Santa's Hotel Tunturi, Saariselka

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The experience was amazing but the hotel, or at least the building we stayed in, was poor. It was more “youth hostel” like I would say if I’m being brutally honest. The room for our family of five was absolutely tiny and we were away from the main building. We had to get dressed each time to go f... + more
Natalie
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Accommodation
Half Board
Flights Included
Transfers
No Lift Pass
No Ski Rental
No Boot Rental
No Ski School

Overview: hotel description: Santa's Hotel Tunturi description

A unique hotel with an excellent choice of rooms and suites, including the luxury Gielas wing. I love the atmosphere here, backed up by friendly service and great food. The well established, comfortable accommodation buildings are set in a charming wooded area near the cross-country ski trails, within an easy 2-3 minute walk of the main Tunturi building which houses the reception, bar and the restaurants.

  • Attractive and comfortable hotel
  • Holiday Club leisure centre approx. 5 minutes’ walk (500m)
  • Luxury Gielas wing and newly renovated Kontio building offering superb family bedrooms, all with private bath/wc, sauna and balcony
  • Family suites have private saunas
  • Small children’s play area
  • Reception lounge area and cosy lounge bar
  • Use of toboggans (€2)
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and suites
  • Hot and cold buffet breakfast
  • Half-board includes excellent 3-course evening meals with choices (buffet-style), with a special Gala Buffet Dinner on your last night*

I have chosen this hotel for its renowned friendly service and excellent food, and the fact that so many guests come back year after year. Well designed, the hotel features a main central building as its focal point, including the reception, restaurants and bar, where musical entertainment is on offer every evening.

Santa’s SAVERS

  • Half Board included in all my holiday prices
  • Use of toboggans (€2 charge)
  • Free upgrade rooms (subject to availability)

Distance of Santa's Hotel Tunturi to Ski Lifts

See which Saariselka ski lifts are nearest to Santa's Hotel Tunturi.

  • Chairlift chair lift - 1016m
  • Sompahissi platter - 1291m
  • Ankkurihissi 1 t-bar - 1460m
  • Ankkurihissi 3 t-bar - 1514m
  • Ankkurihissi 2 t-bar - 1565m

Navigating in Saariselka can vary, as distances from Santa's Hotel Tunturi to ski lifts are in a straight line.


Facilities: Santa's Hotel Tunturi features


Room Types: Santa's Hotel Tunturi bedrooms

There is a super range of family rooms and suites available in different shapes and sizes, as follows, and larger apartments with 3 and 5 bedrooms are available on request. Most room types have a private sauna, and whilst all the bedrooms are comfortable, the Family Suites offer that extra bit of space if you want to spread out.

Type A Bedrooms, sleep 2-4 – with twin beds and a double sofa-bed (suitable for one adult or two children), private en suite shower, wc, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.

Supplements*: Single room supplement: £55

Type B Family Suites, sleep 3-4– Twin bedroom and a separate lounge with double sofa-bed, sharing private sauna/shower/wc, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.

Supplements*: 4 Sharing £14, 3 Sharing £20

Type C Family Suites, sleep 5-6 – Two twin bedrooms and a separate lounge with double sofa-bed, sharing private sauna/shower/wc, further separate wc, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities. These suites may be on two levels, with an internal staircase with stair-gates.

Supplements*: 6 Sharing £25, 5 Sharing £30, 4 Sharing £50

Type F 4-room apartments, sleep 6-8 – As type C but larger and with an additional bedroom.

Supplements*: 8 Sharing £ Nil, 7 Sharing £5, 6 Sharing £12.

5-Bedroom apartments, sleep 10-13 – A spacious 5-bedroom apartment with 5 twin bedrooms and sofa-beds for 3 in the lounge area. It has its own private sauna and jacuzzi.

Supplements*: 13 Sharing Deduct £10, 12 Sharing Deduct £3, 11 Sharing £5, 10 Sharing £10.

The hotel’s 'Kontio’ building has been newly renovated and is the nearest accommodation to the Tunturi reception and restaurants building.

Kontio Deluxe Bedrooms, sleep 2-3 – are spacious and newly renovated rooms in the Kontio building (close to the main Tunturi building) and have twin beds and a sofa-bed (for one child), sauna, private en suite shower, wc, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.

Supplements*: 3 sharing £35, 2 sharing £50

Kontio Suites, sleep 3-4 – are newly renovated and spacious suites (close to the main Tunturi building) with a twin bedroom and a sofa-bed (suitable for one adult or two children) in the lounge area, sauna, private en suite shower, wc, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.

Supplements*: 4 sharing £40, 3 sharing £50

The hotel’s impressive 'Gielas’ wing provides the highest standards in Saariselkä, and is just 2-3 minutes walk from the main Tunturi building. The Gielas offers spacious and stylish family rooms, plus a small range of boutiques.

Gielas Type D Family Bedrooms, sleep 2-4 – two single beds and a double sofa-bed, (suitable for one adult or two children), private en suite bath/shower, wc, sauna, balcony, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.

Gielas Type E Family Bedrooms, sleep 3-4 – more spacious than a Type D with two single beds and a double sofa-bed, (suitable for one adult or two children), private en suite bath/shower, wc, sauna, balcony, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.
Supplements*: £12 on Gielas basic price.

*Room supplements are per person per night.


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Wed 27 Nov 202427/11/24
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Mon 01 Dec 202501/12/25
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This package holiday to Santa's Hotel Tunturi in Saariselka, Finland / Lapland departs Wednesday 10th December 2025, for a 2 night stay on a "half board" board basis. A local tourist tax (Taxe de Sejour or Kurtaxe) is levied by many councils in European ski resorts. It varies by standard and type of accommodation and is age dependent, so not everyone is charged. It's not included in the basic price of your holiday and is usually paid locally. For reference, the average charged in winter 2024 was between €1 and €3 per person, per night.
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Resort: about Saariselka: about holidays in Saariselka: about ski holidays in Saariselka: about ski holidays in Saariselka Finland / Lapland

Urho Kekkonen National Park Easy skiing Local cuisine

As well as being a popular place for panning, Saariselkä is a goldmine of winter wonderland activities. With a stunning national park on your doorstep, you can explore the snowy surroundings on foot, skis, snowmobile or even reindeer before coming home to your cosy cabin or hotel.

Beginner Intermediate Advanced Snowboard

Great for Meet Santa Northern Lights Off-slope activities

Saariselka webcam

Snow Report: Top cm, Bottom cm

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Snow History: December average depth 27cm

Saariselka trail map

Approx. airport transfer times depend on conditions:

Ivalo32 km, 30 mins
Region:Northern Lapland, Finland
First opened:1970s

Saariselka lift pass price last reported as 200€ (adult 6 day). Ask for a quote when booking Santa's Hotel Tunturi.
Night skiing: Yes
Saariselka has N, E, W facing slopes.
Usually open for skiing November - May.

Town altitude: 265m
Top of slopes: 438m
Bottom of piste: 260m
Vertical drop: 180m
Total length of trails:10km
Longest piste:1.3km
Europe’s northernmost ski resort, Saariselkä is 250km up from the Arctic Circle, not far from the Russian border. One of the main resorts in Lapland – the legendary home of Father Christmas – it has snow-sure skiing, a Christmas-card-esque village and heaps of festive activities all in one place. The village itself is surrounded by forest and full of winter wonderland charm, with its own little chapel, some shops and restaurants and accommodation ranging from spa hotels to traditional log cabins. Everythin...
Spread across the Iisakkipää and Kaunispää fells, the ski area is modestly-sized, with 6 ski lifts taking you up to 15 slopes. The bus is quite regular and does drop-offs at the top of the slopes and the base. From the base, one chairlift takes you to the top of Kaunispää (the rest of the lifts are T bars). All pistes take you back to the same part of the valley, where you’ll find campfires and cafés to warm up and rebuild your energy stores. This isn’t a challenging ski area and the slopes would best...
With only 15 slopes, this isn’t meant to be a resort where the sole focus is skiing and there are tonnes of other activities to fill up the week. Snowmobiling, reindeer and husky safaris really are as fun as they look and all are a great way to enjoy the surroundings. For something a bit different, try your hand at ice fishing or follow one of the more well-trodden snowshoe route. Even better, 15 minutes away by road is Santa’s resort, Kakslauttanen for a once in a lifetime meeting with the man himself. Fro...

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"Lapland activity day was absolutely lovely "

Natalie
3/ out of 5
The experience was amazing but the hotel, or at least the building we stayed in, was poor. It was more “youth hostel” like I would say if I’m being brutally honest. The room for our family of five was absolutely tiny and we were away from the main building. We had to get dressed each time to go for dinner etc. as opposed to coming from the hotel rooms within the main building. It just felt like going to get a drink from the bar or going for meals was just an effort each time, as you had to get fully dressed up and do the 5min walk each time. The transfers were very well organised, and the staff were great. If we were to go back again, we’d just look for a different hotel. We did have a lovely time, but I certainly wouldn’t rush back to this particular hotel. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would have normally given it a 4/5* rating but the hotel let us down, hence the 3* review. The food was shocking. I have to be honest, and we’re not fussy eaters, but the food was really inedible. The food was cold, the variety wasn’t great at all and it was like being in a youth hostel essentially. It was purely the hotel food that let us down, everything else was great. The actual Lapland day and activities was lovely and we had an amazing time with the kids. All the external stuff (outside of the hotel) was amazing and lovely.
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