We have just returned from a truly magical time at the Forest Hotel. We were even fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights dance for us just on the river by the hotel.
We chose to stay here as it was more of a quiet wilderness experience and it was just wonderful. The guides - Felix and JP were great fun but also incredibly knowledgable and taught us how to cross country ski and even drive snowmobiles. We loved the fact that the skis and snowshoes were on hand 24/7 and you could just help yourself and go exploring. It was excellent as well how the hotel was equipped with the thermal suits and boots. The activities that they arranged were brilliant especially the huskie sledging and they pride themselves on small groups ( there were 8 in ours) which guarantees a quieter experience and not at all touristy.
The new owners were very enthusiastic and infact ensured we went out that first night which if we hadn't we would have missed those Northern Lights!
The food was excellent with a great buffet in the morning with various fruits/cereals/breads/meats and cooked. Lunch was often cooked up for you on a campfire during your activities which was amazing and Diner was delicious - you didn't have a choice but for me that was also part of the charm and meant you had to make very little decisions during the holiday. They also cater for vegetarians.
The hotel had an excellent sauna and hot- tub it was quite bizarre sitting in there one evening whilst it snowed!
The rooms were fairly basic but very clean and ensuite and to be honest its not as if you spend much time in them anyway
All in all it was a very magical trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ForestHotel is a wilderness lodge, lost in the woods, 80 km above arctic circle. The hotel charms its guests with a cosy atmosphere, fun nature activities, fresh and tasty food, and above all a very friendly staff. ForestHotel is a quiet and warm address, a perfect base for high quality winter activities like snow-mobile, husky driving, cross-country skiing, wildcamp expeditions, icefishing and reindeer safaris, and also northern light search. ... more less