Any visit to Finland would be incomplete without experiencing the wonder of staying in an igloo. At the amazing Hotel Kakslauttanen in Lapland, a wide range of recreational winter activities for the tourist’s enjoyment are on offer, including accommodation in an igloo.
Hotel Kakslauttanen is located near Saariselka, which lies 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. Just 35 kilometres from Ivalo airport via an easy bus transfer, the hotel is nestled on the wilderness edge of the Urho Kekkonen National Park. It is part of a resort which encompasses the hotel, the igloo village, the Inari Resort, and Santa’s Resort Kakslauttanen.
The Kakslauttanen Igloo Village not only provides the opportunity to stay (during the deep winter months, from December/January to April) in an authentic snow igloo, it also offers unique accommodations in a glass igloo in Finland.
The Glass Igloo Village boasts twenty private thermal glass igloos. Many years of in-depth research and development have resulted in these architectural and technologic marvels. The special thermal glass used to construct each igloo ensures the temperature inside is always at a comfortable level, even if the temperature outside drops to below minus-thirty degrees. The glass dome never develops white frosting or condensation – so the views to the outside are always pristine. Every igloo has a private toilet and the most luxurious of beds, and each sleeps two persons. Guests are encouraged to, if they wish, enjoy a hot sauna and then be refreshed with a dip in an ice hole each evening.
The glass domed igloos offer not only amazing vistas of the Arctic night sky, with millions of stars showcased like nowhere else in the world, but also unparalleled views of the Northern Lights from the cosy comfort of your bed. These Lights (Aurora Borealis) are best viewed in the winter months and in this location there is a complete lack of light pollution from any source – ideal for experiencing one of the world’s seven natural wonders.
As well as the glass igloos, the Igloo Village has a one-of-a-kind Glass Kota: this heated glass building, shaped like a traditional Lapp tepee, is made from the same thermal glass as the igloos and is the perfect reception space to enjoy a drink after a wedding or other private function. Like the glass igloos, the views from this transparent building are spectacular.
A range of other unique activities to enjoy while staying in the igloo village include dining in the snow restaurant, being enthused by the marvellous ice gallery, and for couples, the opportunity to be married in the Snow Chapel.
No trip to the Arctic Circle will be complete without staying in a glass igloo in Finland. Whether as part of an adventurous holiday or a romantic getaway, this is one experience you will want to cross off your “bucket list”.