Press release: New wood-built design hotel to Kilpisjärvi – premium hotel meets Arctic landscapes at Santa’s Hotel Rakka

Santa's Hotel Rakka

Santa’s Hotels will build a new design hotel to Kilpisjärvi, the far corner of Lapland. The wood-built Santa’s Hotel Rakka draws its inspiration from the surrounding arctic nature and highlights modern Scandinavian design and Nordic elements in its year-round hotel and restaurant. The new build compliments the existing modern Santa’s Chalets Rakka resort. The hotel will open in February 2023.

The Lappish family-owned hotel chain Santa’s Hotels is expanding its accommodation selection in Kilpisjärvi with a new design hotel. Santa’s Hotels is a Lappish family-owned hotel chain, founded by Mr. Seppo Aho.

“Santa’s Hotel Rakka will meet the demand for a high-quality and distinctively different accommodation in Kilpisjärvi. This new wood-built design hotel will perfectly complement our existing Santa’s Chalets Rakka resort. Our 22 high-quality chalets have had a year-round demand among both domestic and international guests, so we saw the potential for more high-quality accommodation in the area”, says Ms. Susanne Hulbekkmo, the Development Director of Santa’s Hotels.

The new Santa’s Hotel Rakka, located in the landscapes of the vast wilderness areas, will feature 42 premium hotel rooms and a 200-seat restaurant. The high-quality Nordic design in the hotel rooms and the rugged scenery of the Saana fell opening from the large windows, create a stunning contrast. The specialty of the restaurant is an underground wine and root cellar. The new buildings will be located between Saana fell and the existing chalets.

The emphasis is on great design, eco-friendliness and the latest construction technology

Ms. Maarit Aho, the CEO of Santa’s Hotels says that “it is time to look forward to the post pandemic times. The project funding by the Center of Economic Development, Transport and the Environment was the support that enabled us to go ahead with this nearly 8 million euros hotel investment. The hotel design is done by Interior design company dSign Vertti Kivi & Co. Architecture and building are handled by Honkatalot and MR Constructions Ltd. The hotel project takes advantage of the latest building technology and the best Finnish wood-building know-how, emphasizing on eco-friendliness and energy efficiency. 

The staff recruiting for the new hotel and restaurant will start in the autumn.

Info: Santa’s Hotels is a Lappish family-owned hotel chain, operating in six destinations: Rovaniemi, Saariselkä, Luosto, Kilpisjärvi, Levi and Kalajoki. The company employs year-round approx 90 persons, and 260 persons during peak seasons.
Santa’s Hotels is part of Sava-Group

Additional information:

Susanne Hulbekkmo, Director of Development


Tel. +35840 724 3980

Maarit Aho, CEO maarit.aho(at)