Muotka is located deep within the forest in Northern Lapland. The setting is perfect for an autumn getaway, particularly as the nights grow darker and the Aurora Borealis returns to the northern skies. There is very little light pollution in the area and the hotel is very close to Urho Kekkonen National Park, which becomes a spectacle of vibrant colours during the short autumn season known as ‘Ruska’.
Autumn hails the beginning of the Aurora season when the night sky grows dark enough for the lights to be visible and this trip will allow you plenty of opportunities to seek out the Northern Lights. A presentation will give you an insight into the science behind the Aurora from a knowledgeable, local guide. You will then visit a nearby Aurora Camp which provides unobstructed views of the night sky. Once here, you can keep warm by the fire and enjoy listening to your guide’s stories as you keep a lookout for any flickers of light in the sky above. You will also hunt the lights via car or minibus. This will hopefully enable you to outrun any localised cloud cover as your guide seeks out the best spots for potential Aurora activity.
The autumn season in Lapland brings vibrant, colourful landscapes and a guided nature walk is the perfect introduction. Wildlife is more active at this time of year, so you may be lucky enough to spot reindeer and various species of bird. Your guide will also point out edible berries which are in season and give you an insight into the forest’s flora. In November, you may witness the first snow of winter and in this case, you may swap your hiking boots for snowshoes.
Muotka itself is close to Inari which is the heart of Sámi culture. A visit to the Siida Museum offers an engaging insight into this ancient indigenous culture and how the local people have adapted to the changeable seasons north of the Arctic Circle. A Northern Lights photography presentation set to music is also played throughout the day.
In short, autumn is both colourful and peaceful as you are travelling ahead of the winter crowds. Some of the best Northern Lights displays can be witnessed at this time of year and the scenery is spectacular.
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