Just 250km north of the Arctic Circle lies a former presidential retreat-turned-eco-wonderland, where those visiting need only look out onto the Nordic plains to enter a higher sense of being.
Having played host to royalty and world leaders, Jávri Lodge started life as the opulent winter home of Urho Kekkonen, the former Finnish president – now run by local couple, Juha and Katya, it continues to be an escapist’s dream. A luxury property with versatility, the 13 rooms can be booked individually as a boutique hotel or taken over in their entirety as a private lodge.
Offering something a little different to Lapland’s usual family-oriented options, this adult-only enclave provides the perfect Scandi-chic getaway, allowing guests to immerse themselves in Finnish culture and a series of grown-up arctic adventures. Here, you can’t help but to make the most of the surrounding fells, forests, lakes and rivers – there’s ice fishing, reindeer safaris, chasing the northern lights, and helicopter trips to the Arctic Ocean. Or, for the more adventurous, a 70km safari with your own team of huskies. During the summer months, you can expect hiking, foraging, canoeing, gold panning and boating.
Once back at the lodge, mealtimes are always local Nordic fare, with a new menu cooked up everyday based on the available organic ingredients from a roster of trusted gatherers, fishermen and hunters.
A 2017 renovation meant Jávri Lodge became home to an array of exciting eco credentials. The rebuild saw local timber used onsite, with materials consisting of 70% timber alongside stone, glass and copper, while half of the flooring is made from recycled woven plastic bags, and the heating system – including warm water and air conditioning – is fully geothermal.
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