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Lapland Hotel Saaga

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We booked a 4 night Santa trip via TUI. From start to finish this was an amazing experience which I would recommend to anyone who has children who believe. Booking was easy. We opted to prebook the husky safari and snow village through TUI purely because they were added to the schedule without us having to worry about when they would fit in. The flight out was pleasant-the kids (7 and 10) got activity packs, there was a sing along and a drawing competition. When we arrived at Kittila airport it was -27 degrees C so we were glad we’d packed extra warm socks and wellies to wear whilst we waited to collect our gear (snow boots, wool socks, snowsuits). On the coach we were given our itinerary for the whole stay, as well as info about the hotel. This was great! Our room was lovely-clean and spacious. We also had a back door do the kids could play outside whilst we warmed up. Food was great! Buffet style and there was something on the menu every day for everyone! Very nice. Taster day was simply magical-we had a short reindeer sleigh ride and husky ride. Although they were only a few minutes long, they were amazing! In between rides there were sleighs and a hill so the kids were happy and we sat in a teepee drinking hot berry juice. Snow village was an experience we will never forget-simply amazing! Lunch was provided and we bought a drink out of a shot glass made of ice. We also had a snowmobile ride during this day which was very cold but still an experience to remember. The kids also spent a good hour sleighing down a hill whilst we were here so they were constantly entertained. Husky safari was good. Unfortunately our slot was later on the afternoon so it was dark so there wasn’t much to see scenery wise. We got to meet the huskies and the kids loved hearing about how they are trained and all their questions were answered. My husband drove my son around a frozen lake which he really enjoyed. Santa’s workshop-this was the cherry on the cake. Santa’s workshop consisted of a small group of huts on the side of a frozen lake. I have never seen such a beautiful place! The kids again spent a lot of the time sleighing down a hill and they also decorated gingerbread cookies whilst they waited to meet Santa. Santa was outstanding! My 10 year old who is on the fence about Santa’s existence is now a true believer again. An amazing holiday that was worth every penny!

We stayed at this hotel for 4 days, and it was perfect. Its in the most beautiful location. The room was clean and cosy with lovely views. The food was lovely and both my children always found something they enjoyed, also nice that you have hot drinks and juice included with your meals. We spent most of our free time sledging down the huge hills, the kids loved it. We were happy that it was remote as we wasnt going to Lapland to go shopping, there is a small shop that sells drinks and snacks and a little shop that sells gifts. Tui were great from the minute we boarding the plane with fun and games to start your holiday. The taster sessions included were fab, you get to go on a snowmobile, ride with huskies and ride with reindeers. Then off to Santas Village which is so magical. We did take a few snacks with us, which the kids did enjoy. This holiday is one we will never forget, our children are age 9 and 6 and I would say the right age to really enjoy the magic of Lapland. Thank you to all the lovely staff at Saaga Hotel and Tui. The magic of Lapland!

Excellent hotel, much better than expected. I paid for B &B and the breakfast was very good with lots of choice. Hotel very clean and staff very helpful. The swimming pool is not very warm as other reviews have said.

We booked this hotel fairly late in the season through TUI to visit Santa from December 18th through to 21st. When we arrived at Kittila airport the transfer of luggage and the collection of the warm clothes, boots etc was an easy experience, and you'll need them when we arrived it was -22. We hose the hotel Saaga from the pictures and the reviews which we had read and we weren't disappointed. Upon reaching reception we were told that we'd been upgraded to a chalet on the ground floor, this was a self catering room with a full kitchen and a sauna, it also had a back door to nip out and enjoy the snow. The sauna worked fine, however we actually found that we only used it once as we were so busy building memories, so I wouldn't necessary pay extra for one if I ever returned. Although the hotel has WiFi the room didn't which didn't bother us as we were out most of the time. The hotel and staff were very polite, we paid extra for half board and although the food was a bit samey was still tasted very nice. There is a little convenience store next to the hotel which sold a few snacks, drinks, cigarettes etc. So the important part, we went to visit Santa the following day after arriving. There was a short trip by coach to Santa's village, there were around 3 coachloads, maybe four when we got there but the place is quite large and spread out meaning there was plenty of room. We were also advised to take some snacks and maybe a drink with us as there isn't anywhere to get one from, however there is hot berry juice which is enough when it's cold. We grabbed a sledge and headed for the snow mobiles, which was good fun. Each of the taster sessions had a small queue so next we ventured onto the dog sled, and finally the reindeer sled. Each of them were just enough for us and our 8 year old daughter. Then we went inside to warm up a little and decorate some gingerbread, which turned out to be a ginger biscuit, but then onto meet Santa. We purchased a couple of postcards whilst waiting filled them in and posted them. If I'm honest we were a little disappointed with Santa, he wasn't as jolly as were anticipating and a little let down, but our daughter seemed to enjoy it. We waited for the coaches to arrive which gave us some time to play in the snow with the sledges. Lunch was included in the afternoon back at the hotel. The rest of the time was ours after this so as none of us ski we decided to use the complimentary sledges from the hotel and hot the slopes. There is a small slope for kids (and big kids) to use which we found great. We used the hotel pool a couple of times which was good fun (although cold) and very clean. All in all it was a great experience for us especially our daughter. I thought all the TUI staff and the hotel staff were great.

Good holidays in this hotel. Good place to start for Lapland discovery. And if you like skiing. That's perfect with hill 100m far from hotel. Food is OK but don't come for that. Spa is pretty good after the day in cold Lapland weather.

We stayed at the Saaga hotel from Dec 20th until the 24th and had an amazing holiday. We had booked through Tui and we couldn’t fault them. We had selected this hotel above the others due to the ski opportunities it offered. You can hire skis and lift passes in the hotel and as we were only there for a few days it was perfect. We arrived on the Wednesday about 3 at the hotel so quickly rushed to the hire shop and went to the slope next to the hotel. It is not the Alps but the slopes are not busy and the snow is amazing. Day two was the taster reindeer and husky rides. We enjoyed them but didn’t book any longer ones as we skied in the afternoon. We ate lunch in the Taiga bar but we were half board so other meals we had in the hotel which were good. Do not expect food like in Spain or Italy and there is less choice, but everything tasted nice. We opted for the trip to the snow village, which was awesome. It was closed to other visitors on that day so you couldn’t go yourself unless you booked the tour. It included visiting the hotel, time to play on sledges, a snow mobile ride and lunch. The trip to Santa was good, my son’s favourite bit. This was on a frozen lake, there was more sledging and snow mobiles for the adults to drive. A holiday we will remember forever.

My little girl has always been fascinated by snow and this year we decided that we would make Christmas extra special by taking her to Lapland and having her experience a proper 'white Christmas' as the songs say. We booked this trip with TUI and Snow Mobile ride... The Hotel was just all right...I was a bit taken aback by the fact that we did not have WiFi in our chalet (we had booked one with a sauna); then in the room also I tried to turn the sauna on following the instructions that we had been given but it wouldn't come on, of course I headed to reception to let them know of this challenge and was told that someone would come and fix it - they never did! Lovely pool at the Hotel though... We paid for half-board because we didn't not want to be troubled about looking for what to eat over Christmas (being that we hadn't been before), the food was a bit repetitive as it was the same thing that was served virtually every night. The visit to the Snow Village and Santa's village as well as the ride on the Snow Mobile compensated a bit to make the experience more bearable...

We stayed here over the Christmas week. We had a self catering chalet that was a few minutes walk from the hotel, but this was perfect for us. Everything in the chalet was brand new and the children had their own room with bunk beds. The location couldn’t be better - a few minutes walk to everything. The ski slopes were empty and the skiing was excellent. I can highly recommend the ski school, both my young children progressed greatly in a week. An excellent family holiday.

The online process with reservation was a bit of a disappointment, see below. The actual stay at the hotel was smooth. The hotel had at least one big group staying at the same time as us, which only affected us at check-in. The room was spacious, clean, comfortable and we had a nice view on the nature and slopes. Small signs of use in the bathroom door and the dryer but otherwise all good. Gym was quite small as usually in hotels and heavily used during our stay but we enjoyed the outdoor activities, so had no worries. The spa with saunas and the pool was a nice evening fun for the kids and adults, too, after a day in the snow activities. Hotel location is excellent for downhill skiing and the other activities, like cross country skiing, are very close by, too. We had the breakfast plan at the hotel and for other meals tried other places at Ylläsjärvi. The breakfast served it's purpose, no big wows but no disappointments. Our son with gluten free diet also got his tummy full - all dietary issues we're well messaged. We were travelling by car and the parking is conveniently right by the hotel. As we we're travelling by train and left Ylläs in the evening, we took late check out for a reasonable fare at 4 pm. Would visit again. Hopefully will :) Reservation and arrival hiccups: On the Internet reservation we asked two question and received an answer to either one of them. Our issues we're early check in and ski school reservation from the hotel. So, before travel we asked again via email on ski school possibilities and got an answer that we should contact ski schools directly. This was in a way funny as the email was signed with the hotel slogan "Entire holiday in one step.". Did not happen. For the early check in we called on the day of the arrival and just prepared to spend time before the official time of 4 pm. Probably our need for early check in was put to side due to the above mentioned big group coming in on the same day and naturally I see the business side there: we put in a penny for margin compared to four busloads of guests :). Anyways, could have been better informed of the group coming in and making some digestion problems at the reception desk.

We stayed here from xmas eve for 3 nights. The trip itself was just ok but Yllas was beautiful. We arrived with TUI from Newcastle on time and after picking up our artic weather gear from the airport warehouse we were transferred swiftly to our hotel. The “elf” on board called berryjuice was lovely. She was friendly. The TUI Rep which I can’t remember what her name was. Was ok. We arrived aT the hotel and had to wait 3.5 hours for our room. We had a 7 year old with us so you can imagine how this was going. After a couple of hours I asked our rep about the wait and like a foolish girl she told me it was international check in time. I was an air hostess for 22 years and have never encountered An international check in time😂. She was too busy selling over priced trips which I will come back to. So we got our room eventually and it was the last one in the last block, it was quite a trek but the room was very clean. We had a kitchen separate bedroom and sauna. So far so good. The hotel itself is fine it’s in a great location and the view is incredible We went for our buffet dinner it was ok perfectly edible but limited. The next morning xmas day we were picked up aT 8.30 to see Santa and do the taster sessions. Santa was great. We took our daughters letter gave it to the elf so when she went in he had her letter this was worth every penny of our holiday to see her face. We then did the 2 minute taster of huskies snowmobiles and reindeers. Which was enough. The scenery was amazing. We had 3.5 hours in total and then we were taken to hotel where we picked up at 7.30 pm for our Gala dinner. This was Christmas dinner and I use the term loosely as there was nothing remotely like a Christmas dinner or gala dinner. It was tasty and edible but more School canteen. On the last day it was our free day so we went skiing. It was daughters first time and she had a 90 min lesson one on one from the ski school. Sammy her instructor was fantastic and she is now hooked. That evening we went for dinner at 7pm to be told we had missed our dinner time apparently if you are with TUI you can only eat between these times. We were half board so I expect to er when I want in the evening. Back to the trips TUI were organising husky rides reindeer rides and snow village visits at approx 140 Euro’s per person a bit less for kids. So a family of 4 would pay approx 500 for these trips. A round trip by taxi to the snow village in an 8 seater cab was 100 euros and 15 pp entrance. Mmmmm this is not adding up Inghams travel we’re offering the reindeer and husky rides at 40 euros approx per person. I wish we had looked around for our Santa trip because after looking on Inghams they were offering better trips plus a more exciting xmas lunch experience for the kids. Our trip was fine, magical it wasn’t but the beautiful yllas scenery certainly made up for it and as a family we had a lovely 3 days. The trip itself and the rep lacked the oomph and magic which was being provided by the comperes the French ski holiday company were giving their clients. We won’t go back for the Santa experience because I think it’s a once in your life experience. Yllas I would defiantly go to again but would look for a different travel company like Inghams or Crystal and just ski. Lastly once again Berryjuice the elf was fantastic and Sammy @yllas ski school was great

Iso-Ylläksentie 42 Yllasjarvi

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free in-room WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Lapland Hotel Saaga is located 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from Kellokas Visitor Centre and 8.2 mi (13.1 km) from Yllas Ski Resort. This 84-room, 4-star hotel has ski-in/ski-out access, a full-service spa, and 3 restaurants. Art museum Einari Junttila is also 24.1 mi (38.8 km) from this Yllas hotel.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy dining at Saaga Bistro, one of 3 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


All 84 rooms provide sofa beds, ironing boards, and desks. Guests can expect to find TVs and stay connected with free WiFi. Hair dryers are also available.

Property features

Guests of Lapland Hotel Saaga have access to ski-in/ski-out access, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 12.60 per person one way. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and securing valuables. Other amenities at this ski hotel include a children's pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub.

Room options

Studio, Sauna (Saaga Chalet)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Superior Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, Sauna (Saaga Chalet)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, Sauna (Saaga Chalet)

Twin 4 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 475 reviews