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A 4 or 5 day 'Design Your Own' snow safari holiday at the Moutka Wilderness Lodge high above the Arctic Circle close by Saariselka's fjell & forest of pine, spruce & larch. Muotkan Maja sits alongside a frozen river where  you'll have the chance to meet & mingle with the Sami locals whilst sledding with reindeer, mushing huskies, snowmobiling and searching out the Northern Lights. What makes this adventure beyond special is the envelope of comfort created inside in the hotel by co-owner Mari Lappalainen and adventures outside designed by her husband Juoko.

Northern Lights over Muotka Wilderness Lodge | Lapland Holidays
Twin room at Muotka Widerness Lodge | Lapland Holidays
Cabin at Muotka Widerness Lodge | Lapland Holidays
Restaurant at Muotka Widerness Lodge | Lapland Holidays

Muotka Wilderness Lodge

Muotka Wilderness Lodge sits alongside a frozen river a zillion miles away from anything urban: noise, lighting and people. Close to Inari, home of the indigenous people of Sapmi (Lapland), you'll have the chance to meet & mingle with them whilst sledding with reindeer, mushing huskies, snowmobiling and in Dercember searching for Father Christmas . What makes this adventure beyond special is the envelope of comfort that co-owner Mari Lappalainen has turned the lodge into; the sheer awesomeness of the surrounding forest with frozen crystal snow cleaving to pine & birch and the mushing, sledding and snowmobiling you can do. (Not forgetting the 200 or so average number of times the Northern Lights show themselves there). The Lodge has rooms are in two different buildings each with a twin/double bed, private WC/Shower with supplies, wardrobe, nightstand and hairdryer; cabins which can sleep up to 4 people and aurora cabins with glass ceilings. The main building houses a restaurant, bar and and small lounge area with comfort seating.
 

1st Day UK – Lapland Aurora Spotting

fly to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland (either direct or via Helsinki), transfer to Moutka and check in to your selected room at the Wilderness Lodge. Supper in the hotel with a walk along the river bank afterwards for an inaugural sighting of the Northern Lights (possibly, hopefully, maybe!)

2nd - 3rd (4th) Day Snow Fun & Aurora Nights

After breakfast take off on your chosen safari for the day. You can snowmobile some 15km over to Armi Palanoja’s reindeer corral, learn to lasso one, take a short sleigh ride through the ‘can’t hear a pin drop’ snowscape and after over some soothing salmon soup hear something of a traditional herders' life before sowmobiling back to the lodge. You can also snowmobile across mogul littered tundra, alongside ice covered lakes and along the winding forest trails of the Urho Kekkonen National Park;the ultimate 'boy's toy' adventure your snowmobile day runs to about 4 hours of adrenaline pumping snow scooting broken only by an al fresco light lunch over an open fire. If you want to go husky mushing you'll be taken to a local husky kennels where the musher will show you how to balance on a sled, use the brake, steer and generally handle your own dog team whilst explaining the role of the lead, swing, team and wheel dogs. To complete the agony of choice you can also snow shoe or cross country ski with a guide over to Kiilopaa with its staggering views over Saariselka Fjell. And each evening of your stay there are different ways you can search for the Northern Lights: travelling by snowmobile for a nightime watch in one of Juoka Lappalainen's hides; snowshoe or snowmobile out into the darkness or spend the night in an Aurora Cabin or Bubble, the latter a somewhat eccentric way of spotting for them but guaranteed to make sure you don't miss them if they show.

4th/5th Day Lapland- UK

check out of your room and transfer to the airport for your return flight(s) to UK via Helsinki. Be Aware: the direct flight from Ivalo has a 06.30 departure time.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Scheduled return flight(s) from the UK to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland
All airport departure taxes and passenger service charges
Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service
Carriage of luggage (I pc Cabin 1pc Hold)
Return private lodge/airport transfers in Lapland
Wilderness Lodge accommodation as per itinerary
Lodgings in twin rooms with private WC/Shower
2/3 guided Northern Lights spotting safaris (by snowmobile and from an Aurora Camp)
3/4 Buffet breakfasts & 3/4 suppers
PROTECTIVE CLOTHING PACK (THERMAL ONESIE OR TROUSERS & JACKET, DEER FLAPPED HAT, LINED LEATHER GLOVES, RIBBED SOCKS & BOOTS)

Departure Dates & Prices:

Fridays* & Sundays* December '08 - March 2019 (FIN08)
* Direct Flights ex Gatwick. Other days ex Heathrow/Manchester via Helsinki
Guide price £1499 pp
*Guide Prices are based on our mid-level contract air fares which are real time variable unlike our ground costs. We don't do fancy lead in prices and always use the lowest air fare available at the time you confirm your booking. This may mean your holiday being slightly less or more in which case a proportionate reduction/supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holdays. 

Safaris included or available on request

Husky Mushing by Muotka in Finnish Lapland | ScanAdventures

  • 4/5 Days in Finnish Lapland
  • Direct Flights from Gatwick
  • 3/4 breakfasts & 3/4 Suppers
  • Nightly Northern Lights Safaris 
  • Protective Thermal Clothing included
  • Guide £1499 PER PERSON