Lapland is a part of the world like no other. From its vast snowy landscapes and unique wildlife to the Aurora Borealis dancing in the night sky, it offers sights and experiences that you simply can’t get anywhere else.
When visiting such a unique, outstanding region, you want your accommodation to be equally out of this world. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to do so.
Lapland has a vast array of unique hotels, igloos and log cabins that offer something a bit different to your usual room for the night. Whether it’s reclining in opulent, Scandinavian luxury or sleeping under the din of the stars in a log cabin or igloo while the wildlife grazes next to you, picking a place to stay in this awe-inspiring region is more than just choosing the nicest décor.
Read on as we look at seven of the most unforgettable Lapland hotels that will ensure your grand adventure is everything you dreamed of and more.
1. The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is a luxury resort built on a hillside that is surrounded by forest. What makes this special building so unique is that it was constructed with Lapland’s original culture in mind.
All of the chalets are rectangular, similar to the houses of the indigenous Sami people, the natives who have lived in Lapland for centuries. Also, every room faces north, giving you breath-taking views of the Northern Lights from the comfort of your room.
The opulent luxury means that it’s expensive. But it’s certainly worth the price of admission for the opportunity to see the Aurora alone, not to mention that it’s located in Rovaniemi, the heart of Finnish Lapland.
2. The Arctic Light Hotel
The Arctic Light Hotel is one of the youngest Lapland hotels available to thrill-seekers and adventure-lovers, and it’s also the first five-star hotel in Nordic Lapland.
As the name and the rating suggest, the rooms and interiors are light and luxurious, with plush cushions and furs adorning every inch of the private residence. The location couldn’t be more central, either.
Located in Rovaniemi, the Arctic Light Hotel is a couple of minutes’ walk from the main shops for excursions, bars, and restaurants, and a twenty-minute drive from the airport.
The mythical Santa Claus Village and park are even closer, meaning this Lapland hotel’s central location is the ideal place for families to indulge in the magic of yuletide.
Lapland Log Cabins
3. Javri Lodge
Javri Lodge is a notorious Lapland log cabin. It was once the residence of former Finnish presidents. Now, it’s a 10-room boutique hotel on the outskirts of Saariselka – an enchanting, picturesque village – that serves a range of the most delicious local eats in the whole of Scandinavia.
Enclosed by real hardwood, the rooms have a rustic feel that makes it unforgettable, especially if you pay a little extra and opt for a room with a sauna. This traditional steam room is the ideal way to relax after a long day trekking or herding reindeer.
The comfort is exquisite too, with soft double beds in a minimalist style contrasting the serene Arctic setting. At Javri Lodge, comfort and an authentic Scandi experience are guaranteed, making it the perfect cabin for travellers who want something different from their Lapland accommodation.
4. Villa Eriklinna
Lapland’s log cabins don’t come much more extravagant than Villa Eriklinna, a fully equipped cabin that mixes nature with a touch of luxury.
The location sets this accommodation out from the rest, making a trip to Lapland even more unforgettable. Situated in the Nilivaara, Äkäslompolo, and Ylläs areas, the exquisitely welcoming villa is a stone’s throw from some of the most exhilarating activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing.
For those who want to spend their day relaxing, the exceptional views of the stunningly beautiful northernmost region of Lapland are accessible via cable car. As far as peaceful and exciting goes, Villa Eriklinna is the leading accommodation in all of Lapland.
Lapland Igloo Hotels
5. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is the largest and most commercialised of the igloo resorts in Lapland. However, it hasn’t lost any of its charm or elegance from its humble beginnings.
As well as cosy cabins, Kakslauttanen specialises in providing guests with a traditional Sami experience with their glass and snow igloo bookings.
Of course, the transparent glass igloos offer visitors an unparalleled view of the Northern Lights as they twinkle in the sky. Or, you can hedge your bets with a hybrid cabin-igloo in the West Village that exploits an ingenious design to provide the best of both experiences.
Whichever you choose, a legendary Santa Claus house, amazing hall for celebrations, and a brand-new restaurant are all within walking distance.
As well as the ubiquitous reindeer herding and husky sledding, Kakslauttanen has a fabulous gold panning excursion that could be delightfully lucrative!
6. Apukka Resort
Apukka Resort offers guests the complete urban experience with a twist. Although it’s seemingly located miles away from civilisation, it’s only five minutes from the centre of Rovaniemi, the de facto capital of Finnish Lapland.
Thankfully, the quiet, picturesque forest clearing means that the resort maintains its private and isolated feeling. As such, it’s perfect for visitors that want to be off the beaten track without being too far from the main amenities.
Apukka has another quirky twist up its sleeve – a glass-roofed wagon equipped with a sauna on skis. So, if you complete privacy while searching for the elusive Aurora Borealis, the Apukka is an unrivalled Lapland igloo.
The ‘aurora wagon’ is, without a doubt, the star of the show, even under the mesmerising backdrop of the Northern Lights.
7. Lapland Snow Hotel
An ice hotel should only be found in movies, yet you can find one in Lapland, too. The SnowHotel emphasises the harsh Scandinavian winter, glorifying the extreme conditions while providing an element of culture within the confines of the luxurious interiors.
Everything is classically decorated with ice, from the restaurant and rooms to the corridors. However, it’s the ice bar that is truly unforgettable. It’s not the warmest way to spend a holiday, but it’s exquisitely natural and palatial in equal measure.
You have to book between December and March.
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