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Valtakatu 18, Rovaniemi, 96200, Finland | +358 20 171 0100

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$$ ($251 to $350/night)

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Set in the former city hall, the 57-room Arctic Light Hotel celebrates its northerliness to the extreme, delicately walking the line between cool and kitsch with star-spangled headboards, impressive black-and-white photos of native Laplanders, and an 11-foot-tall wooden polar bear standing beside the entrance. (Parents, take note: there’s even a Santa’s Suite with a Christmas tree.) Service couldn’t be friendlier, and the lobby is an inviting, warm space in which to gather before venturing out on a dogsled ride. Staying in is also an option: the Arctic Boulevard restaurant incorporates local ingredients in sophisticated, hearty dishes like lobster bisque with sweet hay.

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Arctic Light Hotel

Set in the former city hall, the 57-room Arctic Light Hotel celebrates its northerliness to the extreme, delicately walking the line between cool and kitsch with star-spangled headboards, impressive black-and-white photos of native Laplanders, and an 11-foot-tall wooden polar bear standing beside the entrance. (Parents, take note: there’s even a Santa’s Suite with a Christmas tree.) Service couldn’t be friendlier, and the lobby is an inviting, warm space in which to gather before venturing out on a dogsled ride. Staying in is also an option: the Arctic Boulevard restaurant incorporates local ingredients in sophisticated, hearty dishes like lobster bisque with sweet hay.