Northern Lights activity holiday, Finnish Lapland
Description of Northern Lights activity holiday, Finnish Lapland
This Northern Lights activity holiday in Finnish Lapland is a wonderful winter adventure in the wilderness areas around Muotka in north east Finland. Staying in a wilderness hotel for four nights, you will experience life in a location that is enveloped in taiga forest next to Urho Kekkonen National Park. This area is well known as being light pollution free and so makes a perfect spot for Aurora viewing. Please note that the minimum age on this trip is 15 years old.
As this trip takes place during the heart of winter, you will be able to enjoy our snow covered landscapes in many ways. From snowshoeing and cross country skiing along remote forest trails to enjoying a wilderness excursion being pulled by huskies. As well as seeking out the wonders of the Northern Lights at night, travelling with a local guide who knows all the best vantage points, travelling by snowshoe, sleigh or even snowmobile.
Muotkan Maja Wilderness Hotel, located 40km from Ivalo, is a typical Scandinavian design with cosy rooms, and has also been recently renovated. The location is what it is all about though, surrounded by snow blanketed fells, where reindeer mosey in and out for a curious peak now and again. You also have an option to stay in a traditional Aurora ‘kota’ while you are here, spending a night under the night sky. Do please talk to us for more details on this option.
The price of this holiday includes: Return flights London -Ivalo with other flight options available upon request, transfers, 4 nights’ accommodation in twin or double rooms, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, Northern Lights workshop, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, Northern Lights hunt, husky safari, winter outer clothing if needed, local guides, Aurora alert until 1am via supplied mobile phone.
Image credits: Markku Inkila, Jouko Lappalainen
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1 Reviews of Northern Lights activity holiday, Finnish Lapland
Reviewed on 01 Feb 2018 by Daryl Halsey
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Aurora and husky safari
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Take plenty of thermals.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not sure. The guides certainly had knowledge about the local environment.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Very enjoyable. Would perhaps have been nice to have had an extra day to explore or even rest as it felt very “full on” and was tiring, and although I would not have wanted to miss any of the evening activities, an evening just relaxing would have been nice. The staff were helpful, Nina was fabulous and seemingly unflappable, and the guides were absolutely fabulous, especially Miko? X2 Matt x2, another one whose name I can’t remember, and the others were good. The barman was nice too.
PlanetSet in dense taiga forest, close to the beautiful Urho Kekkonen National Park, the Muotka Wilderness Hotel embodies the Finnish spirit of living close to and connecting with the environment. Whether visitors are new to Finland’s outdoors or veterans of winter activity holidays, the very nature of the hotel provides a fine introduction to the sense of environmental concern and awareness which pervades this holiday.
This trip features a balance of theoretical and practical education about the environment surrounding Muotka. It begins with an Aurora workshop, to build understanding about the science of the Northern Lights, enabling clients to appreciate the Aurora Borealis as a phenomenon of nature. On all activities – be it the snowshoe trek or the Aurora snowmobiling – expert guides are on hand to share their knowledge about the areas encountered, as well as the fauna and flora. It should be added that all activities take place on trails which have been carefully selected to minimise damage to this exceptional natural space.
Snowmobiles feature regularly in this holiday. To those concerned about their polluting potential, it must be said that they are a highly efficient way of crossing the snow – far more so than wheeled vehicles that might attempt to take their place. Our guides use vehicles with four-stroke engines, which are proven to produce far less noise and burn fuel more cleanly. This makes snowmobiles the best vehicle choice for exploring this part of the world – indeed, it is the vehicle of choice for the locals themselves. Clients either travel two per vehicle or as a group in a snowmobile-pulled sled, minimising the number of vehicles used. In addition to that, this holiday features non-polluting forms of transport like husky sleds and cross-country skis.
PeopleThis Muotka holiday employs local guides to share their knowledge of the area. This is of significant benefit to the area’s tourism industry and also ensures that clients are treated to a genuinely native experience.
Reindeer herding has long been central to the lifestyle of Finland’s native Sami people, and it is only right that holidaymakers learn about it on this holiday. The visit to reindeer farm performs exactly this role, taking clients up close to the animals and also allowing them to appreciate through a short sleigh ride how reindeer have been used as a form of transport in Finland and the Nordic Countries.
On the subject of local forms of transport, it should be pointed out that the husky safari, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing activities all introduce visitors to classic Nordic forms of transport. Humans and huskies have formed tight bonds in this part of the world, and it is heart-warming and exciting to get an experience of this relationship during the activity. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are both incredibly old ways of travelling around – the modern versions included on this holiday connect travellers to that history.
The Aurora workshop featured on this trip not only teaches holidaymakers about the science behind the Northern Lights, but also the myths and legends surrounding them. This ultimately provides education about Finland’s cultural heritage and the beliefs of its indigenous people. The whole holiday itself functions as a platform for a two-way cultural exchange because those from abroad also share their way of life with the locals.
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