Initially, my wife and I had booked this 4 night break primarily in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights but, sensibly, had heeded the advice of our tour operator and had winter activities to look forward to as well.
Muotka Wilderness Lodge is an ideal base in beautiful Lapland with excellent staff and facilities. The accommodation we had was fairly basic but clean and comfortable, the best aspect being a good shower, the worst being a small sink tucked under the bathroom cabinet making teeth brushing/face washing slightly awkward. We also decided to book the smoke sauna, a traditional Finnish sauna in it's own building, which was great. I couldn't quite manage the ice hole plunge though (a quick roll in the snow was quite enough!).
The main building housed the restaurant where the food was excellent. It was cooked fresh every day and although, as expected, there was only a few options for dinner I must say I really enjoyed every single meal (the soups were especially good after a day in the cold!). There is also a bar, although drinks are expensive (in keeping with the rest of Finland).
The activities were well organised and run by friendly staff who made sure everyone got the most out of what they were doing. Most of the essential winter clothing was provided by the lodge so we just brought base layers, a fleece and hat, gloves, snood etc. In our 3 full days there we packed in a snowmobiling reindeer safari, snow shoeing, x country skiing and husky sledding, all of which were great fun - special mention
must go to Carlos, our guide, who was well informed and had a great sense of humour!
Alas, because of the cloud the aurora did not materialise while we were there but this did not detract from a fabulous holiday. Better to just think of it as a bonus if you do see it and just enjoy all that Muotka Lodge and Lapland have to offer.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Wilderness Hotel Muotka reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Wilderness Hotel Muotka Saariselka, Finland - Lapland