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Lapland Holiday in Saariselkä and Muotka

Lapland Holiday in Saariselkä and Muotka

Northern lights family holiday  in Lapland!  As the lenght of your holiday is long, timing in late November and your children small, a combination of an apartment in ski village with a few days in a wilderness hotel would work best for you. The northernmost Lapland and Saariselkä area located on hills is the most snow-secure location in early season.  

Saariselkä  is the most northern skiing resort in Finland. It is a ski village known as a cross-country skiing paradise but there are also 15 slopes and a lot of other activities, for example the longest toboggan slide in the country (=1,8 km). Part of Saariselkä is located in the Urho-Kekkonen National Park. The most famous Arctic hills are called Kaunispää, which is next to the village and Kiilopää, which is 17km away from the village. Urho Kekkonen National Park  (=UKK-park) established in 1983 and covering 2 550 square kilometres, it is one of Finland's largest protected areas. It is named after the former president Urho Kaleva Kekkonen.

The apartment we found and have preliminary booked for you is centrally located in the first floor with no steps or lift.  All the services are within walking distance (100-700m) so it is easy for you to enjoy your holiday. The village is lighted so in order to see northern lights it is better to get outside the village.  

Activities now included in Saariselkä: 

  • aurora hunting by heated sleigh 3h
  • ice-fishing with a local fisherman Jarmo in Inari (includes sausage, sandwich)
  • entrance to the Sámi museum Siida
  • visit to a reindeer farm with reindeer sleigh ride of 45 min

Muotka Wilderness Lodge  has a long tradition in serving cross-country skiers. You will arrive in this charming hotel after a sightseeing in Inari and Saariselkä area by car. The fell hotel is located next to the Urho Kekkonen National Park by the road leading to the Kiilopää fell center. It is an ideal place for independent, shorter fell skiing trips, even for inexperienced cross-country skiers as there are marked ski-tracks leaving from the yard and leading to the Saariselkä fell line. There are 200 km of ski-tracks, which you can see here (scroll down a bit from Saariselkä and you will find Muotkan Maja on the map): http://infogis.infokartta.fi/infogis-saariselka/

The lodge is built by a river on taiga. You will stay in a log-wall suite by a small frozen river with own sauna. In the river there is an open water area, where you can dip in refreshing ice-cold water after sauna and enjoy romantic night, when children already sleep. if you are lucky and  the night is bright, you might spend a magical night under millions of stars and dancing northern lights.  

Note! You do need to take care children will not go to the open water. If you feel this is too difficult, it is also possible to book a big new suite with sauna in the hotel yard with no river next to the house. 

 

LAPLAND HOLIDAY IN SAARISELKÄ AND MUOTKA 19.-28.11.

Accommodation: 

  • 19.11.-25.11. apartment 55m2 in the city centre of Saariselkä ski village, price includes linen and end cleaning
  • 25-28.11. riverside suite in Muotka Wilderness Lodge

Meals: 3xbreakfast, 1xtakeaway lunch (during ice-fishing), 3xlunch, 3xdinner buffet

Transfers: airport transfers, transfer to Inari by taxi, back by bus, transfer from Saariselkä to Muotka

Flights: not included, our recommendation (price 13.9.at finnair.com 758,60GBP)

  • 19.11. AY1332 10:20-15:15 Heathrow-Helsinki with AY605 16:40-18:20 Helsinki-Ivalo
  • 28.11. AY604 13.55-15:25 Ivalo-Helsinki with AY1341 17:25-18.35 Helsinki-Heathrow (or AY1337 16:00-17.10 Helsinki-Heathrow-> but can you make it with children?)

Itinerary:

Mon 19.11. Arrival 

  • 10:20 flight departure from London Heathrown arriving 15.15 in Helsinki 
  • 16:40 flight from Helsinki arriving at 18.20 in Ivalo
  • 18:40 driver taking you to pick up the keys and then to the apartment in Saariselkä
  • recommended: dinner at hotel Riekonlinna very close to your apartment

Tue 20.11.  Saariselkä

  • time to look around, visit a grocery store etc. 
  • 20:30-23:30 Aurora Hunting by Heated Sleigh (your children have not yet adapted to our time so this should be fine)

Wed 21.11. Saariselkä

  • no prebooked program (spa, Angry Birds, skiing, toboggan as you like)

Thu 22.11. Visit to Inari 

  • 9:00 taxi transfer to the starting place of the ice-fishing
  • 10-12:30 ice-fishing with a local fisherman Jarmo in Inari
  • 12:30/13-14:30  visit to the Sámi museum Siida  
  • walk to the bus, if time, visit the Sámi parliament bulding
  • 15-16:40 bus to Saariselkä

Fri 23.11. Saariselkä

  • 10-12:00 reindeer farm visit 2h (incl. 45min sleigh ride)

Sat 24.11. Saariselkä 

  • no prebooked program (spa, Angry Birds, skiing , toboggan as you like)

Sun 25.11. Saariselkä

  • 11:40-12:00 transfer to Muotka Lodge
  • lunch buffet
  • welcome info, getting the winterwear
  • 18-20:00 dinner
  • night in a riverside suite

Mon 26.11. Muotka

  • 8-10:00 breakfast
  • 10-13:00 snowshoeing 3h one parent 
  • lunch buffet
  • 18-20:00 dinner
  • 20-22:30 aurora snowshoeing one parent
  • night in a riverside suite

Tue 27.11. Muotka

  • 8-10:00 breakfast
  • 10-13:00 sledge-dog safari with soup lunch
  • 18-20.00 dinner
  • night in a riverside suite

Wed 28.11. Departure

  • 8-10:00 breakfast
  • time to pack and get ready
  • 11:45 transfer to the airport
  • 13.55 flight from ivalo to Helsinki arriving at 15:25
  • 17.25 flight form Helsinki to London Heathrow arriving at 18:35 

Please note! If you or your husband want to take a snowmobiling tour, those are available in many different versions from the village of Saariselkä but snowmobiling does not suit to children so young.

 

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Price 4378€(3895GBP)/family of 2 adults, 1 child and 1 infant
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