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Odin and other figures of Nordic mythology enchant visitors in Kittilä

Press release | Mon Feb 05 09:30:00 2024

This year, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Lainio, Kittilä, showcases Nordic mythology. The fantastic exhibits of ice art are inspired by fascinating stories and fierce heroes. SnowVillage, which opened in December, has already had plenty of visitors, and is expected to receive about 80,000 visitors throughout the season.

Maria Astrén, Destination Manager at Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, says that this year’s theme has delighted a lot of people.

“The characters of the Finnish national epic Kalevala have been very popular, as have Odin and Loki, who are part of Nordic mythology. One of the snow hotel’s suites has the forging of the Sampo as its theme and has attracted a lot of interest from our visitors. Of course, our ice slide, which is the longest ever, is also very popular.”

Astrén says that the start of the SnowVillage season has been busy. Both domestic and international visitors are interested in the SnowVillage, and she estimates that the number of visitors for the whole season will be about 80,000.

“Social media is also sure to play a role in the popularity. After all, this is a very photogenic and inspiring place about which people will want to share content on, for example, Instagram.

Odin’s throne in the ice bar

As always, this year’s Lapland Hotels SnowVillage includes the Ice Restaurant and an exhibition room for arctic art with an ice bar, a movie theatre, a snow hotel with different suites to choose from, an ice slide and several spacious halls and lobbies adorned with sculptures. Totalling more than 3,000 square metres, the complex has an accommodation capacity of 12 suites, all made of snow.

“The popular ice bar has, for example, Odin’s throne and a bar counter made of ice that is used for serving drinks,” Astrén says.

Advance reservations required for the Ice Restaurant

To get a table at the Lapland Hotels SnowVillage Ice Restaurant, visitors are asked to always make a reservation in advance.

“The Ice Restaurant offers a three-course dinner menu and also serves corporate guests. Log Restaurant Krouvi offers à la carte dishes in a warm and cosy atmosphere,” Astrén says.

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage is open every day of the week. The hotel, the restaurants and the Ice Exhibition will welcome visitors until 7 April 2024. There is an entrance fee for the Ice Exhibition: €23 for adults and €11 for children (aged 4–14).

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Image copyrights: Lapland Hotels & Safaris, Tomi Kurtakko

For further information and interview requests, please contact:
Maria Astrén, Destination Manager, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
p. +358 40 484 1680

Travel enterprise Lapland Hotels & Safaris offers Northern experiences for all the senses. It consists of Finland’s largest private hotel chain, Lapland Hotels, the largest experience service company in the Nordic countries, Lapland Safaris Group Oy, and Lapland Ski Resorts. The group has approximately 1,950 employees in total.

Lapland Hotels has 20 hotels, more than 2,400 rooms and apartments as well as more than 10,000 restaurant seats around Finland: in Ylläs, Levi, Saariselkä, Rovaniemi, Olos, Luosto, Kilpisjärvi, Pallas and Hetta, as well as Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu, Kuopio and Porvoo.

Lapland Safaris offers unique outdoor activities in five destinations in Lapland: Rovaniemi, Ylläs, Saariselkä, Levi and Luosto.

Lapland Ski Resorts comprises five ski centres located in Ylläs, Luosto, Olos, Pallas and Rovaniemi.,

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