Lonely Planet Writer

Santa’s home in Lapland will soon have a new Arctic Treehouse Hotel

If the idea of heading to the Santa’s home wasn’t enough to have you dreaming of winter, the Santa Park in Lapland will soon have a new hotel that will let travellers curl up at the Arctic Circle and watch the Northern Lights.

The hotel in Finland.
The hotel in Finland. Image by Marc Goodwin
Scandinavia, Finland, Rovaniemi, trees in wintertime.
Scandinavia, Finland, Rovaniemi, trees in wintertime. Image by Stephan Rech/Getty Images

The Arctic Treehouse Hotel, a uniquely designed hotel in located in the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi in Finland, is set to open on 19 November. Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and is often called the “official” home of Santa Claus. Naturally, it’s a mecca for tourism both around the holidays and throughout the year.

The hotel in Finland.
The hotel in Finland. Image by Marc Goodwin
The hotel in Finland.
The hotel in Finland. Image by Marc Goodwin

The hotel is part of Santa Park, which is one of the community’s main draws for tourists. The home of Santa includes an incredible list of Christmas-related spots and activities, like Elf School, Santa’s Post Office, Mrs Claus’ Gingerbread Kitchen and more.

The hotel in Finland.
The hotel in Finland. Image by Marc Goodwin
The hotel in Finland.
The hotel in Finland. Image by Marc Goodwin

The Arctic Treehouse Hotel is designed by the Finnish architecture firm Studio Puisto and features treehouse-like rooms on stilts, with incredible windows that allow visitors to take in the beauty of Lapland’s environments. The rooms are designed to allow visitors to enjoy the Northern Lights from their suite in a “nest-like atmosphere”.

The hotel in Finland.
The hotel in Finland. Image by Marc Goodwin
The hotel in Finland.
The hotel in Finland. Image by Marc Goodwin

Naturally, the rooms are designed to be cosy, with a warm and wooden interior, with Scandinavian design that “combines local tradition and Lappish heritage. Lavish views to the surrounding forest and Northern skies open up from the panoramic window”. And while the outdoors may be cold and snowy, the rooms are equipped with many comforts like an en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, espresso coffee machine, and more. And the views are not limited to hanging out in your room, the hotel’s restaurant, which serves local and continental cuisine, also provides panoramic views of the incredible nature that surrounds the area.

The hotel in Finland.
The hotel in Finland. Image by Marc Goodwin
The hotel in Finland.
The hotel in Finland. Image by Marc Goodwin

As Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, it is also home to other attractions like Lapland’s Provincial Museum Arktikum, the Korundi House of Culture and the Pilke Science Centre. The Ranua Wildlife Park is also a popular tourist attraction, as it provides an opportunity to observe Arctic animals.

The hotel in Finland.
The hotel in Finland. Image by Marc Goodwin