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Offbeat things to see and hotels in Finland


December 10, 2011
 

I am going to be in Finland from 2012-02-20 to 2012-02-25. I need suggestions for what all I should see, give me only offbeat & local stuff. Things I like - northern lights, nature.
I need help with hotels, budget for accommodation is moderate, the rate should be around 400$/night - ice hotels.
Also - Northern lights.
I am traveling with my spouse - 56 male.

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December 11, 2011

Nandini's answer about accommodation in Finland
Accommodation in Finland

Finland is one of the most beautiful countries in the Scandinavian region, especially during the winter when the surroundings get transformed into a white winter wonderland.

Winter is Here (Source: Uninen)

I have looked for some unique hotels based on your specifications. However, there was an issue with availability for many of the hotels so here are the best ones I could find - 

1. The Arctic Snow Hotel

The Arctic Snow Hotel in Finland offers guests one of the most unique experiences in the world - spending the night at a hotel made of ice and snow. Experience the true Arctic winter as you relax in rooms made of ice, with thermal blankets and beds. The room temperature is maintained between 0 to -5 degrees Celsius in such a way that your view of the beautiful scenery outside does not get ruined by frost on the windows. Shower and toilet facilities are attached. Sleep luxuriously in high quality fleece-lined sleeping bags and enjoy their wake-up service where you get a hot drink and breakfast at the Log Restaurant. In addition, you even get a diploma stating that you survived the night on snow and ice in Arctic conditions. 

The Arctic Snow Hotel

igloo hotel 010 (Source: arcticroute.com)

Address: Finland, 97220 Sinettä, Lehtoahontie 27

Check-in and check-out: Check-In time: 18:00:00-23:00:00; Check-Out time: 07:30:00-10:00:00

You can book here and here.

2. Klaus K Hotel

Klaus K hotel is one of the finest boutique hotels in Helsinki that blends Finnish modernism with a classic touch. The minimalist furniture, the subtly elegant color tones and furniture choices leave a lasting impression on every guest. The hotel has a posh nightclub and bar which serves some of the best Austrian wines. What's more, if you check in on a weekend, you get a welcome drink of champagne. 

There are a variety of rooms and suites to choose from. Names like Envy, Desire, Passion and Mystical leave you in no doubt about the creativity that has gone into making each room comfortable for guests. There are two art rooms as well that were decorated by renowned Finnish artists. All rooms are non-smoking and have high-speed internet, flat screen televisions, custom-made beds, plush bathrobes and towels, a mini bar and laptop-sized safes.

Here's a review  -

Very cool hotel in the middle of the city - you could not hope for a better location.The hotel serves "best of Finland" -breakfast, which lives up to its name; one of the best hotel breakfasts I've had. Locally sourced ingredients, organic, and amazingly it's included in the room price.
Klaus K was really more of an experience than just a stay - highly recommended!
P.S. You can borrow free bikes from the reception.

 (Source: TripAdvisor)

Address: Klaus K, Bulevardi 2-4, 00120 Helsinki, FINLAND

Telephone: +358 (0)20 770 4700

Email: rooms@klauskhotel.com

The suites start from $300 and above. You can book here.

3. The Snow Village

The Snow Village is a mesmerizing complex made with thousands of tons of ice and snow, combining stunning craftsmanship with an overall unique experience that leaves guests spell-bound. The complex include the Snow Hotel, a restaurant, a bar and lots of beautiful ice and snow sculptures and artwork. 

 

The Snow Village

Snow Village (Source: Alex Healing)

Staying at the Snow Hotel makes for an unforgettable experience where you get a taste of life in one of the coldest regions of the world.Choose between the Ice Suite - where you can sleep in a room that is made entirely of ice and snow and has one-of-a-kind ice art installations all over. The suite includes luxurious shower and bath facilities. You are provided with high quality thermal sleeping bags as well as a lovely breakfast with a hot drink each morning. 

Here's a review - 

 

The Lainio snow village is about a 35 min journey from Akaslampolo and is an evening trip. The hotel is fantastic and well worth a visit. You get a quick guided tour and then you're free to wonder around yourself and take pics. The ice bar is a must even if the vodka shots are 7 Euros each! But it's an experience. There are plenty of rooms to look in and many ice sculptures to admire. 

 (Source: TripAdvisor)

Address: Postal address: Ylläs-Safarit Oy Ylläsjärventie 158, 95980 Ylläsjärvi, Finland.

Visiting address: Lainiotie, Kittilä

Telephone: +358 (0)40 416 7227 Fax. +358 (0)16 565 161

Email: info@yllassafarit.net

The Snow Hotel takes bookings via email, and you would need to provide the following details - 

  • Full name and address
  • Number of persons staying overnight
  • Requested room type
  • Requested date
  • Estimated time of arrival
  • Mobile phone number from which you can be reached while your stay in Finland if necessary
  • Credit card details
  • Pick up place (when booking car package or transfers for instance)

I hope my suggestions helped. Do write back to us if you need help with anything else such as flights, or restaurant or nightlife recommendations.

Cheers!

Nandini



 
January 2, 2012

Nandini's answer about things to do in Rovaniemi and Finland
Things to see in Finland

Finland is known for its breathtaking icy landscapes during the winter, spectacular fall colors during the autumn season and of course, the ethereal aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. The country has an overall vibe and feel like no other place in the world.

Ice on the rocks (Source: André Mouraux)

Here are some of the best things that you absolutely must see while in Finland. I have taken care to recommend things that are less tourist-y. 

1. Lemmenjoki National Park

The Lemmenjoki National Park is located in Northern Lapland and is a place of nearly untouched natural beauty. It has extensive birch and spruce forests, mighty rivers flowing through and lots of lovely hiking trails, campfire places and so on. A must-visit for any nature lover.

Lemmenjoki National Park

Sunset In Lapland (Source: Heather Sunderland)

Here's a review - 

 

To get into the national park itself you can either hike in or do as we did and take the speed boat ride across the lake from the other small camping centre at Lemmenjoen Retkeilykeskus. The boat ride cost us 19Euros each which sounds a lot but is in fact good value as the ride is almost 30km and along the way you get to see some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable; towering rock faces, mountains, endless forests and if you're lucky like I was maybe a bear, reindeer or moose! 

 (Source: TripAdvisor)

For information on how to get there, check this out.

The area is managed by Metsähallitus, Natural Heritage Services, Lapland.

Address: Inarintie, FI-99870 Inari, Finland.

2. Santa Claus Village (Recommended)

The Santa Claus Village is one of the most unique places in Finland that is a must-visit for anyone planning a trip there. Located in Rovaniemi, in the Arctic Circle, it has a large cave residence for Kris Kringle, or Santa Claus in Finland. Children and adults alike visit this magical place where they can meet Santa on any day of the year, shop for unique, indigenous handicrafts and take in the Christmas magic that is present here every day of the year. 

Santa Claus Village

Santa Claus Village (Source: Timo Newton-Syms)

Address: Joulupukin Pajakylän osuuskunta‎, Napapiiri, 96930 Rovaniemi, Suomi

Telephone: 016 3562096

Timings: 10 January – 31 May 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

3. Where to get the perfect view of the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a fascinating natural phenomenon that occurs in the region of the Arctic Circle, and no trip to the region is complete without taking the time to view the spectacular colors of the aurora borealis. 

Where to get the perfect view of the Northern Lights

Revontulet kalansilmässä (Source: Janne)

A trip to Northern Finland would tell you that there is very little pollution there, and so on a clear night, you can view the different colors of the Northern Lights as they dance across the sky. The farther up north you travel, the more likely you are to see this magnificent natural feat. Rovaniemi is a great place to start. The town of Oulu, as well as Utsjoki or even better Ivalo are also great places where you can expect to see this phenomenon. 

In addition to these, you could also explore the area near the Gulf of Bothnia for its unpoilt natural beauty, especially the beaches and marine life. 



Answered by I love travel, photography and fashion and I also write a lot. Places I desperately want to explore - the Middle East and Scandinavia :D Nandini Sn

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