Holiday Village Valle: In the midst of breathtaking wilderness
Text: Mari Koskinen | Photos: Holiday Village Valle
Holiday Village Valle is a resort located at the northern border of Finland, owned by Sámi family Valle. What started with some fishing trips in the 1970s has grown into a charming holiday village in the unique surroundings of the Arctic wilderness, right on the banks of the River Teno.
Today, the holiday village consists of a hotel with 12 stylish rooms, five riverside cabins and a spacious apartment for up to eight people. There is also a high-quality restaurant offering local specialities like reindeer and elk, prepared in the traditional Sámi or Lappish way.
“When my father started to bring the fishing groups here, our home became the centre for the operations – and it still is. Here, guests get to experience the real Sámi way of living,” explains CEO Petteri Valle. “We enjoy being a small, family-run company; many of our guests stay a whole week, and we get to know them properly and offer them personalised service,” Valle says.
While the resort offers a lot of exciting sports and cultural activities, and even excursions to the Arctic Ocean, the most memorable part of the holiday is simply the amazing Arctic nature, which encircles the resort from every direction. “We are surrounded by the fells and the River Teno – they are just on the doorstep,” Valle says. “When you are this far north, the season for the northern lights starts already in August. Here, you don’t need to drive anywhere to see they; they happen right outside the window.” It certainly sounds like the ideal set-up for an unforgettable stay in Lapland.
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