Igloo Village

Home to Lapland’s unique igloo village, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort lies high above the Arctic Circle in the heart of the Lappish wilderness. You can explore the glistening white landscapes by snowmobile or husky sled, and after dark search for the magical northern lights on a thrilling reindeer sled safari or from the comfort of your very own glass-domed igloo.

Accommodation Information
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is located right at the edge of the wilderness, along the road to the Arctic Sea. It’s a mere stone’s throw to the Urho Kekkonen National Park, the largest of Finland’s national parks. The Sami have inhabited the region for over a century. The surrounding environment is one of the cleanest you’ll find anywhere in the world. The water is pure that you can quench your thirst straight from a stream running down the fell or the lake into which it flows, and the air is so fresh that you can feel it deep down in your lungs. Up here, winters are cold and summer comfortably warm. All in all, what you’ll find here is perfection.

Choose from three types of accommodation:

Glass Igloos
Nestled between the snow-draped trees of the forest, these enchanting thermal-glass domes feature in almost every guide to the word’s best unique accommodation. Providing all the magic of sleeping under the night sky without braving the elements, each two-person igloo is a cosy, private stargazing capsule with it’s own reclining bed, toilet and hand basin. Only available during the aurora season, these all-glass pods are ideal for a romantic northern lights break. Hotel facilities including showers are just a short walk away. An extra children’s bed can be added to the dome on request.

Kelo-Glass Igloos
Offering the best of both worlds, Kakslauttanen’s sixteen Kelo-Glass Igloos combine the comforting warmth of a wooden cabin and the sensational skyward views of a glass igloo. Ideal for families, each cosy cabin sleeps up to six people and provides a winter home-away-from-home with its own private sauna, bathroom and kitchenette. Attached to each kelo-wood cabin is a glass igloo – take it in turns to sleep under the stars and keep watch for the northern lights flickering overhead. After a magical day exploring the surrounding winter wonderland, warm up in front of the cabin’s roaring log fire.

Log Cabins
Built from the huge kelo pines native to Finnish Lapland, each rustic wooden cabin can sleep up to four people, with one double bed and one set of bunk beds. Hidden amongst the Lappish trees, these snug little chalets are ideal for a digital detox, with a roaring log fire and private sauna taking the place of television and wifi. Each cabin is fully equipped with kitchenette and bathroom, making them the perfect retreat for families after a busy day on the snow. Upgrade to a larger cabin for an extra sofa bed and bathroom, or request the Queen Suite or Wedding Chamber for a special occasion.

Sample Itinerary 

Day 1
Fly to Ivalo and transfer to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Check in to a secluded log cabin and spend the evening relaxing by the roaring fire or dining at one of the resort’s two Lappish restaurants. For those bold enough to brave the elements, head to one of Kakslauttanen’s five smoke saunas before jumping into the frozen river for a truly energising Finnish experience. (D)

Day 2 
Pre-book optional activities to explore the wilderness in true Lapland style. Take a snowmobile or snow tank adventure through the white forest, or opt for a more traditional method of transport with a thrilling ride on a husky or reindeer sled. After dark, hire skis or snowshoes and head out into the Arctic wilderness in search of the incredible aurora borealis. (B,D)

Day 3
Try your hand at another winter adventure activity or fulfil childhood dreams with a visit to Santa’s home at Kakslauttanen’s festively-decked grotto, complete with elves and reindeer. Understandably the man himself is pretty busy during the winter months – be sure to pre-book a Santa visit in advance. After dark, perhaps consider an evening reindeer sled safari or horseback ride in search of the swirling northern lights. Relax in the warmth of the resort’s glass igloo bar before spending the night in a glass igloos and watch the starry night from the comfort of your reclining bed. (B,D)

Day 4
Transfer back to Ivalo airport for the return flight to the UK via Helsinki. Speak to a Regent Specialist to add on a city break in Finland’s capital. (B)