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Team Aanaar

From the nature around us

Heikki Nikula

Head chef

Kaisu Nikula

Hotel Manager

Johanna Fabritius

Restaurant Manager

Our history in brief

Our hotel and restaurant have a long history in Inari, dating back to 1937. Back then, everything was sourced from the wild – because there was nothing else.

In 2002, we returned back to our home village to take over our mother’s hotel business. We began to further develop the use of local ingredients and build flavorful dishes with rich backstories.

We are proud to say that Aanaar and the work of our chef Heikki have been recognized with several awards over the years.

  • 2014 2nd place in Sami cuisine and knowledge. Nordic Sapmi Awards.
  • 2015 Top Food Tourism Award. Finnish Tourism Association.
  • 2016 Best Foodservice Experience. International Foodtrekking Awards.
  • 2018 Ranked 8th among Finnish restaurants. White Guide Nordic.
  • 2020 Restaurant of the Year. Finnish Gastronomic Society.

Our commitment to Inari

At Aanaar, everything we do is in cooperation with the land we live on. Our ancestors have lived and enjoyed the bounty of Inari for centuries. It is our responsibility to ensure that future generations can do so as well:

  • We aim to choose the most ecological products possible and constantly improve our waste management.
  • We protect and support local nature and cultures.
  • When it comes to equipment, we try to fix what is broken and think sustainably when making new purchases.
  • We have actively participated in Finnish Sami Parliament’s project Culturally Responsible Sámi Tourism and follow its guidelines.
  • We have been awarded the Green Key Eco Label for hotel-restaurants in 2021.

We want everyone to feel welcome and celebrated for who they are. At Aanaar, we are LGBTIQA+ friendly and have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind.