In February this year, I spent 2 nights sleeping under the stars in a glass igloo at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Village in Northern Finland. Friends I had met in Costa Rica, were travelling from Australia to visit Iceland, Norway, Finland and Russia and asked if I wanted to join for part of the trip.
Having had ‘sleep in an arctic igloo’ on my bucketlist since seeing pictures posted all over Pinterest, I said yes in a heart beat and was searching for flights to Helsinki within minutes!
SO WHAT IS IT REALLY LIKE?
First of all I had no idea what to expect, having only seen pictures of the igloos from above and not having spent much time researching the trip I expected the resort to be 20 igloos in the middle of nowhere and nothing else. Which is almost true!
We flew from Helsinki to Ivalo at 4am and arranged a pick up from the airport to the resort. I was surprised as we drove into the village, that it was just that, a mini arctic village! Kakslauttanen is made up of not just the glass igloos, but also snow igloos, log cabins and traditional log houses giving you a look into an authentic lapland lifestyle. They even have larger Sivakka cabins sleeping 10 people, so you truly have every accomodation option available to suit your group!
We had a four person igloo, they are reasonably sized with a small bathroom and shower, the smaller 2 person igloos don’t have showers so you make a run over in the snow and use the ones over by the saunas.
In addition to the accomodations, the resort also has a Celebration House, where they hold events, Santa’s House where you can meet the man himself, plenty of places to hike around and for the lazier traveler (me) sledges to slide around the village. Watch out for the sledge races taking place on some of the walkways!
FOOD AND DRINK AT THE RESORT
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main lodge where you can enjoy a meal of delicious traditional Finnish fare (this was included in our stay). And once done with your meal you can spend the evening under the stars in the igloo bar at the end of the lodge.
During the day if you have booked an activity, a small lunch (likely to be salmon soup!) is included or you buy snacks and sandwiches in the main lodge, or venture into town to get some variety.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?
Just exploring the winter wonderland that is Kakslauttaten is incredible enough, but there are so are so many other activities to choose from whilst you are there, the main problem is managing to fit them all in!!
In Winter you can take a reindeer or huskie safari, drive around the forests on a snowmobile, spend an afternoon ice fishing, get out on an ice breaker and of course spend an evening aurora hunting. And in the summer there are even more activities to keep you busy, so this place is not just a destination for the colder months of the year!
Have you visited Lapland or Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort? Share you own tips and suggestions with our readers in the comments below!