LAPLAND PART 2: JAVRI LODGE
When I first got out of the minibus upon arrival at Jávri lodge, there was a light snow flurry and everything around me was white. A beautiful thick blanket of snow covered the pine covered landscape and Jávri Lodge stood out like a flame in the cold. The copper metal and warm wood instantly ignited a warmth within me as I walked towards the lodge. The stunning architecture is a blend of metal and wood with large glass panels and a copper chimney. A modern yet authentic Lappish retreat where the warmth of the lodge and its lovely staff make you feel right at home.
Jávri Lodge was once the retreat of Finnish President Urho Kekkonen. It is surrounded by untouched landscape and lies at the edge of a national park aptly named after the president.
We entered the lodge and were greeted by the warm team. The beautiful copper door opens up automatically as you come towards it and you pass through a corridor designed to hold coats and shoes before entering the main foyer of the lodge. The interior is wide and spacious, with beautiful high ceilings and sleek interiors softened by plush rugs and log stools covered with reindeer seat warmers. The modern luxury interiors are bright and airy with large glass windows that look out onto the magical snowy landscape outside.
A spiral staircase leads upstairs to the sky-view rooms and the ground floor houses the 6 cosy double rooms and 3 presidential suites split over two ends.
For the second part of our stay in Lapland we chose to stay at the luxurious Jávri Lodge.
This beautiful 11 bedroom retreat in Finnish Lapland is located at the edge of Urho Kekkonen National Park north of Finland. Overlooking a tranquil pond in summer and beautiful snowy landscape in winter, it is perfectly located to view the Northern Lights right in front of the lodge.
Lapish Chic Nordic Lodge
6 Cozy Doubles,
3 Presidential Suites
4 SkyView Suites (on first floor)
Rooms come with en suite bathroom
2 Finnish Saunas
Indoor Swimming Pool
Relaxation lounge with fireplace
Woolies and hand and foot warmers available to buy
How to get there:
Javri Lodge is located in Saariselkä, and is just 15 minutes drive away from Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort where my group stayed for the first night in Lapalnd. It is also just 25 minutes away from Ivalo airport.
My group of 8 was then led to our four cosy rooms spread over two sides of the lodge and we instantly fell in love with our home for the next 4 days.
Each cosy room comes with two very comfortable beds .and an en suite shower and toilet. The floors are heated and the natural wood walls make a very warm cosy interior in contrast to the cold landscape outside. That being said the cold landscape is absolutely beautiful. If your room happens to face the back of the lodge it will look out onto the beautiful frozen pond and pine forest.
What better way to get to know the Arctic environment and nature then some exciting activities in the wilderness. We booked at least one activity a day and lucky for us the weather was perfect in early March.
1. HUSKY SLEDDING: