Hotel Kakslauttanen is the home of the famous Igloo Village in Finland, an unusual place to travel to, where one can see the Northern Lights in “comfort”. And we are talking about physical comfort at its best, as some of the igloos in the village (the glass ones) provide heat and an overall comfy stay.
There are also snow igloos in the area, if you are looking for a more genuine experience.
Here is an official description from the hotel’s official web page: “Glass igloo provides an one of a kind opportunity to admire the northern lights and millions of stars of the crystal clear Lapp sky in a comfortable room temperature. Built from a special thermal glass, the temperature inside the igloo always stays a normal level. It also prevents the glass from not getting white frosted, hence keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C. Every igloo is equipped with a toilet and luxury beds.” (pictures via Unusual Hotels of the World )
The igloo village at Hotel Kakslauttanen features first-class log cabins, out of which five are queen suites, one honeymoon turf chamber and one traditional Lappish farmer log house. A giant sauna, four restaurants, a small chapel and an ice bar are also to be found and experienced here.
And in case you are looking for genuine activities, here is what the hotel staff offers: “In the winter time we offer husky safaris, snowmobile safaris, reindeer safaris and ice-fishing trips as well as guided ski treks. The Saariselkä ski trail network of over 180km passes right by the hotel. You can rent cross country skis from the hotel. Saariselkä ski slopes are just 10 km from the hotel and regular bus transportation is arranged between the hotel and the slopes.””
Even though this igloo village is beautiful all year round, the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are visible from late August to late April, an advisable time to plan your trip. In case you want to completely devote to the “traveling on the edge”-spirit, we put together a post on how to build your own igloo. It does not have to be in the beautiful Lapland scenery, anywhere will do.