Sleeping under the arctic sky lit by the northern lights may not have been possible until cozy thermal glass igloos sprung up in the Finnish lapland. But this wild adventure is just one of the many unique experiences you’ll find at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.
250 kms north of the Arctic circle, Kakslauttanen is a winter wonderland in the Finnish lapland. At the edge of wilderness, this family owned hotel lies along the road to the arctic sea, near the Urho Kekkonen National Park.
With the most pristine environment on Earth, this location is isolated, but well connected by the local airport.
The accommodations offered include the world-famous thermally insulated glass igloos with separate saunas and showers, Kelo-glass igloos that combine the rustic log cabins with the views of the glass igloo, log cabins with amenities, the renowned snow igloos with the sleeping bags and the iconic Santa’s home.
Among the winter activities available at the hotel are husky and reindeer safaris, skiing and snowboarding, snow mobile and snow tank rides, cross-country skiing and ice fishing. And in summer there’s hiking, mountain biking, ATV safaris, canoeing and whitewater kayaking, a cruise through the Lemmonjoki National Park and a day trip to Inari – the Sami heartland.
The Sami — indigenous people of Lapland have inhabited the region for over a century. Sami culture, language, traditional clothing, handicraft and music are distinctively different from other ethnic groups in Scandinavia and is still distinctly visible in everyday’s life in Lapland.
Whether the midnight sun in summer and the unforgettable northern lights in winter, the region promises sights you’ll never forget. Summer temperatures average around 20 degrees Celsius, whereas winter temperatures range between 0 to minus 40 degrees Celsius.
The aurora season lasts from late August to the end of April. If you’re planning on making the trip to Kakslauttanen, dress in warm layers and carry good pair of hiking boots. Visit their kakslauttanen.fi/en/ for more information.