Adult price from £995pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, cold weather clothing and guides; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 1906

Key facts

  • Duration:3 or more nights
  • Suitable for: Anybody aged 4 years or over (younger children may join the holiday, but may not be able to participate in all the activities). Please see terms for details
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What's included?

  • Flights: return from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return scheduled group shuttle airport transfers
  • Accommodation: a minimum of three nights in a standard hotel room
  • Meals: full board
  • Activities: choose from our extensive range of activities (individually priced as detailed in the activity timetable)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

Muotka is tucked away in the forests and fells of North East Finland. It may be high above the Arctic Circle, but as you are in the heart of Lapland, you are assured of a warm family welcome.

The hotel is effectively surrounded by one big, snow-covered playground and this Pick and Mix holiday means that your family can sit down and choose how you want to explore it. We know from our experience that all families are different and will have different priorities so tailoring your time is a great way to please everyone.

It is all very simple, you choose the duration of your holiday (a minimum of three nights is required) and when you want to go. You then get to select the activities your family most wants to do and you build your own holiday together (with the help of our travel experts of course).

Whether your family is active and wants action-packed days or whether you are content just playing together in the snow, the choice is yours.

Your days can be filled with the likes of dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There are reindeer encounters, sleigh rides and ice fishing trips to try too and that is just for starters.

At Muotka, it isn’t just a case of filling your days, oh no, this is prime Northern Lights holiday country and so we can also arrange many different Aurora hunts for you at night. You can search in a car, visit a hidden Aurora Camp or set off on foot using snowshoes.

Muotka also offers families a choice of accommodation. There are cosy rooms and log cabins with panoramic windows to decide between, as well as the chance to spend a night in a glass-roofed Aurora Kota.

If you need any help with your decision making then our family travel experts will be on hand to help and will use their firsthand knowledge of Muotka to make life as simple as possible for you. We also take the hassle out of packing as all of your cold weather clothing is provided.


Image credits: Anthony Oberlin, Markku Inkilä, Visit Finland

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Other options

  • Muotka Wilderness Hotel - superior sauna rooms

    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 cabins

    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

Special Nights

Sleep in an Aurora Kota

From: £116pp

Muotka is renowned as an Aurora viewing destination and so the hotel has created a selection of Aurora Kotas for guests to enjoy.

These part-cabin and part-glass tepee buildings are self-contained and situated a short distance from the hotel. The idea is that you can hopefully watch the Northern Lights from the comfort of the bed. 

 The Kotas are all 25m² with their own private sauna, double bed and en-suite bathroom.  There is also room for two extra beds for children.

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 quotation.


Image credit: Anthony Oberlin

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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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Price based on: two adults sharing with one child (4-14) in an extra bed (excludes kotas)

Please note: prices for the departure dates 18th Dec – 4th Jan; 5th Jan - 4th Feb; 5th Feb – 22nd Feb and 23rd Feb - 19th March are based on direct flights (Thursdays and Sundays from London Gatwick). Supplements for indirect flights from London Heathrow (via Helsinki) may apply.

Departure dates between
Sun 05 Jan 2020 Adult price (3 nights): £995.00 Adult (extra night): £135.00 Child (4-14) (3 nights): £795.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £85.00 Enquire
Wed 05 Feb 2020 Adult price (3 nights): £1225.00 Adult (extra night): £150.00 Child (4-14) (3 nights): £1015.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £85.00 Enquire
Sun 23 Feb 2020 Adult price (3 nights): £995.00 Adult (extra night): £135.00 Child (4-14) (3 nights): £795.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £85.00 Enquire
Fri 20 Mar 2020 Adult price (3 nights): £1175.00 Adult (extra night): £135.00 Child (4-14) (3 nights): £995.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £85.00 Enquire

SUPPLEMENTS

Christmas Day supplement (mandatory)

 From £67 per person

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.

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Sun 29 Nov 2020 Adult price (3 nights): £1320.00 Adult (extra night): £150.00 Child (4-14) (3 nights): £1115.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £95.00 Enquire
Wed 16 Dec 2020 Adult price (3 nights): £1530.00 Adult (extra night): £185.00 Child (4-14) (3 nights): £1260.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £100.00 Enquire
Sun 03 Jan 2021 Adult price (3 nights): £1115.00 Adult (extra night): £150.00 Child (4-14) (3 nights): £890.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £95.00 Enquire
Wed 03 Feb 2021 Adult price (3 nights): £1370.00 Adult (extra night): £170.00 Child (4-14) (3 nights): £1140.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £95.00 Enquire
Sun 21 Feb 2021 Adult price (3 nights): £1115.00 Adult (extra night): £150.00 Child (4-14) (3 nights): £890.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £95.00 Enquire
Fri 19 Mar 2021 Adult price (3 nights): £1320.00 Adult (extra night): £150.00 Child (4-14) (3 nights): £1115.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £95.00 Enquire

Supplements

Christmas Day supplement (mandatory)  From £75 per person

Terms

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum numbers required for this holiday to run vary from 2 to 8 people (depending on departure date). Maximum 24 people (approximately). Please speak to our Family Travel Experts for further information.

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.

Itinerary amendments

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

Single supplement

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

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.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Insurance

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.

Reduced mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

Most of the activities we offer have been designed for beginners who have no prior experience and are of all age ranges and fitness levels. Our guides provide expert advice, tuition and instructions prior to any activity going ahead. Activities are designed to be enjoyed and not endured, but some, do require a more basic level of fitness than others. If you have any questions, then please contact one of our Travel Experts who can provide first-hand advice.

The only holidays which are not as suitable for complete beginners are the multi-night safaris which involve several days in wilderness cabins travelling by either snowmobile or husky safari. Again, this all depends on the individual taking part, but some prior experience and understanding of these types of activities can be very helpful and a greater level of fitness is recommended.

Guides & Safety

When partaking in any activity, it is imperative that everyone in your group listens very closely to the instructions provided by the guide and that they are abided by at all times. Our guides are experts in their field and no one knows the environment better than these highly knowledgeable and experienced providers.

Prior to starting any activity, please make it clear to your guide if there is any element of the safety briefing you are unsure of or would like to clarify before you set off.

Our guides will always take local conditions into account when considering whether an activity can go ahead. This is, in part, why your itinerary is subject to change at short notice. This rarely happens, however, if it does, we will always endeavour to reschedule the activity for later in your holiday. If this is not possible then the cost of the activity will be refunded to you when you return home.

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.

NB: In order to participate in our holidays, all guests must be able to understand instructions given in English. These instructions may be delivered verbally or in writing and will include vital safety information and ongoing instruction during activities.

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.

Booking activities locally and equipment hire

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.

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.

Travel Safety and 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.

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.

Children and snowmobiles

For safety reasons, children under the age of 16 will typically travel in a sledge pulled behind the guides’ snowmobile on any snowmobile tours. From approximately 15 years onwards, children may be allowed to ride pillion on the back of a parent’s snowmobile. The guide will make a decision on the day as to where each individual child shall travel, and this may depend on the child’s height and the guide’s confidence in their ability to travel safely as a pillion for the duration of any safari. The guide’s decisions are final.

The driver of a snowmobile must be 18 years or over and have a valid driving licence. If an adult is unable to share a snowmobile with either a child or another adult in their party, they will be required to pay a single snowmobile supplement as all prices are based on two people sharing.

Minimum number of activities

Please note that you must book at least one activity to secure accommodation at Muotka Wilderness Lodge.

Traveller Reviews

  • I will definitely be going again 12 December 2019 by The Rayner-Giannone Family

    This is our second time of visiting Wilderness Hotel in Muotka, and it didn’t disappoint this time. The staff are so welcoming, the guides so incredibly helpful, understanding, and always go that extra mile. The activities on offer were really good, and kept 2 60 year olds and 10 year old twins, happy each day! It was just the most relaxing 3 days I’ve spent for years, if ever. I will
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    definitely be going again. Thank you Activities Abroad and Muotka!
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  • The staff were all so kind and helpful 16 December 2018 by The Guest Family

    The accommodation was fabulous and the staff were all so kind and helpful. The activities (particularly the snowmobiling and cross country skiing) were ace!

  • ‘When can we go back to the same hotel? 13 December 2018 by The Rayner-Giannone Family

    I would give it a 10 rating for telling everyone, but then it might get spoiled. What made our last trip so fantastic, was that on top of excellent accommodation, food and activities, the local people were so friendly, and the wilderness hotel itself was absolutely superb! It was just right in so many ways; it was cosy, small, but at the time we were there, full! My 9 year old twins, who were
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    treated so kindly and, always cheerfully, by the staff and manager, asked desperately ‘when can we go back to the same hotel?
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