The Arctic Treehouse Hotel Rovaniemi, Finland is like a slice of heaven on earth. From the moment you check in to the moment you leave you will feel as though you are on cloud 9.
Lapland has been a place that has been very high on my bucket list for many years. What a perfect way to end a four month trip around Europe than spending three nights in Lapland.
I first heard about The Arctic Treehouse Hotel Rovaniemi in one of Kara and Nates YouTube videos. After seeing the snowy covered nests with a full length window out onto a winter wonderland, I knew we had to stay there.
So… the budgeting began so we would get to the end of our trip with enough money left to have an incredible adventure in Lapland.
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- 1 Where is The Arctic Treehouse Hotel Rovaniemi located?
- 2 How much does the Arctic Treehouse Hotel cost?
- 3 Getting to The Arctic Treehouse Hotel
- 4 Checking in
- 5 The Nests
- 6 Dining at The Arctic Treehouse Hotel
- 7 Things to do at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel
- 8 The Northern Lights at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel
- 9 When is the best time to visit the Arctic Treehouse Hotel?
- 10 How many nights are needed at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel?
- 11 Is the Arctic Treehouse Hotel worth the cost?
- 12 Share it!
- 13 My BEST Travel Resources
Where is The Arctic Treehouse Hotel Rovaniemi located?
The Arctic Treehouse Hotel is located in Rovaniemi in the north of Finland. The Arctic Treehouse Hotel Rovaniemi is situated right inside the arctic circle. The nests (rooms) are dotted across a stunning fairytale hillside.
How much does the Arctic Treehouse Hotel cost?
The Arctic Treehouse Hotel is not a budget friendly hotel. However, we were travelling around Europe on a pretty tight budget and we worked the arctic hotel Lapland into our budget very early on in our trip.
That being said, there are few different room types at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel. There are Arctic Treehouse Suites, Arctic Glasshouse and ArcticScene – Executive Suites.
The Arctic Treehouse Suites start at 566.80 € per night in winter and 333.00€ per night in summer.
The Arctic Glasshouse start at 1216.80€ per night in the winter and 983.00€
The ArcticScene – Executive Suites start at 1216.80€ per night in the winter and 1048.00€ in the summer
All of these room rates are “Early Bird” rates and do include accommodation, an amazing breakfast and all taxes. The Early bird rates are non-refundable.
Getting to The Arctic Treehouse Hotel
The Arctic Tree House Hotel is located in the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi is a very small city.
Despite being a small northern city, Rovaniemi is very easily accessed. If you are flying from abroad you can fly to Helsinki and connect to Lapland from Helsinki.
Flights between Helsinki and Lapland go daily, flights between London and Lapland depart on Wednesdays and Sunday’s, and flights between Istanbul and Lapland depart Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays.
The train between Helsinki and Lapland depart several times a day and takes about 11 hours. I suggest taking the overnight train, you board the train just before bed time and you wake up in a winter wonderland. That is of course, if you are travelling in winter!!
Little fun fact, the train from Helsinki to Lapland is called the Santa Claus Express. You can read more about the Santa Claus Express here.
Rovanemi is easily accessed by car. If you don’t have your own car you can hire a car.
When driving in Lapland be aware of changing weather conditions, especially in winter and the long distances you need to drive.
The drive from Helsinki to The Arctic Treehouse Hotel Rovaniemi is about 10 hours.
To the hotel
Once you arrive in Rovaniemi you can either take a taxi from the airport or main train/bus station or you can board The Santa Claus express bus. The bus stops at both the airport and the train station and goes to The Arctic Treehouse Hotel.
From the moment you step foot into the lobby of The Arctic Treehouse Hotel you will not want to leave. It is beautifully decorated with some local Lappish traditions and modern Scandinavian décor.
The staff will welcome you to the hotel, take your bags and offer you a cup of warm mulled wine. Finland seriously has some of the best mulled wine.
Check in is not until 4pm but the staff will gladly hold your bags until you can check in.
When your nest is ready for you, the staff will drive you to your nest (the nests are not that far from reception but with bags it is much easier to be driven!)
Just wait to be amazed!!
From the moment the doors opened you will be startled by the beauty of the nests. The design is simple but everything is immaculate and absolutely beautiful.
Despite looking at hundreds of photos prior to our arrival, we were not prepared for the beauty of the nests.
Every nest has a full rectangle window which looks out onto the gorgeous arctic forest.
The bathroom is a sleek black with a rain shower head, beautiful toiletries and the robes just add that extra comfort.
Enjoy the mini bar (the sparkling wine is a must!) and the expresso machine while sitting and watching the snow fall onto the Arctic forest right outside your window.
It was my birthday during our trip and the hotel were kind enough to leave a bottle of sparkling wine in our room!! It was an amazing bottle…..we might have purchased another bottle from the mini bar!
Despite having another nest next door and surrounding you, you feel as though it is just you in the remote arctic forest. Before we arrived, we emailed (okay I probably emailed too many times) asking for a room with a complete view of the Arctic Forest and I could not have been happier with the room we were in.
Dining at The Arctic Treehouse Hotel
All bookings at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel include the most amazing breakfast. Definitely take your time to enjoy the breakfast in morning. From continental to hot food and everything in between, you will not leave feeling hungry.
The Arctic Treehouse Hotel has their own restaurant, Rakas. The food at the restaurant is amazing. We decided to have both dinner and then lunch at the restaurant and both meals were amazing.
If you would rather spend some more time in your nest and enjoy the views you can order room service. For an extra fee you can also have breakfast delivered to your nest! Why not watch the snow fall out the window while eating a delicious breakfast?
We even spent some of the afternoon the next day before our train back to Helsinki sitting in the lounge of the restaurant by the fire enjoying a lingonberry vodka mulled wine and hot chocolate to die for!
Things to do at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel
Apart from laying in bed and looking at the views, drinking lingonberry vodka mulled wine (or hot chocolate) there are plenty of amazing things to do at The Arctic Treehouse Hotel
Explore the Arctic Forest
Exploring the Arctic forest around the hotel is a lovely way to spend your time. Especially if you are visiting in winter, it is gorgeous to explore the forest.
Visit Santa Park
Meet Santa Claus in office at Santa Claus’ Village
We walked to Santa Claus’ village and the walk through the snow (albeit a cold walk) was absolutely beautiful. If you are dressed warmly, I suggest you walk at least one direction. It was one of the highlights of our day!
At Santa Claus’ village you can meet Santa Claus in his office, send yourself a postcard from the post office (it will be delivered in time for next Christmas!), take a reindeer sleighride, shop until your heart is content and eat at some of the amazing cafes and restaurants
Explore Rovaniemi city center
Although Rovaniemi is a small city center it is worth visiting. There are plenty of restaurants and some shops to look at. The city center was completely demolished during World War II so does not have the charm of an old European city. Today, it serves as the business district for Finnish Lapland.
If you would like to organise a private dining experience the hotel are more than happy to help you. I suggest you organise this before arriving at the hotel to have the experience you are dreaming of.
Of course, if there is something you have always dreamed of doing, husky sleigh rides, seeing the Northern Lights, snow mobiles etc. the hotel will help you book and plan your experiences.
The staff at the hotel couldn’t be friendlier or more willing to help make your stay a dream come true.
The Northern Lights at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel
Even though The Arctic Treehouse Hotel is close to Rovaniemi and Santa Claus’ village, both of which let off a lot of light pollution, it is possible to see the Northern Lights from the hotel and even from your nest.
Unfortunately, the night we stayed at the hotel we were not lucky enough to see the Northern Lights (just another reason to return!). However, when you check into the hotel you can ask them to let you know if the Northern Lights are dancing during the night and you will get a wake up call.
When is the best time to visit the Arctic Treehouse Hotel?
The best time to visit the Arctic Treehouse Hotel Rovaniemi all depends on whether you prefer summer and seeing the midnight sun or you are looking for the perfect winter wonderland.
We visited in January and it was the perfect winter wonderland. The sun rose around 10 am and set again around 2 pm. However, this did not bother us or impact on the activities we wanted to do.
Despite the cold, seeing the snow capped trees and walking through the snow really made Lapland seem so magical and special. I would highly recommend winter to anyone!
How many nights are needed at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel?
We had done most of the winter activities on our stop prior to Rovaniemi and thought one night was enough to explore the Santa Claus Village but it wasn’t enough time to truly enjoy the hotel.
After breakfast we came back to our room for an hour or so before checking out and we wished we could have spent more of the day enjoying the day light and the view in the nest.
When we go back (fingers crossed!!) we would ideally like to spend two nights.
However, if you are travelling on a limited budget, one night is the perfect amount to experience staying in an Arctic Treehouse!
Is the Arctic Treehouse Hotel worth the cost?
For us, even though we were travelling on a budget, the Arctic Treehouse Hotel Rovaniemi was definitely worth the cost.
For some reason, I had very high expectations and did not think the hotel would live up to those expectations but it exceeded every expectation in more ways that I can describe.
If you are on the fence about visiting the Arctic Tree House Hotel Rovaniemi, I say, go for it 100%. I hope to be able to return one day.
Would you visit the Arctic Treehouse Hotel Rovaniemi or have you been? Let me know in the comments below
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