Hotel Levi Panorama, Levi, Lapland, Finland

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Hotel Levi Panorama, Levi, Lapland
Hotel Levi Panorama, Levi, Lapland

Hotel Levi Panorama is a luxurious resort hotel located on the slopes of Levi Fell, 110 miles north of the arctic circle in Lapland, Finland.  Getting to Levi is quite easy as there are daily connecting flights from Helsinki international airport to Kittilä with Finnair (journey time 1 hour 20 minutes).  Levi is then just a 15 minute drive from the airport.  Alternatively, you can take the overnight VR train to nearby Kolari and transfer by road in one hour from there.

Hotel Levi Panorama, Levi
Hotel Levi Panorama

Levi Panorama is the only ski-in ski-out hotel in the area but as well as being noted for its winter sports facilities, it is also a wonderful summer hotel for experiencing the midnight sun.  For 45 days of the year the sun never sets and these nightless nights offer a once in a lifetime experience that should be on everyone’s wish list.

Reindeer resting outside Hotel Levi Panorama
Reindeer resting outside the Hotel

Arrival and Check-in:

The hotel lies above Levi village with its own large car park.  We arrived at around 9.00 p.m. in the evening and were both surprised and delighted to find reindeer wandering around outside the hotel to greet us.

Reception, Hotel Levi Panorama
The spacious reception lobby

The large lobby / reception area is furnished in Nordic style with comfortable seating areas and Lappish decorations.

Hotel Levi Panorama entrance lobby
The entrance lobby

The front desk is open 24 hours a day and we were welcomed by a friendly receptionist who checked us in quickly and handed us leaflets containing useful information such as restaurant and sauna opening times, connecting to the Wi-Fi etc.

Lounge, Hotel Levi Panorama
Nordic themed seating areas

The Room:

The hotel offers a range of high quality accommodation from spacious rooms through to apartments and suites, all of them benefiting from magnificent views and some with private balconies.

Sky suite bedroom. Hotel Levi Panorama
My Sky Suite bedroom
Sky Suite living area, Hotel Levi Panorama
The Sky Suite Lounge

I stayed in one of their deluxe sky suites which took my breath away as soon as I opened the door.  The suites comprise a large bedroom / lounge area with stunning views over the surrounding lakes and fells.  The hotel is not called Panorama for nothing!

View from Sky Suite, Hotel Levi Panorama
View from Sky Suite, Hotel Levi Panorama

The king size bed was dressed with luxurious high thread Egyptian cotton bed linen and even with the nightless nights, I drifted off to sleep quickly.  I was pleased to find a master switch next to the bed so that I could turn off all the lights at once without needing to move.

Bathroom, Sky Suite, Hotel Levi Panorama
The bathroom of my Sky Suite

A cosy sofa by the window could be converted to accommodate an additional adult or two children and on the coffee table beside it was a large hard backed book about Lapland plus a dish of my favourite Fazer Finnish chocolates.  Along one wall was a dressing table/ work area with flat screen TV, nespresso coffee maker and tea making facilities.  There was also more than enough wardrobe storage even for someone like me who always takes lots of things with them.

Sky Suite, Hotel Levi Panorama
Looking into the Igloo Room of my suite suite

Shelves and cupboards contained extra pillows, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, safe and a mini bar.  Rooms also come equipped with large drying cupboards which would be particularly useful for winter sports visitors.  The en-suite bathroom was divine having both a deep bath tub and a powerful shower, huge bath towels and complimentary Noir toiletries.

Igloo Room, Hotel Levi Panorama
Igloo Room, Hotel Levi Panorama

If all this wasn’t enough, the real showstopper was the attached igloo room with its glass roof and walls.  I’d never seen anything like it before and it was just perfect for lying on the bed and gazing at the golden hues of the midnight sun.  The igloo room was large and featured Nordic inspired armchairs, a breakfast bar with stools, oversized cushions and breathtaking views from each of its windows.

Cosy seating in the Igloo Room, Hotel Levi Panorama
The Igloo Room had cosy seating

It was enchanting to experience the midnight sun from the igloo and just think what it would be like if you were staying there when the northern lights were visible, how amazing that would be!

Midnight Sun, Hotel Levi Panorama
Midnight Sun from the panoramic Igloo Room

Dining: 

The Levi Panorama offers both  à la carté and buffet restaurants serving a wide range of locally sourced produce from Lappish specialities such as reindeer and Arctic char through to burgers and pizzas.

The spacious breakfast room at Hotel Levi Panorama
The spacious breakfast room

A buffet breakfast is served daily between 7.00 – 10.00 a.m. with a vast spread of delicacies to choose from including pastries, Karelian pies, Finnish dark rye bread (my favourite), salmon, ham, cheese, fresh fruit and yoghurts.

Breakfast, Hotel Levi Panorama
Breakfast, Hotel Levi Panorama

I especially liked the intense flavour of the liver pâté and of tasting beetroot hummus for the first time.  Hot dishes comprise the usual bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms etc as well as freshly made pancakes which I enjoyed topped with cloudberry jam.

Facilities:

Gold Digger Bar and Sky Lounge – located on the top floor, it’s name and decor is inspired by the gold rush to Lapland of the mid 1900’s.  The lounge windows resembled a larger version of my sky suite and it’s a delightful place to end the day viewing the golden glow of the arctic nightless nights.

Gold Digger Bar, and Lounge, Hotel Levi Panorama, Levi
The panoramic top floor Gold Digger Bar and Lounge

Sauna and Relaxation Room – located on the 7th floor is one of the most beautiful saunas ever.  I enjoyed bathing there whilst admiring the stunning scenery.  It’s adjacent relaxation room is gorgeous too and I blissfully settled down there awhile afterwards with a cool drink and a pile of magazines.

Sauna, Hotel Levi Panorama,
Sauna, Hotel Levi Panorama

Samiland Cultural Centre – situated next to the hotel and part of the complex.  There’s an indoor exhibition documenting the history of the Sami people providing interesting information on the indigenous tribe’s way of life and impact from other cultures.  Outdoors there’s a short walking trail with examples of Sami buildings.  Samiland.

Samiland, Cultural Centre, Levi
Samiland Cultural Centre

The hotel also boasts a fitness centre, children’s playroom, gift shop and conference facilities.

Midnight Sun in Levi
Midnight outside the hotel in Levi and the sun is shining

In addition to access by road the hotel is located next to the upper Gondola Express station which operates in both summer and winter meaning that you can take a tranquil journey travelling down to the village centre in just two minutes.  For the more energetic there is also a flight of steps connecting the hotel with the village and the summer sledding track is another fun way to reach there too!

Suggested dining options in Levi: 

The hotel’s own restaurants are highly recommended but for a change of scene it’s also interesting to experience other restaurants and bars in the area so here is my list of suggested venues:

Restaurant Ammiliä

Restaurant Ammiliä, Levi, Finland
Restaurant Ammiliä, Levi, Finland

This traditional Lapland restaurant serves authentic Lapland dishes with a modern twist.  The setting is delightful with service to match.  I started with a buckwheat blini served with white fish roe, marinated red onion and sour cream which was light and flavoursome.

DInner at Restaurant Ammiliä, Levi, Finland
Dinner at Restaurant Ammiliä

I couldn’t visit Lapland without sampling reindeer so for my main course I opted for Lapland’s most traditional dish, sautéed reindeer served with mashed potatoes and lingonberries.  It was very tasty and the reindeer not too strong which was to my liking.  For dessert, I kept to the Lappish theme with Lappish cheese served warm with brown sugar, cream and cloudberries, my verdict – mouthwatering! Restaurant Ammiliä

Kekäle Bar and Grill

A casual, fine dining restaurant featuring an open kitchen where we could watch our dishes being expertly prepared on hot coals.  We opted for the chef’s choice three course menu which comprised a refreshing salad starter, Arctic char served with Lappish new potatoes, asparagus and edible flowers for mains then a sweet treat of meringue topped with cream and lingonberries for dessert.

Kekäle Bar and Grill, Levi, Finland
Kekäle Bar and Grill, Levi

Each course was delicious and the arctic char was so fresh that the fish just melted in my mouth.  Our server talked us through each course which was so nice and helpful and it was easy to tell how passionate he was about Finnish cuisine and of his expert knowledge of wines. Kekäle Bar and Grill.

Kekäle Bar and Grill, Levi
Kekäle Bar and Grill, Levi

Lost Tacos

Located in the village centre, Lost Tacos serves Mexican style food, tacos, nachos etc. in a modern informal bar/restaurant where live music takes place on some evenings.

Lost Tacos, Levi, Finland
Inside the Lost Tacos restaurant, Levi

As it was such a warm, sunny day we sat out on the terrace sipping refreshing watermelon mocktails whilst studying the menu.

Roasted cauliflower salad and tacos at Lost Tacos, Levi, Finland
Roasted cauliflower salad and tacos at the Lost Taco restaurant

I ordered a roasted cauliflower salad which was huge and really good together with a couple of tasty tacos filed with fish and chicken.  The service was friendly, food delicious and reasonably priced.  I gather that they are soon to open a second branch in the southern Finnish city of Tampere which I’m sure will be popular too.  Hopefully I’ll get to visit later in the year.  Lost Tacos

Restaurant Tuuiku

Restaurant Tuuiku, Levi, Finland
Mountain restaurant Tuuiku, Levi

A mountain top restaurant with spectacular views from its terrace.  Tuuiku is Levi’s original slope side restaurant and can be visited by car, on foot or as part of a ski trip.

Lunch at Mountain restaurant Tuuiku, Levi
Lunch at Mountain restaurant Tuuiku, Levi

We visited at lunch time and opted for their lunch buffet, though plenty to choose from, I couldn’t resist a large bowl of creamy salmon and potato soup with rye bread which was up with the best.  Restaurant Tuuiku

Saunabaari

Saunabaari, Levi, Finland
Saunabaari, Levi
Saunabaari, Levi, FInland
Saunabaar i,lakeside bar

A beach cafe on Lake Imneljarvi offering light meals, snacks, drinks and ice cream.  It’s the perfect place to simply relax on a deckchair soaking up the sun’s rays with a cocktail or to hire a Stand Up Paddle Boat (SUP) out on the crystal clear lake. Saunabaari

Overall:

Our stay at the Hotel Levi Panorama exceeded expectations with its stunning setting, luxurious sky suites and authentic Lappish cuisine.  Whether you opt to stay in one of their sky suites, superior or standard rooms I’m certain you will be more than happy as the hotel definitely sets the bar with the quality of all its rooms, dedicated, friendly staff and facilities.

Igloo Rom Sky Suite, Hotel Levi Panorama, Levi
Igloo Rom Sky Suite, Hotel Levi Panorama

Details:

Hotel Levi Panorama, Tunturitie 205, 99130 Levi, Finland.

I was a guest of Visit Levi as one of the Lapland Midnight Sun Ambassadors 2022 and as always, all views and opinions are entirely my own.

 

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35 thoughts on “Hotel Levi Panorama, Levi, Lapland, Finland

    1. Hotel Levi Panorama is absolutely sensational Meg and we all enjoyed every minute of our stay. Thanks for taking an interest and hopefully you might get an opportunity to visit Lapland before too long as I know you are a family of intrepid travellers like we are and would love it too!

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  1. You are certainly living the life! That Igloo room is STUNNING: I would pay to stay there during the Northern Lights! I’ve tried reindeer before and, while I found it just-okay, I can’t bother to have it again, especially after seeing those cute reindeer in your photo! Glad you had a comfy and beautiful time in Lapland. 🙂

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  2. That looks like an amazing place. I’ve seen documentaries of reindeer herders and their lifestyle but it looks too cold for me in winter time. The breakfast bar is amazing with such variety. I also saw a documentary of an ice hotel where people can stay. Is that for real and did you happen to see any promotional on that?

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  3. You sure know how to choose some of the most amazing hotels, Marion! I mean how can you say no to such spacious rooms that come with an additional glass-roofed and glass-walled living area furnished with a good size bed and comfortable seating? I certainly wouldn’t mind spending a night or even two at the Igloo Room as the views are simply staggering. I’d say it would be a perfect place for star and Aurora gazing, too. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Hotel Levi Panorama is fabulous in every way and viewing the midnight sun from its windows sublime. Of course it would also be perfect for viewing the northern lights and the snowy conditions too. Thanks for taking the time to comment, it’s much appreciated.

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  4. This is definitely my kind of hotel … with a view both outside (reindeers) and inside (that igloo room)! It must have been very difficult to leave your room at all Marion 😁. And to top it all – the sauna, a gift shop and ohhh the delicious looking food … just wow! A watermelon mocktail on a terrace in Lapland – I would have been in 7th heaven … where is my passport!

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  5. A fancy hotel indeed, love the minimalist design with all that wood and so spacious too. The views are quite something and all the food throughout this post looks divine. At first glance I assumed they were model reindeers outsider the hotel, but of course not! The sun never setting… hard to imagine and surely something to witness.

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    1. Staying in Levi during the summer is divine Leighton. I never made it to bed before 1.00 a.m. but because of the constant daylight didn’t get tired. The hotel was gorgeous and the igloo rooms would be equally beautiful in snowy winter and for viewing the northern lights. Thanks for your interest as always.

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