Santa’s Hotel Tunturi & Tunturi Gielas push all the right buttons, with a close-to-the-action setting and a pick of bars and restaurants.
This place is right in the heart of Saariselka. It means you’ve got snow sports like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on your doorstep. Plus, there’s a huge toboggan run a short walk from the grounds.
The Tunturi Gielas block is the newest addition to the Santa’s Hotel Tunturi complex. It’s fairly contemporary inside, although exposed brickwork and wood-panelling put a traditional spin on things.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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After landing at Ivalo Airport, you’ll be given some thermal clothing and all the information needed for your Lapland experience, and then it's off to your Saariselka hotel. You can spend the rest of the day settling in and getting to know the town.
You can try a taster session of snowmobiling and husky or reindeer sleigh rides today. Afterwards, your elf guide will give you a tour of the village. There’s plenty of free time, too, so you can book yourself on to an excursion and experience your favourite taster from earlier.
It’s time to meet the big man in red. You’ll head to a secluded spot in the woods – one of the most beautiful places in Lapland. As you make your way down to Santa’s Creek, you’ll bump into reindeers, elves and a Lappish shaman, before sitting down with Father Christmas himself. Come evening, you can tuck into a gala buffet accompanied by festive-themed fireworks.
Those of you on 4-night trips will enjoy Day 3’s activities today. On Day 3, you’ll have some free time to play in the snow, or book onto an excursion.
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Kaltio à la carte local cuisine restaurant*
Offering buffet breakfast for guests at the Tunturi Gielas, and evening fine dining with local dishes. Highchairs are available. Located at Santa's Hotel Tunturi.
Buffet restaurant Siula*
If you're on Half Board you'll have your dinner buffet here, and there's a children's menu. Located at Santa's Hotel Tunturi. Buffet breakfast is available to guests in Santa's Hotel Tunturi.
Pirtti fast food restaurant*
Open daily from midday 'til late for pizza, pasta and burgers.
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These twin rooms are simple in style with comfortable, warm furnishings. There's room for 4 people with twin beds and a sofa-bed in the bedroom. Your room will also have heating, a flatscreen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, a radio, phone, fridge and a hairdryer. Just so you know all rooms are in buildings around the Hotel Tunturi complex, a short walk from the main building.
Superior Twin Room with Balcony and Sauna
These superior twin rooms are suitable for up to 4 people with twin beds and a sofa-bed in the bedroom. You'll have your own private sauna and there's also a balcony providing you with some space outside too. Your superior room will have heating, satellite TV, radio, Wi-Fi, internet access, a telephone, minibar, clothes drying cabinet and a hairdryer. Just so you know your room is in buildings around the Hotel Tunturi complex, a short walk from the main building.
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On our way to the Nordkapp we stayed at Santa's Tunturi for two nights in summer season. Our room was in the Gielas house, a few steps away from the main building with the reception and the breakfast room. Our twin bedroom was spacious, clean and cosy. We had our own sauna and also a small balcony. For breakfast was served a range of cereals, breads, joghurts, fruitsalads, as well as cheese and salami. Coffee, Tea and fruitjuice was also available. Hotel staff was helpful at every time. During summer are many restaurants of the hotelcomplex closed. Only the Pirtti restaurant is serving some food and drinks. More
Tunturi is a hotel complex, consisting of a number of different buildings that have been built over the last few decades. We stayed at the oldest one called Ahma, originally built in early 70's. From outside the renovated Ahma looks fairly modern. But when you enter the building, painted white brick walls, gray fire doors and very narrow corridors give the impression of a utility building rather than a Lapland hotel. Our room wasn't that bad. From the window we had a nice view to the National Park that is right next to the hotel. The NP offers many well marked and well maintained trails. Our room was slightly bigger than usual for a Finnish hotel. The interior had lots of pine wood, turned in orange with decades of sunlight, partially lightened with dye-based wood stain. The end result was a bit mixed. Twin beds were okay, not queen beds but the standard narrow Finnish size, which is only 80 cm. Chair at the desk was slightly broken. Bathroom was small and not very fancy, cheap vanity and a plastic cup for toothbrush like in a cheap hostel. On the positive side everything everywhere in the room seemed very clean. Breakfast included in room rate was quite basic. Usually Finnish hotels have some local specialties such as pastries, fish, seasonal berries etc. We would have expected that Tunturi would have served at least something Laplandish for breakfast but surprisingly there was nothing. Service was great at the front desk as well as at the restaurant . The main reason why we picked this hotel room for a short stay was 65€ deal on hotels.com. That price seems to be quite right for this type of lodging. For a longer vacation I would look at something else.More
Good hotel in wintersport area
Santa's Hotel Tunturi proved to be a good hotel also ouside the winter season. We stayed in the Ahma building in room 116. It was a typical room one can expect in a wintersport resort, basic but suitably comfortable. The hotel has a good restaurant for dining as wel as the beakfast buffet.More
Magical Lapland 3 night Adventure!
Yes this was crazy money for 3 nights, but we really had a fab time! Tobogganing, night skimobile trekking to see Northern lights with campfire, Husky sleigh rides through the woods for 2 hours (self-Drive!), 2 hour Reindeer dawn sleigh ride in magical snow fall....igloo visits, skidoo rides for my then 5 year old son, cross country skiing out our condo patio door....good enough buffet style food, awesome lodge restaurant with amazing soups daily, Sariselka town has a fab grocery store, and nice gift shops. The best thing for me was the Sami people reindeer safari early on our last day....at dawn we arrived at the reindeer farm, and were guided by a traditionally dressed beautiful Sami woman who gently told us about reindeer and their life. We had hot berry tea in a traditional teepee with open fire....really amazing. Altho expensive it was a perfect Christmas treat. Our Santa day was soooo super duper fun and magical. Top performance by the elves and Santa. We used Santa's Lapland as the organiser. Tunturi hotel was good and I just loved the bath room with an awesome sauna.More
Aulani M, 186291
Welcome to Finnish Lapland
The rooms are in buildings separate from the Hotel reception and Dining rooms. Beautiful snow to walk through and quite cold but comfortable. Would be horrendous in a blizzard but we were lucky and found it fine. We were excited to be in Finnish Lapland so happy to be in the hotel although it is not a 5 star hotel by any means. All the activities are nearby. I would suggest the Romantic Reindeer sleigh ride would only ever be any good on a clear starry night when there is a chance of seeing the Northern lights but this has nothing to do with the hotel. The rooms are adequate without being great. The buffet dinner was average and breakfast good enough but not wonderful. This place looks better than it is. Its setting is lovely but I think they could make more of a effort for guests. This is done on the cheap especially the food.I rate it a 4 for the beautiful setting but it could do a lot better for guests especially with good food. There is a disadvantage having to make your way to the main building which could be very problematic in bad weather. It is one of those places you want to love but can't quite get there.More
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