We spent a week in this winter wilderness, what an amazing place, a hotel set on top of a fell just outside the arctic circle in a national park, quite isolated, but is is in a national park.
The whole area around the hotel was fantastic trees covered with ice and snow we went snowshoeing one day around the area in about 2 foot of snow brilliant fun, wonderful views, frozen wonderland.
The ski slopes are on the other side of the fell from the hotel, they were well groomed and quiet not too difficult skiing terrain, we hired skis and boots for the day, no lifts only T bar and button lifts made it a bit exhausting.
The hotel was basic but clean and the food was good and plentiful from a daily buffet, fabulous views from the panoramic restaurant, drinks were bit expensive, as is in most of Scandinavian countries, but we brought duty free with us.
The cabins were clean, warm and cosy, underfloor heating, drying cabinet, sauna and all the necessary accessories in the kitchen.
I thought the excursions were excellent, good value for money, great to experience the way of life of the local Finish people, huskies rides and reindeer farm, the snowmobile trips were great fun especially the night adventure we travelled around 20 km searching for the Northern lights, ( didn't find them) across undulated terrain and frozen lake just using our headlights. This is a holiday for adventurous people
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In northern Finland, Iso-Syöte is the country's southernmost fell region. With an ideal location on top of the 435m fell Hotel Iso-Syöte offers a friendly and special atmosphere where you can enjoy comfortable stays, fantastic panorama views, unforgettable experiences and adventures in a serene unspoiled natural environment. We are running this company, Hotel Iso Syöte & Safaris, as a DMC company where the total concept of accommodation, hospitality, activities, restaurant services and unique tailormade programs are combined, always making use of the peace, space and possibilities of our natural surroundings and wild nature. Located in the triangle of the three main airports of Lapland (Rovaniemi, Oulu and Kuusamo) means that Iso Syöte is always within easy reach. There are 30 double rooms mostly with a splendid view over the forest and valley below, 23 real Finnish kelo cottages made of full round pinelogs and 16 big family Fjell Top cottages on the very top of the hill. All cottages are fully equipped and clients can enjoy the warm comfort of their own private sauna and fireplace in the cottages. Also a luxurious hotelsuite can be booked with bathroom with shower and toilet and private sauna, second bathroom with jacuzzi, livingroom with fireplace, bedroom with round shaped bed. The suite has extensive glass window, walls and roof so you can admire a more then 180 degrees free view, the midnightsun in summer and the northernlight and stars in the winter. Safaris: With our safari company we take you on adventurous trips. In winter, when all is heavily covered with snow, we take you on snowmobiletours, ice rally drives, husky and reindeersledge rides, snowshoe hikes, northern light excursions, ice fishing trips or you can enjoy downhill and cross country skiing straight from the hotel or the cottages. In summer we explore the nature by hiking, canoeing on lakes and rivers, quadbike tours through the forest, reindeerfarm / huskyfarm visits and campfire dinners in the open air under the midnightsun ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Iso Syote