Panimo Cabins

Trip Start Feb 08, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2009

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Panimo Cabins

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Reading the information in the welcome pack makes it sound like we've really struck it lucky in the accommodation stakes.  The rules of the cabin include: if you wish to use the sauna, you must turn off the central heating first; and that we must not cut our own wood for the log burning stove, as it will all be delivered ready cut.  Sauna, wood-fired stove, central heating; this cabin has more luxuries than some of the flats I've lived in.

From the outside, the cabins are just as you would imagine; rustic, frontier-living, straight from 'Little House on the Prairie'.  Several steps lead up to a covered porch across the front of the building.  The walls are constructed from thin logs stacked on top of each other, interlaced at the corners.  The gaps are tightly caulked to keep out the frigid Arctic air.

On entering, the front half of the cabin is the living area, with a wood-burning stove in the centre of the room.  The left of the room is a sitting area with a coffee table, and the right is a small kitchen, complete with hotplate, microwave and dishwasher, along with a table and benches.  At each corner of the room doors lead through to the bedrooms, fitted out as mirror images with bunk-beds and a hanging rail.  Next to the fire, a thick log carved with steps leads up to a sleeping place in the apex of the roof.  There is a small porthole overlooking the living area, making it reminiscent of Heidi.  Beside the ladder there are a couple of steps leading down into the bathroom, a multipurpose wet room/sauna/mop cupboard, but with underfloor heating, making it a lovely place to hang around naked in.

After potatoes baked in our wood-burning stove for dinner, we head out for a drink in the Panimo bar.  The bar has its own micro-brewery and a request to sample the produce is met with a tall glass of dark, almost black, ale.  I ask how to pronounce the name written on the tap, but now I've forgotten it.  It's rather nice, sweeter and not as earthy as Guinness.

Guy spots a sauna in the corner of the bar, on the way to the toilet.  We all wonder why a bar would need a sauna.  Perhaps its for the bar staff at the end of a shift, or for quiet periods during the day.  It's in the wrong corner of the room to double as a snug.  A serious oversight in the design.

Paul is more taken with the array of festive 'Christmas' jumpers worn by the clientele, especially the red and green reindeer designs.  A couple in the corner of the bar are splendidly complementary in white and red, with accents of green.  the wall behind them is decorated with an array of traditional Finnish items, from an ice hockey stick and an ice-fishing auger to a traditional hand-saw for felling trees.  Further down the bar is a tray of Sami hunting knives in reindeer hide sheathes for sale.  I hope that this place doesn't turn out to be like 'Roadhouse' with Patrick Swayze, where the drinkers expect a good fight at the end of the night.
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