Gielas Hotel

  • Lapland/Finland, Saariselka

  • 4.5

    4.5 Rating

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The luxury Gielas Hotel offers highly recommended deluxe rooms and junior suites, located in the deluxe wing of the Tunturi Hotel. This unique hotel offers you a chance to experience the beauty of the Arctic wilderness while enjoying comfortable amenities. The Gielas Hotel offers it's own fireside lounge, bar and a la carte restaurant - the perfect spot to relax after a day of exploring Saariselkä.

Village location

The Gielas Hotel has an excellent location in Saariselkä, set back around 250 metres from the main village. Its location makes it a great starting point for outdoor activities such as tobogganing, winter walking, cross-country skiing, and participating in optional extra excursions such as Northern Light experiences and snowmobile safaris.

Luxury accommodation

The hotel offers superior rooms furnished in a simplistic style that have been designed to provide a cosy retreat after a day out in the snow. The rooms are equipped with everything you need for a Lapland holiday, including a balcony overlooking the resort, free Wi-Fi, drying closest, tea and coffee making facilities and a sauna.

Lounge and bar

After a day of skiing or participating in one of our excursions, the lounge and bar area is an ideal spot to curl up next to the fire with a hot chocolate. Alternatively, enjoy a drink in the Bar & Grill Pirtti, which has a laid-back home away from home feel, or sit back and relax with the live entertainment, which is frequently on during the winter season.

Gielas Hotel guests have breakfast in their own hotel and take dinner in the main building of the Tunturi Hotel.

This hotel can also be booked as part of our 'Muotka 2-Centre Adventure'. 

Saariselka

  • Located in the Arctic Circle
  • Europe's most northern ski resort 
  • 18.5 kilometres of slopes available for skiing and snowboarding 
  • Unbeatable snow coverage all season

Located in the wild mystical north of Lapland, Saariselkä is an exceptionally friendly, uncommercialised resort with a unique frontier atmosphere. With magnificent Arctic wilderness scenery just on the doorstep, it makes an ideal resort for an all-round winter wonderland adventure. The skies are often a deep hue of pink and purple, the pine trees heavily laden with snow, and being so far north there is a good possibility of seeing the Northern Lights too. In Saariselkä, you're deep in Sámi country, where many people from the indigenous community of Lapland live and work today.

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Arctic skiing and activity holidays in Saariselkä

Saariselkä is Europe's most northern ski resort and is renowned for its excellent cross-country ski trails in the adjoining National Park. In Saariselkä there are over 200 kilometres of cross country ski tracks, 34 of which are illuminated - so you can make the most of these tracks despite the polar nights. The general ski area is spread across the Iisakkipää and Kaunispää fells and is best suited for beginners and intermediates. The ski schools here speak English and all of the slopes lead back to the same area in the valley where you'll be able to warm up in the café or by a campfire.

Apart from skiing, Saariselkä offers a range of winter excursions that'll make you Lapland holiday complete. There'll be plenty of opportunities for reindeer and husky sleigh safaris as well as snowmobiling, snow shoeing and many more exciting activities! On holidays during November and December you'll even have the chance to meet Santa

Northern lights adventures

Staying in Saariselkä, you can experience one of our unique Northern lights adventures. Book a '7 Night Adventure' at the Muotka Wilderness Lodge where you'll receive a set itinerary filled with fun winter excursions like husky sledding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Alternatively if you can't decide where you want to stay, combine the northern lights adventure with a visit to Saariselkä resort centre with our 'Muotka 2-Centre Adventure' for the best of both worlds. We also offer single night excursions if you would prefer - for a really memorable experience sleep under the magical night sky in a cosy Aurora Cabin.

Where to stay in Saariselkä

We offer a range of hotels and apartments in Saariselkä, all located in the centre of resort so you'll have easy access to everything you'll need during your stay. The Holiday Club Hotel couldn't be better located for enjoying the amazing arctic activities in Lapland. 

Feel like adding a touch of luxury to your trip? We'd recommend staying in the Star Arctic Hotel or the Top Star Glass Cubes. Both of these stylish accommodations are located on top of the fell so are the perfect choice if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern lights. 

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Saariselkä

On an Ingham's Lapland holiday you'll have your flights, transfers and accommodation, plus thermal suits and boots included. All you'll need to do is decide which activities you want to add on. Skiers and boarders can add on lift passes, equipment and lessons with us too. Our Ingham's Representatives based in Saariselkä are also on hand to help you make the most of your Lapland holiday - if you need any advice, tips or assistance while you're away, they will be there to help. 

Did you know that if you book a 7 night holiday to Lapland in December you can also visit Santa in his home?

Simply pick up and purchase the Visit Santa's Home excursion at the time of booking and the whole family can enjoy a group meeting with Santa, a gift for children, feed and pet Santa's reindeer and see how Elf Smith sends presents around the world! Warm up inside with hot drinks and ginger biscuits.

Every 7 night holiday to Lapland departing before Christmas includes a magical festive feast! For even more festive fun, why not indulge yourself in a reindeer sleigh ride or dash through enchanting snow-laden forests on a snowmobile or husky safari!

Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country

Mountain facts
Ski area 12 km
Runs 6 5 1
Longest run 1 Km
Snowparks

1 snowpark.

Lifts Drag lifts 4, Chairlifts 1, Cablecars 0
Slope direction N,E,W
Ski/resort bus True
Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 96
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 3

Annexes

All rooms are located in the Gielas Wing of the Hotel Tunturi, approx. 100m from the main building.

Rooms

Superior Twin Room sleeps two to four people, recommended for two adults and two children or three adults, and are around 30 m2.  These rooms have twin beds, and an additional sofa bed for one adult or two children

Single Superior Room is sole occupancy of the twin room

Please note that rooms are cleaned everyday, apart from Sundays.

 

Room facilities

  • Balcony
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • TV 
  • Sauna
  • Drying closest
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Bath and shower
  • Sauna
  • WC
  • Fridge
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron

Accessibility

The Gielas Hotel rooms are not adaptable, and not all rooms are accessible by lift. Please give our Reservations team a call to discuss whether this property suits your needs. 

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

The Gielas building is set back around 250 metres from the village centre, with the ski centre approximately 1 kilometre away from the hotel. The nearest ski bus stop is outside the hotel.

Facilities
  • 3 Restaurants (in main Hotel Tunturi building)
  • Fireside bar
  • Pub in main Hotel Tunturi building
  • Lappish Kota (pay locally, on request)
  • Music and dancing most nights in the main building
  • Massage (pay locally)
  • Ski waxing room
  • Saunas
  • Fitness room
  • Guest PC
  • Free Wi-Fi in the Lobby Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi in all hotel rooms and suites
Meals

Gielas Hotel guests have an extensive hot and cold buffet breakfast served in Restaurant Kaltio, located on the ground floor of the Gielas building.

All evening meals are served in the Tunturi Hotel's main building (approx. 100 metre walk). This is a three course buffet dinner with a choice of main courses, including a vegetarian option, two desserts, soup and a salad buffet.

New Years gala dinner and dance included.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Diabetics - Insulin can be stored
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarians

The Hotel Tunturi can cater for special dietary requirements (vegetarian and gluten free). Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Total price from
£3327
per person from £1109
Includes £200pp discount
05/01/2025 - 7 nights
3 adults
From Manchester Int.
Half Board
Gielas Hotel
Saariselka
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