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Isokenkaisten Wilderness Lodge

Last updated: 03 December, 2023

This is edge-of-the-world wilderness and the accommodation is suitably wood-cabin rustic. What makes it a winner is the endearingly heartfelt sincerity of the Kamarainen family who own, run, live and breathe this hotel. It is important to them that they are always on site to meet and greet guests, and ensure personal service.

It’s easy to see why they’re so proud of their home; the location is sublime, a mirror-calm lake, hauntingly-beautiful birch forests and guaranteed pin-drop peace and quiet. There’s a coherent integrity to every aspect of a stay so the cuisine is regional, with a fabulous wild food restaurant where berries and mushrooms foraged from the forest, compliment game and fish. Their dress is traditional and the wellness is homegrown too.

Finland is the spiritual home of the sauna and the family keep it simple: get very hot in one of its saunas, and then jump in the lake to cool down. In fact, they strip everything back to basics – as they like to say moonlight is the only street light needed.

Don’t miss

The Seven Star Smoke Sauna is a delicacy even by local standards. The stove has to be lit for the entire day in advance and the wood burnt out, leaving just the white-hot embers, creating a heat that is super smooth and aromatic. Dip in the ice-cold lake. Repeat.

Surrounding area

The lodge is surrounded by pristine forests and is a 45-minute drive from Sarkiluoma city in the far north east of Finland and just two miles shy of the Russian border zone. Ruka, about a 40-minute drive, is a popular ski resort that has hosted international competitions.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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