ARCTIC TREEHOUSE HOTEL - SPEND CHRISTMAS AT THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
Travel to Lapland this winter, for a carbon footprint-free holiday of authentic Arctic experiences. Cross the Arctic Circle, embrace nature, learn about Lapland’s history and see the Northern Lights through the window walls of the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
Words: Aleksandra Georgieva
Photography: The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
15 December 2019
Planning a holiday getaway this holiday season might just be the perfect gift for you and your loved ones. And what better destination to visit this Christmas than Lapland!
Finland’s northernmost region greets visitors with ski resorts, subarctic wilderness and above all exceptional gifts of nature including the Northern Lights and the midnight sun. Situated within the Arctic Circle, Lapland is a one-of-a-kind destination with 200 long days of winter and glittering snow-white panoramic scenery views. The region is home to the indigenous Sámi people and various arctic wildlife. To learn more about the local’s folklore, traditions and lifestyle, visit the Arktikum. The museum is the 4th best travel attraction in Finland, displaying the culture of the Arctic region and Finnish Lapland from prehistoric times to present days.
Visitors of Lapland often take on a snowmobile, husky or reindeer safari to explore the area and its forests covered in fresh crunchy snow. Skiers and snowboarders adore the winter sports resorts, while less adventurous tourists travel from afar to witness one of nature’s most spectacular shows on the planet. On a clear dark night between January and April, the Northern Lights can be witnessed gracing the Arctic sky of Finnish Lapland. Kids and adults alike enjoy the Santa Claus Village and the underground amusement Santa Park, where family-friendly workshops, ice galleries and sleigh rides guarantee great experiences.
At the heart of the forest, the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel was built for a stay saturated with unforgettable winter experiences. It is located on the Arctic Circle in the town of Rovaniemi, Lapland; approximately 800 kilometres north of the capital city Helsinki.
“It all started with a childhood dream and a close relationship with nature. They inspired us to create the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel.”
Arctic TreeHouse Hotel's team for NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine
THE ARCTIC TREEHOUSE HOTEL
The hotel was created by the entrepreneurial couple Ilkka Länkinen and Katja Ikäheimo-Länkinen. A stay at this accommodation inspires guests to get familiar with the local traditions and to cherish the owners’ values of cultural and natural awareness. The single-clad suites are positioned on hillslope resembling pine cone cows. The hotel is situated amid forest trees offering guests a morning like no other, surrounded by the pure beauty of nature at its most magical and snowy landscape. The building entrance takes visitors to a reception area with a fireplace centrepiece. The lavish open plan is designed like a five-pointed snowflake hosting the reception and bar with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel was created as individual accommodation units located on a natural hillside. Studio Puisto was commissioned with the architectural work. Important to them was to avoid building a large urban hotel. Instead preservation of nature was ensured. The studio designed a hotel that reflects the sensitive Arctic side of the area and the fairy tale-like Lappish culture. The hotel also features the Rakas restaurant offering seasonal dishes and private hire.
“It is not just an accommodation: it is an experience where you are surrounded by the arctic nature throughout your stay.”
Arctic TreeHouse Hotel's team for NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine
The hotel has seven suites that can be adjusted into bigger rooms for family stay. The five, two-bedroom Arctic GlassHouses combine a private sauna, kitchenette and fireplace. The warm interior features natural materials with light shade surroundings, designed to breathe in comfort and warmth to each cabin.
The luxurious ArcticScene Executive Suites upgrade visitors to a wellness area with spa atmosphere alongside separate bedroom and living room. The northern-facing wall of the building is entirely made of glass to allow for rare views of the Arctic skies and surrounding forest. And the panoramic windows are just the tip of the experience.
Artificial light pollution is taken seriously at the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel. Lighting is designed to have minimal disruption to the nature and wildlife in the area, while it also does not obstruct the witnessing of the Northern Lights phenomena.
AWARENESS OF NATURE
The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel highly cherishes ecological sustainability and respect for nature. The owners strived for protecting all aspects of Arctic’s fragile nature. The hotel was built with the mindset of preservation and creating a better environment for the generations to come.
Renewable materials were used for the making of the building including sustainably sourced Finnish wood. The interior surfaces are also made of wood, which provides healthy air conditions, comfort and great acoustics. The hotel’s green rooftop is another addition to sustainability bringing down the building’s environmental footprint.
The construction of the building’s very foundations took great care of the surrounding area as well. Instead of building straight onto the fragile Arctic ground, damages to nature were minimised by building the accommodation units indoors. The finishing touches were added, and the units were then transported to the woodland to be placed onto pillars straight from the truck. The only on-site construction that took place in the area was the floor-to-ceiling window installation and the infrastructure network connections.
In June 2019 the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel was awarded the Green Key eco-label for being private hotel in Finnish Lapland with such respect for sustainability. Measuring their carbon footprint, the hotel focuses on improving their water saving solutions, solar thermal energy implementation, effective waste reduction and sorting and sustainable energy use. The green values reach even the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel restaurant. The menu changes according to season using up to 65% local ingredients to enhance the place and its guests’ ecological awareness.
The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel team additionally offers guests with experience packages to complete their adventurous visit to Lapland. All the preparations of your arctic activities and Christmas fun have been made in advance. All you have to do is leave your worries behind and enjoy the arctic holiday of a lifetime in the fairytale world of Northern Lights.
The design and accommodation innovation embedded into the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel have been recognised through many flattering testimonials and awards. The hotel is also known for the local and international charity work they do. The Arctic TreeHouse team conveys Christmas values by pioneering in preserving the raw nature and authentic experiences for guests in the area.
This Christmas season leave the urban megapolis world behind for a warm experience of nature and centuries-old local traditions. This is your chance for a holiday in a carbon footprint-free world where crossing the Arctic Circle is a daily experience for locals. Visitors are encouraged to experience the best of Lapland, where individuals and communities are inspired to help one another grow and create positive changes to their surroundings.
It takes only an 8km drive between the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel and the Rovaniemi town centre. The Santa’s Express Bus (no. 8) also covers the same route, while SantaPark is located right next to the hotel, at 2.2km forest walk away from the Santa Claus Village.
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