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TravelPod Member ReviewsLainio Snowvillage Yllasjarvi
The Snow Village and Hotel is a wonderful place to visit. The sculptures are amazing. The hotel had an ice bar where we were able to get some cocktails before bed and they also had a warm restaurant if we wanted an evening meal. Staying at the Snow Hotel was definately an experience I will never forget. Our ice room was a constant -5 degrees Celsius, it was like sleeping in a fridge. Although we were issued with thermal sleeping bags and pillows we still did not sleep a wink all night due to the cold. The warm area of the hotel where the showers and toilets are was a God send, we was even able to have a cup of tea in this area and warm up for a bit. The staff are really friendly and gave us a tour as soon as we arrived. We was even woken in the morning with hot berry juice. I would say that this experience is something that you have to try. However, once for me was enough. I would definately go back to the Snow Village for a tour, but as for staying the night, I think I'll give that a miss.
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... showed to our table and the evening started with welcome drinks. We had three courses of food which started with fish soup. Although I am not a lover of fish, the soup was ok and I ate it. Next came the main course. This is the part where we had to help ourselves to the food from the hot fire pit in the centre of the room. We all queued up in an orderly fashion and then moved around the fire in ...
... hot chocolates and cakes. All in all a very relaxing day.
Tea time arrived and today we had tea in the Restaurant Ammila. This was a very lovely traditional Finnish Restaurant. Apparently Ammila means 'Grandma's Place' in Finnish. It was very homely and cosy. We had the buffet tea, but I cannot help but think I would have enjoyed something off the menu more. However, the pudding was delicious, I had two helpings!! We stayed here after our tea for some more cocktails before ...
... though, about -25c, and after maybe 15 minutes we went back inside to the warmth of the indoors.
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... of champions and a great way to start the day.
After breakfast, Mari s showed us around Kolari. We saw both churches, and the cemetery. Then, we drove to Sweden to go to a store to get ingredients for baking chocolate chip cookies. Natasha and I had a blast reading all the Swedish labels, seeing the Swedish candy, and best of all, admiring the stuffed animal collection. The hammerhead sharks were the ...