It’s always been cool, but suddenly Finnish Lapland is hot as well. The word is out about the romantic potential in this corner of the world.
Take a look at some of hottest Lapland huts where you can fall in love all over again.
You are more likely to see a reindeer than a bear in this secluded retreat near the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi, and a husky safari through the snow-bound forest and across the fells is entirely possible as well. Snowmobiles – or if there is no snow, good old-fashioned feet – can take you to the fell tops and some stunning wilderness views, an ideal spot for a proposal, perhaps? Back at Lapland Hotels Bear’s Lodge, which resembles a huge wood cabin, dine on northern delicacies (including, of course, reindeer), before heading to your room, suite or apartment for some well-earned rest and recreation.
Build up Some Steam
Another stop on the quest for love, Lapland Hotels Ounasvaara Chalets are only five minutes away from downtown Rovaniemi, but clustered close to the banks of the mighty river that cuts through the heart of town. The apartments and suites blend modern and traditional, and the level of self-sufficiency is such that you and your companion will be totally undisturbed. It would be a shame not to venture onto the nearby ski tracks, though. All apartments and chalets have their own saunas, but if things get too steamy, you can always cool off with a dip in the river.
The Heat is on
Offering boutique comforts unequaled in the Arctic north, Arctic Light Hotel is the most urban luxury option in Finnish Lapland. The great outdoors is only a short drive or snowmobile ride away, but these plush rooms in the heart of Rovaniemi feel like a romantic dream far removed from anything. Take a break from the aurora viewing, order in some champers, turn down the star-effect lighting, and submerge yourself in an ocean of cushions. If this doesn’t sound hot enough, book a room with a sauna.
The Sky’s the Limit
Located almost directly on the Arctic Circle, Lapland’s own Arctic TreeHouse Hotel offers aurora viewing par excellence, subject to clear skies, of course. Your accommodation is in individual, luxuriously fitted suite, including a sumptuous bed, housed in stylish units built on stilts on a forested slope. One side of the suite is a north-facing window. If the skies are quiet or the Midnight Sun stops you from sleeping, pull the drapes and, well, use your imagination.
Korpikartano’s lakeside ‘wilderness manor’ is quintessential Lapland, with remote, raw nature on your doorstep. Only a 45 minute drive from Ivalo airport and 250 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, the manor promises cozy, homey warmth at the end of every adventure. There are myriad options for outdoor activities, from a day hike or snowshoe walk in the Inari-Saariselkä’s incomparable wilderness to canoeing and aurora gazing by the lake. But save some energy for when you get back to your comfortably-heated room.
Light up Your Love Life
Easily reached from the Saariselkä outdoor activity resort, the cabins at Muotka Wilderness Hotel are perfect for a little romance. These wooden chalets are built, teepee style, from rustic wood with windows facing north for perfect views of any dancing auroras. Romance packages include meals in the gourmet restaurant and as much outdoor activity as you can handle. Indoor activities in your cabin are optional.
Love in a Cold Climate
Luxury, heated glass igloos where you can see out but nobody can see in – perfect for scanning the skies for Northern Lights between breaks in more amorous activities. If you need to cool down, explore the adjacent Arctic SnowHotel with its fabulously sculpted ice beds, tables and murals. And if that was a little too cool, head for the unique Snow Sauna, a veritable steam machine. Located 20 kilometers from Rovaniemi, you will wonder how ice could be so hot.