Just returned from a week in the Saariselka log cabins.
We booked independently through booking dot com, and got flights from heathrow to ivalo via helsinki with finnair.
We arrived late on a sunday night, the woman in the Panimo Pub reception was quite rude and abrupt, gave us a map of how to get to the cabins and sent us on our way (she did offer to call a taxi to take us there) We asked to hire bed linen and towels which was only an extra 5 euro for the week.
The cabins are only a short 10 minute walk from the Panimo pub, we stayed in number 2.
As others have said the lighting is not that bright but it adds to the charm of the cabin, making it extra cosy. We did bring a lantern to brighten things up.
The cabin has pokers so you can cook your own sausages/marshmallow on the log fire. As others have said a massive supply of wood on the porch.
The sauna is excellent, perfect for drying your clothes aswell.
We brought food with us to keep us going - sausages, smash, tea bags, cheese, ham, beans, soup, but you can get these in the supermarket out there too, the hob and microwave was enough to cook a few meals with.
We booked the 5 days of skiing lessons at the ski school, which we enjoyed, Me and my husband are at different levels and the instructor accommodated us both very well. It was -24 for a couple of days so we had to have a break after an hour to warm up a bit! The ski school is about a 20 minute walk from the cabin, you can get a bus but we enjoyed the walk there (we got the bus back on the first day as we were aching!)
We booked a northern lights safari with Top Safaris, which was expensive but well worth it as we got to see the northern lights! (cost 300 Euro)
We also saw the lights as we were walking back to the cabin on our last night, they appeared towards the top of the mountain - looking up the hill form the cabin, we did walk up there a couple of nights trying to see them to no avail but that is the beauty of the lights, they could appear at any time - and only for a few minutes.
We eat pizza (13 euro) at the pirkon pirtti a couple of nights, and had nice burgers at the supermarket restaurant too (around 8 euro for a meal), we also tried the scan burger at the petrol station, which was nice.
We brought two boxes of wine from the UK to have in the cabin.
We drank beer at a few restaurants for 6-7 euro a pint.
We had 'daylight' from around 10am until 3pm
Overall an excellent trip, would go back anytime! Had a lot of fun on the toboggan run too!
- Also Known As:
- Saariselka Log Cabins Hotel Saariselka
- Saariselka Inn Log Cabins Finland - Lapland