A taste of the good life on the “vidda”

Welcome to Nedre Mollisjok Lodge, in the heart of the arctic plateau we call the “vidda”. For generations the Johnsen family has run this lodge, feeding themselves and their guests from Finnmarksvidda’s bounty. Your friendly hosts invite you to experience the scenic beauty and tranquillity of this winter wilderness, which is far from the city’s hustle and bustle. Your stay at the lodge will be an opportunity to savour Sámi food and learn about the ancient traditions of this indigenous Arctic people.

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Your experience

Mollisjok Lodge is beautifully situated in the middle of Finnmarksvidda, a huge arctic plateau. Some might say it seems desolate here, but we assure you that you will have all the amenities you need, and more. We suggest a three-day stay with two nights in a double room. Breakfast, lunch and the three-course dinner are of course included – and the woodstove-heated sauna is at your disposal. Following the sauna by rolling yourself naked in the snow, under the dancing Northern Lights, is an experience you will never forget.

On your first day on the “vidda”, perhaps you will help feed our draft reindeer, which live here with us. You will learn a lot about reindeer and life on the arctic plateau, such as the various methods we Sámi use to preserve meat, including smoking and fermentation. Naturally you’ll have a chance to taste such homemade delicacies at lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll head out on a snowmobile ride to the frozen Iesjavri lake. Here we’ll be hauling up nets that have been placed beneath the ice. We often have a fine catch of trout, char and grayling. As evening falls, we’ll be enjoying dinner in front of the fireplace back at the lodge. The large windows of our lounge make you feel like you can reach out and touch the night sky.

The next day, we’ll take a reindeer sleigh-ride on the snow-covered lands near the lodge, or up the frozen river. This is the traditional way to travel across the arctic plateau, and we often use it when moving camp, as we follow the migration of our reindeer herd. At the outset, the destination is our wilderness camp, which is beautifully situated with a great view. Naturally, good food and drink and great photo opportunities await us. Our exact plans will of course depend on the weather and snow conditions – but be assured, here on the vidda there are always adventures to be had.

Should you visit Mollisjok in the spring, the Johnsons may offer to take you ice fishing. It’s an activity that combines excitement, relaxation and cosiness in a surprising way. But be forewarned – you may well become so enchanted that you swear to return here for your next holiday.

 

Nedre Mollisjok Fjellstue

E-post: piera@mollisjok.com

Telefon: +47 911 77 975

Web: www.mollisjok.com

Where: Your hosts will pick you up either at Šuoššjávri / Cuovddatmohkki, which is a 45-minute drive from Karasjok, or at Tutteberget, a 45-minute drive from Alta. (Let us know which direction you’re coming from.) Together we’ll travel by snowmobile to the lodge, a very scenic 30–60 min ride. If you do not have a car, you can arrange for us to pick you up at the airport.

Duration: 2 days. Your choice of accommodation in a single, double or three-person room.

When: November–April (During the polar night, you can arrive only via Šuoššjávri.)

Price: NOK 8000 per person for three days, two overnight stays. Everything included except transport from the airport to our meeting place, and alcoholic beverages.

Clothing:  Warm clothes, thermal or woollen underwear, good winter boots and indoor footwear. We’ll lend you a snowmobile suit, or traditional Sámi outerwear and footwear.

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Reindeer and man in Sami clothing in front of sleigh from behind., click to open in lightbox
Ellen Johanne
Reindeer in landscape covered by snow with blue light and moon., click to open in lightbox
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Trout lying on snow with knife., click to open in lightbox
Per Edvard Johnsen
Interior with wooden benches and tables Mollisjok mountain lodge., click to open in lightbox
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Two people out in the snow next to the small cabin watching the northern lights., click to open in lightbox
Interior with bunk beds Mollisjok mountain lodge., click to open in lightbox