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10 Unique Hotel Stays in the Happiest Country on Earth—Finland

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From modern wood cabins and new glass huts to resorts with a touch of luxury, Finland offers a handful of unique accommodations  that showcase the country’s beloved and renowned natural beauty. Plus, Finland has been ranked as the world’s happiest country for six years in a row, according to a UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network report.
Here are 10 places across Finland’s four distinct regions where you can immerse yourself in natural beauty AND  find your bliss.

 

Helskinki Region

 

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Fiskars Village is a picturesque and popular creative destination, an hour from Helsinki (Photo courtesy of Visit Finland and Julia Kivelä)

 

Hilltop Forest

This small resort located in Finland’s Helsinki region offers charming triangular wooden huts with large windows facing a lush forest. The resort’s restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, freshly baked pizzas, wine and forest-inspired dinners.

Hilltop Forest is a perfect mini-vacation destination, just under an hour-drive from Helsinki. And they donate 1 percent of their revenues to environmental and global hunger charities.

The Torby

Opened in June 2023, the Torby Hotel is found in Fiskars Village, a picturesque enclave a little more than an hour from Helsinki, in western Uusimaa, Finland. The Torby offers an enchanting retreat for travelers seeking tranquility and inspiration. Set amidst lush countryside, this boutique 24-room hotel seamlessly blends modern design with the rich cultural heritage of the Fiskars village, a creativity and art hub of the country.

Coast and Archipelago Region

Hotel Vihannonkulma

The Hotel Vihannonkulma building, a private home of the car dealer Olli Vihanto, was closed for almost 30 years until the apartment was rediscovered and revived into a boutique hotel opened in 2022. Guests can choose to spend the night in on of the nine unique rooms, from classic designs with sleek Alvar Aalto inspired lines to the crisp white lines of nordic themes to modern 70s-style spaces with eccentric details and teak furniture.

Enjoy Finland’s small-town atmosphere in the city of Loimaa and stroll around its cafes, shops and historical buildings. Loimaa, located 50 minutes northeast of Turku, serves a gateway to the surrounding forests and nature.

 

Enjoy the delights of Finland’s largest lake, Lake Saimaa (Photo courtesy of Mikko Nikkinen/Visit Finland)

 

Lakeland Region

Kanava Resort 

Located on a narrow headland surrounded by Lake Saimaa, Kanava Resort is a haven for happiness seekers and outdoor adventurers. The resort is a harmonious blend of contemporary design and natural beauty. The buildings, constructed with sustainable materials, seamlessly blend into the landscape, providing an immersive experience for guests.

Kanava offers a range of activities too, from winter snowmobile rides and skiing to summer time canoes, that let you take advantage of Finland’s year-round appeal.

PihlasResort

Located on the shore of the biggest lake in Finland, Lake Saimaa, PihlasResort is the perfect place to embrace luxury. The recently opened suites are equipped with kitchens, a personal sauna and a terrace facing a private garden.

Relax by the lake, have a drink in a jacuzzi, and dine in the resort’s main restaurant Siimes, the beach side club restaurant Koto,  and the relaxed garden cafe Trapesa. Each restaurant has its own concept, but all serve the best produce of the Saimaa region.

Villipeura’s Niliaitta

At Villipeura’s holiday village in Kivijarvi, located less than two hours north of Jyvaskyla in central Lakeland, unique birdhouse-like boxes are elevated on pillars in the midst of the Finnish forest.

These uncommon holiday cottages draw inspiration from traditional food storage sheds that were built to protect food from animals in the past. In the holiday village area, guests have access to a range of activities, including tennis, frisbee golf, and fishing.

 

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Head to Lapland to view astonishing Northern Lights displays (photo courtesy of Pertti Turunen/ Visit Finland)

 

Lapland Region

Glass huts of Skyfire Village

At Skyfire Village in Rovaniemi guest may need to pinch themselves to figure out whether the view is real: the panoramic windows in the glass huts allow guests to gaze at northern lights in the autumn and winter, or the midnight sun in the summer directly from their bed.

The village’s own restaurant, Sky Hut Restaurant & Bar offers tailor-made menus by a professional chef using local ingredients.

Kurula’s

Kurula’s in Lapland’s pristine Pyha region is the perfect vacation getaway for those who want a combination of quiet relaxation and outdoors activities. In the summer, go on a hike in Finland’s oldest national park Pyha-Luosto or ascend the fell on a ski-lift to admire the views. In the winter. embark on a husky or reindeer safari and hunt the northern lights. Each suite features it’s own private lakeside sauna.

Arctra

At Arctra’s private luxury resort just a 15-minute drive from the Rovaniemi airport, guests can enjoy a glamorous vacation atop the mighty hill of Ollerovaara, with stunning views of arctic nature. Each of the five suites is named for a star constellation, and features private bathrooms and double beds (convertible to two singles) as and interior design details with a Nordic touch such as wood walls and twinkle lights in the ceiling to miimic the night sky.

Explore the landscape by foot, on skis, or on a husky sled. A private 20 hectare wilderness area will guarantee that there most likely won’t be another soul in sight. Cozy up in a stylish suite or the spa area. Arctra is only a 15-minute drive from the Rovaniemi Airport.

Cahkal Hotel

Cahkal Hotel is located 400 kilometres (248 miles) above the Arctic Circle in the northwestern most point of Finland, in the truly unique Nordic wilderness.

At Cahkal all 23 modern rooms have exquisite mountain views.

Embark on an expedition with a local guide to explore the arctic landscape and even pop by in Norway to see the fjords and the Arctic Ocean. Unwind in the hotel’s sauna after an adventure of a lifetime. Cahkal’s heating system operates by sustainable geothermal heating and solar panels provide visitors with green electricity.

 

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Finland’s capital and largest city, Helskinki, is also surrounded by beautiful nature (Photo courtesy of Julia Kivelä/ Visit Finland)

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Plan your next trip: Visit Finland

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BSY Editor

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