The new hotels being built in Lapland often take into consideration the idyllic scenery that surrounds them and draw influences from it. The two newest hotels in this part of Finland are Wilderness Hotel Inari and Hotel Nangu and both sit perfectly within their idyllic surroundings. These are owned by our good friends Mari and Jouko Lappalainen who also own the fantastic Nellim and Muotka Lodges.
Inari Wilderness Hotel sits on the western shores of Lake Inari. It’s in a fantastic location for activities, whether you're being pulled by huskies across the frozen expanse, or exploring it on a snowmobile safari, there’s just so much you can do! It’s also only 2km from Inari town centre, where you can visit the fascinating Sámi Siida Museum which is the national museum of the indigenous Sámi people. It gives you a fantastic insight into the Sámi culture and how they have evolved through decades of technological and to the environmental changes.
Inari Wilderness Hotel itself is nothing short of stunning. The new accommodation is spread out over the complex and offers a range of fantastic rooms to suit all. My favourite accommodation however, is the impressive log cabins. They all have a spacious living room and kitchenette helping give it a homely feel. The room has large windows that look north over the picturesque frozen lake and there is even a private sauna to relax and enjoy after a day full of Arctic adventures!
As well as the log cabins, there are also north facing, glass-roofed Aurora Cabins available. These give you the perfect position for viewing the Northern Lights from the comfort of your own bed - a true bucket list experience!
The hotel is perfect for both couples and larger groups, with a night in an Aurora Cabin being a wonderful night for anyone. Being able to look out through the glass windows at the stars and Northern Lights is simply unforgettable. For larger groups the log cabins are perfect, easily sleeping five with one double bed downstairs and three single beds upstairs, the cabins really feel like a home away from home as you enjoy the Arctic experience together.
The main building that houses the reception and restaurant is spectacular. It is a log cabin style building with huge windows that really help bring the outside winter scenery inside. It’s a fantastic setting to enjoy your evening meal before your activities or to watch the dancing Auroras as the enormous windows all face north over the lake. The interior furniture and decoration is individually selected by the hotel owners and encapsulates all you would expect with a new hotel in Lapland.
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In comparison, the sister Hotel Nangu has everything for those wanting to escape the stresses of everyday modern life. Not only does it sit on the southern shores of beautiful Lake Inari in remote Finnish Lapland, but importantly it is also a boutique, adult-only hotel.
The focal point of Nangu is it’s striking main restaurant and reception building. The images speak for themselves, it’s an impressive log cabin that is dominated with glass windows. The interior decoration, like Inari, takes inspiration from regional tastes complete with a log fire and comfortable, contemporary chairs in the corner of the room.
Nangu offers an à la carte menu rather than the buffet-style common in other hotels, catering for all dietary requirements and tastes. My most relaxing moments in Lapland have been at Nangu; it’s peaceful atmosphere and beautiful settings allow you to truly switch off and enjoy some relaxation.
As well as its fantastic accommodation and restaurant, Nangu is also a brilliant destination to search for the Northern Lights. Its rural position means that it is many miles from any light pollution, and a 2-minute downhill walk to Lake Inari will reward you with a clear view to the north where the Aurora can often be seen dancing above.
In fact, if the skies are clear of clouds on a moonless night, the Milky Way can be seen stretching from horizon to horizon overhead. Overall, the location and setting of this impressive hotel makes it an ideal destination for couples to escape to the wilderness and enjoy an unforgettable experience in the Arctic.
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Image Credits: Matt Robinson & The Aurora Zone