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Milinmaja cabins

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Milinmaja cabins

Has anybody got any information about the Milinmaja cabins in Karesuvanto as we are staying there next month & would like any useful suggestions & comments, mainly about getting from the cabins to the Davi Lodge for meals & trips.

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If Transun has not arranged your transfers, the only option is either to walk or to order a taxi.

The only description I have ever been able to find about this place is the text availabe in Transun's brochure ( transun.co.uk/file/arcticspiritbrochure.pdf ): "Milinmaja is a small, charming cluster of cabins with an excellent location in the heart of Finnish Kareusando. The river just below the cabin freezes over in mid- winter, allowing visitors to traverse it for an enjoyable stroll into Sweden to visit the local church. There are just five simple cabins, each offering a small en-suite bathroom with shower. Meals, and all other amenities, are located at the Davvi Arctic Lodge, a scenic 10 minute (approx. 800m) walk up a hill that reveals excellent views down to

the border below. For those in search of great value cabin accommodation in Lapland, Milinmaja is the answer."

Officially the company called Milin Majat has ceased operations and was removed from the Finnish company register in 2004. I assume that it was bought by Transun then.

This is the location of Milinmajat on Google Maps Street View: http://tinyurl.com/bgxuuj9 . You can see the avertised church in the Swedish Karesuando in the distance across the river behind the cabins. A friendly word of warning: the scenery and/or the looks of the general area in the picture are probably not something you have been expecting. From this picture some 800 m to the "left" (= towards north along the main road) you will find a crossroads to the left saying "Ruotsi/Sverige" (= Sweden in Finnish and Swedish) and almost right after the crossroads on the right you'll see a souvenir shop and a petrol station. The dirt road that turns to the right right after the petrol station leads to Davvi. All in all it's about a 1 kilometre walk along the road.

Edited: 11 January 2013, 21:11
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Oops, sorry from the first glimpse on the Google street view you should turn RIGHT in order to "watch" towards Davvi.

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Walking is probably the best option. If you order a taxi it may take a while to get one. It is not a populated area.

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Thanks for your comments, it will be an adventure!

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your travel operator will be able to advise you,surely they must organize a bus etc. It doesn't seem practical to expect people to walk so far in the dark/cold at night after dinner etc. Not ideal for those with children. Seems a long way

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Well, 1 km is not extremely long, but I agree that a main road side - although a rather quiet one - is probably not the most ideal place for an evening constitutional, is it?. However, the road is flood lit for the whole way (except between Davvi and the main road (about 200 m).

LynneJI, would you mind posting your experiences and/or review after your holiday? At least you seem to have the right kind of attitude for travelling with Transun :-) .

Edited: 13 January 2013, 18:45
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Have just got back from our Milinmaja experience. Although we were expecting the cabin to be basic, we found it to be very run down. The 2 front doors couldn't be shut or secured from the inside, and it was not very clean. We were lucky that we had a 4 person cabin for 2 of us as the other 2 bedded cabins were very cramped & not soundproof. On the plus side the bed was comfortable, the bedding & towels were clean & it was warm. We felt very cut off from the Davvi Arctic Lodge. We had breakfast at Milinmaja, and were picked up by mini bus if there was an activity and at 6pm to be taken to Davvi for dinner & back. Although we were told that the notices re the times of activites & excursions would be posted in the breakfast room at Milinmaja, it only happened once, so when these were altered we only know about it if we had walked up to Davvi & checked the main board. The trips were very disorganised as previous reviewers of Davvi have stated. Transun really need to get a senior manager to organise things better. Unfortunately they were not able to fit in all of our included excursions, and the rep. who took us on the Tromso excursion has not been there before, which was not acceptable. It was a shame that we had these problems as overall the holiday was a wonderful experience, beautiful scenery, lovely people, sunshine & temperatures ranging from -4 to -35 degrees! We were also lucky enough to have 2 nights of fantastic Northern Lights! But I would not recommend the Milinmaja cabins.

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Hopefully you'll get (or have got) a refund for the missed excursions when it clearly has been their lack of planning that you could not get them! Great that you managed to enjoy the holiday nevertheless. Maybe a bit more popular Lappish resort the next time? If you got the Lapland bug as so many of your fellow visitors have, that is. To be honest I can't remember anyone or at least no too many Transun guests having been wanting to go back to the exact same "resort" - where as this happens regularly on other forums and threads about other resorts.

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We returned from a week in the Milinmaja cabins, yesterday and our experience couldn't have been more different from yours. Our cabin was warm, clean and comfy, if a little tired looking, but better than we had expected.

We dislike crowds and loved the space and freedom from people afforded by the cabins. There were 14 of us staying in the cabins (not all part of one group!) and we made enjoyed the small community atmosphere. The only time we went up to the Davvi was for dinner and then we chose to walk both ways, enjoying the peace and amazing skies.

All our trips were better than expected - well except the forest trek - we had better walks from the cabin. The only change to trips was at the request of 6 of us wanting to a swap. This was done. There was a phone with several staff numbers on available 24/7 for us to use, so if there had been a problem it would have been easy to sort it or at least find out what was going on.

We would wholeheartedly recommend the Northern Lights 7 day trip with Transun, staying at Milinmaja, everything was fantastic, including seeing the lights 5 times, 3 of which were from our cabin. The lack of light pollution and the wide open space of the frozen river make an ideal Northern lights viewing area.

I guess, as in all things, one's experiences depend so much on other people and we were lucky to have brilliant staff/guides on everything we did who ensured that we got the most out of our stay.

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I am travelling with my daughter on 31 March with Transun staying at Milinmaja cabins!! It would appear from most of the comments that our stay could be rather problematic!! I will report my findings upon our return!!

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