Your planned holiday in Finland can use a little bit of edge–in the form of an unusual hotel. If the idea of something other than traditional travel accommodations has been brewing at the back of your mind, then now’s the time to start considering viable places for which to spend the night while touring Finland. Here are five extraordinarily unusual hotels to keep in mind.
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Clinch the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sleep inside a glass igloo beholding the wondrous northern lights while surrounded by snow-covered fir trees. This is exactly what’s on offer should you head to Saariselkä and then check in at Hotel Kaklauttanen, which is open from late August to April. The glass igloos are, of course, furnished like traditional suites.
Arctic Snow Hotel and Glass Igloos
Like Hotel Kaklauttanen, Arctic Snow Hotel (and its impressive line of glass-topped igloos) is another cool destination for experiencing the magic of the seasonal northern lights and midnight sun. Located in Rovaniemi, Finland, this hotel is built on the shore of the picturesque Lehtojavi Lake. Lovely ice and snow sculptures add to the appeal of this Finnish hotel. Arctic Snow Hotel offers several dining options, including a log restaurant for hosting summer get-togethers and an Ice Restaurant for that otherworldly dining experience inside an ice structure.
Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
Another amazing accommodation to consider while in Rovaniemi is the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, which is built high up in the pines so that the building structure is essentially a glorified tree house. The hotel offers panoramic views of the Arctic forests as well as modern comfort inside expertly furnished rooms.
Seaside Glass Villas
Cozy suites are lined with glass at Seaside Glass Villas. This enables guests to fully enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bay of Bothnia, the seasonal northern lights, and the SnowCastle area, which is bounded by the sea that freezes during wintertime. Ice diving is just one of the many fun activities you can do while staying at Seaside Glass Villas.
Hotel Katajanokka is a lovely hotel converted from a historic jail. Located in Helsinki–site of top-rated tourist attractions like Finnish National Museum of Art, Fortress of Suomenlinna, Kaivopuisto park, Hietaniemi beach, and Linnanmäki amusement park–Hotel Katajanokka ensures an unforgettable 4-star prison-themed accommodation. The renovated jail still retains its red brick exterior and intimidating high walls. But there’s nothing dank or claustrophobic at Hotel Katajanokka. Its luxury suites are furnished with modern comforts, including a sauna.
While enjoying your stay at any of these funky hotels, immerse in Finnish culture, as well. Eat karjalanpiirakka, a savory and filling Karelian pasty or pie. Outdoor activities such as kayaking and Nordic skiing should also be high up on your list of holiday to-dos.