The ultimate arctic experience – sleeping in an igloo

Igloo Village Kakslauttanen

I think I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m just not that into snow, ice and cold weather. And yet, I keep discovering awesome but chilly destinations!

For the ultimate icy destination, try the Igloo Village Kakslauttanen in the Arctic Circle in Finland – yes, I did say igloos! Choose from a glass igloo or a snow igloo, either way, kids will think staying in an igloo is the coolest thing ever (pardon the pun).

Igloo Village Kakslauttanen

Igloo Village Kakslauttanen

The glass igloos at Igloo Village Kakslauttanen are built from a special thermal glass that prevents the glass from getting frosty (so that you can have a clear view of the night sky). At the same time, the igloo is toasty warm inside. So even when the outside temperature drops to minus thirty degrees (I did mention it was in the Arctic Circle!), you’ll be quite snug.

So, what to do while sitting in your glass igloo? The highlight is without doubt the opportunity to catch the Aurora borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights. Aurora borealis is a ‘natural light show’, observed in Arctic regions between the end of August and April each year.

Igloo Village Kakslauttanen

For those who want a more authentic igloo experience, Igloo Village Kakslauttanen also offers snow igloos (shown below). There’s a reason that the snow igloos are equipped with down sleeping bags rated to minus thirty-two degrees, thick woolen socks and hoods – the temperature inside the snow igloos is around minus three degrees. I suspect this is the point where my ‘I-don’t-do-snow’ attitude to holidays might kick in.

Other facilities at the Igloo Village Kakslauttanen include saunas (with refreshing ice holes close by), a snow restaurant and the Glass Kota, a heated building in the shape of a traditional Lapp teepee which offers an unobscured view of the Lapp night sky.

What are you waiting for?! Igloo Village Kakslauttanen is located in Saariselkä, Finland. Glass igloos cost €171 per person and snow igloos are €169 per person. The igloos are suited to two people so families might need a couple of igloos. Bookings can be made online directly through Igloo Village Kakslauttanen. Flights to Finland can be booked online through Flight Centre.

(via Design Milk)

Igloo Village Kakslauttanen

Igloo Village Kakslauttanen

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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