• Laura Hujanen

Hostel Café Koti in Rovaniemi is a haven for lovers of Nordic drinks and nature

Lapland is a great travel destination for anyone hoping to experience the winter wonderland of the Arctic, but Rovaniemi, the capital of the area, is a city worth checking also during summer and autumn. When it comes to drinks and Nordic flavours, it has a lot to offer.

Annika Uurtamo is one of the bartenders in Hostel Café Koti.

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One of the pioneers in the drink scene here by the Arctic Circle is Hostel Café Koti. This hostel, cafeteria and bar is situated in an old bank building right in the centre of Rovaniemi. During the summer and autumn season they serve tasty drinks also on their rooftop terrace Mökki, which is themed with a finnish summer cottage vibe. Expect to find an outdoor hot tub - in Finland we call it palju - available for renting, birch trees lining the terrace and a powder room decorated like the outdoor toilets on Finnish summer cottages. Also events - movie nights, dance lessons and theme parties for example - are hosted on the Mökki terrace.

The rooms in Hostel Café Koti are light and airy and each of them is named after one of the builders who took part in the renovation of the old bank building when it was turned into a hostel. The hostel also has dorm rooms available for people travelling alone and wanting to bond with other travellers.

Experience the Arctic nature

The affordable prices of this cozy and home like hostel make it easy for anyone to experience the mesmerizing Arctic nature. Check out the forests and swamps that are bursting with blueberries, lingonberries and cloudberries - free for anyone to pick - or book one of the photography tours and immortalise the autumn foliage or the Northern lights with your camera.

The Arctic nature is also a huge source of inspiration for the bartenders of Hostel Café Koti. The bartenders of Mökki terrace utilise the seasonal produce that the local forests offer. They make their own juices, syrups and cordials with ingredients like spruce shoots and dandelion. Adding Nordic twist to classic drinks is also big part of the Mökki menu - how about a Margarita with Arctic raspberries or a Mojito flavoured with local apple?