About Us2024-03-06T13:17:23+00:00

Who we are?

About us

Read more about us & this mythic place

Read more about us & this mythic place

Half-century of human adventure in Muotkan Ruoktu

In the northern part of the Inari region, in northern Lapland, on the banks of the Peltojoki River, lies a beautiful village in the midst of nature called “Tunturikylä Muotkan Ruoktu,” the Tunturis Mountain House,  managed since 1967 by the charismatic reindeer herder Hans Niittyvuopio and his Saami family.

For over 50 years, it has served as a true oasis for travelers in the Muotkatunturi region seeking a remote and off-the-beaten-path location.

Since autumn 2023, this mythical place has been officially handed over to us by Hans, now 92 years old, who chose us for our values, travel philosophy, and our desire to preserve the authenticity of the legendary place.

“I chose you because your philosophy and your desire to preserve the history and authenticity of the place captivated us. Hans will remain by your side to assist you in launching this beautiful adventure, which will now be Yours.”

We are passionate about taking care of our quests

As owners, we are passionate about providing excellent service and hospitality to our clients. We care for every detail of their stay and love welcoming them into Muotkan Ruoktu. Our clients can sense our genuine desire to make their stay enjoyable. We take pride in our work and it shows in the satisfaction of our clients.

Kinga & Kevin

Kinga

I’m Kinga, Polish, a passionate adventurer, Arctic guide, life coach, and an absolute lover of outdoor activities. I believe that being close to true nature and experiencing human synergy make life a fascinating journey. Living in Muotkan Ruoktu and organizing unique activities allows me to realize this belief!

Living in Lapland makes every single day an adventure – you never know what the next sunrise will bring. Sometimes it offers absolutely unimaginable views with incredible colors, opportunities to meet inspiring people, but it can also be a great lesson in resilience and humility. Here, you are part of a community where everybody can rely on each other.

Welcoming our guests in Muotka, sharing its soul and history, is a privilege for us. Crafting lifelong experiences for our guests as part of the Munay Experience is my best reward, worth all the efforts and creativity required to make every single journey unique.

Kevin

I’m Kevin, explorer, passionate about adventures in the wilderness and … flying the helicopters. I’ve fallen in love with Lapland during my first travel here. I decided to settle after traveling the world for 10 years and visiting 50 countries. I’ve created my own travel across the wildest areas in the North Lapland and promote sustainable tourism as a part of Scandlap-Explorer. Today am living in Muotkan and together with Kinga sharing my passions and my experiences with our guests coming from local areas and from all over the world and local.

Experiences in Muotkan Ruoktu

About Muotkan Ruoktu

In addition to accommodation and dining services, Muotkan Ruoktu offers splendid winter scenery with prepared ski trails during the winter months and beautiful hiking trails for both short and long excursions in the Muotkatunturi area during the summer. The nearby Peltojoki River and other rivers and lakes in the vicinity provide excellent fishing opportunities, and the host arranges activities according to the customers’ preferences. Alongside their outdoor adventures, guests also gain knowledge about life in the North, nature, and reindeer herding almost without realizing it.

Over the years, many visitors have grown so fond of this place that they regularly return multiple times a year to enjoy Muotkan Ruoktu owners’s hospitality in the authentic Lapland landscapes.

Our Village – A Paradise for Adventurers

Our village is a unique place, nestled in the heart of the Muotkan Tunturi nature reserve, amidst the Tunturi mountains, rivers, and endless lakes. Here, time stands still, making room for adventures in untouched nature, with its pristine forests, wild animals, and crystal-clear drinkable water.

Our guests often share: “Here, one feels alone in the world, in another world,” and every moment allows us to venture off the beaten path to explore landscapes so different from those one might see elsewhere in Lapland or at home! It’s like being on another planet.

But Muotkan Ruoktu and its activities are also about “human stories,” where one feels more like among friends than strangers. Our priority is the passion for adventure and the history of the place.

Here, it’s not a 5-star hotel, but rather a place with 1000 stars. Every moment offers a unique experience, whether it’s being mesmerized by majestic Northern Lights or breathtaking landscapes!

In addition to accommodation and dining services, Muotkan Ruoktu offers splendid winter scenery with arctic ski and snwomobile trails during the winter months and beautiful hiking trails for both short and long excursions in the Muotkatunturi area during the summer.

The nearby Peltojoki River and other rivers and lakes in the vicinity provide excellent fishing opportunities, and the hosts arrange authentic activities and expeditions according to the customers’ preferences. Alongside their outdoor adventures, guests also learn about life in the North, arctic ecosystem nature, and reindeer herding almost without realizing it.

Friends of Muotka!

Over the years, many visitors have grown so fond of this place that they regularly return multiple times a year to enjoy Hans’s hospitality in the authentic Lapland landscapes. Naturally, guests also forge friendships with each other when meeting at Muotka.
In the spring of 1990, the loyal customers decided to establish an association, which they named “Muotka Ruovttu Ustibat – Friends of Muotkan Ruoktu.” The association’s mission includes supporting maintaining this mountain village as genuine and authentic as it has always been, regardless of contemporary pressures. In the year 2000, the association has over 100 members from various parts of Finland, and the group continues to grow.

If you have any questions please see our FAQ list.

New Owners of Muotkan Ruoktu

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Guestbook

Guestbook

Our guestbook

On top of the world, we welcome travelers from the four corners of the globe! Their satisfaction and unique experiences while staying at Muotkan Ruoktu or sharing adventures with us are our main reward.

Below are some words from our ‘Guest Book’ or signatures left on our wooden board at our beloved Muotkan Ruoktu!

“Wow! Where to begin… This surprise trip… What a surprise! From start to finish. Thank you for playing along to make this experience unique, authentic, magical. Meeting people like you, like you, what happiness! Generosity, happiness, sharing, professionalism. These landscapes, as sublime as they may be, are nothing without you and your desire to share them with us! A thousand thanks for trusting us in all these expeditions. What happiness! A little piece of lavy for my 40 years and a magnificent blue-orange sky almost caught by my hands during the sunset on a tunturi in Lapland… I don’t even believe I dreamt of a better gift. Bravo for this place and for everything else. Thank you thank you thank you. Forever engraved in our hearts! Long live Muotkan Ruoktu by Kevin & Kinga! ”

Fanny, France

“What an intense experience! The unexpected is here! You make us cry with happiness. You share this beautiful and magical piece of the planet with us. One word is not strong enough to express the intensity of all the emotions that pierce us. It’s our turn to wish you unlimited happiness in everything you undertake. Stay yourselves. Infinitely… Thank you!”

Myriam and Eric, France

“Few words can express the emotion felt throughout the past week. In life, there are moments that are lived but impossible to recount. I spent an extraordinary and timeless week. All thanks to you both. We will tell you often, but like the motorcycle fall, I want to be the first to write it, don’t change! Thank you, thank you, thank you and I hope to see you very soon to discover new lavu together. With all my friendship.”

Cyril, France

“It is difficult to summarize this week in a few words as it was extraordinary in every way. Coming to Muotka to find light after a dark period, we not only found light but also the little spark that warms the hearts, restores faith in humanity, and thirsts for adventure! Thank you Kevin and Kinga for sharing your little piece of paradise with us, always with a smile despite the little setbacks of this new chapter that opens for you. We keep a very special memory of this stay and already look forward to coming back to see Lapland in other seasons and especially the evolution of Camp Muotkan Ruoktu! We wish you the best, thank you for your generosity!”

Manon and Theo, France

“This place is my dream come true about Finland, or rather about Narnia. Life rarely fulfills dreams, and here’s Muotkan… I wish you success and see you soon! I will definitely come back!”

Dagmara, Poland

“An unforgettable journey. A beautiful discovery, a beautiful adventure by your side. Thank you and see you soon.”

Hani, Tahiti

“When you want something you’ve never had, you have to be ready to do things you’ve never done before! Live the adventure in Lapland at Muotkan Ruoktu!”

Johanna, New Caledonia

Frequently asked questions

Muotkan Ruoktu

HOW DO WE CHOOSE OUR PARTNERS2024-02-15T07:10:21+00:00

We work hand in hand only with partners who correspond to our travel philosophy in full respect of the local ecosystem, fauna, flora, and animals. All are local providers, mostly Saamis, the indigenous people. We ensure that the impact of our activity is minimal on the environment and that it helps to grow the local economy (fair and responsible).

WHAT IS OUR TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY2024-02-15T07:10:04+00:00

We travel without haste and according to everyone’s expectations and natural conditions. For us, travel is a moment of pleasure, reflection, rejuvenation, self-discovery, and environmental learning. Adventure is a source of fulfillment and exploration of fauna and flora with mindfulness and joy. It is also a moment of sharing among people who have the same travel and life philosophy.

WHAT SETS US APART2024-02-15T07:09:50+00:00

Our philosophy of life is to live our passion and have the joy of making it accessible to others with the same mindset. Our trips are always off the beaten path and away from mass tourism, close to nature and the local population. Each trip is unique and tailor-made to the needs of our guests and according to the opportunities that nature offers us during each stay. Our trips are guided by a passion for wild nature, harmony between human beings and this ecosystem still so preserved, respect for Saami culture and values, respect for the environment, and awareness of the need to preserve it.

WHAT IS THE REASON FOR MUOTKAN RUOKTU2024-02-15T07:09:33+00:00

Nature, connection with local peoples, disconnection from daily life, immersion in the magical and still preserved universe of Lapland according to our philosophy and values. It is also a real opportunity to live a true parenthesis from all you can find elsewhere in the word, listen to silence and dis/connect with other travelers. It’s a human adventure with a long history and the breathing the true passion for the local nature, culture and fascinating encounters

WHAT IS MUNAY MUOTKAN RUOKTU2024-02-15T07:09:13+00:00

Our village is a unique place, nestled in the heart of the Muotkan Tunturi nature reserve, between the Tunturi mountains, the river, and endless lakes as far as the eye can see. Here, time stands still, giving way to adventures in untouched nature, with its pristine forests, wild animals, and crystal-clear drinking water.

Our guests often share: “Here, you feel alone in the world, in another world,” and every moment allows us to venture off the beaten path to explore landscapes so different from those seen elsewhere in Lapland or at home! It’s like another planet.

But Muotkan Ruoktu and its activities are also about “human stories,” where one feels more among friends than strangers. Passion for adventure and the history of the place are our priorities.

Here, it’s not a 5-star hotel, but rather a place with 1000 stars. Every moment offers a unique experience, whether being awestruck by majestic Northern Lights or breathtaking landscapes!

WHO TO CONTACT IN CASE OF QUESTIONS BEFORE OR AFTER RESERVATION2024-02-15T07:08:52+00:00

Contact Kinga or Kevin via the Muotkan Ruoktu website formular or directly on their phone numbers.

HOW DOES LOGISTICS WORK FROM THE MOMENT YOU ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT2024-02-15T07:34:12+00:00

If it was agreed with you, we will pick you up directly from the airport to take you back to our village 1h15 minutes from the airport.

WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORT TO MUOTKAN RUOKTU2024-02-15T07:08:18+00:00

You can easily access our place by car, bus or taxi. You will find all the information on our Contact page. If you need, you can contact us directly to reserve the transport organized by our team under the condition of our availability.

During our weekly travels we want to ensure your stay in total disconnection without the need to think about additional costs or pressure. Our prices include all transportation except for airplane tickets, which remain at your expense, and organization.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATION CONDITIONS2024-02-15T07:08:00+00:00

The comfort of your stay while maintaining the authentic side of your experience is our priority. Each accommodation offers perfect conditions for resting after outdoor activities, warming up, and recharging. In each place, we offer a traditional sauna at your disposal.

WHAT ARE THE AIRPORTS SERVED IN FRANCE? WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO BOOK2024-02-15T07:07:44+00:00

We welcome you at Ivalo Airport (Finland). It is a well-serviced airport, but flights open from mid-September to December. Be patient and reassured, flights gradually open according to the seasons and lines. We will keep you informed through our social networks Facebook and Instagram, so feel free to subscribe.

From Paris, you can take a direct flight from Paris or pass through Helsinki from Geneva or Lyon. In case of any doubt, contact us directly.

DO YOU WELCOME DOGS2024-02-15T07:07:18+00:00

We love animals, and we welcome dogs at Muotkan Ruoktu under the condition that they respect our place and are kept on a leash to avoid bothering the wandering reindeer and other animals.

IN WHAT LANGUAGE DO WE COMMUNICATE2024-02-15T07:07:04+00:00

We have an international spirit and speak French, English, Spanish, and Polish. You will always be accompanied by guide a person who speaks one of your languages. Just tell us upfront the languages you can communicate during your activities.

WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES IN EACH SEASON2024-02-15T07:06:49+00:00

In summer in winter Inari region is passionate about the typical local events and holidays, which allow travelers to discover the local culture and participate in events such as the Reindeer Race, Saami Day, or Water Cross. For our special guests of Muotkan Ruoktu, we also propose observe or participate in the local events such as dog hunting competitions, outdoor competitions and art and culture expositions.

Throughout the winter season, you can explore the area through typical local activities such as arctic skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling. Additionally, meeting our friendly local reindeer herders will allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture and life while observing these fascinating animals up close in their natural habitat.

It is a great time to explore the wilderness and feel the sense of freedom with packraft (light inflatable boat) or hiking. It is also a true paradise for passionate of berry and mushroom picking as well as of fishing or hunting.

WHAT DIFFERENTIATE MUOTKAN RUOKTU ACCOMODATION2024-02-15T07:06:30+00:00

We believe that staying in our place is an authentic and unique experience. Each cottage has its own history and welcomes many local and international travelers who love nature, history, and off-the-beaten-track places. Our nearly 100-year-old restaurant offers local flavors and provides a pleasant moment of sharing. Being here is like being on another planet, especially under the midnight sun or the magical Northern Lights.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MUOTKAN RUOKTU AND EXPLORE INARI REGION2024-02-15T07:06:10+00:00

Summer and winter are perfect for discovering Muotkatunturi Wilderness Area and all north Lapland in all its splendor. Each period offers different advantages and varies during the season while maintaining the magic of these spaces, wild animals, colors of the sky and northern lights, and of course those of “ruska,” an Arctic autumn.

In winter, the trips are from December to mid-April to ensure the best snow conditions and the magic of the northern lights. From January, the days are shorter and colder but offer absolutely unique colors of the sky and typical snow-covered Lapland landscapes. From mid-February, the days lengthen, and temperatures become milder, offering more overall comfort.

In summer, trips start from June when the midnight sun illuminates the landscapes without setting until mid-August. In September, the night returns with “double northern lights” reflecting in the lakes! It is also the time when you can observe the thousand colors of “ruska” landscapes traversed by reindeer with their magnificent antlers.

Activities

EQUIPMENT, ACCOMMODATION, AND STAY LOGISTICS2024-02-15T07:15:18+00:00
REFLECTION BEFORE RESERVATION OF OUR ACTIVITIES AND TRAVELS2024-02-15T07:15:02+00:00
MY PREPARATION AND MY LEVEL2024-02-15T07:14:51+00:00
WHAT CLOTHES DO YOU NEED AND WHAT EQUIPMENT IS PROVIDED2024-02-15T07:14:32+00:00

Your comfort and safety are our priority. To avoid overloading your luggage or additional costs, we provide you with cold weather clothing as specified on the website as well as cold weather shoes. Also, all necessary sports equipment is included in the price.

WILL I BE COLD IN WINTER2024-02-15T07:14:10+00:00

Our priority and responsibility are to ensure your comfort even in extreme cold. You will be equipped with premium quality cold weather clothing. If necessary, we will provide special equipment for particularly sensitive people. The snowmobile guide trained for polar conditions will ensure your safety and comfort.

WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I TAKE2024-02-28T18:23:10+00:00

In winter, for your comfort and personal hygiene, we invite you to bring comfortable winter sports clothing (jacket, pants, hat, technical underwear not made of cotton…) which will be your first layer of clothing. On top of that, we will provide you with a cold weather suit to ensure your safety and warmth. Also, bring the necessary clothes for the traditional sauna (flip-flops, swimsuit). Complete equipment list here (photo).

In summer, bring your sports clothes for different weather conditions and of course your swimsuits for the traditional sauna or for swimming. You can experience sunshine and temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius but also rainy days and cooler temperatures. Be prepared to experience an adventure with serenity by preparing for all these scenarios.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE2024-02-15T07:13:36+00:00

Prepare yourself for a real adventure immersed in nature. Bring your cameras because you will have plenty of opportunities to experience unforgettable moments from sunrise to moonrise… magical.

ARE THE ACTIVITIES ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AND WHAT CONDITIONS ARE REQUIRED2024-02-15T07:13:13+00:00

Anyone in good physical condition can participate in our trips and activities. Our activities and itineraries are selected to be both interesting and “adventurous” but also accessible to men and women. To help you better understand the level of physical demand, we indicate the level of physical effort required.

AT WHAT PACE DO WE TRAVEL DURING THE EXPEDITIONS? WHAT IS THE BREAK TIME2024-02-15T07:12:54+00:00

Our trips and activities are designed to be adapted to the desires and pace of each individual. Our priority is to be connected with nature and take the time to enjoy every moment. Each day offers flexibility to stop and enjoy the landscapes, observe wildlife and flora, take photos, or simply marvel at the magic of Lapland.

WHAT PHYSICAL LEVEL, AGE, AND HEIGHT ARE REQUIRED FOR A MULTI-ACTIVITY STAY2024-02-15T07:12:37+00:00

Our trips are designed to cater to all audiences, regardless of age or physical condition. If you are in normal physical condition and do not require specific medical attention, then our trips are suitable for you. It’s the mindset and the desire to explore that will drive you. With the guidance of your tour leader, you will quickly gain confidence to navigate the Arctic environment safely.

However, the level of effort may vary depending on the type of trip. As specified in each trip, here are the different levels to consider according to your preferences and physical condition.

Effort Level 1: Serenity An experience that requires minimal effort and no particular skills, with a small group of like-minded travelers. It may involve walking a short distance or simply immersing yourself in cultural and wellness activities. The key is to immerse yourself in the ambiance and nature!

Effort Level 2: Discovery This is a mini-adventure with activities that require no technical skills and only a small physical effort. It’s suitable for anyone who engages in regular sports, capable of walking and moving for several hours at a time. Your desire to discover new activities in the magical Lapland environment will be your most important tool.

Effort Level 3: Pushing Limits This is a real adventure, halfway between initiation and improvement, involving endurance sports activities such as hiking, packrafting, or dog sledding over several days. It’s a challenge and a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the untouched nature of Lapland’s vast spaces. However, it can sometimes be demanding depending on weather conditions (snow, rain, winds).

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE PER TRAVEL EXPERIENCE2024-02-15T07:12:16+00:00

We ensure that each travel or activity is in harmony with surrounding nature, culture and fosters good connection/understanding among travelers. Therefore, our groups are kept small, with a maximum of 8 people.

HOW TO RESERVE THE ACTIVITIES & TRAVELS2024-02-15T07:11:53+00:00

You can contact us directly or reserve directly on the website of Muotkan Ruoktu. If you search for weekly stays you can go to one of our websites dedicated for the long-term travels designed directly by Kinga and Kevin:  www.munayexperience.com for the multiactivity stays and www.scandlapexplorer.com for snowmobile expeditions.

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