The fire – and new plans
On December 21st at 00:50 our employee Maiju Rumpunen was working at the far end of the hotel restaurant when she realised it smelled of smoke. She went down the staircase by the slopes to check where the smell might be coming from. When returning back up, she saw some ambers flying under the roof outside.
She immediately called the emergency number and around the same time the automatic alarm went off alarming the hotel owner and the fire brigade. Evacuation was started straight away from the suite underneath the restaurant by our employee. She was soon accompanied by two people who were maintaining the slopes and had also realised what was happening. Also one of our own employee, safari guide Jaakko Heikka was called to help and all our guests were evacuated well in time.
The hotel restaurant, kitchen, lobby, reception and offices, meeting rooms, souvenir shop, Arctic Spa saunas and pools, treatment rooms, gym and the Bear Cave suite were completely destroyed in a fire on December 21st 2018. Also rooms and suites were damaged by either fire, smoke or water. The Eagle View suite was not damaged by fire or smoke but is out of use.
All our cottages are in normal condition and in operation.
The restaurant part will be demolished to the ground during the spring 2019. The building work of the new restaurant will start in May 2019. The new part will also include hotel reception, Arctic Spa services, new rooms and two special suites, safari services and bike rental.
The old room wing with double rooms and Aurora suites is under renovation and will be ready for December 2019. The Eagle View suite will be available from December as well.
Our aim is to open the new restaurant in December 2019. Restaurant services will be provided either in Romekievari ski restaurant or the new hotel restaurant, if finished by then.
The new hotel will be designed by a local architect Asko Lax.
Interior designer is our Tatu Ahlroos who had previously designed Aurora suites’ and the Bear Cave suite’s interiors, among others.