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Nellim Wilderness Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nellim
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Amstelveen
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Hotel seems to be growing to quickly”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

In general the hotel is a nice place to stay but keep in mind it is really in the middle of nowhere, nearest supermarket is 30 miles away. Keeping that in mind the drinks are quite expensive, koffie and thee are free all day.
We had one of the bigger rooms in the building opposite the main building, room was nice but not really cleaned during the week we were there. Bathroom was a jumble of pipes and the drain was in the middle of the bathroom which meant wet feet. The finish of the room was a bit poor, it was done but quickly.
The staff is friendly and helpfull with basic knowledge of English, exception was the hotel affiliated French dog musher who was an absolute nightmare for the two days we spend with him (you just dont scream at your paying clients!).
The meals are what you can expect form "all inclusive", but there was a nice spread of salad and bread and the breakfast was very complete.
Keep in mind there is not much to do besides the activities, you can take a walk but bring a book and/or laptop. There is WIFI in the lobby.
All in all we had a nice stay but the whole hotel gives a feeling of having grown too big too quickly and the staff struggles sometimes to cope.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2012

With my husband went here for a week at end of Feb 2012. Everything with the holiday worked very well. Taking a tip from other reviews here - we booked direct with the hotel and in so doing got an extra day/night and still paid less compared to other travellers booked on for the same activities.

The hotel has been going 8 years in the buildings of the former village school. Nellim has a population of about 200 and is 45minutes drive to any other place. There is nothing to do but explore the immediate beautiful surrounds on foot, snowshoe, ski or by snow mobile. The hotel provides excellent additional clothing and boots and all equipment for activities is of good quality. Staff are very friendly, the locals pop in for a pint and everyone rubs shoulders together. We liked the style- the place seemed connected to its immediate enviroment, managed by a young couple who have grown up locally.

During the activities mid day meals were an experience. Usually reindeer meat served in one form or another, cooked on a wood fire. Be expected to help collect the wood, help melt the bread rolls etc.

We learnt a lot from the guides about the local culture- how to fish, herd the deer, listen for different noises (birds/reindeer in the distance etc), distinguish animal tracks in the snow etc. Also a bit of local history, what life is like living so close to the Russian border etc.

Driving the snowmobiles was great fun. As with the cross country skiing, a basic lesson is first given on the small lake immediately behind the hotel. Having asked for suggestions and being shown the map - on our last 'free' day we went off for a walk following a way marked trail up to the local viewpoint over the forests. If you do this remember to take your mobile and the hotel phone number in case you get lost.

Our room was great - had everything we needed, food was simple home cooking but plentiful, atmosphere friendly. Collection from airport went smoothly and we were lucky to see a good showing of lights on several nights. But this is NOT guarenteed and I would imagine could be a genuine disappointment. The huskey ride was fun but many of the dogs were ill so those working were getting tired at having to go out twice a day. Rather than racing, our dogs took things at a genteel pace! All the more time to take photos and watch a great sunset.

For us it was not a cheap holiday but worth every penny. Free tea and coffee were avaiable all day in the bar so we NEVER spent any additional money all week.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2012

We stayed at the Nellim Wilderness Hotel for a week during Feb half term with our children aged 12 and 14. We had the most amazing time and saw the Northern Lights. Our trip was arranged by Activities Abroad who were very knowledgeable about the location and facilities. We had 2 rooms in the main building of the hotel they were very clean and warm. The temperature outside ranged from minus 4 to minus 30 degrees during our stay. The hotel staff and guides were very helpful. The food was much better than expected (buffet style) and certainly there was plenty of it. On our first night for dinner we filled up with soup and salad not realising that there was a main course and then dessert to follow.I would advise anyone with teenagers to take some snacks with you as there are no shops nearby and you can only buy a limited selection of snacks (pringles and chocolate bars) at the hotel. The thermal suits and boots provided by the hotel kept us very warm while we were outside. We bought merino wool thermal underwear, 100% wool socks and 100% wool glove liners all of which we wore every day. You do not need to take too much in the way of clothes as most of what you wear is worn every day. There is no nightlife and there is no need to dress up. The atmosphere is very relaxed. The activities were great fun. The only oversight was when we went on the snow mobile safari there was one guide at the front but the second guide was not in the last snowmobile. The advantage of staying somewhere like Nellim is that all the activities are on your doorstep you do not need to be transported anywhere. The only negative regarding the hotel is that the sitting room area is not very big which if you are staying in an apartment will not be an issue as the apartments are more spacious than the rooms. The scenery around the hotel is beautiful but the location is very isolated and Finnish TV is incomprehensible! Everybody guests and staff alike were very friendly and made for a great atmosphere. We are already planning our next trip to Finland next year.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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London
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88 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2012

We had a great time. Beautiful location and we got to see the lights on our last night. The organisation of the events was a little chaotic you feel that there could be some improvements made. Would definitely recommend but remember to be patient. Also take a balaclava as it gets real cold at night.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Just returned from a most amazing 5 days. The hotel is lovely - basic but perfectly comfortable room (the heated floor in our shower room was especially welcome), the food was good honest fare and plenty of it, the people were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The activities we did including night snowmobiling, a day seeing how reindeer herders live and the dog sledding were all brilliant. that would have been enough but on top of that we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights not once but twice. the second time we were in the middle of the frozen lake lying on reindeer skins in absolute silence in awe of the display over our heads. Matti , our guide made it extra special by taking a photo of us with the lights (My camera was rubbish -you need one that allows you to take long exposures). Of course it is really cold but take plenty of layers and you'll be fine. we were told not to use feet warmers as they make your feet sweat which then freezes. Also ladies no make-up or creams because the high moisture content could cause your face to as they said "crack!" We met some lovely people and had a fantastic time. If you get the chance go .

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Thewallingtons5
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2012

My husband and I, together with our 3 children aged 12, 10 and 7 stayed for 1 week during February Half Term. We were met at the airport and taken to the hotel where a lovely meal in a cosy atmosphere was waiting for us. We were then shown to our equally cosy apartment which had an open fire which we used daily. Lotta gave us a list of our daily activities and were then taken to get all our warm weather gear which we found in excellent condition - as brand new. We had a fab time doing all the activities and our children enjoyed the sledging hill each day too. We were able to make a fire each evening in the purpose built wooden shelter so as to keep warm whilst the children enjoyed sledging at night too. We met some lovely people and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Special thanks to Markuu who took us on a wonderful snowshoeing day. The hotel organised our activities taking the children's ages into account so for particular days we were in a group on our own so if they were a bit slow, at least we didn't have to worry about slowing anyone down. Like so many of the reviews, we would love to go back sometime. The trip was topped off by the fact that we saw an awesome display of the Northern Lights. Fabulous holiday well done Jouko and Mari

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Chislehurst, null, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2012

Family run hotel. Good food complemented by very knowlegable and passionate guides.Marko was our chief guide in the quest to Find the Northern lights and he shared his passion for them with US, He and the other guides really made this a holiday to BE remembered, Although you experience extreme cold the holdiday at the Wilderness is action packed and always well organised. When explaining things about the area th guides did so with great enthusiams. We were always well catered in food and drink. Food and drink was available throughout the day,If there is a place to visit this has to be on the top of your list

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Ralph B
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Property: Nellim Wilderness Hotel
Address: Nellimintie 4230, Nellim 99860, Finland
Region: Finland > Lapland > Nellim
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nellim
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Hotel Class:3 star — Nellim Wilderness Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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