Lapland is synonymous with special winter stays. Aurora igloos, luxury log cabins, world-famous holiday villages … your waking hours will be just as magical as your dreams.
Finnish Lapland is famous for luxurious, innovative and stylish winter accommodations. Whether it’s aurora bubbles that let you stare at the night sky with hope in your eyes or sleek Scandinavian design you won’t find anywhere else in the world, check out these winter accommodations you’ll definitely want to add to your bucket list.
Light up the Night
Finnish Lapland is the birthplace of aurora igloos, and the farther north you go, the more guaranteed you are a night to remember. At the Northern Lights Village in Inari-Saariselkä, auroras appear in the winter 3 out of 5 nights. That means you can catch the midnight show from the comfort a warm bed, staring up at the cosmos.
In the Lap(land) of Luxury
You open your eyes, but the window at the foot of your bed shows only black sky and the faint glow of frosted trees. The sun won’t rise until long after your first cup of coffee, but for now you’re content to lie in bed and stare at the purple-limned horizon. This is your morning in the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, the first taste of a day filled with the wonders and excitements of Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland.
Your phone buzzes, but it’s not just another Twitter notification. It’s the Pyhä Aurora Alert system, and it’s telling you in no uncertain terms to LOOK UP NOW. You flip off the lights in the cozy aurora cabin and rush to the bed. Above it, the windows of your Pyhä Igloo look up at the Milky Way, waiting for your eyes to adjust. No need to pull on rubber boots or dig through your sixteen pockets for gloves. Instead, you’re free to lie atop the blanket and stare up in hope, wonder and awe.
What does the Arctic Fox say?
Have you ever thought you could share the night sky with a polar bear? At the Arctic Fox Igloos resort in Ranua, you’re looking up at the same night sky as the Wildlife Park‘s two polar bears, not to mention their lynxes, wolves and even an Arctic fox! Arctic Fox Igloos offers heated windows, so no need to worry about snow or ice blocking your view of the stunning night sky.
The Warm Heart of Wilderness
Mrs. Claus is known for being warm and caring, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you stay at her lodge in Savukoski. At Muorin Tupa (Mrs. Claus’s Lodge), you can choose to stay in a stylish hotel room (with log cabin accouterments, of course), or enjoy a more traditional Finnish log cabin stay. Mrs. Claus’s Lodge is located in central Savukoski, so you’re never far from the village life. The Samperin Savotta restaurant is only a ten-minute walk away.
Sleep Like Santa Claus
Finnish Lapland knows log cabins. And there is no finer example of how the traditional accommodation and modern comforts come together than Santa’s Log Villa Borealis. Situated near the dark, winter wilderness in the village of Luosto, this log cabin villa offers the full convenience of a conventional hotel stay, a full equipped kitchen, a radiant fireplace and two saunas for your use.
The Slopes Are Waiting For You
Every ski resort in Finnish Lapland has its own character. The Suomutunturi Ski Resort sits at the base of the hill, looking up the slopes. The newly remodeled resort combines luxury and class without sacrificing the convenience and fun of a modern ski resort. Hotel Suomutunturi is part of the ski resort, so your room is never far from the ski lifts, the slopeside bar, cozy restaurant or sunny terrace .
The Golden Days of Winter
When the gold is frozen in the ground, you’ll have to content yourself with jade in the sky instead. Tankavaara Gold Village is the perfect basecamp for Northern Lights excursions, snowmobile adventures and winter wilderness treks into Sompio. After a long day in the winter sun, enjoy a frosty beverage at the Wild West Saloon before shuffling off to your log cabin-inspired hotel room.