Muotka - A Lappish New Year
- Flights: direct return from London Gatwick to Ivalo. Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: seven nights in a standard wilderness room (2 adults sharing with 1 child)
- Meals: full board
- Activities: snowmobile tryout, Aurora workshop, Aurora camp, husky safari, gentle snowshoeing, Northern Lights hunt by car, reindeer farm visit (the order of activities is subject to change).
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
- Aurora alert
Muotka, situated in the heart of Lapland and surrounded by pristine snowy wilderness is one of Finland’s real gems. Throughout winter, it becomes a magical frozen playground for unbelievable activities, making it an unforgettable place to spend New Years as a family.
During your week-long adventure, you will get to experience all of the must-do Arctic activities. From snowshoeing and cross country skiing to snowmobiling through the wilds, there are plenty of ways to explore these beautiful surroundings.
You will also spend some time with two of Lapland’s most-loved animals when you try dog sledding and enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride. Mushing your loyal team of dogs into the wilderness is one of the most sought-after experiences in this region and spending some time with a local reindeer herder will show you why these animals are so important in Lapland.
Due to your position high above the Arctic Circle, you will also be in with a great chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis. Forget fireworks on New Year’s Eve, it’s the green dancing lights that you will be looking for. Though you can simply step outside of your family-friendly accommodation to see a potential display, we have also included two dedicated activities to increase your chances.
Travelling to Muotka over December 31st gives you the wonderful opportunity to see in the new year in style - by experiencing bucket-list activities with your loved ones in this unforgettable location.
Image Credits: Wilderness Hotel Muotka & Matt Robinson
Day 1 Arrival
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred* to Muotka to start your New Year adventure.
Make yourself at home in your Lappish surroundings before enjoying the welcome meal in the hotel restaurant. You will also be given an Aurora alert system which will sound if the Northern Lights are above, so make sure you keep it close as this could happen at any time!
*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 Family Travel Experts for a quotation.
Please note: The order of the activities listed in the agenda is just for guidance and is subject to change.Included Meals: Dinner
Day 2 Snowmobile tryout, Aurora workshop and Aurora camp
Fill up on breakfast before your winter adventure on snowmobiles.
Adults will drive a snowmobile (two per machine) while the kids will sit wrapped up in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. This is the perfect introduction for those who haven’t tried this winter activity before as you will get full instructions and a driving lesson before heading out on a small journey into the wilds.
After lunch, it’s time to learn everything you need to know about the Northern Lights during an Aurora workshop. You will meet with your local guide who will tell you all about the science, myths and legends surrounding the Auroras, as well as what to look out for during your hunts.
Following dinner in the restaurant, you can use your new knowledge as you go in search for the Northern Lights. The guide will use their snowmobile to pull you along as you sit in the cosy sled behind. You will travel to a nearby Aurora camp, expertly chosen based on the weather and Aurora forecast for the evening to increase your chances of seeing a display.
When you reach the camp, you will keep warm in a hut with an open fire. Your guide will check the sky constantly for a potential display and tell you stories about life in Lapland. You can enjoy hot drinks as you wait in hopes. You will be out for approximately 2.5 hours tonight.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Husky Safari
Day 3 Husky Safari
Following breakfast, it’s time to meet some of the fury locals when you transfer to a nearby husky farm.
Upon arrival, you will likely hear the dogs before you see them as you prepare for one of the most sought-after activities in the Arctic. Children will be tucked safely in the guide’s sled and adults will ride two per sled (one driver and one passenger with the option to swap). You’ll receive a full briefing and instructions on how to handle your loyal team of dogs.
As the dogs take off into the wilds, you will find they will soon settle into their pace and quieten down, leaving you to enjoy the stunning snowy scenes as they unfold around you.
Enjoy lunch in the restaurant and some free time this afternoon in preparations for the New Year’s Eve celebrations tonight.
A special dinner will be served in the restaurant as you wait for the clock to strike midnight. Keep your Aurora alert close as there may be a great reason to keep the kids up a little past their bedtime!Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Gentle Snowshoeing and Northern Lights Hunt by Car
Following breakfast, you will meet with your guide who will help fit you with snowshoes ahead of your gentle walk into the wilderness.
Snowshoes make it much easier to walk over the deep, untouched snow for a peaceful way to explore the surroundings. You will follow your guide into the stunning Taiga forest, looking out for the local wildlife and hearing all about life in Finland. Enjoy lunch by the open fire before returning to the hotel.
Following dinner tonight, you will head out into the dark night in search of the Auroras.
Stepping onto a minibus, your guide will drive you out to a location expertly chosen based on the weather and Aurora forecast for the evening. You will stop along the way for refreshments as you keep an eye on the sky for the Northern Lights. You will be out for approximately 3 hours.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Reindeer farm visit
After breakfast, you will meet more of Lapland’s favourite animals when you visit a local reindeer farm.
To get there, you will be back on the snowmobiles to travel in Arctic style. Adults will drive the snowmobile (two per machine) while children will ride in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile as you journey further into the wilderness.
Arriving at the farm, you will meet with the local herders who will teach you all about life in Lapland and introduce you to their animals. You will learn how to lasso the animals as well as enjoy a short sleigh ride before warming up with snacks.
Please note you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.
Lunch and dinner will be served in the restaurant as usual then you will have a free evening to spend however you like. Make sure you keep your Aurora alert close as the Northern Lights could appear at any time.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Cross-Country Skiing
After breakfast, you will meet with your guide for cross-country skiing - one of the most popular forms of travel in this region.
You don’t need any prior skiing experience as your guide will teach you all the techniques needed to get you out onto the snowy trails. Once you have the hang of it, you will glide into the breathtaking Taiga forest to explore as the Finns do.
Lunch and dinner will be served in the restaurant as usual ahead of a free evening.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Free Day
Today has been left completely free for you to enjoy together as a family, however you would like. If you would like to fill your time with more activities, see our ‘personalise’ tab for everything on offer.
As usual, all meals will be served in the hotel restaurant.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Departure
Today it is sadly time for your New Year family break to come to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your return flights home. If you have an early flight time, we’ll box up breakfast for you.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Muotka Wilderness Hotel
Around 40km away from Ivalo Airport, and tucked neatly in the forests and fells of North East Finland, families will find Muotka Wilderness Hotel.
Owned by our friends Jouko and Mari, the hotel offers the same warm welcome as its sister property at Nellim.
The landscape around the hotel is stunning and offers families an easily accessible escape from the every day.
There are two main buildings, one contains the majority of the rooms and the other houses the reception, restaurant and the remaining cosy bedrooms. They are just moments from each other so there are no long walks for meals. There are also superior sauna rooms in separate buildings and some very special cabin options too, again, only a short distance from the hotel’s main restaurant.
- All meals are served in the hotel’s restaurant. Typically this is a buffet of options from which to choose. There tends to be a mix of international dishes alongside some local favourites. Dietary requirements can all be catered for as long as we are informed at the time of booking.
- There is a sauna in the main building which is heated daily for guest use. Saunas are not the reserve of grown-ups in Finland and so this can be a family affair.
- Free Wi-Fi is available in the main building
- The rooms do not have tea and coffee making facilities but tea and coffee are available free of charge in the restaurant area
There are 10 rooms in the main building and 11 in the annexe 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. We can request adjacent rooms for you if available.
Image Credit: Matt Robinson
Muotka Wilderness Hotel - superior sauna roomsSupplements from: £383pp
These sauna rooms are a great upgrade and can accommodate two adults and up to two children on extra beds. The rooms are located in separate buildings (each containing four sauna rooms) and are just a short distance from the main restaurant building. Each room is 34m².Read more about this accommodation
Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.
Image credits: Muotka Wilderness Hotel
Muotka Wilderness Hotel - panorama log cabinsSupplements from: £1,133pp
These cosy log cabins are a wonderful treat for families. They have large glass windows on one side so you can look out across the landscape and hopefully up at the sky, where the Northern Lights often appear. The cabins are very well equipped and have an en-suite shower room, private sauna, and log burning stove.Read more about this accommodation
There is a queen size bed in each and space for two extra beds for children. There is a small kitchenette and kettle provided and hairdryers are available at reception if needed.
The cabins are just a short walk from the main restaurant building and are around 50 m² in size.
Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.
Image credits: Muotka Wilderness Hotel
Dates & Prices
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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying a deposit of only £50pp. The provisional prices, departure dates, and itinerary remain subject to change. We will contact you when final details are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £350pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
Sun 27 Dec 2020
to Sun 03 Jan 2021
|Adult price (per person): £2885.00||Child (age 8 -14): £2240.00||Enquire|
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. This only applies to holidays that include flights.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 people and maximum 28 (approximately)
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
The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.
Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.
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.
It is vitally important that you advise us prior to departure of any medical or dietary condition relating to any member of your party so that we may notify our local staff before you arrive. We recommend only drinking bottled water from bottles with unbroken seals and be vigilant about the use of ice in drinks and ice cream.
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.
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 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.
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 correctly 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.
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.
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