Scan Magazine, Issue 130, November 2019

Page 95

Scan Magazine  |  Mini Theme  |  Visit Lapland

In the midst of breathtaking wilderness Holiday Village Valle is a resort located at the northern border of Finland, owned by Sámi family Valle. What started with some fishing trips in the 1970s has grown into a charming holiday village in the unique surroundings of the Arctic wilderness, right on the banks of the River Teno. By Mari Koskinen  |  Photos: Holiday Village Valle

Today, the holiday village consists of a hotel with 12 stylish rooms, five riverside cabins and a spacious apartment for up to eight people. There is also a high-quality restaurant offering local specialities like reindeer and elk, prepared in the traditional Sámi or Lappish way.

“When my father started to bring the fishing groups here, our home became the centre for the operations – and it still is. Here, guests get to experience the real Sámi way of living,” explains CEO Petteri Valle. “We enjoy being a small, family-run company; many of our guests stay a whole

week, and we get to know them properly and offer them personalised service,” Valle says. While the resort offers a lot of exciting sports and cultural activities, and even excursions to the Arctic Ocean, the most memorable part of the holiday is simply the amazing Arctic nature, which encircles the resort from every direction. “We are surrounded by the fells and the River Teno – they are just on the doorstep,” Valle says. “When you are this far north, the season for the northern lights starts already in August. Here, you don’t need to drive anywhere to see them; they happen right outside the window.” It certainly sounds like the ideal set-up for an unforgettable stay in Lapland.

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An Arctic dreamland Located in the heart of Finnish Lapland, Arctic Dreams House offers high-end accommodation to anyone looking for something special for their stay in a winter wonderland. Scan Magazine spoke to marketing manager Nid Ho about what to expect on your next getaway to this beautiful wilderness. By Maria Pirkkalainen  |  Photos: Arctic Dreams House

Imagine a unique, luxurious villa that offers you panoramic views of the gorgeous nature surrounding it. Welcome to Arctic Dreams House, a company offering highend accommodation in Finnish Lapland. “All of our villas and cottages have been specifically designed for their area. In-

spired by Lappish nature, the horizontal design gives everyone a fantastic opportunity to fully take in the breathtaking views,” says Ho. Arctic Dreams House consists of three brand-new luxury villas and cottages in the area of Ranua, as well as a high-end

apartment in the city of Rovaniemi, all decorated with Scandinavian design. Their staff are also happy to help you plan your holiday, whether you have a visit to Santa Claus Village in mind or would like to try out ice swimming or a wellbeing package. Ranua is also known as ‘Santa’s animal land’, as there’s a zoo as well as other opportunities to see local wildlife. “We take pride in offering our customers a relaxing, authentic Lapland experience,” Ho says of the idea behind Arctic Dreams House. “A key priority for us is that everyone leaves with the feeling that they learnt something valuable from the locals, as well.” For your next escape from a bustling city, make it an Arctic dream.

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