Where to stay in Lapland

There are a range of accommodation options in Lapland to compliment your Lapland activities across the Arctic. Depending on your budget you have the choice of the budget hotels and even some hostels; quality hotels; cabins; and right through to bespoke world-famous accommodation like the original ICEHOTEL and the Treehotel.

Whatever your choice of accommodation, we can support your itinerary with Arctic activities from dogsledding in Abisko and snowmobiling in Tromso, to Northern Lights hunt in Kiruna or even Rovaniemi Santa experiences in Finland – however we can direct you through to other respected websites to book accommodation.

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Lapland Hotels

There are a range of hotel rooms available across the arctic region that make the perfect base from which to embark on your Tromso Northern Lights trip, or your Kiruna Dogsledding adventure. The Quality of the hotels can range from the uber basic to the comfortable chain hotels, or even the super luxury boutique properties.

Hotel accommodation can range in price depending on the quality and time of year, so it is worth searching around for the right fit for you and your budget.

Finland

Finland

If you are looking for a hotel in Rovaniemi there is plenty of choice, however it does get booked up very early in winter months. Whether you are booking a Santa activity in Rovaniemi or a dog sledding adventure under the Northern Lights – there is plenty of accommodation to choose from including the Santa Clause Holiday Village and the home of Santa himself; to the Arctic City Hotel with free wifi to book your next Lapland activity on Visit Lapland.

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Norway

For those looking to travel to visit Norwegian Lapland and join a Northern Lights tour in Tromso, or a Sami experience in Narvik – there are hotels in most major cities and towns in Norway stretching from Narvik and Tromso, further north to Alta for more Arctic activities and adventures.

Chains including Nordic Choice Hotels, Scandic and Thon Hotels, among others, can be found up north as well as a number of independent hotels and accommodation. A room can start from around £70 (approximately the equivalent of $90 or €80) and can range in quality from 2* to 4* depending on the location.

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Sweden

There are a range of hotels that make a perfect base for a range of Arctic activities in Sweden, whether you are wanting a base for Northern Lights hunt in Abisko, a dog sledding adventure in Kiruna, or a Sami trip in Lulea – you can find a range of hotel accommodation to suit your needs. With big chain names like Scandic in Kiruna, and Clarion in Lulea. With a wide range of hotel accommodation available aimed at couples to family hotels; from 2* upwards, it is worth shopping around to find the one that suites your needs as a base for your Arctic activities in Lapland.

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Lapland hostels and accommodation on a budget

If you are planning to visit Lapland on a budget northern lights holiday then looking into hostels can be a good idea, however in the Arctic region they are a little a little thin on the ground. It is also worth doing your research as the quality can also range. It is our recommendation that even on a budget you mix hostels with other accommodation to create an itinerary that will perfectly support a visit to the Icehotel in Kiruna, dog sledding in Abisko or a Northern Lights tour in Tromso.

Finland

There are a few hostels in Finnish Lapland that can support your travels concentrated around Finland Arctic activity areas like Rovaniemi where beds start from around €25 (approximately £22 / $28USD) per bed/per night. It is however highly recommended to book your activities such as a Santa experience in Rovaniemi, northern lights, dogsledding or snowmobiling, ahead of time as they do get booked up early.

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Norway

Hostel accommodation can also be found in major centres of Norwegian Lapland, perfect for anyone planning a budget northern Norway adventure. It tends to be good quality and clean, but basic. Tromso has a handful of hostel options at the time of writing with single beds starting at around £28 (approximately €31 / $35USD), with prices rising in peak seasons. With other options in Bodo and Lofoten – it is worth doing a little research to find the best base for your Arctic activities in Tromso.

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Sweden

If you are travelling to Swedish Lapland on a budget, then there are options to stay in a hostel in key activity areas like Kiruna, Abisko, Jokkmokk and Lulea. If visiting the Icehotel and booking a northern lights trip in Kiruna, dogsledding activities in Kiruna or snowmobiling in Kiruna – then there are a range of clean, comfortable and basic hostel accommodation on offer from £27 per person, per night (approximately $34.5USD / €30). If you are planning to book a Northern Lights activity in Abisko, then although more limited, there are budget options at either the Abisko Fjällturer or STF Abisko Mountain Station.

You can also book budget accommodation in Lulea as a base for your arctic activities with rooms at City Sleep costing from £50 per room (approximately $64 / €56)

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Igloos, Ice-hotel and snow-hotels

If you are looking for something that can only be found up north in the arctic region, then an igloo, show hotel or Ice hotel could be just the thing. Whether you spend the night, or simply book an Icehotel visit in Kiruna to take a tour – you are transported into another world as you enter a world of ice which can make for a perfect highlight to your Arctic activity adventure in Lapland.

Finland

There are a couple of options to stay in (or visit) ice accommodation in Finland including the Arctic Snow Hotel near Rovaniemi, which even boasts a snow sauna!

An 18-bedroom snow castle is created annually at the port town of Kemi and an igloo-like snow ‘village’ has also been built at Lainio near the ski resorts of Yllas and Levi.

There are plenty of other smaller options so shop around. Click here for activities in Finnish Lapland to compliment your itinerary.

Norway

If you are planning an Arctic adventure to Norway, then take a look at Sorrisniva in Alta which can be added to a trip to Tromso, however you may want to take a look at our “getting around tips” to help you get there. The hotel offers stunning ice art each winter and is within fairly easy reach of the Alta Unesco Heritage Site of Stone Age carvings.

While in the far north and a little more of a challenge to get to, the Kirkenes Snowhotel is close to the Russian border, has further snow accommodation including dinner and breakfast options. It is set close to a husky farm and reindeer park for other activities.

It is also work keeping an eye on other accommodation as there are plenty of other smaller options. Click here for activities in Norwegian Lapland to compliment your itinerary.

Sweden

Swedish Lapland is the home to the original Icehotel located in Jukkasjärvi, just outside of Kiruna. This is a real highlight of any adventure whether as an Icehotel day tour in Kiruna, or to stay overnight.

First created over 20 years ago in the village of Jukkasjarvi the Icehotel is one of the bucket list activities on many arctic activity and northern lights holidays. With cold and warm accommodation, the site also includes a conference centre, wilderness camp restaurants with Ice tasting menus alongside its ice bar, chapel and art suites.

Other smaller options may also be available across the country so keep an eye out. Click here for activities in Swedish Lapland to compliment your itinerary.

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Sami Tepees and Goahti (or Kota)

The native people of the Arctic region, the Sami, traditionally lived a nomadic life where Lavvu, traditional Sami tepees, were erected and then transported to fresh grazing areas for their reindeer. A Goahti (or Kota) is a more permanent wooden version of the tepee. It is still possible, even in mid-winter, for guests to visit and even stay in a traditional Lavvu tepee – an experience our Visit Lapland experts would highly recommend.

If it is not possible to stay in a traditional Lavvu or Kota, then many of the arctic activities on Visit Lapland from Northern Lights photography in Abisko to cultural Sami activities in Narvik include time warming up next to a fire in a traditional tepee.

Finland

Njarka Sami Camp and Aurora Camp Inari both offer traditional accommodation at the time of writing, however when planning your trip it is well worth hunting around in the area you are booking Arctic activities to see if there are other options available.

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Norway

At the time of writing Camp Tamok and Tromsø Friluftsenter near Tromso both offered accommodation in Lavvu. It is worth booking accommodation and activities in Tromso early to avoid missing out.

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Sweden

There are a couple of options to stay in traditional Lavvu including the Aurora Safari Camp and Sapmi Nature camp – both of which lie between Lulea and Kiruna. Our team would recommend researching and booking both accommodation and activities in Sweden early.

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Something special

Lapland is a hotbed for new and innovative accommodation to book as a highlight for your Lapland adventure. Whether an Icehotel in Kiruna, the world famous Treehotel near Lulea, glass igloos to look out to the Northern Lights – or even in a snowball – there are plenty of incredible places to sleep which will compliment your dogsledding, Northern Lights and snowmobiling activities booked through Visit Lapland.

Finland

Glass igloos at the Kakslauttanen Igloo Hotel have always been a draw, with more glass igloo options in Rovaniemi and further north – where you can also stay in a mobile northern lights cabin on skiis! For a spectacular view, why not try the Eagles View Suite, Iso Syote, Finland with a circular bed overlooking the arctic wilderness beyond. Remember to book your activities ahead of time – you don’t want to miss out on the best activities in Lapland!

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Norway

With the quirky Manshausen cabins that jut out into the fjord or a traditional fisherman’s cabin in the Lofoten Islands. Sami tepees, Icehotels and plenty of other options are also available for those planning an arctic adventure in Norway. Wherever you are going, remember to book your activities through Visit Lapland to ensure you have everything confirmed before you travel.

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Sweden

There are simply too incredible places to stay, and mention, in Swedish Lapland. Starting with the astounding themed in the trees at the Treehotel; temporary Snowball room in Jokkmokk; The highest mountain lodge in Sweden Låktatjåkko Mountain Station in Bjorkliden, and the world’s first indoor and year-round Icehotel 365 in Jukkasjärvi outside Kiruna – there is plenty to choose from. Remember to also book your dogsledding and northern lights trips in Sweden

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Lapland cottages and Log Cabins

In winter when you return from your day dogsledding in Tromso, or snowmobiling in Kiruna, or are preparing for a night hunting for the Northern Lights in Abisko, there is nothing more comforting than sitting in a nice warm log cabin, possibly with a fire warming the room. To make a memorable, and comfortable, trip to Lapland, we’d recommend looking at adding a night (or more) in a cottage or log cabin, however it is worth doing your research as quality can vary from the uber basic (some of which may have no electricity or running water, to the top end luxury cabins including private saunas and hot tubs.

Finland

Cabins can be found dotted around the country and will be dependent on your group size and needs, however we’d recommend looking at some of the options around Rovaniemi including the Arctic Circle Wilderness lodge which is open year-round and surrounded by the rapids of River Raudanjoki, lush forest and fresh air. Or alternatively, if Christmas is your thing, then the Christmas Chalets offer a 365 day a year festive experience!

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Norway

Norwegian Lapland is famous for its cabins, so it is worth shopping around, however some of our favourites are around the Tromso region and include Hamn I Senja, on the stunning Senja island is only a 3 hours scenic drive from Tromsø; or the self catering Polar Cabin which makes for a perfect base for all of Visit Lapland’s Tromso arctic activities.

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Sweden

Some of the best chances to see the Northern Lights are in Absko and Bjorkliden and the village of Bjorkliden has also got a good range of cabin accommodation from the more basic to the full luxury log cabin of your Arctic dreams. There are plenty of other options around the country, however his would be out top tip as a base for any of the local arctic activities from dogsledding snowshoeing, ice fishing  and Northern Lights activities in Abisko.

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