Finnish Lapland winter short break

Description of Finnish Lapland winter short break

Lake Menesjarvi in Finnish Lapland is home to a family-run wilderness hotel perched on its frozen shores. In winter when daylight is limited, snow is heavy and the temperatures plummet, Menesjarvi comes alive with winter adventures and the glow of the Northern Lights. This three night short break is the perfect chance to witness the Aurora Borealis away from light pollution and high above the Arctic Circle. Enjoy the informal atmosphere of the hotel, once a Sami elementary school and now a cosy base for Nordic adventure at the edge of Lemmenjoki National Park.

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Finnish Lapland winter short break

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

The forests rich in berries and lakes full of fish have offered food for the locals for generations. The meals served will be of local produce as often as possible.

Some of the old houses close to the Lemmejoki national park can only be reached by waterways. The locals have the skills and knowledge of getting around in the nature without the use motor vehicles. Motor vehicles will only be used when necessary.

The hotel used to serve as a local Sami elementary school. When the school was moved elsewhere, the locals wanted to restore the building and turned the empty building it into a cosy wilderness hotel where their guests can enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature by the lake.

The wilderness hotel is located right next to the Lemmenjoki national park where local wildlife can roam freely and forests are protected. Lemmenjoki is the largest national park in Finland. By visiting the area travellers help conserve the untouched nature of the national park. Animals are all treated with respect for all activities and excursions.

The hotel has been awarded a Green Leader status by Trip Advisor.

Community

The family-run wilderness hotel is run by locals. The activity providers and guides are reindeer herders and husky mushers who have lived in the area for generations and are passionate about preserving the area and its culture and warmly welcome travellers to learn about their way of life.

Menesjärvi is an area inhabited by the Sami people for generations. Our suppliers all have their roots in this area. The locals are especially known for their skills in making beautiful handicrafts from the organic materials available to them. During this holiday the traveller has a chance to visit local craftmakers such as a local felt artists who are all friends with the hotel owners. By participating in this holiday guests will understand and learn more about the history and heritage of the local Sami people in an honest and open way.

Tourists to the area help to sustain the livelihoods of people living in remote communities without which they would be forced to migrate to towns and cities.

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