Stay Cozy Under the Stars at Finland’s Glass Igloo Hotel

Posted by Staff on Monday, October 10th, 2011

Igloo Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland

If you’re looking into an arctic getaway and ICEHOTEL Sweden is all booked, then head east to the Igloo Village at Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland. In addition to icy accommodations, they also feature glass igloos for an unobstructed view of the northern sky. If you don’t mind freezing temperatures, try out the snow igloo (between -3º and -6º Celsius at night), but if you’d rather look out on the snow than sleep on it, definitely book one of the glass igloo’s.

Igloo Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland

Hotel Kakslauttanen is located in Finnish Lapland about 155 miles above the Arctic Circle. Accommodations are all individual units rather than one large building and entertainment is provided by the natural beauty of the arctic region, rather than showy bars and lounges. Throughout winter and summer there are numerous outdoor activities to pursue: the most unique of which are the winter safaris aboard reindeer or husky powered sleighs. With so many activities available during the day, the accommodations are primarily a calm space to rest and relax. You can choose between a log cabin, turf chamber, snow igloo, and glass igloo; however, it was the glass igloos that grabbed our attention and the reason we decided to feature the hotel here.

Igloo Hotel, Kakslauttanen, Finland

Igloo Hotel under the Aurora Borealis

The glass igloos are built in the traditional igloo shape, with a single dome and tunnel entrance. What makes staying in one of these igloos such a unique experience is the special thermal glass used in the construction of the dome. Essentially you are sleeping under the stars on a luxury bed, minus the freezing cold air. Not only does the special thermal glass maintain a normal room temperature inside the igloo, but it also resists frost, even at temperatures below -30ºC, so that you have a clear view of the sky all night long. Luckily each igloo is equipped with its own bathroom, so there is no need to get bundled up and walk to the facilities. What’s even cooler than the igloo itself is what you’ll being look up at during the night. Besides the millions of stars us city dwellers are deprived of, the winter season brings out the ethereal light show of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.

If the aurora borealis isn’t your thing, there is more down to earth entertainment available over at Santa’s Resort Kakslauttanen. In fact, Santa’s Resort is open year round and you’ll find Santa and his elves hanging out at his place awaiting visitors with cookies and tea in hand. Apparently Santa and his elves spend the summer panning for gold, and if you visit during those warm months, they’ll show you the best places to pan for your own gold. While you might find a few flakes to take home with you, the real treasure at the Kakslauttanen hotel is sleeping under a clear view of the Northern Lights.

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