Pohjanhovi

 

 

 

 

 

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One of international functionalism’s most beautiful buildings in Finland, Hotel Pohjanhovi, was the main work of P.E. and Märta Blomstedt. It had the lightness and sophisticated lines of the new architecture, large glass walls, pillars that supported the roof, an impressive open hearth and a view from the window of the Kemi River and Ounasvaara Hill. Folks came all the way from Utsjoki to see Lapland’s only lift. Pohjanhovi (1936) was international in spirit, but was also a splendid hotel steeped in the Lapp tradition. Military officers, royalty, heads of state and artists as well as tourists from distant lands all visited to enjoy the renowned roast reindeer stir-fry served in a black pot or salmon fried over radiant heat, prepared in Europe’s northernmost electrical kitchen. The building was destroyed by war (1944) and only its foundation remained, which was renovated to serve as a substitute for the original edifice. The new, massive and sturdy structure represents the typical everyday style of reconstruction. Pohjanhovi has not lost its legendary reputation...

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Land of the Arctic Circle
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Mountain of the
Midnight Sun

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Finland’s Klondike
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From sleigh rides to the
age of the Concorde

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The nearest real hotel
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Santa Claus Land
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A city called by many
names - and the heroes
take the spoils

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Travellers in Lapland - Info - 2007 University of Lapland