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Igloo Sleeping in Finland Not Always All It's Cracked Up To Be

January 20, 2009 at 5:11 PM | by | Comments (2)

When we first heard about the glass and ice igloos of the Kakslauttanen Hotel & Igloo Village in northern Finland, we thought it sounded like a winter paradise. But we thought we'd better take off our rose-colored snow-goggles and check out the real lay of the snow-covered land up there.

If some of the TripAdvisor reviews are to be believed, then there are a few flaws in the igloo industry. While some guests are perfectly satisfied, quite a few mention problems with service. One guest mentioned "90% of [the staff] are not capable to communicate in English", which surprised us since we've always found Finns to be sickeningly multilingual. Another complained that there's no daily room service, others said the bar service was terrible and they found the staff stressed out and "being chased by the somewhat angry-looking owner".

But on balance, it sounds like the kind of place where if you go in prepared for some cultural differences, and open to a bunch of new (and very cold) experiences, you can still have a great stay. Average rates start at $230 a night but can get much higher--it is expensive Finland, after all. But we think the views out of the glass igloos are pretty special.

[Photo: YoungRobV]

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Room With a Killer View: Pretty Winter in Oulu, Finland

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  Site Where: Hallituskatu 1, Oulu, 90100
February 28, 2008 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

Head north to Oulu in Finland and you can get these kinds of pretty views from the Radisson SAS Hotel in late winter. Similarly to Helsinki, there's a mix of sweet old buildings, and we like the touch of color that keeps them still visible even through the typical winter snow and haze.

If you're suffering through the heat of the southern hemisphere summer right now, or caught up with ugly snow storms elsewhere, enjoy this view as a reminder of how pretty winter can be.

The Oulu Radisson itself is a little rundown, but still very comfortable. But like most things in Finland, it's a little more expensive than you'd expect, with average room rates towards the $200 mark, without getting anything special.

The location is convenient though, and not having to drive to the city center is a good thing when the weather gets like this.

[Photo: duanestorey]

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Santa Claus Has His Own Hotel in Finland

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  Site Where: Korkalonkatu 29, Rovaniemi, Finland, 96200
December 19, 2007 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

When you're choosing a hotel for a Christmas vacation, you can't get a much more appropriate choice than the Clarion Hotel Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. The Santa Claus Hotel is just a few miles away from the official home of the real Santa on the Arctic Circle and is a popular choice for Christmas visitors to Finland.

Like many Lapland hotels, the functionality wins over from looks when you see the Santa Claus Hotel from the outside--but if you're visiting at Christmas time, the daylight only lasts a couple of hours so you'll probably never get a good look at the architecture anyway.

The character of a Christmas in Rovaniemi comes more from the activities you undertake and the excitement of the season than a hotel full of character, and so the Hotel Santa Claus provides everything else that you need: neat clean rooms, a decent breakfast, friendly staff and a central location in Rovaniemi, and within walking distance of the train station.

Having said that, the Clarion Hotel Santa Claus has recently opened some new rooms that include their own saunas. There is also the option of booking the Santa Claus Suite which comes with a sauna and jacuzzi, but sadly without Santa.

[Photo: fabrriciuse]

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· Please Disturb Me at Lapland's Rantasipi Pohjanhovi [HotelChatter]
· Will the Real Santa Please Stand Up? [Jaunted]
· Hotels in Finland [HotelChatter]

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Room With a Killer View: A Finnish White Christmas

November 21, 2007 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

Dreaming of a white Christmas yet? Here's the perfect killer view for Christmas, courtesy of the Luostotunturi Hotel in the middle of Finnish Lapland. The town of Luosto is perfect for skiing in winter, hiking in summer, and seeing the Northern Lights between August and April; and for getting killer views.

The Luostotunturi Hotel includes a new Amethyst Wellness Centre and you can choose to stay in regular hotel rooms, apartments or pine log cabins. For the best views, we recommend the cabins, which are set a little way apart from the hotel and closer to the wild.

[Photo: jonlarge]

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· Hotels in Finland [HotelChatter]
· Will the Real Santa Please Stand Up? [Jaunted]

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A Budget Hotel Find for Helsinki

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  Site Where: Rantamaki 3, Espoo , Finland, 02230
July 3, 2007 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Finland's not known as the land of cheap travel, but if you're swinging by Helsinki then a stay at the Hotel Matinlahti won't completely destroy your budget.

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Igloos, Rocking Chairs and Singles Weeks at Kakslauttanen

March 29, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

You might not be able to pronounce it, but you probably would enjoy a holiday at the Kakslauttanen Hotel and Igloo Village in far northern Finland. If you go in winter, you can sleep in an igloo made from snow (yeah, you might think they're all made from snow, but just wait a second). The snow igloos have a constant temperature of between 21 and 27 degrees F, so combined with the thick sleeping back they give you, you should survive the night.

But if you're more into comforts, you can try their special glass igloos. Kakslauttanen says these glass igloos are "based on our wild idea and vision" and they're made from a "very special" thermo glass. And the glass roof means you can lie in bed and (nature permitting) watch the Northern Lights--no waiting for the hotel to call you out of bed.

The rest of the year, the log cabins are your best bet. They accommodate between 2 and 6 people and each comes equipped with a sauna and a traditional Finnish rocking chair! Kakslatuttanen is especially popular for weddings (you can get married in an ice chapel) but they also run a special week each season when only singles can come and stay. Something for everyone.

[Photo: Barbarella]

Related Stories:
· Kakslauttanen Hotel and Igloo Village reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Please Disturb Me at Lapland's Rantasipi Pohjanhovi [HotelChatter]

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Please Disturb Me at Lapland's Rantasipi Pohjanhovi

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  Site Where: Pohjanpuistikko 2, Rovaniemi, Finland, 96200
November 9, 2006 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

A hotel receptionist who calls you up in the middle of the night. Not usually a requirement on your dream list of what a hotel provides, but at the Rantasipi Pohjanhovi hotel in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland, it's an extra service you can pay for: the Aurora advisory call. When the Northern Lights decide to put on their spectacular show, they'll wake you up and encourage you to pull on some clothes and get out there.

Depending on the time of year you visit Lapland, there are some key features you need to look for in a hotel: very warm rooms for winter, and thick curtains for the everlasting summer nights. The Pohjanhovi scores top marks for both of these. It also has other important features befitting a hotel just short of the Arctic Circle: a few saunas, of course, including a private one if you book in time, and electric power sockets for car warmers.

And to add to that, the real Santa lives just nearby. You can visit him any time of year with your wishlist and he can check if you've been naughty or nice.

Image via BWilson/Flickr

Related Stories:
· Rantasipi Pohjanhovi reviews [TripAdvisor]
· The Real Santa [Jaunted]
· Foxy Lights in Finland [Jaunted]