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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1 bedroom family room with sauna
These 1-bedroom family rooms can sleep up to 4 people with a twin bedroom and a sofa-bed in the lounge. You'll have a little bit of extra luxury as you'll have your own private sauna. There's a well-equipped kitchenette where you can prepare snacks - plus there's heating, a flatscreen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, a radio, phone, fridge and hairdryer. Just so you know your room is in buildings around the Hotel Tunturi complex, a short walk from the main building.
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.
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Good sized basic room
We stayed here for a week having booked a ski break through Inghams. The room (in an annexe) was a good size with a good view over the front of the hotel. It had good facilities - a sofa and armchair and a fridge, which was handy, but was quite old-fashioned. The en-suite shower room could have benefitted from an update - the toilet was difficult to sit on due to the positioning of a toilet paper dispenser box directly above the seat. Meals were taken in the main hotel building. Breakfast was great with a huge range of different foods. Dinner was OK - buffet style with food sometimes having suffered from being kept hot for quite a while. On the whole staff were excellent - the reception staff especially were very friendly and helpful. Considering what we paid for the trip it was value for money.More
We stayed there for 2 nights as part of our group tour's holiday package. The hotel had heated bathroom bars, and that helped us to dry our wet clothes quickly (as we wanted to wash some of our socks/ clothes, and having that heated bar helped to dry it out quicker). The breakfast was quite alright and modest. During the day, we could around near the hotel, and there are activities that we can sign ourselves up for (example: husky dog rides, renting of skiis equipments - which was 15 euros for 24 hours, angry bird park; the hotel's intern had offered to the guests during breakfast time to do a walking/ hiking trip). We rented our skiis and tried our hand on it, which was fun! Other amenities include supermarket, restaurants and souvenir shops. We were hoping that the clouds will clear by night time so that we can view the aurora, but during those 2 nights, the clouds were too heavy and on our last night it was snowing. What a pity. If the auroras appeared, the sight would be awesome with the mountains just behind it.More
Aveline T, 294264
Very good all round
Except no reception which we found odd, had to walk round the corner to another hotel! V quiet Excellent rooms Ensuite sauna a real hit Breakfast well presented and fresh In the middle of this v quiet village with easy accessMore
The hotel is pretty basic and the rooms are small. The food is buffet style and reasonable for children. We thought the gala dinner though was far too busy and the queueing most unpleasant. Nonetheless we really enjoyed our stay despite the limitations of the hotel and the fact that the flight was significantly delayed both ways. On our spare day we did the husky ride in the afternoon and the reindeer ride in the morning. Our children who were 6 and my mum who was 79 loved both of them. Seeing Father Christmas was of course the highlight of our trip and a very special day indeed. In addition we all had lots of fun in the snow which our boys really enjoyed despite the fact that they ski regularly. We would thoroughly recommend it.More
Michelle L, 609066
This has been our 4th stay; need we say more?
Go for the Geilas suites. Clean, comfortable, with balcony, quick drying cupboard, en-suite sauna. Very good breakfast; and there is a good selection of local flavours for the evening meal at the Tunturi part of the hotel. For a special occasion eat at the Kaltio restaurant within the Geilas hotel; superb. The very well groomed cross country ski-tracks are only 200 metres away. The staff are excellent.More
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