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Ounasvaaran Lakituvat Chalets
Why we like it
- Located atop the spectacular Ounasvaara fell in the Arctic Circle
- The perfect place to spot reindeer
- Each cosy chalet has a wood burner and sauna
- Close to the lively centre of Rovaniemi
- Plenty of hiking trails and cross country ski tracks nearby
The chalet's log shed is home to sledges, perfect for exploring the snow covered undulations of the local hills.
I tracked the Susa group which is the one I really wanted to see - it was almost as if gorillas were tumbling out of every bush, shrub and even at times they seemed to fall from the sky.
- MM, Edinburgh
Perched atop the stunning escarpment of Ounasvaara, among the starkly beautiful evergreen forest, Lakituvat is ideal for those in search of peace and relaxation. Located in Finland's most northerly province, Lapland, the nearby town of Rovaniemi is a lively and friendly outpost that brushes the southerly edge of the Arctic Circle and is depending on who you speak to said to be the home of Lapland's most famous resident, Father Christmas.
Each luxurious chalet covers over 60m², catering for up to six people across two double bedrooms and a cosy twin room in the loft. Because of their roomy layout, they're perfect for families. The chalets feature vibrant living areas with squashy red sofas perfect for cosying up in, with open fireplaces creating a lovely glow that warms the cockles. In the freezing winter months (or all year round, we won't tell) you'll be grateful of the sauna, not to mention the drying cupboard which ensures your clothes are warm and toasty after a day on the slopes. Each chalet has a fully-equipped kitchen for whipping up warming dishes or entertaining friends and family.
When it comes to dining, not only do you have the option of cooking in your chalet, you can also order dinner to your door or dine out at the nearby Sky Hotel Restaurant, which is consistently ranked in Finland's top ten restaurants. Depending on the season, you can take part in husky dog sledding, snowmobiling, skiing or ice driving, or perhaps meeting Santa Claus himself. In the summer months, the area is replete with beautiful flora and fauna, and hiking, canoeing, fishing and foraging for berries are all popular activities. The Santa Sport Centre, with its wellbeing and spa facilities, is just a short walk away.
May through to September offers the mildest weather and the highest number of travellers. This is the time of the long, long summer days in the land of the midnight sun. Further north in Lapland, October to March are good times to visit to enjoy winter activities, such as ice swimming and dog sledding and it is the best time to see the spectacular Northern Lights. Helsinki is great to visit all year round.
2 hours 45 minutes
GMT + 2
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