We visited the Yllas Saaga hotel for the second time in two years. This year we opted for a one bedroom apartment on a self catering basis whereas last year we stayed in the hotel (see my review on Yllas for info on geography of the area).
The apartment was lovely, there was a small kitchen with fridge, dishwasher, oven, microwave, hob and even a filter coffee machine, all in good order. There was plenty of cutlery and plates for the two of us plus pans etc. There is a table big enough for 4 plus a sofa and chairs. The apartment also had a TV and DVD player plus wired internet access (no wifi but this is available in the lobby and bar areas). There were plenty of towels and they even offered to clean the room each day which is unusual for self catering.
We had a balcony and overlooked the piste. This meant we were north facing and we were fortunate enough to see the northern lights from the room a couple of times. Once sighting was quite faint but another was very good.
The bedroom was two single beds but they were pushed together for us to make a good sized double. There is a separate WC and hand basin plus a bathroom/utility area with shower, washing machine and your own private sauna ! This has a timer so you can set it to come on when you are due back from the slopes.
Each apartment has a locker which you can get a key for by leaving a deposit on your card at reception, the lockers are on the ground floor of your apartment wing and can take some finding first time but worth persevering as they have plenty of room for all your ski equipment.
There is a small shop which sells essentials such as milk, bread, cheese, juices etc but the nearest supermarket is 45 mins walk away. Note that the shop isn’t open when the Inghams flight comes in from the UK and doesn’t open until ca 10.00 am so if coming on this flight you need to be prepared for breakfast on the first day. We ate out each evening but used the small shop for lunches so didn’t go to the supermarket.
This time we visited in late March and were there for the Easter weekend when it got quite busy with Finnish visitors. It was noticeably warmer than our visit in late Feb 2012 but the ski conditions were still very good. You can ski into the hotel but need to walk ca 50 metres to the piste to get out.
The hotel is located a few hundred metres from the main chair lift, ski school and ski rental shop so all very convenient. There are a couple of bars and places to eat in the same area but not a great amount of choice. We ate at Millis a few times and it was very good, they also did a small buffet lunch at 10Eur pp which was popular. Pizza at the Gondola Pizza was very good as were the burgers at the Bistro within the hotel.
Hints and tips
The small log cabin at the top of the fell is a nice place to stop for a snack, lots of character.
The fell has skiing on 3 sides so if it’s windy move around to a different side and it may be more sheltered.
To see the Northern lights request a north facing / piste room, on a clear night turn the lights off and be patient, you just might see them. Also, do as many trips as possible after dark.
Beer at the small shop is about a third of the price than in the bars.
We enjoyed the night time snowmobile safari, snow shoeing and the husky sledging.
Everyone speaks English but as usual learn to say hi and thanks.
If you’re looking for a quiet laid back family friendly resort with good snow conditions and lots of options for other activities Yllas is recommended.
If you want high adrenalin black runs, lots of Apres ski and a vast ski area then it’s probably not the right resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Yllas Saaga Hotel Yllasjarvi
- Lapland Hotel Saaga Finland - Yllasjarvi