Tradition Hotel Kultahovi

Welcome to Inari, the heart of Sami land.

Our tourist hotel has been welcoming friends of Lapland to the rapids of River Juutua for over 80 years. In Inari you can find the glimmering Midnight Sun and the blazing Northern Lights. Additionally we would like to share with you our versatile traditions: Sami culture, traditional life of Lapland, fabulous surrounding nature, the gold rush and our architectural heritage.

We have gathered these elements into an experience so that you can sense, comprehend and engage yourself in the northern life.

Kaisu ja Heikki Nikula

Our Hotel

We celebrated our hotel’s 80th anniversary in 2017. Our full renovation project was completed in 2015 with inspiration from and respect for our long history. You can choose your room from our charming Traditional Hotel with its many stories or from our modern River Hotel, where you can enjoy the luxury of your own sauna and river views from your own balcony.

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Our dining room has a fine view to the lowest rapids of River Juutua. The view is possibly at its best on midsummer’s evenings as the sun shines low from across the water, sunlight flickering on the splashes. In the dark evenings of autumn and winter a cosy wood-burning will keep you comfy in our bar and lounge area. We have 110 seats for diners at any one time.

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Here you can read more about what nice things we have on offer for you right now and the seasons coming up.

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We have been awarded the Green Key Eco Label for hotel-restaurants in 2021. This prestigious label is great, because the criteria oblige and encourage us to continuous work towards sustainablity and yearly improvement.

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Inari Sami village is situated in the heart of Finnish Sami land but also along many routes. You can stop here for a few nights, learn about Sami culture in Finland and enjoy our water-rich nature by hiking or boating.

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Inari hosts all kinds of winter visitors. Already in early winter guests have their eyes directed to the dark skies in hope of seeing the Northern Lights and this activity continues until the light nights of late April.

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Midnight sun

Different interesting natural phenomena are connected to our ever-changing seasons. Sun shining around the clock can be a confusing experience. Quite often our guests don’t realise that it is time to go to bed! Already from the end of April we don’t have any dark nights at all and after the middle of May the sun shines around the clock to higher ground, for example of the slopes of nearby Tuulispää mountain. The sun goes down again in the end of July. Altogether we have approximately 65 days of midnight sun in the Inari area.

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Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis is perhaps the most well known attraction in the North. Inari area is located in the so called Aurora zone and the Northern Lights occur here roughly 200 days each year. Some of them are invisible, as they occur during the nightless time.

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Our hotel’s history

Our traditional Tourist Hotel was first opened in June 1937. The decades have been filled with all kinds of guests and events. In our facilities you can explore our mini exhibitions on the hotel’s history and special occasions. You can read for example what Kaisu and HRH King Baudouin of Belgium got up to in summer 1969 or what the moods were when the Tourist Hotel was closed down in autumn 1986. When you stay in our Traditional Hotel, you will find a piece of the hotel’s history in the stories hung on the walls of each room.

We have put together a short history of our hotel so that you can acquaint yourself with our eventful past even from a distance

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