Nestled in the middle of a forest on the outskirts of Rovaniemi is the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel. There are 32 cube-like structures on stilts with a floor-to-ceiling window in the front (Arctic TreeHouse Suites) and five houses with their own private sauna (Arctic GlassHouses). Keeping in line with Scandanavian design, each suite is clean and sleek. The small space is cosy and well-designed; there is even a bunk bed for children hidden above the closet. The panoramic window was perfect for viewing the snow-covered trees during the day and the northern lights at night. It was exactly what we had imagined for our winter escape in Finland.
There is a great restaurant on site, Rakas, where we dined on Lappish delicacies such as reindeer, fish and cloudberries.
Lying on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is among other things, the official home of Santa Claus. The Santa Claus village is as expected all about Christmas. Open year-round, you can visit the man himself, shop for souvenirs or send a postcard from Santa's Post Office. You can also cross the Arctic Circle as you make your way from one side of the village to the other.
Nearby you can visit a very different accommodation altogether. The Arctic SnowHotel is rebuilt each year with snow and ice. Each room is decorated with amazing ice sculptures and reliefs. We had a drink at the Ice Bar where our shots were served in ice glasses. There was even an Ice Sauna where we experienced frost and then extreme heat within seconds of pouring water onto the hot stones.
Thank you Arctic Treehouse Hotel for providing support on our visit to Lapland. All opinions expressed are our own.