Kenestupa Matkailukeskus

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Utsjoentie 2735, Utsjoki, Finland
Kenestupa Matkailukeskus - The cabin
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Kenestupa Matkailukeskus - The main room
Kenestupa Matkailukeskus - Bathroom with shower

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Kenestupa Matkailukeskus Utsjoki Reviews

vixen2306 vixen2306
207 reviews
In the North part of Finland Jul 04, 2015
If you are looking for a place with just a little luxury, hidden in a wild forest surrounding away from busy holiday resorts, Kenestupa Matkailukeskus will fulfil all your requirements.

Hidden in the north part of Finland, only 27 kilometres away from Norwegian-Finnish boarder, this quite historical place can be found.

Kenestupa, as a word, has a history by itself. It is a translation of the original Samí name Cannesstophu which originated from the Sami mythology meaning a mountain elf, who lived in the cliff by Kenesjärvi (Canesjavrin). Canes-mountain elf was mostly a friendly gnome who would cause trouble only to those who irritated him. Till this day, the travellers are being encouraged to value this old belief by showing respect for the nature.

Kenestupa was also one of the many little cottages build by the government on the official post trail back in 1800’s. The original, ’Actual Kenestupa’, is a log cottage standing till now by the lake which was used by the postmen as a sleeping cabin. Not only were the postmen welcome to take shelter here. A regular traveller could also stay in those cabins under an unwritten law: ”when the cottages are full, the first ones in must move to make room for the people who arrived last”.

In the modern times Kenestupa offers 3 lodging options:

- ACTUAL KENESTUPA sleeping up to 4 people with bunk beds, kitchenette (fridge and hob), fireplace, electric heating and outdoor toilet; no access to running water in the cabin

- BROWN COTTAGES sleeping 2 people with bunk bed, kitchenette (utensils, fridge, coffee machine, kettle, microwave, hob), electric heating and outdoor toilet; no access to running water in the cabin, offers amazing lake views as located on the hill

- RED COTTAGES (the most luxurious ones) sleeping up to 4 people with bunk beds, kitchenette (utensils, fridge, coffee machine, kettle, microwave, hob), electric heating, shower and toilet; running water in the cabin

For our stay here, we went all in and booked the most premium cabin – Red Cottage (but only cause all the other ones were already booked up). But after pretty rainy season in Norway, spent mostly in tents, we were quite excited about our stay in the cabin.

A check-in process is very efficient and hassle free. There is no one at the actual site to hand over the key or take the payment. The payment is done in advance and all you get is a cottage number and a code which opens a little key box mounted next to the cabin door. Perfect solution especially if you are arriving super late, or want to leave a little later than expected, since there is no one to give you any grief.

Red Cottage amenities were exactly as described above. The place was kept immaculately clean, which might not be that easy in this setting. Everything worked absolutely fine, but we would have enjoyed our stay in the cabin thousands times more if not for the mosquito attack (we should have been used to this by now I guess…).

Nonetheless, I would get back to this tranquil place any time when looking for a quiet retreat away from the busy life.

The total cost for 1-night stay - €44.10. Pretty cheap considering the quality.
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