Friday Cabins #48: Finland's Santa Park has Some Really Nice Cabins
And a lot of people dressed like elves
Happy Friday everyone! You made it to the end of a very significant week—the last before you hopefully have some holiday break coming up. As you may know by now, every week we bring you bite-size cabin inspo to fuel your weekend (and ours), curated from the pages of Field Mag and beyond.
Since it’s our last Friday Cabins before the Cabins Etc team logs off for a few weeks (TYSVM for your patience and mutual efforts towards year end R&R), we figure we’d round out the year with something fun and a touch outrageous—and that thing is *drumroll please* Santa Park, the Cabin Land Home of Santa Claus. Tucked away in the forests of Lapland, Finland, this Christmas-themed resort is the mother of all Christmas Markets, with an Elf School, Ice Princess and her Ice Gallery, Santa’s Post Office, the world’s only underground Arctic Circle crossing (??). And more. Apparently, you can spend two full days exploring all the many offerings. Oh, and it also doubles as a bomb shelter.
But why exactly, are we presenting you with this information, besides the obvious holiday theme? Because Santa Park has some damn fine cabins too. Incredible.
Scroll on for the full scoop. Then log the eff off and don’t come back till well into January pls & ty.
To accommodate the tens of thousands of guests who make the migration to Santa Park per year, management opened the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel in 2016—a campus of 32 elevated cabins designed by Helsinki-based Studio Puisto. Inspired by traditional Finnish pinecone cow toys (little creatures made with a pine cone body and stick legs) the cabins feature shingled exteriors of local Finnish wood on a stilt foundation. Through huge picture windows, the herd of cabins peacefully gazes out over Finland’s Northern Lights and Midnight Sun in the summer.
Inside, there are various arrangements in each cabin, although they’ve all been decked out in neutral shades to reflect the snowy surroundings. Some cabins feature kitchenettes, while others are just extra cozy places to sleep. In family suites, a hidden doorway leads to a small bunk bed for littler guests. For accommodations situated inside such an silly themed resort, the restrained holistic design aesthetic of the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is truly impressive.
The Treehouse Hotel also features a fine-dining restaurant with local veggies and Lappish entrees like smoked salmon and sautéed reindeer (sorry Rudolph!).
But if that wasn’t enough, the city of Rovaniemi, where Santa Park is located, has plans to build a $1.1 billion Republic of Santa Claus Park. The park would feature among other things like its own dedicated monorail train, the world’s largest sauna complex, and a Christmas-tree-shaped hotel—a transparent dome covering more than 250,000 square feet with year-round artificial snowfall. Ah, the commodification of Christmas <3
Enjoy your holidays and happy new year! See you in 2023 friends :)