On this 2-centre Adventure guests will have the opportunity to see both Saariselka and the Wilderness Hotel Muotka. Spending the first 4 nights at either the Gielas Hotel or Holiday Club Hotel in Saariselka. Here you will have a couple of included activities, additionally this is also a great chance to try your hand at skiing. Following your stay in the lovely traditional resort of Saariselka you will be transferred to Muotka Wilderness Lodge. A loving family-run property set in a secluded snow-laden winter wonderland.
Its idyllic location, on the edge of the pristine Urho-Kekkonen National Park, guarantees minimal light pollution and therefore an increased potential for seeing the Northern Lights. Here you will have the opportunity to try all the included daytime and evening excursions in the example itinerary below, as well as relaxing in this stress-free environment.
- Inghams Rep is available by phone, and based in Saariselkä (15 kilometres away)
- Non-stop flights from Gatwick, Manchester or Bristol on Sundays to Kittilä
- Scenic airport coach transfers
- Full board meals at Muotka Lodge
- Half board meals at Gielas Hotel or Holiday Club Hotel in Saariselkä
- Aurora Alert until approx. 1am
- Safety briefing and instruction from experienced Muotka safari guides
- Warm thermal clothing and boots
- Third party snowmobile insurance (insurance excess approx €1000)
- Activities as listed in the example itineraries including snowmobile, reindeer and husky safaris, guided snowshoe and cross-country ski trips, evening Aurora Northern Lights hunting excursion
Please note that you will receive your personal itinerary for each part of your two centre holiday on arrival in Saariselkä and Muotka, which may differ from the days and timings in the example below.
Sunday: Arrive at Gielas Hotel or Holiday Club Hotel in Saariselkä
Your Inghams rep will welcome you at Kittilä Airport. After the scenic drive to Saariselkä, check-in to your chosen hotel and collect your thermal clothing.
Monday: Optional Skiing & Welcome Meeting
Guests who have pre-booked an optional Learn To Cross-Country or Downhill Ski package will start lessons this morning (Full details of available ski items can be found on the Saariselkä resort page). Learning to cross country ski will also enhance your stay at Muotka later in the week. Of course, other activities are available and your Inghams rep will provide details and your holiday schedule at the welcome meeting.
Tuesday: Optional Skiing & Aurora Snowmobile
After a morning of optional skiing or snowshoeing, an exhilarating snowmobile safari is included - choose either afternoon or in the evening searching for the Northern Lights.
Wednesday: Sámi Farm & Reindeer Safari
Enjoy optional skiing or other activities in the morning, before a fascinating visit to a Sámi reindeer farm including a short sleigh ride.
Thursday: Husky Safari, Transfer to Muotka & Optional Aurora Cabin Overnight
After a morning at leisure, you’ll enjoy a memorable visit to a husky farm including a 7km safari, before your transfer to Wilderness Hotel Muotka in the early evening (approx. 20 mins). You’ll meet the guides on arrival and collect your thermal clothing and Aurora Alert. Then after dinner, you'll have the option to upgrade to spend a memorable night in a semi-glass roofed 'Aurora Cabin' from just £99 per person (Aurora cabin upgrades are usually on the first or last night of your stay at Muotka)
Friday: Snowshoe, Cross-Country & Evening Aurora Hunt
A guided 3 hour morning snowshoe trek, followed after lunch by a 2-3 hour guided cross-country ski trip with tuition, are included. After dinner, you'll head out in search of Northern Lights by car (driven by guide).
Saturday: Optional Activities & Aurora Camp by Snowmobile-pulled Sled
Enjoy a sauna or join an optional excursion (payable locally). Then for your last night, one last trip into the wilderness with a visit to the Aurora Camp by snowmobile-pulled sled to look for the Northern Lights.
Sunday: Scenic transfer & flight home
Depart after breakfast for your flight back to the UK.