Muotka Wilderness Lodge

  • Lapland/Finland, Saariselka

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Muotka Wilderness Lodge is a lovingly renovated family-run property set in a secluded snow-laden winter wonderland, 15km from Saariselkä village. Its idyllic location, on the edge of the pristine Urho-Kekkonen National Park, guarantees minimal light pollution and an increased potential for seeing the Northern Lights, simply by stepping outside the Lodge's front door.  

The Lodge radiates an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation from the moment you arrive. The reception building has a restaurant with open fireplace, small lounge and bar and we really rate the buffet food here. The Lodge sauna has separate times for men and women, and is also bookable for private use (payable locally). There is also an outdoor fireplace, shelter and Sámi kota hut.

We have included a full range of daytime arctic activities, including carefully selected husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris. You can also enjoy these special surroundings by snowshoe or cross-country skis on a network of over 300km of prepared trails. In the evenings we've included aurora hunts where Muotka's expert Guides will take you in search of the Northern Lights by minibus, snowmobile or snowmobile-pulled sled.

'Muotka 7 Night Adventure' is the most popular way to book, and is the price shown. You can also book this as part of our 'Muotka 2-Centre Adventure', with the first half of the week being spent in Saariselkä. Read the full itineraries on the links provided. 

There is also our new offering of a Lapland Short Break! You can experience Muotka Wilderness Lodge and some of their best activities in a 4 day break, please see the 'Special Offers' tab for further details on this amazing package.

As well as the activities listed, Christmas Week also includes gingerbread baking, tree decorating and a visit from Santa with a small gift for all the children on Christmas Eve. 

New Year Week also includes a bonfire, midnight fireworks and a glass of sparkling wine on New Year's Eve. There are festive dinners on both dates including Lappish specialties.

Special Aurora Cabin upgrade overnight: £99 per adult + £69 per child

The Lodge owners, Jouko and Mari, and their very friendly staff, have years of expertise in arranging holidays in locations that are specifically designed to provide guests with the best possible opportunities for witnessing the Northern Lights.

Added value

Check out our great offers available for Muotka Wilderness Lodge.

4 day short break available, with a range of activities included (please see 'Special Offers' tab)

Husky, Reindeer & Snowmobile Safaris Included

Evening Aurora Hunts Included

Thermal Clothing & Boots Included

Free Use of Snowshoe & Cross-Country Skis (after demonstration)

Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 36
  • No. of floors: 1

Rooms

The accommodation choices in the Muotka Wilderness lodge include:

  • Wilderness Rooms (A3) sleep 1-3 people and is 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. Maximum 2 adults and 1 child
  • Superior Sauna Suites (C4) sleep 2-4 people and have their own building. Spacious pine-clad one room suites with double bed, private sauna, shower, WC and lounge area. Suites can accommodate 2 extra beds for children
  • Panorama Log Cabins (C4) sleep 2-4 people in highly recommended spacious detached log cabins with double bed, private sauna, shower, WC, fireplace, lounge area and panoramic windows. Cabins can accommodate 2 extra beds for children
  • Riverside Log Cabins (D6) sleep 4-6 people. These brand new cabins have prime location overlooking the river. These luxurious and spacious cabins are perfect for a bigger group. The first floor has a living and dining room double bedroom and bathroom with a sauna. Then the loft area has 3 single beds and a toilet.
  • Aurora Cabins sleep 2-4 people in one-room cabins. In a quiet location away from the main buildings these amazing one room cabins can be pre-booked for one 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
  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No
Saariselka

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.

Here you are deep in Sámi country, the colourful native people of Lapland, many of whom work in the resort and have their own reindeer herds in forests nearby. Saariselkä is renowned for its excellent cross-country ski trails in the adjoining National Park. With cosy cafes and the charming Panimo Bar for a hot chocolate to live music. For a really memorable experience sleep under the magical night sky in a cosy thermal glass igloo.

There is now the opportunity to visit magical Lapland for a short break! Have a weekend away in the arctic circle and experience some of the best activities, from aurora hunts to reindeer and husky sleigh rides. With a choice of two amazing hotels, the Star Arctic Hotel and Muotka Wilderness Lodge, to help create the perfect four days in Saariselkä. 

Northern Lights Adventure: Experience a '7 Night Adventure' at the Muotka Wilderness Lodge or combine with a visit to Saariselkä with our 'Muotka 2-Centre Adventure'. You can also enjoy a Lapland Short Break at either Muotka Wilderness Lodge or Star Arctic Hotel.

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, 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 in December includes a festive feast - there's even a small gift and certificate for every child! For even more festive fun, why not indulge in a reindeer sleigh ride or dash through enchanting snow-laden forests on a snowmobile or husky safari!

Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country

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

1 snowpark.

Lifts Drag lifts 4, Chairlifts 1, Cablecars 0
Slope direction N,E,W
Ski/resort bus True
Things to Do

Pre-bookable Excursions details and prices:

There are a number of excursions that are eagerly awaiting you and to make the most of your Lapland adventure. Click here to find out more detailed information about each excursion and what they involved, then see below for the duration and price list for Saariselka. 

Overnight Experiences:

Having the opportunity to stay in a Glass Igloo or Aurora Cabin for a night under the stars and Northern Lights spotting, is high on most people’s bucket list. There are a number of options for you to take, so click here to have a read. From Saariselka you have the chance to stay in either a Glass Igloo or Aurora Cabin, and if you really cannot choose then treat yourself to two memorable nights.

Excursion Duration Prices from
Snowmobile Safari 2 hours (from resort)
Approx. 25km
Single (1 adult alone) - Adult: £99 
Double (2 sharing)- Adult: £70, Child: £35
Northern Lights Wilderness Dinner 3 hour evening excursion (12km scenic drive) Adult: £69
Child: £35
Reindeer Safari & Sámi Farm visit 2 hours (1½ hours at farm) Adult: £80, Child: £59
Nellim and Russian Border Patsjoki Bridge 5-6 hour excursion (1½ hours scenic drive)
(operates with minimum 4 guests)
Adult: £99
Child £49
Husky Safari 5km Safari
2½ hours (1½ hours at farm and on safari)
Adult: £85 
Child: £75
Snowshoe Safari (daytime or evening) 2 hours Adult: £45
Child: £25
Sámi Museum and Inari Village 5 hour excursion (1 hour scenic drive)
(operates with minimum 6 guests)
Adult: £92 
Child: £55
Visit Santa's Home 3 hour excursion
1 Dec – 29 Dec incl.
Adult: £70 
Child: £60
Aurora Cabin Continental breakfast included From: £195

 

Notes for all above excursions:Please note that we act at all times as the selling agent for the supplier of these excursions and activities.Times and distances are approximate and may vary due to weather and other conditions.

  • Child age for Husky, Reindeer and Snowmobile safaris is 4-12yrs.
  • Children 0-3yrs are free (transport must be prebooked) but are not allowed on 10km or 22km Husky or any Snowmobile safaris.
  • Snowmobile drivers must be 18yrs+ and bring a full, valid photographic driver's licence with them.
  • Children aged 8yrs or above must be at lest 140cm tall to ride as a passenger on a snowmobile. Children under this height or less than 8yrs will be towed in a sled behind the guide. 
  • Single riders who have purchased a sharing snowmobile may need to upgrade locally to a single driving snowmobile, if a sharing snowmobile is not available.
  • The overnight stay can be pre-booked but the exact day of the week will only be confirmed within 3 working days of booking as all reservations are subject to availability.
  • Aurora Cabin child age is 4-14years, 0-3 are only free if sleeping in parents bed.

    Travel insurance is a condition of booking with us, and you should ensure that your chosen policy covers the activities that you plan to take part in during your holiday. Your policy should provide cover for your own personal and medical expenses, however individual policies will not cover damage to snowmobiles or skidoos and a compulsory excess will be payable directly to the supplier of the snowmobile/skidoo excursion.

Facilities
  • Public Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Sauna
Meals
  • Good selection of hot and cold items for breakfast
  • A hearty 3 course dinner with choices of each course
  • Lunch is included and is either picnic-style around an open fire on excursions or served at the Lodge
  • Complimentary tea and coffee is available all day
  • Breakfast service:

    Buffet

  • Lunch service:

    Buffet

  • Dinner service:

    Buffet

Board basis options available

  • Full Board

Special Offers

Our new 4 day short break: Start your holiday on a Thursday, flying from London Gatwick to Ivalo with only a short 30 minute transfer. This package has a number of fantastic inclusions: Full board meals. Multi-taster Lapland experience - snowmobiling, reindeer and husky sleigh rides. Snowshoe experience. Private Jacuzzi session and massage. Full outdoor thermal clothing for excursions.

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 27.382189
  • Latitude: 68.327047

For more information on travel and transport visit our Muotka Wilderness Lodge page

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Muotka Wilderness Lodge
Saariselka, Full Board
14/01/2021 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
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