.

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!

Please note: If you are staying over Christmas or New Year, you will enjoy a festive dinner and celebrations on the 24th or the 31st of December (traditionally in Finland, Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve).

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©Wilderness Hotel Muotka, Matt Robinson & Markku Inkila

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Christmas and New Year:  if you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, you will enjoy a festive dinner and celebrations on the 24th or the 31st of December (traditionally in Finland, Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve).

Activities: please note that if you are travelling early in the winter season and there is not enough snowfall, then some activities may be adapted by the local team, or alternatives provided, to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. For more information on this, please see our booking terms and conditions.

Departure dates between
Sat 04 Mar 2023
to Sat 25 Mar 2023
Adults £ 2,395 To £ 2,780

Departure day: Saturday

Prices are based on 2 people sharing. 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 dates and prices

Our dates and prices for 2023/24 are now available to book, so get in early and secure your places now. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with a full quotation including any additional activities or accommodation upgrades. We will advise you of your flight details when they are confirmed.  This will normally be around nine months prior to departure.

Departure dates between
Sat 02 Dec 2023
to Sat 30 Dec 2023
Adults £ 2,985 To £ 3,340
Sat 06 Jan 2024
to Sat 27 Jan 2024
Adults £ 2,695 To £ 3,020
Sat 03 Feb 2024
to Sat 24 Feb 2024
Adults £ 2,835 To £ 3,175
Sat 02 Mar 2024
to Sat 23 Mar 2024
Adults £ 2,755 To £ 3,085

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

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

Group Size

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

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

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

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

Minimum and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

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.


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.

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.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

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.

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 

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs

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.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

Information for British Passport Holders

It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport and/or any required visas are up to date for your holiday.  Please take special note of rules relating to passport validity as these have changed since Brexit.  You can find more general advice from the UK government on their Passport rules for travel to Europe and then country specific advice on the Foreign Travel Advice page under the entry requirements section.

Please also check the UK Governments ‘Get Travel Smart’ campaign for up to date information on travel advice by country, information on Travel Insurance and information on how to renew your passport if required.

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.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website:

Payment and Cancellation Terms

Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede in part those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

If you are travelling between, and including, the dates of 17.12-08.01, the following cancellation terms apply:

  • Prior to 28.09 – Loss of deposit (including the full cost of the flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)
  • 29.09 up until departure date – 100%


For all other travel dates that do not include 17.12-08.01, the following cancellation terms apply:

- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

- 63 to 45 days prior to departure - 40%

- 44 to 31 days prior to departure - 60%

- 30 to 16 days prior to departure - 80%

- 15 or less days - 100%

  • You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred* to your accommodation at Muotkan Maja Wilderness Hotel, your new home for the next seven nights.

    You will have a meal this evening and we would suggest casting your eyes up to the night sky – the Northern Lights often welcome guests to Lapland in spectacular fashion.

    * Transfers are based on a scheduled group shuttle that sometimes stops at a few nearby hotels. If you would prefer to upgrade to private taxi transfers please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Your adventure at Muotka will begin with an Aurora workshop led by one of the knowledgeable guides. The guide will provide information on the science behind this natural phenomenon and advise you on what you should be looking out for during your Aurora hunts. They will also advise on the optimal camera settings that should help you capture any display on film.

    After lunch, you will enjoy your first foray into the beautiful wilderness which surrounds the hotel when you head out on a cross-country ski adventure. Cross-country skiing is something of a national pastime in Finland and is enjoyed by people of all ages. There are a variety of trails which surround the hotel and your guide will lead you on one of these, allowing you to gain an appreciation of how scenic and peaceful the landscape is here. Full tuition is provided so you do not require any experience. You will be out for around two hours. As this activity can be rather addictive, there is the opportunity to hire skis from the hotel later in the week and explore independently.

    Dinner will be served at Muotka tonight before your first search for the Northern Lights gets underway.

    Your inaugural Aurora hunt involves heading out to an Aurora Camp on a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. Your guide will drive you to one of the best locations in the area from which to witness an Aurora. The guides here have expert knowledge and a huge amount of experience which they utilise when choosing the best routes for the evening searches. If conditions are favourable you will hopefully, catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. This activity will last for approximately two and a half hours.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Snowmobiles have become essential machines in this corner of the world, keeping remote communities connected and also providing reindeer herders with an easier means of tracking down their dispersed herd. However, for visitors to this area, they are also a thrilling way to make as much of the winter landscape as possible.

    After full instruction and a safety briefing, you will head out into the vast wilderness travelling two people per machine. Your destination for the morning is a reindeer farm around 20km away so there will be the chance to swap drivers (providing you both have full driving licences and are over 18) allowing you both to take control of the snowmobile and travel as a passenger, enjoying the scenery.

    Upon arrival at the reindeer farm, you will be able to chat with the herder and ask them any questions you may have. Reindeer herding has been an inherent part of life in Lapland for many hundreds of years and today you will learn a little about the fascinating history of herding and its importance to the local culture. This activity lasts for around four to five hours and includes a soup lunch, as well as a short reindeer sleigh ride.

    This evening you will be provided with snowshoes and your guides will lead you to a great Northern Lights vantage point. The snow-covered trees can look like unique sculptures in the beam of your headlight and the absolute silence when you stop is something you rarely get to experience. Your guide will serve warm drinks as you wait patiently for a potential Aurora. In total, this activity is approximately two and a half hours long.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today you will have a free day to enjoy as you please. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the hotel.

    After dinner, there will be another dedicated search for the Aurora as you head out in a heated minibus to try and track down a display (approximately two and a half to three hours). The mobility provided by the minibus allows your guide to utilise the weather and Aurora forecasts to determine the best route to take to avoid any potential cloud cover. Hopefully, your efforts will be rewarded with a wonderful display.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • This morning you will have the chance to explore on foot. The use of snowshoes dates back centuries and their performance when navigating areas of deep snow should not be underestimated. With these shoes strapped to your feet, your guide will lead you through the forest, pointing out areas of interest and hopefully highlighting some of the wildlife between the trees. You will be out for around four hours in total. Lunch will be enjoyed around the campfire.

    This afternoon is left free for you to set your own agenda. You may want to book an additional activity (payable locally) or alternatively, you can take advantage of one of the saunas or enjoy a good book and some downtime.

    There are no Aurora activities planned with your guide tonight, however, the skies above Muotka have produced inspiring displays of the Northern Lights and you don't necessarily have to go very far to witness a wonderful show. With any luck, the sky will be filled with a dazzling array of colours.

    Guests may like to spend this evening (or any other night) in an Aurora Kota at Muotka – the ultimate Aurora hunting rooms with the chance to view a display from the comfort of your bed.

    Full details can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • This holiday has been designed to balance activities with free time in which you can simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. Snowshoes and cross-country skis can be hired from the hotel if you wish to explore independently and there is also a selection of additional activities which can be arranged for you.

    Muotka is just one of those places where spending the day with a good book, admiring the views and enjoying a sauna can also be a rather lovely thing to do.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • On your final day at Muotka, you will try an activity which is a definite bucket list experience; driving a husky team across the Arctic wilds.

    Following breakfast, you will meet your team of eager dogs who will no doubt show their enthusiasm and willingness to get out on the trail. After receiving instructions you will set off, two people per sled, (one person will stand on the back of the sled controlling the brake and another will sit in the sled) for around one hour. 

    There will also be the opportunity to chat with the mushers who make their living here and ask them any questions you may have about their dogs and their lives north of the Arctic Circle. This activity lasts for approximately 2 hours. You will then take lunch.

    After your last dinner at the hotel this evening you will head out for your final Aurora hunt. You will once again travel via snowmobile-pulled sleigh to an Aurora Camp. Fingers crossed, the Aurora will bid you farewell.

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

    If you can't quite bear to leave just yet, then we can arrange for you to enjoy a city break in Helsinki on the way home. See the 'Personalise' section for details.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Wilderness Hotel Muotka

Nights: 1-7

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. 

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 standard 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, if they are not in the room then they can be requested at the main hotel reception

Room types

All rooms are en-suite with a shower room, wardrobe, hairdryer and nightstand and can be made up as either a double or twin and offer lovely Scandinavian décor and charm. 

©Jouko Lappalainen, Markku Inkila

Other options

Wilderness Hotel Muotka - Superior Sauna Rooms

Supplements from: £289pp

The Superior Sauna rooms are 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. Please contact our Aurora Experts for a quotation.


  • 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

Wilderness Hotel Muotka - Log Cabins

Supplements from: £621pp

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. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Log cabin facilities

  • All cabins have 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

Special Nights

A night in an Aurora Cabin

From: £108pp

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 a double bed and en-suite bathroom, making them an excellent base (most of them have a private sauna).

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.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

©Anthony Oberlin and Minttu Mantynen

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Our pick

A night in an Aurora Cabin

From £108pp

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 a double bed and en-suite bathroom, making them an excellent base (most of them have a private sauna).

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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.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

©Anthony Oberlin and Minttu Mantynen

Other options

Little Extras

Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Hire

From: £19pp

During your free time, you might like to take advantage of the local ski and snowshoes trails. Equipment can be rented locally, and reception can provide you with the necessary maps.

If you are exploring independently, please ensure you are properly equipped and have your phone and the hotel’s contact details with you just in case.

£19 per day per set of equipment and subject to availability.

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 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. Helsinki offers 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 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 to the start or the end of your holiday, spending a night or two in Helsinki is not something that you will regret.

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

Image credit: VisitFinland

Traveller Reviews

We had a truly wonderful holiday 09 January 2022 by Margaret Holmes

I’m delighted to report that we had a truly wonderful holiday.

Real 'Bucket List' experiences 05 January 2020 by The Crook Family

All of the activities were outstanding and real bucket list experiences particularly the husky sleigh, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. What we especially liked was the fact that these weren't just 'tasters' where we only had a short go but rather full experiences where we were able to become fully immersed in the activity. That said, seeing the northern lights on several occasions including
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a spectacular viewing in the middle of the week was an incredible experienced the principal reason for our holiday. The hotel staff and guides were all wonderful and very accommodating with our requests. My tripod broke and the total manager was happy to lend me one that they had behind reception. She didn't take my room number or request a security deposit just trusted me to return it at the end of the week. That was a feature of the week, plenty of trust and common sense, particularly highlighted by a very welcome sense of perfectly adequate, but not over-bearing health and safety briefings that are so painfully common in many environments.
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A fantastic experience which we enjoyed enormously 05 January 2020 by Richard & Terry Parry

Overall, this entire trip exceeded our expectations in almost every way - a fantastic experience which we enjoyed enormously. All the activities we participated in were excellent in all respects - impossible to single out one in particular.

Our guides were very knowledgeable and friendly 01 December 2019 by Constance & Daniel McFarline

Lucia our contact at the hotel was lovely and very approachable - she took time to talk to us and ask about our holiday whenever she saw us. Snowmobile to the reindeer farm - we got to ride snowmobiles to the reindeer farm, go on a reindeer-pulled sleigh, get lots of information and ask lots of questions about reindeer and reindeer farming, have lunch at another location then snowmobile back to
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the hotel. It was a day activity and by the end of it was getting dark so got to snowmobile in the dark too! It was great fun, the group wasn't too big (6 + 2 guides I think) and our guides were very knowledgeable and friendly (as usual!)
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Muotka - Search for the Northern Lights 17 March 2019 by Adrian & Vanessa Mathers

Feel lucky that we got to see the Northern Lights and Muotka Wilderness Hotel was lovely.

Muotka - Search for the Northern Lights 03 March 2019 by Lillian & Brian Garforth

An absolutely amazing holiday, definitely one for the Bucket List!

A big tick off anyone's bucket list. 30 March 2018 by Andrew & Sharon Allen

Obviously seeing the Aurora was the best activity as it was the reason for our holiday, however, our best daytime activity would have to be the dog sledding - a big tick off anyone's bucket list.

Such a great holiday 23 March 2018 by Tracy & Nicholas Waterman

Such a great holiday, relaxed but organised. The staff at Muotka were excellent.

Magical Muotka 20 March 2018 by Donna Mackenzie

Just returned from a week at Muotka Wilderness Lodge. Truly magical experience. I felt like I was in fairyland. The snow glistens and looks like glitter falling from the sky. We saw the Northern Lights on 4 nights in a row. They were amazing. The hotel is in a lovely location surrounded by forest. Plenty trails for you to spend your downtime walking, skiing, snowshoeing or whatever you want to do.
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The itinerary was carefully thought out as we spent plenty time on activities but also had plenty of time to rest, have a sauna and generally do what we wanted. The hotel staff are all very friendly and helpful and the guides were excellent. Would definitely recommend Muotka.
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Planning to go back 20 February 2018 by Christina and Raphael Ametrano

Overall we had a wonderful holiday even though we didn't see the Northern Lights! We are planning to go back next year in February and will definitely use you again for the trip.

It was a brilliant holiday 02 January 2018 by Jacqueline and Andrew Watson

It was a brilliant holiday. The food was wonderful - great variety and quality. The activities were great fun and our main guide was very knowledgeable and went the extra mile. We thought he was great!

Muotka - Feb '17 11 February 2017 by The Offord Family

The pre-holiday information and its accessibility were excellent. The travel arrangements and transfers whilst tight were also excellent. The Muokta Wilderness Lodge staff were helpful and friendly, the activity guides were really good. The equipment that was at our disposal was of good quality.

I totally recommend it 04 February 2017 by Monica Del Moral

This is one of the best vacations ever. Everything was good, from the moment I booked till I went back to London. No surprises, all activities were great. You are in the middle of nowhere and that's a nice feeling. You have to be patient to see the Auroras, the conditions have to be good so you can see them: clear sky and activity from the sun. Once you get to see them it is the best thing, we
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even saw the dancing ones. I was there 7 nights and only saw them one night. Take a good camera and remove the filters (if you have them on it) and you'll have great pictures but the most important thing is to enjoy the moment. The hotel facilities are good and the staff were really nice. The food was really good, I only didn't like the reindeer, they are nice as animals but not as food. I totally recommend it.
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Search for the Northern Lights 04 February 2017 by David Foster & Lisa Staten

Snowmobiling and husky sledding were great. The Aurora display on the Thursday night was fantastic!

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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