Wilderness Hotel Muotka – Fellside Auroras

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This 3-night trip allows you to experience the real highlights of the remote and spectacular Muotka, Finland. The quest for the Northern Lights leads your evenings and your days offer exceptional activities, as well as time to enjoy peaceful Lapland.

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 everyday 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 a reindeer farm.

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 one evening 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. Another Aurora evening uses a snowmobile-pulled sleigh as your method of transport as you will be heading out to one of the Aurora camps.

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 Cabins. Details of all of these special upgrades can be found in the 'Accommodation' section of the holiday page.

Please note: 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).


Important Information

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 will be emailed to you around a week prior to departure), or upon arrival.


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. 

* 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
[IVL] Ivalo Airport, Finland To Wilderness Hotel Muotka
Airport Transfer
Wilderness Hotel Muotka - Check In
Address : Saariselka, Inari, Finland

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 (approximately for one hour).

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. This activity will last around two hours.

Today your guide will also introduce you to the Northern Lights and some of the myths and legends that this phenomenon has inspired over the centuries. Your guide’s knowledge of the area and the Northern Lights is exceptional.

After dinner, you will head out on a 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. You will be out for around two and a half hours in total.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wilderness Hotel Muotka - Stay
Address : Saariselka, Inari, Finland

This morning, you will travel two people per snowmobile and journey on an exciting tour of the wilderness and to a local reindeer farm. After a full safety briefing and instructions on how to drive and handle the snowmobile, you will head out for a snowmobile safari to the farm where you will meet the reindeer herders and learn all about the importance of reindeer in Lapland. The whole tour will last approximately four to five hours and a soup lunch is included. You will have the chance to swap seats and each take a turn at driving (the driver must be 18 years old and 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.

After dinner, it’s time for your last activity, a Northern Lights hunt by minibus. The guides will drive you to a potential vantage point, utilising their local knowledge, weather and solar forecasts. You will be out for around three hours in total.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wilderness Hotel Muotka - Stay
Address : Saariselka, Inari, Finland

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.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Wilderness Hotel Muotka To [IVL] Ivalo Airport, Finland
Airport Transfer
Wilderness Hotel Muotka - Check Out
Address : Saariselka, Inari, Finland

What's included?

  • Return flights from London to Ivalo (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change
  • Return scheduled group shuttle airport transfers
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Aurora workshop
  • Aurora hunt in a minibus
  • Husky safari
  • Aurora camp
  • Reindeer day via snowmobile
  • 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


Wilderness Hotel Muotka

Wilderness Hotel Muotka 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
Accommodation Upgrade to Superior Sauna Room
No of Days: 1
Upgrade to log cabin
No of Days: 1
Accommodation Upgrade to Aurora Cabin
No of Days: 1

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Additional Info

Price is based on 2 persons travelling

Tour terms, click here  

Booking conditions click here

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 15.12-06.01, the following cancellation terms apply:

– Prior to 25.09 – Loss of deposit (including the full cost of the flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

– 26.09 up until departure date – 100%

For all other travel dates, the following cancellation terms apply: 

– Up to balance due date (this is normally 16 weeks prior to departure however some holidays differ. If this applies to your holiday you will be advised at the time of booking) – Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

– Between balance due date and 43 days prior to departure – 60%

– 42 to 16 days prior to departure – 85%

– 15 or less days – 100% 

Key Facts

Duration 3 - 4 Nights
Pace Active
Holiday Type Package Holiday
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Finland, Muotka
Brochure Code 20001
Price from
£1,745 pp
4 days

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