Scan Magazine, Issue 144, July 2022

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Top Experiences in Finland

The rooms have uninterrupted views of the surrounding nature.

A luxurious hotel experience, 400 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle Cahkal Hotel in Kilpisjärvi, Finland offers an opulent hotel experience with views of mountains and tundra. Cahkal opened its doors just in time for midsummer last month and now attracts patrons with delicious, locally-sourced food and excursions into the Nordic wilderness. By Ester Laiho


Photos: Cahkal Hotel

Cahkal Hotel lies close to Tsahkal lake. Two streams descend from the lake, embracing the hotel from both sides. The therapeutic trickling of water can be heard from the sauna and restaurant terrace, bringing the outdoors right into the room. The hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a vista of the fell in changing seasons, that you can enjoy while relaxing indoors. Cahkal Hotel is the labour of love of CEO Margit Eskonen and Chief Experience Officer Ville Eskonen. The couple have worked in the hospitality and tourism 82 |

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sector for years, and have now created a one-stop destination for travellers to appreciate views of the Arctic wilderness and first-class customer service, at a climate-conscious hotel. The hotel runs on 50 per cent renewable energy, with solar panels and geothermal energy installed on-site. Perfect hospitality Margit is a born hostess and very handson – especially for a CEO: “I love creating a welcoming atmosphere. I’m sure you’ll see me making the beds in the rooms and setting the tables at the restaurant to

make everything perfect for our visitors.” Her husband Ville has also provided his expertise in the restaurant and in designing experiences for guests. He considers himself incredibly fortunate to have been able to make his hobby his job: “I love spending time in the fell wilderness and have done so for all my life. I’m eager to show our guests the best ways to appreciate it.” While visiting, you can go fly Ski touring is a great way to take in the nature in winter.

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