Wilderness Hotel Nellim is a family run hotel in Finnish Lapland, owned by family Lappalainen. Our family contains of us – Jouko and Mari and our children Essi, Eemeli, Emma and Iida. Hotel Nellim has been established in 2004. During the years all the buildings have been restored into cozy hotel rooms and suites. Theme for all decorations and styling is coming from the surrounding nature and the Sami culture. This same theme is also used in our new cabins and log suites locating in the hotel premises. Aurora Bubbles – specially made for Northern Lights watching, are decorated in same style and spirit. Our hotel is surrounded by beautiful and unique Finnish nature. Our hotel is close to the shore of the legendary Lake Inari and Sarmi as well as Vätsäri wilderness area, which are starting near from the hotel yard.
In 2012 we decided to buy another location – Wilderness Lodge Muotka from Saariselkä-Kiilopää area. Muotka Lodge has been decorated with the same Wilderness Hotel style with inspiration from the surrounding local nature and Sami culture. In Muotka Lodge there is hotel rooms and suites with or without sauna, as well as new Log Cabins, Log Suites and Aurora Cabins which are on the making for winter 2016-2017. When Nellim is famous for Lake Inari, Muotka is known from stunning fells which are surrounding the area. Muotka Lodge is located next to the Urho Kekkonen National Park.
In 2014 we opened Wilderness Camp Sarmi which is reachable from our Nellim destination. Sarmi Lodge is about 10km from Wilderness Hotel Nellim and it´s on the shore of the beautiful Lake Sarmi. Wilderness Camp Sarmi is a great place for totally getting away from all noise and light pollution.
Our restaurants are decorated in the same Wilderness spirit. We wanted to make cozy living-room style areas so that our guests would have an enjoyable time for relaxing after the outdoor activities. In our restaurants we want to give you the taste of local food as reindeer meat, fish from Lake Inari, mushrooms and berries from around us. We also serve alcoholic beverages.
All three places are surrounded with incredible beautiful wilderness areas and our main purpose is to show this amazing nature for all our guests. We offer many kind of outdoor activities with skilful guides. We have both lived in Lapland all our lives and we really enjoy to be in nature all year round. Lapland is in our hearts and we really want to share experiences and Lappish nature with all of you. This is the reason why we have started to do this in the first place. We wish you all very warmly welcome and we really hope that you enjoy your stay with us!
with kindest regards,
Mari and Jouko Lappalainen
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