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Muotka - Northern Lights Search

Muotka - Northern Lights Search

Muotka - Northern Lights Search Overview

Muotka is one of our most scenic locations, tucked away in the fells and forests; this remote, welcoming hotel offers a true escape for you. The balanced itinerary showcases some of the best scenery and experiences in Lapland and offers exceptional Northern Lights viewing potential throughout the evening excurisions.

Muotkan Maja Wilderness Hotel has become a standout favourite amongst our guests. This recently renovated accommodation charms guests with its hospitality, Nordic décor and fantastic guides.

Muotka's location is delightful, surrounded by trees and next to a small stream. Muotka is tucked away in its own little winter world, a retreat from the modern world. Residing amongst the forested fells of North East Finland and far from the nearest town, Muotka offers a wonderfully secluded base for your adventure in prime Aurora territory. The minimal light pollution here, means, that if conditions are right, there is great potential for viewing the Aurora just outside the hotel.

During the winter this region receives some of the highest levels of snowfall in Lapland and we really exploit this during this holiday.

Guests will enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing, allowing you to get close to this stunning landscape and hopefully some of the wildlife that lives here. There are also snowmobile and dog sled safaris included; two exceptional experiences which give you a sense of the scale of the wilderness in the region.

Of course, you are here to search for the Northern Lights and this is done in serious style at Muotka. The evening hunts are varied and you will take part in Aurora searches using snowshoes, a snowmobile-pulled sleigh and a minibus. Each activity is designed to maximise your Aurora viewing potential and all activities are led by expert guides with a wealth of invaluable local knowledge; essential when Aurora hunting.

If you would like to really go all out on the Aurora front then we can also arrange for you to spend all or part of your stay in the magnificent Aurora Kotas here. These cabin/glass teepee combinations offer guests many added comforts and nights filled with Northern Lights opportunities. 

We have loved Muotka from the beginning and it offers a sense of escapism that can only be found when you know you are somewhere very special and enjoying incredible experiences on a daily basis. The fact that it offers guests the most wonderful chance of seeing the Northern Lights is the icing on the cake!

Please note: If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, you will enjoy a festive dinner and celebrations on the 24th or the 31st of December (traditionally in Finland, Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve).

Included in the price:

  • Flights: return flights between London and Ivalo (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change.
  • Transfers: return scheduled group shuttle airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Aurora workshop, cross-country skiing, two Aurora Camp visits, snowshoe hike, minibus search for the Northern Lights, snowmobile safari to reindeer farm, Aurora snowshoe, husky safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1 am


DAY 1: Flights and Transfers
DAY 2: Aurora Workshop, Cross-Country Skiing and Aurora Camp
DAY 3: Snowmobile Safari to a Reindeer Farm and Northern Lights Snowshoeing
DAY 4: Free Day and Northern Lights hunt via Minibus
DAY 5: Snowshoe Hike and Free Afternoon
DAY 6: Free Day
DAY 7: Husky Safari and Aurora Camp
DAY 8: Departure

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

Our dates and prices for 2023/24 are now available to book, so get in early and secure your places now. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with a full quotation including any additional activities or accommodation upgrades. We will advise you of your flight details when they are confirmed. This will normally be around nine months prior to departure.

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