Taiga Forest Adventure

Taiga Forest Adventure

Taiga Forest Adventure

Muotka Wilderness Lodge under the northern lights

Taiga Forest Adventure

Taiga Forest Adventure

Aerial view of Muotka Wilderness Lodge

Taiga Forest Adventure

Taiga Forest Adventure

Husky Safari in the Taiga Forest

Taiga Forest Adventure

Taiga Forest Adventure

Snowmobile Safari in the Taiga Forest

Taiga Forest Adventure

Taiga Forest Adventure

Muotka Wilderness Lodge Log Cabin

Taiga Forest Adventure

Taiga Forest Adventure

Private visit to meet Father Christmas

Taiga Forest Adventure

Huddled amongst the pine, spruce and birch trees of the Taiga Forest and close to Urho Kekkonen National Park, Muotka Wilderenss Lodge offers a restful retreat after a day of adventure.   Kick sleds and toboggans are on hand for both children and adults to enjoy.  This is a perfect place for a private meeting with Father Christmas.

DAY 1 Finnish Lapland

Depart London Heathrow for Ivalo (via Helsinki). On arrival you will meet your local guide for the 40 minute transfer to Muotka Wilderness Lodge which is set in the beautiful Taiga forest, next to Urho Kekkonen National Park. On arrival you will be shown to your accommodation and briefed about collecting your thermal clothing. Enjoy a welcoming buffet supper before heading out into the snow-covered playground surrounding the lodge.

DAY 2: Santa Surprise and Snowmobiling 

This morning starts with a snowmobiling adventure.  Follow your guide through beautiful scenery, exploring the fjells where there is plenty of white snow. Grown-ups are paired together, taking it in turns to drive, whereas the children enjoy their own ride, wrapped up under warm reindeer skins in a specially built sleigh and driven by your Lapp guide. Return to the lodge for a hearty lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying some winter fun such as tobogganing, snow shoeing or cross-country skiing.

Later, each family embarks on a private visit by snowmobile sleigh deep into the Taiga forest to a secret destination. Once you’ve arrived at this enchanted place, a friendly elf will reveal that Santa is waiting in his own special log cabin.  He will listen to everyone’s wishes, and both he and the Sami Spirits of Inari will try to make them come true. Return to Muotka for a buffet supper.

DAY 3: Husky Safari & Reindeer Farm

After breakfast it is time to embark on a husky safari. After meeting the excited dogs, you will be taught how to handle the sled before heading out into the surrounding Taiga forest.  The huskies will pull your sled through the beautiful winter scenery, adults take charge of their own sled and mush in pairs while children travel in sleds.  Lunch will be served back at Husky HQ during which you will also find out some interesting husky facts from your guide.  There will also be time to pet some of the youngsters and if you are lucky, see newborn pups.

This afternoon you will travel to the local reindeer farm to meet some of Santa’s special helpers.  After a warm welcome you will have the opportunity to have a short sleigh ride in the forest before learning how to lasso a reindeer from the experts!  Then it's a welcome hot drink and slice of cake in the farmhouse while you learn all about the reindeer and depending on your skills earlier - receive your reindeer driving licence!

DAY 4: Snowfun & Christmas Crafting

Today, you have some free time for fun in the snow as a family.  After lunch there will be the chance to bake and decorate gingerbread cookies and to join in some Christmas crafting. You can help decorate a Christmas tree while the cookies are baked before enjoying some individual snow fun followed by your evening meal.

DAY 5: Return to the UK

After breakfast, time at leisure for last minute tobogganing and snow shoeing before transferring to Ivalo for your return flight to London Heathrow.

Temperatures can vary at this time between 0°c and -30°c. Local conditions can mean that the itinerary, location, duration and order of excursions may change. Any decision to do this is to ensure your comfort, enjoyment and safety at the resort.

Muotka Wilderness Lodge
Muotka Wildernss Lodge Log Cabin
Muotka Wilderness Lodge

Muotka is ideal for families and couples, presenting a choice of hotel rooms, riverside and aurora cabins, offering flexible accommodation in a rustic wilderness style. The restaurant and bar reflect Muotka’s commitment to using local seasonal ingredients and menus are inspired by traditional Lappish cuisine. A sauna in the main building is heated daily for guests. Traditionalists can try the wood smoke sauna (charge applies) and leap into the lake after! Enjoy kick sleds and toboggans, which are on hand for children and adults alike to try.

Moutka Wilderness Rooms: Hotel style accommodation with private WC/shower
Muotka Wilerness Rooms with Fireplace: Enjoy hotel style accommodation with its very own fireplace.
Riverside Room: The riverside building is located in the hotel yard and next to a babbling brookHotel style accommodation with private sauna, WC and shower.
Riverside Suite: Large double suite with fireplace and private sauna.
Muotka Superior Sauna Room: Superior sauna rooms are located in the hotel grounds. Each building contains four seperate 34m sized rooms with queen-size bed, bathroom and private sauna. 
Panorama Log Cabin: Cosy spacious rustic cabins with a double bed, own private sauna and fireplace as well as a large panorama window - ideal for aurora spotting.
Aurora Cabin: Romantic, cosy, rustic teepee-style cabins with double bed, private sauna, WC and shower and a roof with a view to the sky.