This was our second time in Saariselka but the first in self catering. We selected these on the basis of their strong reviews on Trip Advisor and we greatly enjoyed our stay. The cabins are very charming as you can see from the photos, and in what we thought was a very good location. They are an 8 minute walk from the main street in a peaceful wooded area - which is also good for watching the Northern Lights. Crucially they are also the same distance from a large supermarket so food shopping was not onerous and sledges are provided to transport it. They also have a great two person Sauna and if you're cross country skiing, as we were, the tracks run almost to the door. The people in the Panimo Lodge were also extremely welcoming and helpful and it's a nice place to go for a beer. There were two things which stopped us from scoring this excellent. 1) The kitchen is minimally equipped - 2 electric rings and a microwave. That greatly limits what you can cook and if there were 4 - 6 of you, you'd struggle to produce enough over several nights. We cooked in every night through choice, but you have to plan carefully. 2) What is described as a double bed is barely wide enough for two slim people. We found it very cramped actually but didn't want to sleep separately so stuck with it. There's also a wooden beam just a forearm's length above your head if you're sleeping on the outside. If you even think of sitting up during the night you clout your head, which I did several times. I wouldn't want to overplay these criticisms beacuse overall we really loved it, but the cramped sleeping means that we wouldn't book these again. If you would be happy sleeping separately that wouldn't be an issue. There is a much wider mezzanine floor above the lounge, but that means lying on thin foam mattresses which wasn't appealing. The lounge could also do with some more concessions to comfort, like cushions. In short these are very charming and fun but they are quite basic; not entirely suprising for northern Finland. If you're aware of that you won't be disappointed and they are a very good place from which to enjoy Saariselka.
- Also Known As:
- Saariselka Log Cabins Hotel Saariselka
- Saariselka Inn Log Cabins Finland - Lapland