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New hotels in Finland – the hottest projects in Lapland

Credits: Kurula

Dining room with a wooden decor in Kurula luxury lakefront hotel.

Finnish tourism sector on the route to recovery in Lapland

Slowly but surely the Finnish tourism sector starts to recover from the pandemic; from January to November 2021 an increase of 17% in hotel nights was recorded compared to the previous year.
Credits: Kurula

There are many new accommodation projects in Finland

04/02/2022

In November 2021 a total of 55,417 hotel rooms were available in Finland, according to Statistics Finland 4,757 more than a year earlier. And there is more to come.

The capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi, counts 2 accommodation projects that were finalized in December. The Arctic SnowHotel is available for bookings from mid-December until the end of March. As the name and the limited opening time suggest, this hotel is made of real snow and ice. The guests sleep in sleeping bags in a constant room temperature between 0 and -5 ºC, even in extremely cold weather. At the checkout you will receive a diploma on spending the night in arctic conditions!

And something less perishable: The Apukka Resort in Rovaniemi introduced new glass-roofed Kammi suites with a 360º sky view and larger Kammi Family Suites with a bigger kitchen, two bedrooms in a lakeside location. The property is situated in the embrace of two remote lakes at the edge of unspoilt wilderness.

Located 25 minutes from Rovaniemi international airport in the middle of 400+ secluded hectares of pristine Arctic forest, Octola Private Wilderness inaugurated the Arctic region’s first luxury spa and health clinic at the beginning of the year. The first five-star accommodation in the Nordics with a negative carbon footprint expanded their facilities by three different pool settings and two saunas including an outdoor winter sauna built from illuminated ice blocks.

In the vicinity of Kemi, the 1926 built Juopperi Manor (information in Finnish) was reborn last summer as a countryside hotel. The 17 carefully renovated rooms are divided into forest and river rooms depending on the views, so pick your favorite!

View of a cabin during winter lightened up in red and blue lights.
Credits: Octola Private Wilderness

In one of Lapland’s touristic centers, Pyhä, a new luxury lakefront hotel is in the making. Kurula’s aims at offering a premium product combining luxurious accommodation in a unique location with the best activities in Lapland. The adjacent Lake Pyhäjärvi will provide the context for activities like ice hole swimming, fishing and canoeing, further ski slopes and the Pyhä-Luosto National park are only a stone throw away. The hotel will benefit from an energy-efficient log structure and eco-friendly aqua thermal heating to minimize the carbon footprint. The 17 two-room apartments will each have their own sauna, a kitchenette, spectacular lake and fell views and accommodate up to 4 persons. The opening is scheduled for December 2022.

Beginning of the year, House of Northern Senses in Virkkula opened their doors. Built in 1954 as the village school and later used as Finnair's former holiday and training centre, the building has now been reborn as a hotel. The 6-hectare lakeside resort featuring a sauna and pool area and two lakeside saunas is located in a small village near the famous Ruka Ski Resort. The property accommodates up to 22 persons in 8 bedrooms and is bookable for one group at a time.

The Saariselkä accommodation options were expanded at the end of last year when the Aurora Collection Resort on the slopes of Kaunispää fell were launched.

And last but not least, in the northernmost tip of Finland there is currently plenty happening. Located on the shore of Lake Kilpisjärvi, the Tundrea holiday centre has expanded with new glass igloos with views of the Saana fell.

The glass igloos of Arctic Land Adventure located at Vasara Reindeer Ranch in Kilpisjärvi have been complemented by a high-class lounge area where the guests can spend time. This is the place to get a glimpse of a traditional Sámi reindeer farmer’s life.

Modern hotel room with a double bed and a floor to ceiling window showing a wintery landscape.
Credits: Cahkal

And finally, in June 2022 a new hotel, Cahkal, will open in the stunning scenery of Lake Kilpisjärvi. All of the hotel’s 23 rooms will have fell views and the hotel restaurant Aika Kitchen & Bar will focus on local produce. We can’t wait!

As you can see, there are many new accommodation projects that are currently ongoing or have recently been launched in Finland. In case you read all 4 parts of this article, you should have a full picture of the current developments in all Finnish regions. We hope that you have found some interesting ones to further look into and recommend to your clients visiting Finland. Tervetuloa – welcome!

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Suvi Pribilla
Specialist
DACH
suvi.pribilla (at) businessfinland.fi
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