Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Bond book appearance: "Icebreaker" (1983)
Visited by 007 Travelers: November 2016
Mira Söderlund, General Manager
Jonna Anttilainen, Hotel Manager
Jenni and the whole personnel of the hotel
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Lapland Sky Hotel Ounasvaara (named Ounasvaara Polar Hotel at the time when "Icebreaker" (1983) book was written) is located in the Ounasvaara Winter Sports Center and it is the perfect holiday destination when visiting Lapland. The center of Rovaniemi is only three kilometers from the hotel and you can reach the airport of Rovaniemi, official airport of Santa Claus, in 15 minutes. Rovaniemi is the official hometown of Santa Claus!
007 Travelers felt warmly welcomed by hotel´s wonderful Jenni. She told us about the hotel and Rovaniemi, and she was very helpful during our whole staying.
|Jenni in the reception|
We gave the hotel "Icebreaker" Bond book where the hotel is mentioned.
Jenni gave us our room key and we were happy with our room. There are 71 rooms in the hotel on two floors. 007 Travelers got a room on second floor, which was a superior room for three persons including own sauna. There was nice winter view from our room´s window and if you are lucky enough, it is possible to see northern lights from your window.
If you don't have own sauna in your room, it is possible to use hotel´s public sauna, which can be found on the second floor.
You can watch beautiful northern lights from SKY terrace which is located on the roof of the hotel and feel the magic of the sky. The terrace is open 24 hours a day. You have to give the special code to be able to go the terrace. It is free of charge for people staying in the hotel or visitors of restaurant or cafe. For others cost is two euros.
During winter time you can ski down the hill and on summer time do the same with mountain bikes or just by walking or running the hill up and down. Lappish nature is awesome no matter what is the time of the year!
|Map for Ounasvaara's winter walking route|
There is a nice lobby bar where you can feel the heat of fireplace and you can buy different kind of nice souvenirs from the shop.
|Pirita / 007 Travelers |
ready for hotel´s dinner
|Mika / 007 Travelers|
going to have a great dinner
007 Travelers had dinner in this wonderful fine dining restaurant Sky Ounasvaara, where the food is really tasty and excellent!
First we had Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Apple and Roasted Peanuts, which the kitchen sent to welcome us there.
For main course, Pirita had Gnocchi made of Lappish Potatoes and Mushrooms with Brown Butter and Parmesan Cheese (24 €)
Personnel is really kind and in the restaurant, if you order e.g. fish, waitresses even know what was the name of the fisherman who caught the fish! :)
Breakfast is served on the second floor and it was really lovely including some Lappish delicacies as well.
007 Travelers found also more 007 connections:
"Arriving back in the early hours, he slipped into the Ounasvaara Polar Hotel - where Saab had their Winter Driving Headquarters - left a message for Erik Carlsson saying he would send full instructions regarding the movement of Silver Beast, then hitched a lift to the airport and boarded the next flight to Helsinki. At that point his plan was to catch a connection straight on to London."
John Gardner: "Icebreaker"
There was even Bond's Saab "Silver Beast" parked in the garage of the hotel :)
007 Travelers highly recommend this hotel for everyone!
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