This extraordinary hotel, beautifully set on the edge of one of Finland's greatest national parks, offers a wealth of outdoor adventures for adults and kids including snowmobiling, husky tours, ice fishing, hiking, mountain biking, reindeer safaris and even gold panning. You never really need go anywhere else for your Lapland experience. But what it’s really known for is its igloo-esque rooms; constructed of thermal glass that functions like a two-way mirror – you can see out but no-one can see in – they allow you to lay in bed and stare at the starred universe. If you’re lucky, you may even see the famed Northern Lights – from the comfort of your thermal-blanketed bed.
Pros & cons
Cosy log cabins, and Igloo-esque rooms for star-gazing from bed
Outdoor adventure on tap, including snowmobiling and husky rides
Beautifully set on the doorstep of one of Finland’s best national parks
The hotel is located one hour from Inari, just off the main road to Rovaniemi, and 12km south of Saariselkä. It’s beautifully located either side of a small river, in (relative) isolation a few miles from dense conifer forest. One of Finland's greatest national parks is on the doorstep.
The hotel can set up outdoor wilderness safaris to nearby Urho Kekkonen National Park that include snowmobile journeys, husky rides and tours to the nearby reindeer farm in Purnumukka.
Reception can arrange the most unique and thrilling airport pickups you'll ever receive: a snowmobile service from Ivalo airport, some 40km away.
The hotel has the world’s largest smoke sauna – an invigorating, organic affair that stimulates your circulation and gets you sweating out toxins. After, jump in the lake to cool off.
Room to book
For the ‘authentic’ Inuit experience, book one of the half a dozen individual snow igloos, built annually, and outfitted with thermal sleeping bags.
Room to book
Warmest and most private are the spacious cabins, built from trunks of Russian pine. These feature full kitchens, open fireplaces, private saunas, generous terraces and small gardens.
Room to book
The Honeymoon Turf Chamber features a fireplace and swank Versace-esque bathroom, with glowing ceiling over the free-standing tub.
- Type Resort hotel
- Place Saariselkä
- Star rating
- Price guide $$$$$
- Rooms 139
- Character Cosy wilderness
- Atmosphere Somewhat quiet
- Children allowed All ages
- Pets allowed Yes
- Design hotel No
- Eco hotel Yes
- Beach Not applicable
- Main attractions Travel time: <5 minutes
- Nightlife Not applicable
- Restaurants Travel time: >120 minutes
- Shopping Travel time: >120 minutes
- Ski slopes Travel time: 30-120 minutes
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- Location setting
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- Ambience, service & friendliness
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