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.
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.
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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
Nice hotel, but
We was staying for 2 nights and this was an Ok hitel to stay at. The room was ok, but we was missing an elevator. Maybe it was an elevator in the main building, but in the building were we had room we didn't find anyBreakfast was ok, but the resturant was not wat we was looking for. The food was not any tasteless.More
Bjorn H, 295424
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
We visited last December and had the room in the block across from the main hotel,very practical room with a separate bedroom for our Son also the lounge had an open fire which we lit in the evening. The food in the Tunturi was fine, we enjoyed the gala dinner but it was extremely busy but nothing to worry about. We went to the Irish Pub across the road on both nights but Children aren't allowed in there after 21:00 but the host was a decent guy. We went with Santas Lapland who I have nothing but good things to say about them, the number of staff available, their cheerfulness etc what a credit and I've recommended them to friends who are going this year. The day to meet Santa and all the activities will stay in our memories forever the only thing I would of changed is that we should of gone for 3 nights instead of 2. There's too many good things to report back but if your thinking of doing it you must our Sons time there was amazing (he still goes on about it) and me and the wife couldn't of dreamt how fantastic it was. One the morning before we left we went sledging down the slope down the bottom of the hill it was brilliant but after about 2 hours we had to go back grudgingly to return the artic kit and leave. TIP if in the block we were drag your kit back on the sledges it's easier than carrying. I heard terrible things from a friend who stayed at the same hotel with Thomson the previous week they missed activities with staff not around etc but Santas Lapland were faultless. Loved every minute it's a late review but I thought I'd already posted.More
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
Emma N, 186216
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