Casa Arctica
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Casa Arctica

Pirttitie 17 Rötkönen, Rovaniemi 96200 Finland
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High quality accommodation and unforgettable experiences in Rovaniemi, Lapland Casa Arctica, established 1998, is a family-run travel company situated in idyllic residential neighborhood in central Rovaniemi. We aim to provide individual, high quality accommodation with friendly customer service, as well as unforgettable adventures, for all our guests. Casa Arctica offers an individually and tastefully furnished cottage and three apartments in central Rovaniemi.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Sauna
Hiking
Ski rentals
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Wifi
Skiing
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
First aid kit
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Dining area
Fireplace
Private balcony
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Sofa
Iron
Private bathrooms
Kitchenette
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, German, Swedish

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Pirttitie 17 Rötkönen, Rovaniemi 96200 Finland
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Karl H wrote a review Jan 2023
Greystones, Ireland8 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We travelled to Lapland in Dec 2022 – 2 adults and 2 children (8 year old twin boys). We stayed at the Aurora Apartment belonging to Casa Artica, a small local business run by Kiki and Mika.

From the time we made initial contact with Kiki until the time we departed, the care & attention was flawless. Kiki and Mika are excellent communicators.

Mika collected us from the Airport and gave us many insider tips and local knowledge including a short tour of Roveneimi so we could get our bearings before taking us to the Aurora apartment. The apartment was perfect for 2 adults and 2 children, it was spotlessly clean, cosy, well equipped and warm. The beds were really comfortable and the sauna was an added bonus at the end of a busy day!

The centre of Rovaneimi is an easy 7-10 min walk from the apartment and our two boys enjoyed us towing them in and out of town on their sledges.

Rovaneimi is a compact city and has many eateries & cafes.

We visited the Santa Village via the Number 8 bus from Rovaneimi (10 mins bus ride). This is a must visit for children, we met Santa & got our photo taken, however the highlight for the boys was sledding around the Santa Village courtesy of Mum and Dad!

An absolute highlight for me and my wife was the Snow Safari to Korouma forest & frozen waterfalls. This tour was booked with Mika himself from Casa Artica. He collected us from the apartment and drove us the 100 kms or so North to Korouma National Park. We had great chats on the drive; he is patient, informative and was able to answer all the questions our two boys threw at him! J The tour itself is amazing, from the snowy trails to the frozen waterfalls. The scenery is stunning. A highlight for the boys was the snack on the open fire we made, eating grilled sausages and of course marshmallows. A fantastic guided way to experience some of the true natural beauty of Lapland.

We also spent the day at Raitola Husky & reindeer farm and again this was arranged for us via Kiki & Mika. A super family day combining a reindeer ride with lunch and then a husky ride in the afternoon.

All in all we cannot recommend Casa Artica enough. Kiki and Mika run a small authentic personalised business and work so hard to ensure every single part of our trip ran as smoothly and as magically as possible! We would definitely recommend staying in any of the Casa Artica properties over a hotel. An all-round, professional, friendly and flawless 5 star experience.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Response from Mika Rötkönen, Owner at Casa Arctica
Responded 23 Jan 2023
Dear Karl and Alison & boys! Thank you very much of your kind words. It was a pleasure to get to know you all! You are always welcome back to Lapland❄️ Greetings, Kiki, Mika & Daniel
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Rob B wrote a review Nov 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The apartment is perfect for what we needed. Location is an easy 10 minute walk to the centre of the city. We’ve been lucky enough to see the Aurora from the balcony & the built in sauna is fantastic for warming up in arctic temperatures. Kiki and Mika are very attentive hosts & Mika even took us on an unbelievable day trip to the frozen waterfalls which I cannot recommend enough. Hiking in snowshoes or crampons in the beautiful wilderness and a little climb up to the waterfalls, before a delicious lunch cooked over the handmade fire. Not to mention Mika is an excellent story teller and very informative! This has been the best holiday ever!!!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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carmen l wrote a review Feb 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The best place in Rovaniemi with fantastic hosts! Also the snowshoeing with Mika to the Korouoma waterfalls is an absolute must see and do! 5 stars for location, studio with sauna, the hosts. We had an amazing holiday and stayed for 8 days. We miss it and want to go back!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Shan-Oz wrote a review May 2012
Brisbane, Australia33 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've always wanted a white Christmas and my husband has always wanted to visit Lapland. So on a recent trip to Europe, we decided to combine the two and have a white Christmas in Lapland! What a magical experience, one that I will never forget.

We googled a number of hotels in Rovaniemi, but all were booked out over the Christmas period. Lucky for us, B&B Kesapirttila had a vacancy and I'm very pleased that we stayed at this beautiful little cottage. It was absolutely wonderful and much better than staying in a hotel.

My husband and I were travelling with another couple. We arrived by train from Helsinki late on Friday 23rd December and stayed two nights, departing in the afternoon of Sunday 25th December. We booked and paid for three nights (three nights was the minimum), but due to the train timetable, we could only stay for two. I wish we could have stayed for a whole week!

We got a taxi from the train station, which only took 5 minutes to get to the B&B. The taxi driver was a very friendly man, and put us all into a great mood before we even arrived. When we arrived at the B&B, we were amazed at the sight of the cottage. It was just beautiful. There was snow all around and it was lit up with soft, warm lights.

Our hosts, Kiki and Mika are very warm and friendly people, and happy to help you wherever they can. When we arrived, we were greeted by Kiki. She welcomed us and showed us around the cottage. The cottage is located behind their actual house so if there were any problems, they were never too far away.

There is bedding for four people - one double bed and a set of bunks. There were four adults in our group and we all fitted comfortably. The cottage also has a dining table and a small kitchen. This was great, as it allowed us to buy our own foods for breakfast. I've also heard that the hosts will prepare a lovely breakfast for you at a small charge. If I return, I will definitely take up this option because I've heard it is delicious!

It's all open plan inside the cottage (beds, kitchen and dining are all in one space), which helps to create the feeling of warmth and comfort. The only downside to this is that there isn't alot of space in the main living area for our luggage. There were 4 of us and each of us had a large suitcase. But we made do and it wasn't much of an issue at all.

The bathroom was a good size, quite large in fact, and there was even a sauna! It is extremely cold in Rovaniemi in winter, but inside the cottage, you would never know it's cold outside. It is fully heated, and there is even a fireplace if you wish to use it.

There is a small TV mounted to the wall, with a selection of channels to view.

The B&B is located only a short walking distance from the main part of town. On average, it took us about 15 minutes to walk there. The walk into town is really pretty, past all the snow covered houses and streets. The main part of town is also lovely, lots of little shops, restaurants and bars - there is even a McDonald's (the most northern McDonald's in the world)! There is also small shopping centre with a grocery store.

A visit to Rovaniemi is not complete without a visit to the Santa Claus Village. There is a bus stop in town (you will need to ask where it is because it is not easily recognisable) and the bus takes you straight there. For me, the Village was nice to see, but a little disappointing. The first impression we got was the torn and tattered flags that were flying outside the entrance. I think if you went there with children, it would be much more of an experience.

We also booked a snowmobiling trip while we in Rovaniemi, something I would highly recommend. We were out for a few hours in the freezing cold snowmobiling through the local forests, it was so much fun! We booked through Safartica and recommend the company for any tours or activities you want to do while you're in Rovaniemi. If we were there for longer, we definitely would have booked more tours through them. The staff were very friendly and they even picked us up and dropped us off at our B&B.

The only issue we had during our stay was the internet connection. It was terrible, and didn't work most of the time we were there. However, we were lucky that it worked on Christmas Day so we could call our family back home in Australia. We did have to stand outside in the freezing cold snow for it to work, but that's ok!

I also took time to read the through the comments in the B&B guest book. There was not a single person that wrote a negative entry about the place. And the book was full, so this certainly says something about how good the B&B is.

For me, it was the small personal touches that made this B&B so lovely. The candles outside our room, which lit a path to the front door, the lights around the cottage and the small Christmas tree that was set up on our dining table. Rovaniemi is a truly beautiful place to visit, especially at Christmas time. I look forward to sharing the experience with my children in the future.

Thank you Kiki and Mika for being such wonderful hosts, we will definitely return someday!
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Date of stay: December 2011
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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annie_horner_1979 wrote a review Dec 2017
City Beach, Australia55 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kiki was so welcoming.
The studio we stay in was a central, perfect location.
The unit was immaculate and very comfortable.
A very good range of products in the kitchen and the bed was comfortable. Will definitely stay there again :)
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MariaD333 wrote a review Feb 2015
Tel Aviv, Israel9 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the guesthouse in February. The place is very comfortable and thoughtfully arranged. Very clean, comfortable bed. A nice kitchen for preparing a meal and includes the basics: salt, cooking oil, tea.. The hosts live across the yard and were very welcoming.
The place is in a nice quiet neighborhood, a 10-15 minutes walk from the center. But the walk is very nice, we even handled it with our backpacks and there is not much to do in the center anyway. It is not very big, perfect for one or two people or maybe a couple with kids.
We definitely regret we couldn't stay longer!
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Date of stay: February 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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jjpPei wrote a review Aug 2013
PEI132 contributions133 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for one night only, but it was enough to become charmed by the town and area. Our apartment was directly behind the owner's home, down a small laneway. The sauna was excellent and the kids enjoyed the curtained bunk beds, each with its own reading light. Downtown was a short walk away, as was the Arktikum, which I also recommend. The Finnish arctic seems to be a smart and healthy corner of the world. I hope to go back.
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Date of stay: July 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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AnnieLondon wrote a review Jan 2016
London34 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the new studio apartment that they now have. Kikki was a great communicator from the beginning. She met us at the apartment and showed us around and gave us the key. The apartment was super warm and super clean in a very central location. The furniture and fittings were brand new and of a good quality. I would highly recommend this apartment to anyone wanting to do a lapland trip on a 'shoe string'. Excellent stay.
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Date of stay: December 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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MSaloheimo wrote a review Jul 2014
Oulu, Finland3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in the apartment at Ounasjoentie. Very nice for a small family. The kitchen is practical when traveling with children. Clean and cosy. Warm at the summer but there was a fan for cooling. Very quiet by night. We went to city centre walking, the distance is quite short.
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Date of stay: July 2014
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gjq1986 wrote a review Jan 2013
Tampere, Finland11 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The owner has another nice apartment at Ounasjoentie which is not far away from Bed & Breakfast Kesapirttila. It is located nearby the city area and it takes about 5 minutes walk to Arktikum museum.

The apartment offers ideal stay for 3 guests. It is well equipped with family household items such as cutleries, oven, microwave, tv, nice sofa set, toaster and etc.

It has a private sauna and a balcony which is nice for people who would like to experience Finnish style sauna. This apartment is highly recommended for people who enjoy a family or a relaxing trip in Rovaniemi.
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Date of stay: December 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sue E asked a question May 2016
Bangor, Maine40 contributions39 helpful votes
What is the walking distance to city center Rovaniemi?
Answer from Globerwalker
Seoul, South Korea364 contributions244 helpful votes
In winter it was not an easy walk as the ice was very slippery and as it was a back street they did not put grit on the side of the road. In summer I guess it would be ok and yes about 15 minutes (longer in winter)
Florence Yim asked a question Oct 2015
Manchester, United Kingdom6 contributions4 helpful votes
Is there any availability from 22 to 27?
Globerwalker wrote a tip Mar 2016
Seoul, South Korea364 contributions244 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Depending on your needs they have a bungalow out of town or a studio or apartment in town-all are different and in different places"
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Roger L wrote a tip May 2014
Missoula, Montana14 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Surprise yourself and search out alternative guest housing vs. staying at another hotel."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Casa Arctica
Which popular attractions are close to Casa Arctica?
Nearby attractions include Arktikum (0.5 km), Science Centre Pilke (0.5 km), and LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Casa Arctica?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Casa Arctica?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Casa Arctica?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Casa Arctica?
Conveniently located restaurants include Arctic Restaurant, Ravintola Roka -Street Bistro, and Monte Rosa.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Casa Arctica?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Does Casa Arctica have airport transportation?
Yes, Casa Arctica offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Casa Arctica located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Rovaniemi.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Casa Arctica?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Swedish.
Does Casa Arctica have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
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