WHAT IS THE ARCTIC GIANT

Feel free as a bird as you arrive at the hilltop and enter the Arctic Giant. Pause for a moment to admire the glowing starry sky, the shining northern lights, or the healing rays of the morning sun. The Arctic Giant is a mystical world of forest spirits and other magical creatures, located on the high Kivesvaara hill in Paltamo. The Arctic Giant offers memorable accommodation and restaurant services up among the birds. In addition, the Arctic Giant is a popular venue for weddings and parties, and has provided an enjoyable setting for all sorts of celebrations.

NATURE AND HOME VALUES ARE CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS

We love nature and all of its flavours. We collect our own mushrooms, berries and herbs to use as ingredients in our foods. When it comes to other ingredients such as fish, wild game, and root vegetables, we always favour using local ingredients. The dishes we serve are prepared to resemble a giant's meal: original and full of flavour, allowing the distinct taste of each ingredient to be savoured. Nature is important to us, which is why we act in an environmentally friendly manner while respecting sustainable development principles.

THE BIRTH OF THE IDEA

One autumn day in 2007, Anja persuaded Vesa to join her to pick lingonberries on the Kivesvaara ridge, which had not been popular for years after its ski resort was closed down. The scenery around the former ski resort was simply magical, straight out of a childhood fairy tale. That emotive scenery, the empty facilities of the former ski resort, and the thought about people no longer enjoying this beautiful landscape, left an impression in Anja's and Vesa's minds.

FATE INTERVENES

Soon, fate started to whisper in Vesa's ear, suggesting to renovate those vacant buildings to his liking and to give them a new purpose. And what about everything else that Kivesvaara could have to offer if he would just let his imagination run free. Vesa closed the deal on the plot on the very next day, thus starting the abandoned ski resort's new life as the Arctic Giant.

A GIANT TASK

The first steps in making their dream come true were taken when the existing buildings of the former ski resort were refurbished. Eventually, the Arctic Giant's opening ceremony was held in 2012. It was an enormous, if not a giant, task that is still ongoing, since Anja and Vesa continue to develop and improve the Arctic Giant. Who knows what else new and interesting is yet to come?

WHY THE NAME "THE ARCTIC GIANT"?

For a long time, there have been folk tales about giants and mythic formidable men in the Paltamo and Oulujärvi region. These stories are partly based in truth, since three giant men from Kainuu, Daniel Cajanus, Väinö Myllyrinne and Lauri Moilanen, have all at one time been among the ten tallest men in the world. All three of these tall men from Kainuu were giants, each of them around 2.5 metres tall.