Resort Evaluate: Star Arctic Resort, Saariselka, Finland

Star Arctic Resort opened on the seventh December, initially as a 5* lodge. After experiencing a number of teething issues, the lodge determined to drop a star – a wonderful determination for my part. With attractive views of the Lappish panorama, heat, cosy cabins and charming service, the lodge is on the very prime of the four* bracket.

The lodge is a 5-minute drive/20-minute stroll from resort village of Saariselka, the place you’ll be able to guide a complete number of winter and summer season experiences, from husky sledding to cross nation snowboarding.

Who For

Finnish Lapland is arguably considered one of Europe’s most romantic spot, and the Star Arctic Resort is ideally suited to couples.

Cabins at Star Arctic Hotel

Romantic cabins at Star Arctic Resort

The lodge can be a fantastic place for teams, with loads of room within the restaurant for bigger tables.


There are 40 cabins to select from, all of that are spotlessly clear with heated flooring and comfortable beds that you simply simply sink in to.

In addition to the usual suites, there are eight glass cabins and two cabins with private saunas. Attributable to recognition, the lodge is planning to construct further suites with saunas later this yr. All rooms have geothermal heating techniques – a a lot greener option to hold you heat.

Interior of one of the cabins at Star Arctic Hotel

Inside of one of many cabins at Star Arctic Resort

The usual suites have two flooring, with a moderately steep set of wood steps resulting in the bed room. A lot of the cabin is made with glass so you’ll be able to huddle up within the heat whereas gazing at stunning sunsets. Every cabin additionally has a flat display screen TV and couch mattress which might match as much as two youngsters.

The ensuite toilet is stocked with a number of fundamental bathtub merchandise reminiscent of cleaning soap and bathe gel. The bathe is satisfyingly sizzling and highly effective: an absolute godsend after spending the day in temperatures of sub -15°C.


The reception and restaurant are positioned in a superbly designed open space with large glass home windows. There’s additionally a comfy seating space subsequent to the reception the place you’ll be able to heat your self by a roaring hearth.

Restaurant and reception area

Restaurant and reception space

The lodge additionally has a small however purposeful gymnasium and two saunas. Each saunas should be booked upfront (by the hour) and are geared up with their very own non-public dressing room, relaxation space, WC and bathe amenities. You can even assist your self to a variety of bathtub merchandise, towels and dressing robes. The one factor that was lacking was a water machine.

The bigger sauna, which might match six individuals, additionally has a viewing window that overlooks the huge countryside.

Foods and drinks

Within the evenings you’ll be able to select from the à la carte menu or the buffet, which serves a wide range of native and worldwide dishes. We have been impressed by the standard of the buffet and the wonderful selection of salads.

Star Arctic Hotel restaurant

Star Arctic Resort restaurant

For breakfast, there’s a mixture of cold and hot dishes together with smoked fish, scrumptious contemporary spelt bread and runny soft-boiled eggs. There’s additionally some excellent granola with contemporary fruit to fortify you in your every day actions within the chilly.

Is WiFi obtainable

Sure, WiFi is dependable all through the lodge and freed from cost.

Room charges

A normal suite begins from €336 per night time, primarily based on two sharing.

Inghams affords seven nights on half board (together with every day sizzling buffet breakfast and night buffet) in a typical suite at Star Arctic Resort from £1,519 per particular person primarily based on two sharing in February or March 2019. Value consists of airport transfers and return direct flights from Bristol, Manchester and London Gatwick.

What’s close by

Throughout the winter, there are many actions to maintain you busy. Attempt your hand at snowshoeing, seek for the Northern Lights on a snowmobile, be taught in regards to the Sami individuals and expertise reindeer sledging. In the summertime, go on a nature trek or trip a mountain bike throughout rugged terrain. Simply ask the lodge for extra info.

Snowmobiling in Lapland

Snowmobiling in Lapland (c) Lucy Woods

Dare one another to trip sleds down the hill in the direction of Saariselka and keep up late within the hope of recognizing the Northern Lights.

Getting there

Ivalo Airport is only a 25-minute drive to Saariselka and Star Arctic Resort and organize so that you can get a taxi or shuttle bus.

Finnair provide direct flights from London Gatwick to Ivalo in the course of the winter season (ending 22 March).

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