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    The Gielas building

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

The centre of Saariselkä is dominated by a named 'Santa’s Hotel Tunturi'. It provides half-decent lodgings in a thousand-and-one different types of rooms types and apartments spread over several blocks, a seriously large-scale operation and all rather impersonal.  Gielas, on the other hand, may be under the same management....but is a world away in terms of style, ambiance and decor. This is the upmarket addition, a proud new building the centre of town.

It all feels rather contemporary inside, although externally the exposed brickwork and wood-panelling projects a traditional tone, in keeping with the village. The lobby, restaurant and other public areas are rather chic and it only gets better once in the rooms (usually it's the other way around?) - modern, with wooden floors and warm red colour schemes. Plus, all the rooms have private saunas. There are a variety of room types, many comfortably sleeping four people with the double sofa beds ideal for the kids.

In the building Gielas has a breakfast restaurant, a spacious lounge area with a roaring log fire, and a bar serving hot and cold drinks. You can also make use of the other restaurants and bars of the Hotel Tunturi complex.

  • Balcony
  • Drying Cabinet
  • Fireplace
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Parking
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sauna
  • Ski Lockers
  • WiFi (free)

In the very centre of Saariselkä. Reception is in the nearby Tunturi building, just a two minute walk away. The hotel is a springboard for all sorts of winter activities - it’s surrounded by cross-country skiing routes, close to the starting place for snowmobiling safaris and pick up points for husky and reindeer sleigh rides. The ski lifts are a couple of miles up the road, with the ski bus stopping just outside.

Distances to:

Shuttle Bus: 10 metres
Ski Lifts: 3 kilometres
Restaurants and Bars: 30 metres

Click on a floor plan below to open it in a new window:

  • Balcony
  • Drying Cabinet
  • Fireplace
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Parking
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sauna
  • Ski Lockers
  • WiFi (free)

In the very centre of Saariselkä. Reception is in the nearby Tunturi building, just a two minute walk away. The hotel is a springboard for all sorts of winter activities - it’s surrounded by cross-country skiing routes, close to the starting place for snowmobiling safaris and pick up points for husky and reindeer sleigh rides. The ski lifts are a couple of miles up the road, with the ski bus stopping just outside.

Distances to:

Shuttle Bus: 10 metres
Ski Lifts: 3 kilometres
Restaurants and Bars: 30 metres

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.