Need to know
60, including three ArcticScene Executive Suites and five Arctic Glasshouse suites.
11am, but flexible for a charge of €50 an hour (till 3pm), subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $238.84 (€210), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include a drink on arrival, porterage and a choice of Continental, full-English or American breakfast (French toast, pancakes and omelettes appear alongside trad-Finnish picks: smoked fish, muesli and the like).
Don’t neglect the drinkables in your minibar: try the hotel’s own pale ale (a collab with Arctic beer-meisters, Lapin Panimo).
While the hotel kitchen is remodelled, the hotel will be closed from 1 May to 24 June 2019.
At the hotel
Spa and forest sauna, swimming lake, fireplace-warmed lounge, shop, free WiFi. In rooms: furry throws, a Tivoli Audio Bluetooth radio, concealed flatscreen TV, minibar filled with local goodies, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, air-conditioning. Seven Treehouse Suites also have a kitchenette, and each Arctic Glasshouse has a fireplace, sauna, kitchenette with an electric hob and a private deck. ArcticScene Suites each have a wellness area with a product-packed spa goodie-bag (with temple Spa products, a bath bomb and wellness drink) and eco-friendly yoga mats.
Our favourite rooms
Like Lego Architect kits and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, these Treehouses are sophisticated takes on kids’ daydreams – and there isn’t a bad one in the bunch. However, the spacious ArcticScene Suites each have a patio with a log fire, sauna and bath tub with views, so they feel more spoiling. Request a Treehouse Suite close to the main building if you want a shorter stroll back after dinner.
There’s no pool, but you can take a brisk wild swim in the icy lake by the spa (a 20-minute drive from the hotel). If that’s a touch too invigorating for your liking, temperatures rise to around 22°C come July.
The Metsäkyly spa is a 20-minute drive from the hotel, amid picturesque pines, but staff will drop you off and pick you up for free. Naturally, there’s a sauna, for all the in-the-buff birch-beating fun you desire (don’t worry, almost-never nudes: the saunas are his ‘n’ hers). When you’re sufficiently steamed, enjoy a hot drink – or a ‘sauna sausage’, if you dare – in the open-air Jacuzzi (there’s an edited wine and champagne list, too), book a Swedish massage or acupuncture session, or take a blood-pumping plunge into the lake.
Bring shoes with grip, knits and thermals – plus, strokably soft nightwear. And, don’t forget your swimsuit for the spa.
You’ll be offered mulled wine on arrival, for a literally warm welcome.
Children are welcome. One extra bed (€50 a night, for children aged 4+) can be booked in some Treehouse suites; Glasshouse Suites hold up to two extra beds, and you can fit three in ArcticScene Suites. Babysitting is available, too.
All ages are welcome, but the stay is better suited to older children who will better appreciate the wilder pursuits. Parents will struggle with prams and pushchairs after heavy snowfalls.
Seven Treehouse Suites are fitted with a kitchenette and can interconnect on request. Most have a sweet ‘nest’ bed – an even smaller treehouse. ArcticScene Executive Suites sleep three extra children; Glasshouses sleep up to six guests.
The Frozen-style scenery will captivate kids with its tobogganing hills and unique fauna – reindeer petting and husky rides will undoubtedly be a hit. For those who still believe in Santa Claus, this is the place to pitch up: stop by his magical Village and try the ‘again, again’ activities at SantaPark. Bedtime stories lit by the Northern Lights and Lappish Christmas feasts attended by your own personal elf are some of the special private experiences you can book.
Swimming here depends on whether you believe a dip in an icy lake is character-forming or not…
Families are welcome to dine in the restaurant. There’s a children’s menu, highchairs to borrow and accommodating staff.
Babysitting is available for €35 an hour (must be booked a week in advance, for a minimum of two hours). Parents will be charged for the sitter’s taxi fare after 10pm.
No need to pack
The hotel has potties, art materials and bikes to borrow. Don’t forget the Elsa costume and letters to Santa.
Baby monitors are unlikely to work in this widely spread stay. Children from ages two to 12 are welcome in the spa, too.
Nature is nurtured here; treehouses with green roofs are built in-situ using sustainable materials, eco showers have restricted hot water and hideaways are heated using natural gas, while the main building runs on solar energy. Food comes from the surroundings – often directly – and there’s a teaching kitchen for local trainee chefs.