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Holiday Village Gulo Gulo

Rovaniementie 29, Ranua 97700 Finland
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#1 of 5 Speciality lodging in Ranua
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PeasmoldWW wrote a review Jul 2021
Peasmoldtown218 contributions75 helpful votes
Gulo Gulo is a recently built complex of serene, spacious, split-level, semi-detached cottages surrounded by greenery, just over the road from the Ranua wildlife park. The photos of the exterior do not do justice to the comfortable and well-equipped interiors which, although a bit dark when the lights are off, are also cool on a hot summer’s day. Inside they are decorated in the greys and beiges that have become the signature style of the 2010s. The cottages can sleep six in comfort, but the small amount of crockery and the rather tiny dimensions of the dishwasher don’t encourage self-catering for such a large party. On the other hand it was perfectly adequate for me, although I missed a toaster, a blender and decent-sized mugs. I used Gulo Gulo as my base for exploring the area over 3 days, but it was such a nice home to come back to, relax in the sauna and cook dinner that I found myself staying there much of the time! One oddity is that daily breakfast was supplied as part of the rental, including freshly baked croissants (for the following morning), which had to be collected from the cafe at the wildlife park each day. This really isn’t needed, except for those just stopping off for just one night en route, since there are good supermarkets only 3 km away in town. It would be simpler just to knock 10 € off the price. On the other hand, a pass for the zoo costs extra, despite being the main attraction in town. The apartments have an outdoor patio, and in late July 2021 there were amazingly few mosquitoes. Overall, the place was pricey for a solo traveller, yet felt worth the extra cost to relax in comfort bordering on luxury. Note that, during the coronavirus pandemic, checkin for Gulo Gulo is located 7 km away at Arctic Fox Igloos, on Rte 941 (direction Posio).
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Jill R wrote a review Apr 2020
32 contributions15 helpful votes
Accomodation is in pretty separate (wildlife themed) houses which can accommodate 6 people. Wood stove (logs supplied), full kitchen, drying room, sauna, 2 bathrooms. So spacious yet cosy. Walk to main building for lovely buffet breakfast. Visit to supermarket on the way in from airport to stock the kitchen and fridge. Restaurant if prefer not to cook. All cold weather gear supplied...even boots, balaclavas and outer gloves. Husky sledding is fabulous!!!! Best experience ever. You drive yourself (one sits on sled other stands at back and drives...and operates the brake LOL! Huskies are so enthusiastic and friendly you fall in love with them instantly. Little zoo is on site. You can pay to view feeding the polar bear and its a rare opportunity to see (and feed) an arctic fox. (Transport gets you there.)There's an ice bar in there so you can get a hot vodka and juice which goes down very well. Animals look healthy and happy as any animal can be in captivity. You can walk around any time during the day. Snowmobile trek to try and see N Lights is a challenge as temp was -15 plus wind chill so pretty cold. Get those foot warmer pads (sold there but take your own as well) and put one on top and one under your foot. Plus hand warmers. Turns out if you have a good camera with long exposure (5 seconds) you can boost any faint viewings on the horizon. Camp fire and hot juice and sausages cheered us up! Fabulous adventure. Lots of powdery snow. Combined with a night in Arctic Fox Igloos (you get a transfer from Gulo Gulo) its a total treat.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Individual houses. If you don't relish walking a couple of hundred metres in snow ask for a...
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MCBrook wrote a review Mar 2020
Monmouth, United Kingdom69 contributions22 helpful votes
We were on a half board package that also included several excursions. The accommodation was of a good standard being comfortable, clean and modern with two bathrooms, one of which contained the sauna. The kitchen equipment was fairly minimal providing one setting for a party of 6. Whilst the villa sleeps 6, 2 of the beds were under the eaves of the roof and only suitable for small children. The smart tv is unfortunately not linked to the internet although the Wifi was very good. We ate in the buffet style restaurant and the food was very good and refreshed often. The daily menu changed and there was fresh salad available with a choice of hot and cold meats and vegetables. Enroute to the resort we stopped at a supermarket to buy food for lunches and wine for the evenings. Wine is available in the resort at restaurant prices. The highlights of the tour were driving the huskies, snowmobiling, the Finhorse carriage drive to see the Northern lights (sadly too cloudy), visit to the reindeer farm and feeding them and feeding the Polar bear. The activities we well organised and the instructors good fun and knowledgable. We were kept warm throughout our stay in the clothing and boots produced by the resort. All in all a wonderful short break packed with adventure.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
jimmyt7 wrote a review Mar 2020
UK354 contributions199 helpful votes
We had a really great stay at the Gulo Gulo Village. We booked the trip using Secret Escapes. Booking process was fine, only thing that was a bit unusual/worrying at first was having to wait five days for conformation email to come through from Secret Escapes after booking. We got an acknowledgement email straight way after booking but conformation all items were booked took a week to arrive. These days with internet bookings I am used to getting conformation straight away or within a day at most. Still my point is don't worry if you don't hear from Secret Escapes for a few days after booking. Everything was fine booking wise when the conformation finally came through. After landing at Roveniemi airport we were met in the arrivals area by a rep from the resort. He, along with all other members of the Gulo Gulo staff we met, was excellent. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Once on the transfer coach we were handed envelopes with the keys to our accommodation in, a copy of our pre-booked itinerary and other useful info regarding the resort. The rep ran through the contents of the envelope along with other information during the 75 minute journey to a supermarket. As we were only B&B at the resort we planned to get a couple of meals to cook in the accommodation. The rep asked you to be back on the coach in 15 minutes which makes it a bit of a trolley dash but in fact it was nearly 30 minutes before the final shoppers got back on the coach so the 15 minute time limit would appear to be flexible. The supermarket is expensive but far from outrageously priced. After the supermarket we dropped some guests at the the igloos then went on to the holiday village. It was less than 20 minutes on the coach before we arrived. When we arrived at the village we were dropped off very close to our accommodation. The apartment was spotlessly clean, very will equipped, warm, comfortable and spacious. If you are self catering note that there is all the cutlery, crockery, class ware and utensils you need (including bottle opener and corkscrew). There is an oven, hobs, microwave, kettle and coffee maker. Washing up equipment and a dishwasher with tablets are all supplied. The only thing to be aware of is that there is no food, condiments, oil etc. supplied. The only things we did have in our apartment were coffee filters and salt and pepper shakers. After settling in we went over the reception (3-5 minute stroll) and were given more information and were able to ask any questions. We were also kitted out with the cold weather gear. They supplied excellent snow boots, a thermal body suit that went over your usual clothes, socks, gloves and mittens. Well worth taking your own decent hat and a buff I would suggest. We were pre-booked on a couple of activities and booked a couple more at reception. We did the snow shoeing at night, cross county skiing, husky sledding (2 hour) and the Fin horse sled night excursion. The guides were excellent on all excursions and we thoroughly recommend all of these activities, with the exception of the Fin horse trip. It was an uncomfortable ride, not because of the bumps but as we were sharing the sled with 2 other couples and our legs and feet we awkwardly intertwined one of the other couples for the duration of the sled trip. All the activities are expensive but the Fin horse was the only one that did not seem reasonable value for money. Around 25 minutes each way on the sled and just over a hour sitting around a camp fire. I'm being a bit picky as it was far from awful. The horses were lovely and the guides very pleasant but we just cant recommend this one as when you compare it to all the other activities we went on they were much better. The breakfast, we thought, was excellent. Help yourself buffet style with a huge choice of items. Particularly loved the salmon and trout. We went for the dinner one night, its worth booking if you are B&B only and plan to eat there. Not booking is no real issue but you may have to wait for them to setup a table for you. Like breakfast it is buffet style and there is are four course to go at. We thought the food was very very good. Being buffet temptation was to eat too much and at 26 euros a person is quite expensive compared to purchasing food at the supermarket and cooking yourself. You get tap water but can also order alcoholic drinks, around 5-6 euros for a beer and 7-8 for a glass of house wine. The zoo was great, lots to see, worth a couple of visits. I would recommend staying here for sure. We did get to see the lights but it would have still been an excellent trip even if we hadn't.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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jennyren747 wrote a review Mar 2020
Peterborough, United Kingdom83 contributions73 helpful votes
We booked our weekend with Secret escapes it was Amazing from start to finish....Great accom,friendly staff good food,lots of trips to choose from.... we had a fantastic time and didn't want it to end ....we sadly did not see the Northern Lights but everything else was just great. Would love to go back again sometime.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Holiday Village Gulo Gulo
Which popular attractions are close to Holiday Village Gulo Gulo?
Nearby attractions include Ranua Zoo (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Holiday Village Gulo Gulo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Holiday Village Gulo Gulo?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Holiday Village Gulo Gulo?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Holiday Village Gulo Gulo?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Holiday Village Gulo Gulo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wild Arctic restaurant, The Northern lights Hotel restaurant, and Kiireen Raja Leipomo-Kahvila.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Holiday Village Gulo Gulo?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Does Holiday Village Gulo Gulo have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Holiday Village Gulo Gulo offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Holiday Village Gulo Gulo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Swedish, and Finnish.
Is Holiday Village Gulo Gulo accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.