Resort Assessment: 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 superb determination for my part. With beautiful views of the Lappish panorama, heat, cosy cabins and charming service, the lodge is on the very high 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 an entire 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 .

Cabins at Star Arctic Hotel

Romantic cabins at Star Arctic Resort

The lodge can also be an important 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 cozy 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. Resulting from reputation, the lodge is planning to construct further suites with saunas later this yr. All rooms have geothermal heating techniques – a a lot greener strategy to maintain 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 somewhat steep set of picket 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 TV and couch mattress which may match as much as two kids.

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


The reception and restaurant are positioned in a fantastically 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 fireplace.

Restaurant and reception area

Restaurant and reception space

The lodge additionally has a small however purposeful health club and two saunas. Each saunas have to be booked prematurely (by the hour) and are geared up with their very own non-public dressing room, relaxation space, WC and bathe services. It’s also possible to 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 may 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 quite a lot of native and worldwide dishes. We have been impressed by the standard of the buffet and the superb selection of salads.

Star Arctic Hotel restaurant

Star Arctic Resort restaurant

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

Is WiFi accessible

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 presents seven nights on half board (together with day by day scorching buffet breakfast and night buffet) in a normal suite at Star Arctic Resort from £1,519 per individual primarily based on two sharing in February or March 2019. Worth consists of airport transfers and return direct flights from Bristol, Manchester and London Gatwick.

What’s close by

In the course of the winter, there are many actions to maintain you busy. Strive your hand at snowshoeing, seek for the Northern Lights on a snowmobile, be taught concerning the Sami individuals and expertise reindeer sledging. In the summertime, go on a nature trek or journey a mountain bike throughout rugged terrain. Simply ask the lodge for extra data.

Snowmobiling in Lapland

Snowmobiling in Lapland (c) Lucy Woods

Dare one another to journey sleds down the hill in 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 prepare 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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