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Rovaniemi – Local companies joining forces for Sustainable Travel Finland

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Local sustainable accommodation companies – Arctic TreeHouse Hotel awarded with the Green Key eco-label, as the first private hotel in Finnish Lapland.
Accommodation companies joining the Sustainable Travel Finland program are improving the sustainable energy and water saving solutions, reducing energy and water consumption, reducing the amount of waste, increasing the sustainability of purchases and improving the management of environmental and sustainability issues.

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel was awarded the Green Key eco-label as the first private hotel in Finnish Lapland. All the buildings are made from sustainable renewable Finnish wood and they use only green energy. Each year, the staff personally plants 5 000–10 000 new seedlings to the surrounding forests. They also focus on the size of our carbon footprint by measuring and improving the sustainable energy and water saving solutions, in parallel with the effective managing of our waste sorting and the reduction of our waste production. Restaurant menus change according to season, and the goal is to have 65 % of main ingredients locally produced. Santa’s Hotels in 2019, begun the process for ISO:14001 environmental certificate, to cover all their properties. The long term goal of chain’s environmental work is to reduce energy and water consumption, reduce the amount of waste, increase the sustainability of purchases and improve the management of environmental and sustainability issues as a whole. They guide and train staff regurarly and participate in several environmental projects, for example in the energy efficiency agreement of the Finnish Hotel and Restaurant Association.

District Rovaniemi is a responsible company offering boutique glamping experiences in Finnish Lapland. They want to cherish our nature and same time enjoy our passion to extreme. Ollero Eco Lodge uses only renewable energy, and more than 80 % of waste is recycled, and towels and bedlinen are sourced from a local laundry company that washes textiles eco-efficiently. Products (from shampoos to cutlery) are ecological and fair-trade products. Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos uses materials for constructing SnowHotel, that are sourced from the local surroundings. The ice used in structures comes from the adjacent Lake Lehtojärvi.

Santa Claus Holiday Village has been run by the family enterprise since 1994. Sustainability is part of the company’s main values, and they’re also part of the Green Start -program. The holiday village has also bought five electric vans for the cleaners to move between the holiday village. Wilderness Hotels Nellim is a family run travel company located in Inari Municipality in Finnish Lapland, owned by a local family Lappalainen. The family values authenticity and that is why you’ll find a lot of natural building materials, art made by the local craftmen.

Sustainable activity companies – First electric snowmobile safari’s in the world are run in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland.

Aurora Emotion is an engineering company that has created electric snowmobiles, eSleds, and the first electric snowmobile safari’s in the world are run by eSleds in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. The electric snowmobiles do not use gasoline at all and the company only uses green energy coming from their special electric charging points. The company is doing continuous development work with electric snowmobiles and is also developing a network of electric charging points in Lapland area. During safaris not any plastic bags is used, nor is disposable plates or cutlery. Only local food is served and the company operates closely with local, small entrepreneurs.

In Bearhill Husky, the sled dogs work or practise through the year. Keeping the kennel running year-round is one example of the actions that Valentinj Beets and his wife Veronica Butinova have made to run the kennel sustainably. All of the buildings are made from renewable Finnish wood and the kennel works with green energy. Recycling and avoiding disposable products is also part of their values. Kennel uses only diesel cars with adblue-system as well as eco-friendly modern snowmobiles. Beyond Arctic tours and expeditions are based on the values of sustainable travelling. They remove and recycle all litter produced on our trips. All the wood they use is produced by them and impact to the nature is minimized. The company doesn’t use any petrol-operated snowmobiles and we they have modern vehicles to ensure the latest technology is used to reduce pollution.

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