We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Our Honeymoon in Lapland.”
Review of Hotel Jeris

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Hotel Jeris
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Muonio
Certificate of Excellence
Newton-Le-Willows, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Our Honeymoon in Lapland.”
Reviewed 17 April 2011

We spent our Honeymoon at the Jeris Hotel in March 2011, we has the most amazing week at this resort. I urge everyone to visit Finland once in your life,the scenery is fantastic and the people are so friendly, they can't do enough for you. Everyone said oh Finland is so expensive, i don't agree, if you drink yes it is but generally it's not. The Cost of food and souverneirs is no more expensive than the UK.
On your visit 'must do's are Northern Lights snowmobile safari, husky dog safari, visit some of the local towns such as Munio and Levi. Local bus service to Munio is 5.60 Euro's each, a taxi is about 33.00 Euro's. Levi is one of the main ski resorts and has more choice of shops bars etc, Postbus is 16.00 Euro's each taxi is 63.00 Euro's.
We upgraded to a cabin well worth doing, no Tesco or Sainsbury's in Finland you have Kmarket or Smarket but choice is good well worth the experience :)
Jeris Hotel food is excellent be brave and try the food, good choice at Breakfast and evening meal.
The staff where fantastic good English and couldn't do enough for us, try the Sauna and other spa pool other activities available. The cabins were really nice and cosy with everything you need, apart from large bath towels (be sure to take your own), and sadly devoid of a double bed, (two singles pushed together with double linen). but other than this the cabin was idyllic!
We went with Activities Abroad, we can't heap enough praise on the team thanks Steph for all the advice, good when the people you are dealing with have actually been to the resort.
Learn a few words in Finnish the local people really appreciate your efforts, the Finnish people are really friendly and helpful and always speak English, but a few Finnish words go a long way, and when conversing with the Finns, knowledge of their country and culture is very respected. We reccommend that you learn the words Hyva - Please, and Kiitos - Thankyou, and the one that was important to us, as honeymooners, Raakastan Sinua - I Love you.
Finally Finland has made such an impression on us we are thinking of emigrating there in the future, we will be visiting Helsinki next year to get a feel for Finnish life in the big city.
I do hope you all find the above useful, Finland really is something else, we would recommend it to anybody!

Room Tip: The staff here are really helpful!
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
7 Thank EmandSteve2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

138 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    78
    45
    13
    1
    1
See reviews for
59
48
3
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (32)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2011

As per other contributions, this is a great experience all round. The hotel and cabins are heavily used by Finns and also Germans/Swiss, who mainly come here to ski, rather the for the tourist package experience. They do enjoy though one of the local highlights: the authentic woodsmoke sauna with swim in the frozen lake afterwards. Well worth the €10 if you like sauna, and even if you don't, for the cultural experience of Finnish families gently toasting after a long day's skiing.

You can sort out the entire trip (including airport transfers) directly with the hotel (very friendly, excellent English) and are likely to save on travel agent's package (there are now easyjet flights into Helsinki and very reasonable airport hotels if you want to maximise your time in the North). Moreover, you can decide on the tours once you arrive - for example, I had been tempted by the overnight sleep in the igloo but once I saw it in the hotel grounds, I thought it would just feel silly (although nicely done) - and it's quite pricey. You don't need lessons in shoe-showing, but you probably do in x-country skiing if you are a novice. You can decide on the special aurora tour once you've seen the weather and aurora forecasts. Etc. We also only went for b&b up front - this meant we could alternate the pretty decent buffet with the more upmarket a la carte main courses (this is actually cheaper if you are not wedded to all the courses: and after a few days I preferred chocolate with my coffee to another frothy dessert! Which reminds me: bring some nibbles, and also some gin/vodka if you like a drink before dinner: plenty of mixer drinks available). The cabins are indeed very cozy but the rooms (make sure you get upper level, with lake view) are also very comfortable (with the added advantage of nipping down the hall for wifi and hot drinks) and the right ones have spectacular views of the lake. The only irritation is that the hotel produces a considerable amount of light pollution: not just the main building and walkways, but also outbuildings etc over the lake, which does detract from sky-viewing (as well as being a waste of energy).

So if you're reasonably out-doory and happy to create your own entertainment (especially from mid-March when the days are long) Jeris is a great way to see the frozen north in a spectacular location in the middle of nowhere (bring normal UK winter gear, which is warm enough for anything active, although the hotel suits are a useful fallback for eg skidoos).

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
6 Thank Sabine048
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London
Level 5 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2011

We have just returned from 6 days at hotel Jeris and can honestly say it was one of our best holidays ever. Hotel, activities were brilliant and we got to see the northern lights on our last night.
Booked with activities abroad who were very helpful, but just to let you know that everything is run by the hotel (not the tour operator you book with)

The hotel is not a 5 star hotel, but it is adequate, clean and cosy and its location is perfect.

Accomodation. - We stayed in a small cabin, clean, cosy with small lounge / kitchen, connecting bedroom, small sauna, shower and toilet. The beds, bedding and towels could all do with be renewed, but adequate.There was just the 2 of us and I don't think these cabins would be suitable for any more people.
Some of the cabins (especially the larger ones) are a long walk from the hotel and lake. We were lucky that ours was the 1st cabin.
We didn't see the hotel rooms, but comments from others didn't seem too positive so I would advise opting for the cabin.

Food. Excellent food. Breakfast, choice of cereals, bread, meats, sausage, eggs and bacon. Dinner was homemade soup and salad buffet. Main course was served to you (no choice), but for example one evening the dinner was salmon and I don't like fish. I asked if there was an alternative and the chef happily cooked me a steak. (so always ask if you don't like the choice, they are very accomodating).
Desert was also good, homemade cake, ice cream, fruit, cheese etc.
Only downfall was lunch (we were only half board) so had to buy lunch. On the menu was only large dinners which would work out quite expensive. One day we had a kids meal each, other days we just stocked up at breakfast and had an early dinner. However if you do want to buy lunch just ask them if you can just have a sandwich, or something small and they will do it for you.

Activities. Husky's and snowmobiling were by far the best activities..amazing!! Wouldn't bother with the snow village..expensive day out!

Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this hotel. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff there, although I do feel like things could have been explained a bit better. For example we did not know it was possible to ask for a sandwich for lunch as it wasn't on the menu.
Suggest taking some tea bags, coffee, hot choc, cuppa soups and snacks.
Nothing much to do in the evenings, so a good book or portable DVD player is a good idea.

If you are thinking of booking this, then do it - you will not regret it!!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Martinej
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2011

A great hotel with helpful staff, a beautiful, peaceful and remote location and fab food. Really cannot find fault with it. Booked with Activities Abroad (excellent service throughout) on a tailor-made week. Tried husky sledging (awesome!); snowmobiling (fun, but not so much if you are riding pillion – bumpy and a bit scary!); cross-country skiing (easy to pick up, even for beginners).

The hotel is set in woodlands next to a beautiful lake surrounded by fells and forests (lake is frozen in winter and perfect for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling). We stayed in one of the cabins, which was REALLY worth the extra money. Cute and cosy and with everything you need; especially liked the drying cabinets for wet outdoor gear and the sauna. So nice to come back to after being outside all day. Just loved it.

The hotel restaurant is great; if you are on half-board–which is recommended–you get a buffet breakfast and a set dinner (though there is a choice of soup and salads). The variety and quality of food served is amazing given the hotel's remote location. We had seven different types of meat and fish – including reindeer – over the week and every dish was faultless. The receptionists are helpful, kind and genuinely interested in their guests.

The hotel also kits you out with all the cold-weather gear you will need during your stay, which saves you having to buy lots of expensive jackets/coats/boots. The thermo overalls and huge heavy-duty boots are less than flattering, but when it is minus 25 degrees plus, you are really grateful for them. The only things you need to take with you are a good merino wool baselayer, balaclava and gloves (the ones they provide are too big and bulky for skiing, taking pics, anything else that requires some movement/flexibility). Oh, and several pairs of long wool socks.

We didn't see the northern lights in our week there – low auroral activity that week – but it was fun standing out on the snow-covered lake at night, gazing hopefully at the sky!

Altogether, one of the best holidays we've had – pricey, but worth EVERY penny!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank All4Corners
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Geelong, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2011

We stayed in one of the cabins up the hill. 5-10 minute walk from hotel reception so not a problem. It was simple but very warm and comfortable. We saw reindeer foraging in the snow on our first walk down to breakfast which set the tone for the whole four days - magical. Warm weather clothing supplied was very good but the cold is quite extreme (we had -23 but has been as low as -50 in recent memory) so you need to keep moving. The complete silence in the cold at night is an experience in itself. We did ice fishing (a bit cold and no fish), husky tour (easily the best bit), cross country skiing and a snowmobile safari.
The food is good and plentiful You don't need to learn Finnish as the staff speak excellent English.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Tolls22
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
bristol
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2010

We had a fabulous week at Jeris, Muonio. The trips and transfers were well organised, and the staff did everything they could to make this a memorable holiday. Thank you from the Jacksons (mother, and 3 grown up children), as I learned so much from them all about their culture and beautiful environment. Johanna and Jaana spent so much time answering my questions, and Airla and one more (sorry didn't see her name, but she was equally friendly!).
The area is stunning, and I would recommend this hotel to anyone. The food is reasonably priced. We were a bit worried that we could be ripped off, as there is nothng else nearby, but the meals were very good value.
Thank you for everything

  • Stayed November 2010
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank BristolHappyrambler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2010

I stayed at the Jeris Hotel as part of an Activities Abroad holiday last Christmas with my family (including one 11 year old daughter) and we had the most fantastic time. The hotel is set in the middle of the wilderness, so all the arranged activities except the husky and reindeer rides started on the doorstep. We did not stay in the main part of the hotel, but in a little log cabin 5 minutes walk away, set among the trees. The cabin was very well set up with a sauna (don't read paper back books in a sauna as the glue in the spine melts and all the pages fall out!!), tea and coffee making facilities and a log fire supplied with logs, but the cabin was so warm that we never actually lit the fire. There was a television, but the choice of english language channels was a bit limited, so you might want to bring along a small dvd player if you have young children, although we did that and we never used it as it was too much bother - we were too relaxed!
Whenever it was light enough (and of course it is dark or dusk for most of the time in December) we saw reindeer from our cabin window, sometimes digging for moss just feet away from us. It was absolutely silent outside, which was magical - and we all slept very well.
We stayed full board and would recommend that as the shops are a bus ride away. The food was simple, much of it was local, there was always a choice of dishes, including something for our very choosy daughter to eat and enjoy every meal, and there was plenty of it.
It is very cold in December, but it is a dry cold and we were supplied with all our arctic clothes (don't bother to pack outer ski wear - even the most robust ski wear is not sufficient for the cold temperatures here - take lots and lots of thermal leggings and T shirts though, especially for children) and we loved it - you can lie in the snow and make snow angels and it is so cold that the snow stays "dry".
We chose the adventure holiday rather than the father christmas one, as we felt our daughter was a little old for that, and it was the right choice for us - our days were activity packed, with something special to do nearly every day, including extra unscheduled activities such as walking through the forest on Christmas eve to cut down a christmas tree (marked by an "elf's" lantern) and take it back to the hotel to decorate. We also had time to explore by ourselves - it was the perfect combination for us of organised activities and also an opportunity to completely relax every day. And we were visited by Father Christmas on Christmas eve....
As the place was so unspoilt and beautiful there were no shops or tourist "traps" and absolutely no hidden extras to pay for - it is the only holiday we have ever been on where the only money we spent while there was on hotel drinks and a couple of authentic christmas decorations for our tree this year to remind us of the most magical christmas experience. We also benefitted from other unmentioned extras, such as the free loan of cross country skis for the whole week after our half day introduction, so that we could explore by ourselves in our spare time. Perhaps because this holiday company is not as well known as others, and possibly smaller, our experience was enhanced because we had a truly personal service both before and after we made our booking.
Our guide, Toini, was absolutely lovely and would do anything to make our holiday experience as enjoyable as possible - hopefully other holiday makers will be lucky enough to have her company this year. She was like a much more attractive Bear Gryllis, giving countless hints and tips about how to become self sufficient in the local countryside! The staff at the hotel were all polite and helpful enough, but do not expect an effusive american style welcome and service.
One piece of advice - take along some alcohol if you like a drink - the hotel sells soft drinks to mix with it, and it is really lovely to have a pre-dinner drink in the cabin before setting out for the hotel and food - and the alcoholic drinks at the hotel are quite expensive. Also, take tea and coffee and hot chocolate mixes with you - again the hotel sells milk, but we did not see any tea or coffee - we took quite a few of those individual packets that you simply pour boiling water on to - we also took some packets of biscuits etc - although there is loads of food at mealtimes there are very few snacks on offer to buy.
All in all a wonderful, magical christmas experience, and we are all very sad that we will not be there to enjoy it again this year.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Stibule
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Muonio
22.0 mi away
Levi Hotel Spa
Levi Hotel Spa
#1 of 8 in Levi
620 reviews
7.0 mi away
Lapland Hotel Pallas
Lapland Hotel Pallas
#3 of 3 in Muonio
204 reviews
22.1 mi away
Hotel Hullu Poro - The Crazy Reindeer
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
22.1 mi away
Break Sokos Hotel Levi
23.8 mi away
Lapland Hotel Akashotelli
Lapland Hotel Akashotelli
#2 of 5 in Akaslompolo
258 reviews
22.4 mi away
Hotel Levi Panorama
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hotel Jeris? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hotel Jeris

Property: Hotel Jeris
Address: Jerisjaerventie 91, Muonio 99300, Finland
Region: Finland > Lapland > Muonio
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Muonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Jeris 3*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Jeris is a unique Lappish resort located next to Pallas-Ounas National Park directly by the beautiful Lake Jerisjarvi. It is an ideal destination for an active holiday with a wide range of safaris offered close to the unspoilt nature with Europe's purest air. Accommodation is offered in 26 comfortable wilderness style hotel rooms and 40 log cabins. Lakeside Spa brings into a complete relaxation with the fell view hot pools and traditional smoke sauna. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Odigeo, Priceline and Evoline ltd so you can book your Hotel Jeris reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Jeris Hotel Muonio
Hotel Jeris Lapland, Finland - Muonio

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing