Friday, 1 April 2016

Finland Part 4: Aurora Restaurant, Kakslauttanen Artic Resort.

Dining in Aurora Restaurant of Kakslauttanen Artic Resort was a lovely experience. It was not so much the food but rather the amazing architecture and stunning interior decoration of the restaurant that has enchanted me. 
Located at West Village, this restaurant stands secluded on its own and was surrounded by thick white snow during my visit. I was lamenting the distance I had to walk from my glass igloo to reach the restaurant which was possibly some 400 meters away but upon entering the premise this setback was totally forgotten.
The restaurant is simply mesmerizing. Made mostly from pine log, the dining room is radiantly illuminated with pretty ceiling lamps. It has a decor that is artistically inspired with an ambiance that is very inviting. The setting looks cozy and the heated dining room was an immediate reprieve from the biting cold outside.
It looks like a great place to hangout over a cup of drink too as there are sofas and free wireless internet.

Walking around you can see beautiful and admirable art pieces in the form of sculptures, carvings and wall arts.
Even the fireplace was artistically created
The most spectacular feature within the restaurant is the glass igloo bar with see through glass roof where one can watch out for the northern lights.

Our Dinner Menu
The restaurant offers a la carte menu with local Lappish cuisine. We had a set meal for dinner.
The starter was a very creamy and cheesy soup. 
It was steak for the main dish.
And lastly a very creamy ice-cream-like dessert. The food was above average albeit the service was extremely slow.

Buffet Breakfast
 Breakfast cuisines was just a fair spread of mornings treats.
This was what I ate that morning. It was simple but quite a satisfying meal.

The Souvenir Shop
The souvenir shop is within the same premise as Aurora Restaurant.
Just before we checked out of Kakslauttanen Resort, a very friendly and humble looking man came to greet me. He is Jussi Eiramo, the founder and owner of this 400 hectare resort. I read up about him much later and was totally impressed by his accomplishment. When he first stopped to camp here at the age of 20, Kakslauttanen consisted of only two reindeer meat storage units. Over 40 years he turned it into Finland's most famous resort.  It is indeed an honour to be photographed him.

Finland Part 3: Kakslauttanen Artic Resort, Saariselka
Finland Part 4: Aurora Restaurant @ Kakslauttanen Artic Resort
Finland Part 5: Husky Safari @ Kakslauttanen
Finland Part 6: Cruise Of A Lifetime On Sampo Icebreaker, Kemi
Finland Part 7: Cumulus Kemi, My Hotel in Kemi
Finland Part 8: Scenery Of The Artics On A Bus Journey From Kemi To Rovaniemi
Finland Part 9: Ranua Wildlife Park
Finland Part 10: A Visit To Artikum, Rovaniemi
Finland Part 11: Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi
Finland Part 12: Artic Circle Reindeer Farm @ Konttaniemi
Finland Part 13: Getting To Know Rovaniemi
Finland Part 14: Rantasipi Pohjanhovi Hotel, Rovaniemi
Finland Part 15: Traveling On VR Night Train From Rovaniemi To Helsinki
Finland Part 16: My First Day In Helsinki
Finland Part 17: A Walking Tour Of Helsinki
Finland Part 18: Beautiful Helsinkinland Part 17: A Walking Tour Of Helsinki
Finland Part 19: Brief Review Of The Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti, Helsinki

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