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Hotel Kalevala, Kuhmo, Finland

Dog-sledding fun at Hotel Kalevala.Dog-sledding fun at Hotel Kalevala.
Al fresco dining area.Al fresco dining area.
Lake beach.Lake beach.
Festive fun.Festive fun.
Hot tub.Hot tub.
Bedroom.Bedroom.
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Snow-mobiling.Snow-mobiling.
Relaxation area.Relaxation area.

Located in eastern Finland, a hefty six-hour (but stunningly scenic) drive from the capital Helsinki (although there are a selection of airports closer to the hotel) and close to the Russian border, is the beautiful Hotel Kalevala. Postioned on the shore of Lake Lammasjärvi, the beach and surrounding forest is the place to spend the summer months whilst the winter is best spent enjoying the surrounding snow-covered land and iced-waters. 

The hotel is fairly small with just 47 rooms; families can enjoy extended space with the use of interconnecting rooms. There are plenty of free-to-use activities and facilities, including a games room with computer consoles, badminton on the beach and a variety of DVD's and games in the library. Or why not treat yourself to a speciality spa treament and relax after a day in the fresh Finnish air. And not to forget the restaurant for a real taste of traditional local cuisine as well as international dishes for those not so adventurious when it comes to eating.

However, when you come to this part of the world there is so much more to explore and take part in, to make a family holiday to Hotel Kalevala a really magical experience. The hotel organise and host exciting activities and adventures thoughout the year. During the summer you can experience a bear watching night, an educational walk along the Finnish/Russian border, and a visit to a nearby Husky farm. You can also rent bikes to explore the area on two-wheels or hire a rowing boat to view the area from the lake. Then when it comes to winter, get the adrenalin running with a snow-mobile or husky safari, learn or develop your ski skills, swim in the local rapids or try your hand at ice fishing.

What to Expect:
  • Activities nearby
  • Hot tub
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities
  • Guided tour
  • Ice fishing
  • Snowshoe trek
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Connecting rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Husky safari
  • Open year-round
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Spa

Accommodation

47 rooms.

Classic rooms sleep 2 people with twin beds.

Superior rooms sleep 2 people with double bed.

Family rooms sleep 2 adults and 2 children (under 12 years) in double and twin interconnecting rooms.

Suites are also available, but are ideal for couples as these have double beds, although offer more space. There is even a Feng Shui-themed suite designed around peace and harmony, plus an Allergy room for those with allergies to certain things.

Facilities

Beach.

Outdoor games (badminton; frisbee).

Indoor games area (PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii).

DVD's; board games; library; karaoke; WiFi.

Taboggans and kick sledges.

Summer activities (fee paying activities include bear watching, hiking, foraging and cycling).

Winter activities (fee paying activities include snow-mobile safari, husky safari, snowshoe tours, swimming in the rapids and ice fishing).

Winter activities (including

Restaurant (open 4-9pm daily; choice of set menu and a la carte options; outdoor terrace seating).

Wellness and spa area (indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis; treatments available for an extra cost).

Ski storage and drying room.

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Location

Hotel Kalevala is situated around 105km from Kajaani airport, taking around 90-minutes by car. The nearest major city is Oulu, just over a 3-hour drive from the hotel.

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