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Snow Village, Kittila

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Visit a winter wonderland at Snow Village--an entire village made of snow and ice that is constructed anew every winter. A hotel, restaurant, cocktail bar, and a chapel are mainstays of the design and make up the bulk of the village. Long snow corridors lined with ice sculptures connect the rooms of the hotel, which are individually created by artists and include bed frames carved out of ice. If you prefer more traditional lodging, rent a log cabin. Ongoing activities include husky dogsled rides, viewing the site's domesticated reindeer, and snowmobile rental, which allows you to explore the snowy region inside the Arctic Circle. You can also visit for the day and tour the snow structures after paying an entrance fee. The easiest way to reach the village is by arranging a taxi pick-up from the nearby Kittilä airport or the Kolari train station. Alternatively, rent a car and follow the detailed driving directions on the attraction's website. Plan your Snow Village visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kittila using our Kittila vacation trip planner.
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  • A very expensive trip for a day but felt it would be priceless to see the look on my grandchildren's faces. Thompson's made the flight fun for the children during the last hour with songs, jokes etc s...  more »
  • We just paid for a tour and were blown away by this 'temporary' structure. The slide was cool, but I wasn't sure about the need for fire extinguishers! Absolutely worth visiting!  more »
  • It's not my first visit to Lainio, I adore this place, it's breathtaking but particulary this year I had a feeling that it could be more...You drive about 45 min and then you can spend even less insid...  more »
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  • Loved our visit. Thanks Santa for the advise about my summer hat during -22 cold ❄!!! 😀
  • The hotel itself is amazing to see - complete work of art with exceptional detail, craftsmanship and skill. As a sightseeing option, no doubt 5 stars.... The problem is staying overnight. It's an experience to sleep in an ice room and you are warm enough with their specialist clothing/bedding. However at 10pm everything closes - the bar, reception, staff go home. We were locked out of reception to effectively fend for ourselves for the night. We received basic instructions but there was nothing at all to do! There was one warm room where you could have a drink (but no milk for tea/coffee), and there was a sauna. However on arrival we were told the sauna had been reserved, later to our disgust it was a staff member who used the sauna all night!! For the price we paid (€500 for dinner and an overnight stay), we felt completely ripped off. I would strongly advise against staying there and just pop in for a visit to see the impressive structure!! The disappointing thing is, this could be an amazing experience with a bit of effort. There could be a fire outside with a welcome drink, or perhaps a member of staff on through the night, even the bar being open a bit later to make this whole thing a bit more fun. We got the impression the managers know that this will be a one off visit for people so may as we'll keep costs down, to hell with a bit of hospitality! This was our honeymoon too, very disappointing!
  • A most awesome ,mesmerising,artistic feat of ice making engineering !And we had a great time outside too.
  • Was there 2 years ago and it was amazing, but this year rooms made more simple, many rooms are not ready (to understand it you must see it), and so may be next year will be better
  • A city under snow a must see!!