Wilderness Hotel Muotka

  • Lapland/Finland, Saariselka

  • 3.5

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Wilderness Hotel Muotka is a charming family-run property in a secluded location, 15 kilometres away from Saariselkä village. It has an idyllic setting on the fringes of the pristine Urho-Kekkonen National Park, which means there's minimal light pollution, creating the perfect conditions for the chance to see the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.

Unwind in the cosy Lodge

Prepare to be embraced by warmth and relaxation as you step into the Wilderness Hotel Muotka. The inviting reception building has a lovely restaurant complete with an open fireplace, a cosy small lounge, and a well-stocked bar where you can unwind after a day of adventures. You'll have all of your meals included on full board during your stay here. There is a great choice of accommodation types including wilderness rooms, suites and log cabins. There's even an optional upgrade to a glass roofed Aurora cabin for one night of your stay. To add a touch of authenticity to your stay, enjoy the outdoor fireplace, shelter, and a traditional Sámi kota hut – perfect for cosy gatherings and storytelling under the Arctic sky.

Unforgettable Arctic Adventures

A stay at Wilderness Hotel Muotka includes a full range of exciting daytime arctic activities, including thrilling husky, reindeer, and snowmobile safaris, allowing you to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes. For a slower pace, explore the magical scenery on snowshoes or cross-country skis and make the most of the extensive network of over 300 kilometres of prepared trails. In the evenings, embark on captivating aurora hunts, guided by Muotka's expert Guides, who will take you on a quest to find the Northern Lights - the Lodge owners, Jouko and Mari, and their friendly team have years of experience so you'll have the best chances of spotting them with them! 

Special Holiday Weeks

Christmas Week and New Year Week at Wilderness Hotel Muotka are especially magical. During Christmas Week, there are festive activities like gingerbread baking, tree decorating, and a visit from Santa, who brings small gifts for all the children on Christmas Eve. New Year Week celebrations include a bonfire, midnight fireworks, and a toast with sparkling wine on New Year's Eve. Festive dinners featuring Lappish specialties add to the holiday spirit on both occasions.

Aurora Cabin Overnight Upgrade

Optional upgrade to spend a memorable night in a semi-glass roof Aurora Cabin. Pre-book at a special price from just £99 per person. Upgrades take place on the first or last night of your stay (exact night confirmed on arrival in resort).

What's included

  • Inghams Rep is available by phone, and based in Saariselkä (15km away)
  • Direct flights from Gatwick, Manchester or Bristol on Sundays to Kittilä 
  • Scenic airport transfers by coach
  • 7-night stay at the Wilderness Hotel Muotka
  • Full board meals at Muotka Lodge
  • Warm winter thermal clothing and boots
  • Aurora Alert until approx. 1am
  • Safety briefing and instruction from experienced Muotka safari guides
  • Third party snowmobile insurance (insurance excess approx €1000)
  • Activities including snowmobiling to a reindeer farm, aurora snowmobile, husky safari, aurora camp, aurora hunt by car, gentle snowshoe and cross-country skiing

Sample Itinerary

Please note that you will receive your personal itinerary on arrival at Moutka, which may differ from the days and timings in the example below. 

Sunday: Arrival & Welcome Orientation (Optional Aurora Cabin overnight upgrade)

Your Inghams representative will meet you at Kittilä Airport and take you to your transfer, ready for the scenic drive to Muotka. On arrival you'll meet your local guides and collect your thermal clothing and aurora alert buzzer.

Monday: Cross-Country, Snowshoe & Aurora Hunt

Enjoy the silence of the forest - first on a 2 hour cross-country skiing trip which includes instruction and a guided trek, and then after lunch, take a 3 hour guided snowshoe trip and learn about the Arctic landscape. In the evening, you’ll go in search of the Northern Lights by car. Driven by a guide, you'll head to the spots where you'll have the best chances of seeing the aurora borealis in all its beauty. 

Tuesday: Snowmobile Safari to a Reindeer Farm

Today, you’ll take a scenic shared snowmobile safari (approx. 15 kilometres each way) to a Sámi reindeer farm. Try lassooing, hear about the reindeer herders’ way of life and enjoy a short sleigh ride. This evening is free to relax and perhaps enjoy a sauna and fireside chat.

Wednesday: Optional Activities & Aurora Snowmobiles

A free day at leisure to relax at the lodge or hire snowshoes or cross-country skis (payable locally) - the lodge adjoins over 300 kilometres of marked trails. In the evening, you’ll head out in search of the Northern Lights, driving your own shared snowmobile.

Thursday: Husky Farm Visit & Safari

A memorable husky farm visit, including a thrilling safari, sharing the driving of your own two person husky-sled. This evening is free to relax - take a short walk to admire the beautiful night sky.

Friday: Optional Activities & Aurora Hunt

A free day at leisure. Practice your cross-country skiing, go out on snowshoes (optional extras, payable locally) or just take time to relax. After dinner, you’ll visit Muotka’s Aurora Camp by snowmobile-pulled sled to look for the Northern Lights.

Saturday: Optional activities (Optional Aurora Cabin overnight upgrade)

Enjoy another day of winter activities with an optional excursion (pay locally). 

Sunday: Scenic transfer & flight home

Depart after breakfast for your flight back to the UK.

If you would like to visit both Saariselkä and Wilderness Hotel Muotka then find the information on our 2-Centre Adventure here.


  • Located in the Arctic Circle
  • Europe's most northern ski resort 
  • 18.5 kilometres of slopes available for skiing and snowboarding 
  • Unbeatable snow coverage all season

Located in the wild mystical north of Lapland, Saariselkä is an exceptionally friendly, uncommercialised resort with a unique frontier atmosphere. With magnificent Arctic wilderness scenery just on the doorstep, it makes an ideal resort for an all-round winter wonderland adventure. The skies are often a deep hue of pink and purple, the pine trees heavily laden with snow, and being so far north there is a good possibility of seeing the Northern Lights too. In Saariselkä, you're deep in Sámi country, where many people from the indigenous community of Lapland live and work today.

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Arctic skiing and activity holidays in Saariselkä

Saariselkä is Europe's most northern ski resort and is renowned for its excellent cross-country ski trails in the adjoining National Park. In Saariselkä there are over 200 kilometres of cross country ski tracks, 34 of which are illuminated - so you can make the most of these tracks despite the polar nights. The general ski area is spread across the Iisakkipää and Kaunispää fells and is best suited for beginners and intermediates. The ski schools here speak English and all of the slopes lead back to the same area in the valley where you'll be able to warm up in the café or by a campfire.

Apart from skiing, Saariselkä offers a range of winter excursions that'll make you Lapland holiday complete. There'll be plenty of opportunities for reindeer and husky sleigh safaris as well as snowmobiling, snow shoeing and many more exciting activities! On holidays during November and December you'll even have the chance to meet Santa

Northern lights adventures

Staying in Saariselkä, you can experience one of our unique Northern lights adventures. Book a '7 Night Adventure' at the Muotka Wilderness Lodge where you'll receive a set itinerary filled with fun winter excursions like husky sledding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Alternatively if you can't decide where you want to stay, combine the northern lights adventure with a visit to Saariselkä resort centre with our 'Muotka 2-Centre Adventure' for the best of both worlds. We also offer single night excursions if you would prefer - for a really memorable experience sleep under the magical night sky in a cosy Aurora Cabin.

Where to stay in Saariselkä

We offer a range of hotels and apartments in Saariselkä, all located in the centre of resort so you'll have easy access to everything you'll need during your stay. The Holiday Club Spa Hotel has some great spa facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool. 

New for winter 2023/2024, the Kuukkeli Log Cabins will help you achieve that magical Lapland feel on your ski holiday. These cosy cabins are the ideal for a trip in the arctic circle and are also located close to the centre of resort.

Feel like adding a touch of luxury to your trip? We'd recommend staying in the Star Arctic Hotel or the Top Star Glass Cubes. Both of these stylish accommodations are located on top of the fell so are the perfect choice if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern lights. 

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Saariselkä

On an Ingham's Lapland holiday you'll have your flights, transfers and accommodation, plus thermal suits and boots included. All you'll need to do is decide which activities you want to add on. Skiiers and boarders can add on lift passes, equipment and lessons with us too. Our Ingham's Representatives based in Saariselkä are also on hand to help you make the most of your Lapland holiday - if you need any advice, tips or assistance while you're away, they will be there to help. 

Did you know that if you book a 7 night holiday to Lapland in December you can also visit Santa in his home?

Simply pick up and purchase the Visit Santa's Home excursion at the time of booking and the whole family can enjoy a group meeting with Santa, a gift for children, feed and pet Santa's reindeer and see how Elf Smith sends presents around the world! Warm up inside with hot drinks and ginger biscuits.

Every 7 night holiday to Lapland departing before Christmas includes a magical festive feast! For even more festive fun, why not indulge yourself in a reindeer sleigh ride or dash through enchanting snow-laden forests on a snowmobile or husky safari!

Skiing levels
Cross country

Mountain facts
Ski area 12 km
Runs 6 5 1
Longest run 1 Km

1 snowpark.

Lifts Drag lifts 4, Chairlifts 1, Cablecars 0
Slope direction N,E,W
Ski/resort bus True
  • No. of rooms: 36
  • No. of floors: 1


Some of the accommodation is located in surrounding annexes, which are less than 100 metres from the main building.


The accommodation choices in the Muotka Wilderness lodge include:

Wilderness Rooms sleep two people and are located in the main reception building or in a separate building just a few steps away. All are tastefully decorated in a cosy Nordic style and have shower, WC and hairdryer. Beds can be made up as either a double or twins. These rooms are also available for sole occupancy.

Superior Sauna Suites sleep two to four people and are located in a separate building. Spacious pine-clad one room suites with double bed, private sauna, and lounge area. Suites can accommodate 2 extra beds for children

Panorama Log Cabins sleep two to four people in highly recommended spacious detached log cabins with double bed, private sauna, fireplace, lounge area, kitchenette and panoramic windows. These Cabins can accommodate 2 extra beds for children

Aurora Cabins sleep two to four people. In a quiet location away from the main buildings these amazing one room cabins can be pre-booked for the first or last night during your stay. All have large panoramic north-facing semi-glass roofs with views of the night sky from your bed, private sauna, shower, WC, fridge, hairdryer, coffee/tea-maker. Some have a sofa which converts to 2 single child beds. These rooms are available on request, as are single occupancy Aurora Cabins, please give our Reservations team a call to book.



  • Wi-Fi
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryer 
  • Towels and linen
  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

Longitude: 27.382189
Latitude: 68.327047

  • Remote wildernes location
  • 15 kilometres to the centre of Saariselka
  • 17 kilometres to the Saariselka ski centre
  • Public Sauna, with separate times for men and women (pay locally)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant 
  • Bar 
  • Reception
  • Aurora alerts (until 1am) 
  • Luggage storage
  • Thermal winter clothing hire

The Muotka Wilderness Lodge is on a full board basis.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included in within the package. Breakfast is buffet style with a variety of hot and cold options. Lunch is either picnic style around an open fire on excursions, or served at the main Lodge. Dinner is a hearty buffet style three course meal. The menu is inspired by Lappish cuisine, the restaurant uses local ingredients following seasonal availability.

Board basis options available

  • Full Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

The Muotka Wilderness Lodge can cater for dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free) on request. Please advise us of any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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per person from £2429
Includes £100pp discount
01/12/2024 - 7 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
Full Board
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