Accommodation / Finland

New River Hotel Kultahovi

The Kultahovi New River Hotel resides in the northeast of Finland in the small town of Inari and offers views to the north over the River Juutua. It is owned and run by Kaisu and Heikki, a brother and sister with Sámi roots in Inari which goes back generations.

The original building was constructed in 1956 on the foundations of the original Tourist Hotel which was destroyed during the Second World War. Today it consists of two buildings – the Traditional Hotel which houses the newly renovated restaurant and older style rooms and the New River Hotel where you will stay during your time here.

Hotel facilities

  • The Kultahovi enjoys a deserved reputation for its wine and food with enthusiasm for local produce and traditional dishes with a modern flair. Guests enjoy a set menu, with the option to upgrade to the à la carte menu if you wish (payable locally). Dishes such as reindeer and whitefish are common, with a focus on flavour and style.
  • All meals will be served in the newly renovated restaurant which offers a wonderful view over the rapids of the river. Next to the restaurant, there is a wonderful lounge area with a central fireplace which is a lovely location to relax in the evening.
  • Other facilities include a drying cupboard and free wireless internet throughout. There is also a riverside sauna that is free for guests to use.
  • The hotel has a 360° camera on the roof which takes a photo of the sky once every minute. These photos are then projected onto the TVs in the bedrooms, lounge and bar area. The idea is that you get a real time update of the weather outside and can keep an eye should the Northern Lights appear. Should they make an appearance we would strongly recommend heading outside though as a photo can never do them justice.

Room types

Double/twin rooms

The New River Hotel has 16 rooms in total. These are over two floors so each has either a patio or balcony. Inside, they are decorated to a very high standard with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The highlight of these rooms though is that each has its own private sauna (with the exception of one room) - the ideal place to relax in the evening before heading out on your Aurora hunts.

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