The 7 most beautiful hotels to stay in Lapland in 2022

Credits: Magical Pond


Press release, Helsinki, 2022

As the New Year dawns, Visit Finland introduces some of the most beautiful accommodations in the midst of nature without any noise or light pollution.
Credits: Magical Pond

Visit Finland offers a wide range of spectacular accommodations

Embracing the silence, observing the pure nature, immersing in the arctic night and dancing Aurora Borealis on a clear-sky day – covered over 75% with forests while having the world’s cleanest air makes Finland one of the last great wildernesses in Europe. Irrespective of the destination and the season, the promise remains the same: unforgettable moments that will stay forever. 

As the darkness swallows the snowy landscapes, the magical glow of the aurora borealis illuminates the unique natural landscape. Visit Finland offers a wide range of spectacular accommodations with an unobstructed view of nature and the magical Northern lights and the Midnight Sun.

Credits: Northern Lights Village

Magical Pond, Ruka-Kuusamo

Magical Pond is a collection of luxurious and sustainable igloos in Lapland. What do these twenty accommodations have in common? A pure Scandinavian decor and a breathtaking view on the wilderness. If lucky, travellers will be able to spot a reindeer and maybe even the splendour of the Milky Way illuminated by the colours of the Northern Lights. Magical Pond has not only been awarded the Sustainable Travel Finland label, but also the Green Key certificate, as it is highly dedicated to social, cultural, environmental, and economical responsibility, as the electricity is obtained from hydropower. Situated only 8 km from the Ruka Ski Resort, it is also a highlight for ski fans.    

Prices start from 379€, including breakfast in the restaurant, a welcome drink and free use of a fireplace and snowshoes (if available). 

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Arctic Skylight Lodge, Ylläs

Nestled in the hollow of a river valley in Pallas-Ylläs National Park, the Arctic Skylight Lodge unfolds with ten glass cabins, a lodge, and a restaurant. Whether you enjoy the high-class sauna that is located down by the Kukaslompolo lake, the great variety of different activities in Äkäslompolo, or the warm and welcoming restaurant offering three-course choice menus – the Arctic Skylight Lounge is a place to reconnect with nature and oneself.  

And because well-being and nature are intimately linked, a glass-enclosed sauna immersing itself in nature offers a moment of absolute relaxation to experience the power of "löyly", which is not only the name for the evaporating hot steam that rises from ´kiuas´ stoves after water has been carefully poured on top of them, but also refers to the feeling of the heat as it envelopes you. The adjacent outdoor jacuzzi down by the river offers the perfect setting to enjoy the wonders of Lappish nature.  

Prices start from 475€, including breakfast.  

Sauna and jacuzzi can be booked for 100€ + 20€/person, minimum 1,5 hours. 

Credits: Arctic Skylight Lodge

Aurora Queen Resort, Ivalo

Opened December 1st, 2021, Aurora Queen Resort comprises 14 beautiful glass igloos with glass ceilings and panorama windows for a full-immersion view of the surrounding nature and northern lights without leaving the comfort of the bed. No gimmicks – just pure nature.  

Not only is the igloo designed to maximize the view of the night sky, but all the details are carefully designed for comfort and indulgence. Premium-quality materials are used on every surface for a flawless stay. All igloos are fully equipped with their own bathrooms and other comforts. The resort uses geothermal heating and solid wood materials. The resort can be reached within 45 minutes from Ivalo airport. The hotel also offers activities such as a visit to the nearby reindeer farm, aurora hunting on snowshoes, frozen ring ice karting and husky safaris.  

Prices start from 595€ for a Glass Igloo with a king size bed and panorama suite, including breakfast.

Credits: Aurora Queen Resort

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, Rovaniemi

Like nests nestled among fire trees, the 32 suites and 5 chalets of the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel offer an experience like no other. Providing a panoramic view on the surroundings with their huge bay windows, they are the perfect haunts to admire the Lappish Forest in the Arctic Circle.  

The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel received several international awards. It has been granted with the Green Key eco-label and is the first labelled company in Rovaniemi that received the Sustainable Travel Finland label. 

Outside, nature is a real playground: ice-water fishing, dog sledging or reindeer rides, snowshoeing, northern lights hunt, meeting Santa Claus... At the hotel, travellers can relax with the benefits of the Finnish sauna and indulge in the cuisine of the Rakas restaurant, meaning beloved in Finnish and whose menu was created by chef and artist Petteri Luoto. 

In perfect harmony with the environment, do the suites not only have green roofs which suitable for rainwater management. They have all been closely designed to a philosophy of sustainability using sustainable materials such as Finnish pine.  

Prices start from 250€, for an Arctic TreeHouse Twin Suite with a nest-Like Bed (27 m²), including breakfast. 

Credits: Arctic TreeHouse Hotel

Apukka Resort Lappish Kammi Suite, Rovaniemi

Step inside the marvellous tales of Northland in Rovaniemi. As the seasons change, the resort evolves and offers wilderness experiences like no other. The history of Apukka Resort revolves around the North and all the stories it carries. Without respect, without sustainability, Lapland would not be the same. The idea is to highlight the country's heritage and the rich stories of the past told around a campfire. Many old hand-built log homes have found new life on the Apukka premises. Here, these architectural masterpieces, all telling their own stories from the pages of history, will live on for decades.  

Among the different sustainable actions of the hotel, and instead of using thousands of plastic key cards per year, Apukka trusts in the old-fashioned metal keys. These keys last throughout the years, create less plastic waste and are easier to spot from the snow if dropped. The Lappish Kammi Suites are authentic, ecological, and most importantly, filled with stories from the past. Equipped with a kitchenette and comfortable twin bed under a sky view window, the Lappish Kammi Suites provide a perfect setting for the unfolding of your own, unforgettable story.  

Prices start from 261€ for a Lappish Kammi Suite (32 m²). 

Credits: All about Lapland

Arctic Fox Igloos, Ranua

In southern Finnish Lapland, Arctic Fox Igloos unveils glass igloos with an impressive view of nearby Lake Ranuanjärvi. Although close to the small town of Ranua, Arctic Fox Igloos is located in the heart of nature on the peaceful shores of the lake. The Igloos have been built in such a manner that each offers an unobstructed view across the open lake to the far-reaching northern horizons. On the edge of the wilderness, outdoor activities abound all year long, including swimming, hiking, and snowmobiling. The Arctic Fox Igloos teams also offer husky- and reindeer safaris.

Near the igloos, not far from the town of Ranua, the Arctic Wildlife Park can be found, where travellers can see authentic Arctic foxes, the only polar bears in Finland, and more than 50 other Arctic animals. The animals live in huge enclosures amidst the northern forests in their natural environment. The park is opened every day of the year.

Prices start from 269€ per night, breakfast included.

Credits: Arctic Fox Igloo

Northern Lights Village, Levi

The Aurora Cabins at the Northern Lights Village are a magical way to experience the wintry star-filled sky and the Northern lights, while lying comfortably in a warm bed. The laser-heated glass-roof opens up into the northern sky, directly above the bed. There, all the snow will be removed from the glass roof at the touch of a button for the best view of the sky. The private fireplace in each suite gives an impression of extreme comfort and cosiness.

With the activities and packages offered by the village, it is possible to live all the Finnish experiences even in a short stay: skiing, snowshoeing, husky rides, reindeer safaris, northern lights photography, or visiting the farms of the resort. Everything is done to live a fantastic moment in a Finnish way. Whether a couple, a group of friends or a family (children under three years old can stay for free), Northern Lights Village will welcome all those who want to live an out of the ordinary experience far from the city and the urban pressure.

Prices start from 299€ for an Aurora Cabin (29 m²), breakfast and dinner included.

Credits: Northern Lights Village

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