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Hotel Jeris
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Muonio
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Lotto1985
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“Honeymoon to jeris!”
Reviewed 19 March 2013

My husband and I booked through activities abroad for a one week stay here. We designed our own trip so got to select which activities we did. The flight out was fine - we stopped off at helsinki for about 40 mins then when arriving at Kittila we were met by some holidays reps and shown to our coach where we were taken to Jeris - this took about 40 mins. Once arriving we were given our cabin key and then they had some dinner for us which was good as we didn't arrive till about 10pm! Our bags were taken to the hut - so we just had to find our way which was kind of interesting - got lost and it was freezing but we saw the funny side of it! - Day one - husky safari - we were met at the hotel reception and taken on small bus to harriniva for this - amazing experience but got pretty cold - make sure you take layers!!! Day 2 - XC skiing - we have our own guide for this - Esa - who was lovely and very patient with us. Day 3 - 100km snowmobiling - AMAZING experience - definitely recommend though the next day we did have sore muscles especially in our backs! However, scenery was stunning and well worth paying extra for single snowmobiles! Day 4 - reindeer safari - again we were met at reception and taken about 30 mins away to the farm - then shown the reindeers put in a sleigh and pulled to a point where we stopped for tea and cake in a tee pee....then headed back - this was a lot more of a slower pace - but meant you could really take in the scenery. Day 5 - we hired XC skis and went off on our own - went into Pallas national park - beautiful!! Then we headed across the lake to the reindeer cafe - where we nibbled on some cinnamon pastries - very tasty!! After a hard day we got bands from reception to use the saunas/pools!! I managed to brave the outside pool 3 times - it was freezing but strangely enjoyable! Then on the same day in the evening we had snoeshoeing to find northern lights! We had already seen the lights three times prior to this but again managed to see them! So we really were spoilt! Day 6 - free day so we went for a lonnnnnnng walk!! And just took in everything and enjoyed the clean, fresh air....saw about 4 people in the space of 3 hrs!
From reception you can buy pints of milk - we took hot chocolate, tea, marshmallows out with us! We also took crackers, biscuits and some nibble type food. Definitely recommend it! Breakfast was plentiful with eggs, sausages, bacon, toast, jams, ham, cheese, cereal, porridge etc. We didn't bother with lunch as was expensive - just had late breakfast and loads of it! then dinner was always a mixtures of salads, soup, rolls etc to start then the main was brought to you - either fish or meat with potatoes or rice and veg. Then pudding always had fruit, moose or cakes and biscuits. Brilliant holiday all round - we were lucky to have fantastic weather! Would definitely recommend it!! Just take some food out with you to have in your cabin as this was a godsend to us! We stayed in a smaller hut around the lake - only couple of mins walk to main hotel - the bigger cabin were much further away with a big steep hill to contend with.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brussels
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

I confirm the general impression of the TripAdvisor travelers: between 4 and 5 stars. The hotel is isolated in nature in a beautiful site, and is perfect for the proposed activities.
If some reviewers have criticism on comfort or food, they have to know that the reasons to go to Lapland are not the same as going in Burgundy or in a Sheraton ... Comfort in cabins Jerisranta is excellent and correspond to the description of the website (http://www.harriniva.fi/en/accommodation/hotel-jeris). I cannot however judge the rooms in the main building. The food ranges from okay to very good and is perfect for a stay of several days (only bread is sometime not less good).
An hotel aims to provide an enjoyable night (Jeris does that very well, the hotel is very quiet), good food (which is the case) and a certain charm (cf. the situation and the cottages under the trees). The advantage of Hotel Jeris is to bring a flawless organization, as well as a variety of activities in the immediate vicinity.
Spending a week winter (what about the other seasons?) in Lapland is a must and the hotel Jeris is perfect for that.

A few notes and tips for future travelers.
- As stated on the website of the hotel, you have to walk a few minutes between the cottages and the restaurant. Rather than being a disadvantage, this allows once again to feel the fresh air of the country.
- Spa: a pool of ca. 10 x 3 m, 0.5 m deep, 30 °C (?) + a jacuzzi + 2 sauna + an open area in the frozen lake (I noted that only those outgoing hot sauna swim more than 5 seconds, say … 20 s)
- Wi-Fi only in the lobby, not in cabins
- We had Jeris Winter Week: perfect for an overview and a carefree enjoy of all the activities. Highly recommended.
- Provided warm clothes are essential for certain activities (snowmobile, huskies) and without doubt particularly when the weather is cold or windy (we had sunlight). Otherwise, good classical winter sports clothes are sufficient. For walking some a distance, a pair of good walking shoes (if large enough for two pairs of socks) is nicer than the heavy boots provided.
- Problem with glasses: your breath can deposit and freeze on them, which prevents you from seeing the beautiful landscape or ... the sled just stopped in front of you!
- Shooting pictures when the sun shines is not easy: you have to remove your gloves, as well as your sunglasses to see something on the camera screen
- Activities: you drive yourself snowmobiles and dog sleds, which requires continuous attention (but it's great!). Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, although basic level, require a "normal" physical form (which some seniors have unfortunately lost)
- Auroras: they are rather rare to see (solar activity, solar wind speed, cloud cover, chance of an aurora at the time you leave, full or new moon, point of view on a clear horizon, vagaries of nature). But we have seen one. Wow!

In short, go for it!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

We stayed in one of the cabins in february. Very clean and cosy. We had a cabin near the lake, a few minutes walk to main building. Cold, but also nice walk.
It was very busy when we were there, so sometimes al little chaotic, but this has its charm :-)
Dinner is fine, you can have al little drink before and after near the fireplace. Beware when it is minus 28; a walk on the lake can easily become uncomfortable if you're not wel prepared (meaning dressed in very warm clothes). Sunset was around 5.30 early february.
No shop on site, missed opportunity IMO. You can take the bus to Muonio,but it leaves only 2 times a day. If you have back problems, think twice about taking the snowmobile tour, it can be very bumpy
All in all not to be missed, trip of a lifetime!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

We have just returned from a fabulous holiday hunting the Northern Lights - Well! we found them in buckets loads, it was the most wonderful experience to see the lights dancing in the sky and popping like bulbs overhead, it was very very cold at minus 20 degrees but in our thermal suits which we hired we where lovely and warm. Our cabin Number - 14 Jeriskyla C was up a very steep hill. On arrival our luggage was transported to our cabin, thank goodness, but we had to walk up following our meal I have a bad hip and I found it a bit difficult as the gradiant was about a 1 in 2 for about 100 yards then it was a lovely walk through the trees - do take a torch as some of the light bulbs had gone, the clear skies and the thousands of bright stars made the journey at night so special.We did however decide that to go back to our cabin it was far easier to go by the main road, just turn right at carpark exit then take first left, we had a torch to warn any traffic , which was fairly rare. Our lodge which could sleep seven persons - was so cosy and warm that we had to open our windows, there was only two of us (we each wanted a bedroom) the cabin was fairly roomy BUT not for seven - I think it would have felt too cramped. We had booked half board and the food was good and plenty of it. Be warned the nearest food shops are in Muonio , the hotel does not sell any food except drinks,cakes /biscuits. We took the bus - this cost about 13 Euros each way for two people - the shops are just across from the bus stop - we had two hours to do our shopping and catch the bus back. We went for a lovely long walk to see the fishermens cottages, which was a bit disappointing but hey the lakes and the surrounding sceanery was fabulous, we had been told not to wander off the tracks - this was sound advise- as we walked around the cottages I lost my footing and fell in snow up to my waist - I am 5' 7'' tall...... It was really hard work getting out of the deep snow. We had taken a small flask of hot chocolate with brandy and biscuits, this was really warming, we kept our lining gloves on at all times. As we had already been to Finland before we had decided not to do the activites, so we went for lovely walks and enjoyed the fabulous views. We rented one of the Northern lights alarm telephones which alerted you to any sightings, this was really good as you could go to bed knowing that you wouldn't miss them. I can fully recommend Hotel Jeris - but if I went again I would stay in the hotel - no hill climbs, but then again would I miss the fabulous walk back to our snug little home. All the staff where really helpful in every way and really did go the extra mile. Our cabin was spotlessly clean, with a big walk in shower and sauna. The drying room/dressing room was a great idea as all our outside gear was kept in here, we hung our night clothes up in there as it was lovely to put warm pj's on after night sky watching. - we stayed 27/2/2013 - 4/3/2013

Room Tip: Ours was number 14 which was at the very top of the hill, I would ask for a lower one. If its a coup...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 2 March 2013 via mobile

We spent 3 nights at this this hotel in a cabin. The staff is very friendly. The cabin is comfortable with own kitchen, sauna and fireplace. The choice of the breakfast is not rich, but the dinner is very-very tasty. The cabins are very close to the Lake Jeris.

  • Stayed February 2013
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

The main 'lodge' building is a little worn at the edges; I stayed in a private cabin- bit of walk from the main lodge- which at first annoyed me but i learned to appreciate it. The lodge will send someone to drop off and pick up your luggage so you needn't worry about carrying them through the deep snow in the dead of winter. The cabins seem pre-fabbed and reassembled on site - however they are well thought out and highly functional. My first impression was slight disappointment as i had just arrived from a five star Helsinki hotel. But after a few days (and a miserable side trip night at the near by Ice Hotel) - i grew to love and appreciate this cabin.

Each cabin is fully equipped with a small kitchen - microwave, stove (electric, two burners) a small fridge etc - adjacent to the living and dining area; the sleeping area can be separated by a sliding/folding wood partition. The beds, as another pointed out, are indeed narrow and are singles pushed together (for non-scandinavians: please stop complaining about this as it's the standard in all scandinavian/nordic regions). There are plenty of closets to store all those layers; a heating cabinet in the enclosed foyer to dry snow damp clothes).
The best: each cabin had it's own sauna; it took a while to figure out how to operate - ask the front desk at the lodge as it is wonderful. The floors in the bathroom/shower area are heated: also wonderful.
The not so great: towels are minimal indeed. the shower curtain smelled of mildew; the wc/sink closet lacked a curtain) - the decor is a little plain; but with a bit of tweaking these cabins could be Fantastic; the pine wood floors and walls, the windows and being nestled in the woods are all wonderful.
The cabins are a little too close to one another; however: i never sensed that once i was in my cabin and if you are visiting with a group, it could be convenient.
Food at the lodge: i found it to be much better than most places of this ilk. the room was never crowded when I was there; perhaps that hinges on whether there are large groups in attendance
Another great mark of distinction is the spa/smoked wood sauna and plunge at lakeside. The setting is wonderful.
Also: i scheduled and had one of the best massages ever here. if you have the time, i recommend it
Lastly: all local activities can be scheduled through the lodge: husky and reindeer sledding; cross country skiing, snow-mobile etc etc; all needed heavy winter gear is available through the hotel and most importantly we had the most wonderful, friendly and informative guide (a transplanted Dutchman named Dirk)- he made each experience wonderful- his good nature and ability to assess peoples' limitations (some activities do require a bit of effort). Dirk made us feel very welcome and made each outing memorable. All in all a great experience if you come with the appropriate expectations: this is a lodge with cabins and a wonderful spa/sauna on a stunning lakeside location - it is not a five star luxury resort.

Room Tip: Get a cabin; they are plain but cozy and charming in winter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Derby
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Reviewed 24 February 2013 via mobile

What a fabulous holiday. We have just returned after booking with Activities Abroad and had one of the best weeks of our lives. We went to the ice hotel, reindeer farm, snow shoeing, Nordic skiing, snow mobiling, husky sledding and ice fishing.

Our guide Christophe was so lovely, friendly and helpful, I don't think anyone could suit his job better! On the Friday our option day, Christophe kindly recommended a cross country route and told us to get the bus up to Pallas and ski back down to Jeris - it was 17km but worth it for the views and photos we got... I would definitely recommend it but make sure you take drinks and food as it takes at least 3 hours. We also went to the spa and into the ice pool which is a must do!

We stayed in a lodge over the bridge which was clean, warm and very cosy. The food was nice and some puddings were amazing! I would thoroughly recommend hiring the aurora alarm phone, it's certainly worth the money - we were lucky enough to see the northern lights twice during our stay thanks to our aurora alarm! The clothing you are given keeps you so warm, make sure you wear layers because you can take them off if you get too warm.

All in all it truly was a fantastic holiday with friendly, helpful staff and fantastic activities! We made some good friends in our group and shared some brilliant photos between us.

Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Jeris
Address: Jerisjaerventie 91, Muonio 99300, Finland
Region: Finland > Lapland > Muonio
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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 
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