With pine forests and a frozen lake on the doorstep, it’s the views that everyone writes home about at the Lapland Hotel Hetta.
This place is in a picturesque part of town, snuggled up to the shores of Lake Ounasjärvi. It’s right in the heart of Lapland’s snow-dusted wilderness, so it’s a popular base for hikers and skiers.
Inside, things are just as Lappish – you’ll be met by a crackling fire in the lobby, and the restaurant puts traditional fare on the menu. An indoor pool and Finnish sauna are also part of the scene.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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After landing at Kittila Airport - where you’ll collect your thermal snow clothes - you’ll be whisked off to your hotel in Hetta. The rest of the day is yours to suss out your snowy surroundings.
This morning is packed-full of taster sessions – pick from the likes of husky-sled rides and snowmobiling. Afterwards, there’s a toboggan run to tackle. Or you can head inside the Kota tent– a teepee-style hut – for a traditional Lappish ceremony. Come afternoon, you’ve got the option of spending some free time in the snow or booking onto one of our full excursions.
Snow fights, reindeer sleigh rides and snowmobiling are all on the cards on Day 3. Just so you know, those of you on a 3-night trip will enjoy Day 4’s activities today instead.
You’ll head into the heart of a frozen forest for today’s finale. Here, you can hop in a reindeer-pulled sleigh, whizz downhill on a toboggan and decorate Christmas cookies with the elves. What’s more, there’ll also be a chance to sit down with the man in red himself – Santa Claus. After all that excitement, you’ll finish the day with a festive feast.
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This is one of our Thomson SnowClub properties, which means Thomson the Dog will be on hand for plenty of festive fun. He’ll entertain little ones with activities like snowdog-building, Christmas-themed storytelling and arts and crafts. Plus, he’ll be hosting special festive parties and sing-alongs. Family-friendly quizzes and games are part of the line-up, too.
Enjoy panoramic views over the lake from the big windows at the main restaurant. They serve a range of international cuisine, as well as traditional Lappish cuisine.
When you've had enough exploring for the day, take a swim in the indoor pool.
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1 Bedroom Bungalow
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Renovated rooms are very good
The hotel has a great location. On the frozen river with on the other site the National Park. Been in Lapland before for business and private. It's more or less all the same! Clean are/ not poluted/ special/ etc. But the ince thing about Hetta is the Sami culture. It's really in the hart of it and it shows. Loved it.More
Jacques C, 188632
Pleasant friendly Hotel.
This hotel is quite modern in comparison to some others in the area, it is situated on the main road and is close to the ski slopes and the lake. Thompson reps were in the hotel when my family and I visited and they had evening entertainment for the children which was excellent. We had dinner in the spacious restaurant which albeit a buffet was varied and well prepared. The staff were very friendly, the hotel was clean and we enjoyed sitting by the log fire with a glass of wine.More
Chris M, 504060
Absolute top location. I visited for 3 nights, from 4th-7th December. Such an idyllic location, snowmobiling on a frozen lake, husky ride and on our final night, the Northern Lights.. Beautiful log fire in the main reception with sofas around - we had an amazing group and sat around chatting. Rooms are basic but adequate though I still had the previous occupants dirty wine glasses in the room, which also remained for the whole of my stay! Food is ok, not always to my palette but good all the same.More
Andrea S, 186299
lovely, non commercialized place to visit
hotel clean and friendly, lounge area with log fire lovely, however could use a little more seating, entertainment in the evening for children seemed good but started towards the end of tea time so if you haven't finished eating yet it was very noisy as the entertainment was placed within the dinning hall, perhaps consider moving the entertainment to the other side of the restaurant as that was empty anyway, the food was excellent quality although not much variety, pool and sauna not open until 4pm disappointing and pool freezing, gift shop located in lounge area is hidden from staff view and we witnessed several thefts both from the gift shop and bar, hotel needs to consider cctv or more observant staff also to enhance staff view from reception area, (we did inform reps) frustrating when your spending hard earned money and people are stuffing 18 euro reindeers in their bags like there going outa fashion, other than those things it is extremely well kept hotel, views are amazing and the restaurant overlooking the frozen lake which they hotel has a back door leading out on to is beautiful, hotel also has cinema rooms which the reps took children to watch films in, I would recommend this hotel and the area, clean and comfortable.More
Good friendly hotel, ideal for family.
We stayed here in December 2016 as part of a package holiday. We were a family of 4 and were given a cabin across the road from the hotel, which was warm and cozy and included a kitchen - very handy when you have kids. Endless hot water for showers, and OK beds. Hotel had a pool which the kids loved and used a lot. Good (buffet) food, and very accommodating kitchen staff when the kids did not see anything they liked! Nice reception area with enclosed log fire and sofas. Walk out the back down the steps and you are on a vast frozen lake (magical at night); walk 250 metres up the road and you are at the nature park and ski slopes. 20 minute walk in to Hetta village, with cafes and supermarket. Would recommend to anyone. Not luxury, but comfortable and more than adequate for our family. We had a good crowd with us and were well looked after and entertained by our travel reps. Hotel staff also very helpful and friendly. Brilliant local excursions - the best was Hetta huskies, which I have reviewed separately. Go private on that one!More
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