11 rooms, 30 beds
2 rooms (5 beds) + kitchen + toilet
1 room (3 beds) + kitchen + toilet
1 room (3 beds), toilet on the corridor
Small room for 1 person, toilet on the corridor
1 room with a kitchen, bunk bed + toilet;
own entrance, separated from the main building
4 rooms for 2 persons,
2 rooms for 4 persons;
separated from the main building
Cottage for 2 + 1 persons, kitchen, sauna, shower, toilet; all season
| car heating |
Services at Vuotso village
| grocery store | fuel automat | pharmacy | post office | restaurant | Saami art & crafts shops |
Vuotson Maja in Sodankylä has sparked a new life in skilled hands – almost after 50 years of silence. Eeva-Liisa and Jouko Vainioranta bought the buildings from the Gold Prospector Museum Foundation in 2013, and have opened their home as a B&B in 2015. Vuotson Maja is a representative example of the reconstruction architecture and development policy. Traditional renovation was inspired by the wilderness and the natural peace of the village.
Vuotson Maja has a long and colorful history. The Sami village of Vuotso was born in the late 19th century when the Samis from Norway, Enontekiö and Utsjoki searched for new residential areas. During the 1910s, the first guesthouse was established in the house of Iisakki Hetta. There were Laplander’s huts made of turf near the lodge, and those huts were presented frequently in contemporary travel stories.
In the 1920s the state built a guesthouse in Vuotson Maja’s present position. There was also a custom house. Inari, Utsjoki, Enontekiö and Petsamo were free from sales tax, ie Norway was allowed to import and export goods free of duty within municipalities. The traffic of goods was monitored in Vuotso from 1923 to 1937, after that custom house was transferred upper north to Laanila.
The present building was once again built by the state, tourist association opened a guesthouse in 1949. Postal and telegraph services, bus station and police station with its counters were also provided. Vuotson Maja was closed to tourists in 1966.
During the second world war, in 1942–1944, the village of Vuotso was filled with thousands of German soldiers. They founded an airport, guesthouse, cinema, laundry, bakery… all the services that soldiers needed. The ruins of prison camps can still be discovered on the site.