Scandinavia is fast becoming known for its unique, design-driven accommodation and this itinerary combines two of the region’s finest. What’s more, they’re both on the same secluded site, tucked away in the inhospitable beauty of Finland’s Arctic north. You’ll spend your first two nights in an underfloor-heated igloo where a glass dome is the stage for nature’s greatest dance – the Northern Lights. Your last night is then hosted by an ethereal snow hotel where you’ll sleep on sheets of ice as expertly carved friezes watch over you. In between, you’ll be kept warm with sauna visits, a showshoe tour and hearty Lappish cuisine, served by a crackling fire. There’s also plenty of optional winter activities available nearby with everything represented from snow sculpting and ice fishing to snowmobiling and husky safaris out of nearby Rovaniemi.
Glass Igloo and Ice Hotel Holiday, Finnish Lapland
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » Glass Igloo
Flying out to Rovaniemi in the wild centre of Finnish Lapland, you’ll be transferred the short distance north to the Arctic SnowHotel. Once here, you’ll check in to your unique accommodation and home for the next two nights. And what nights they’ll be, with the chance to watch the Northern Lights play out right above your head, framed by your igloo’s thermally heated domed glass. There’s even an aurora alarm service that can be turned on for those not wanting to miss out on any midnight colours. You’ll then have the option of a snow-sculpting course to have a go at creating the intricate artwork that brings the snow hotel to life each year. Finish with your first taste of Arctic life at Kota Restaurant for Lappish delicacies served around the roaring fire of a traditional hut. The salmon, glow-fried on the open fire, is a particular speciality.
Day 2 » Glass Igloo
Start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast at Lumikartano, a timber cabin restaurant formed from giant logs. Perhaps spend the morning exploring the ice hotel’s ephemeral beauty, formed anew each year by teams of artisan craftsmen. After lunch, you’ll then be treated to an included snowshoeing excursion, the perfect opportunity to explore the tranquil seclusion of Finnish Lapland. Joining a small group, you’ll get to grips with this ancient form of transportation while taking in the sights and sounds of snow-laden forests. Dinner will once again be served at Kota; don’t miss out on the indulgent desserts or reindeer steak, served in a red wine sauce.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 » SnowHotel
After enjoying a leisurely morning and breakfast, you’ll check in to your last night’s accommodation – the stunning SnowHotel. Here, you’ll sleep on a transparent bed of ice under delicately hewn ceilings, raised into intricate frescoes. Carefully chosen lighting sets it all aglow. Although temperatures range between zero and minus five degrees, you’ll be kept warm with an Arctic sleeping bag and even receive a certificate for your troubles. Today you’ll also have the option of trying your hand at ice fishing at the adjacent Lake Lehtojärvi. Drill a hole and listen to the fishermen’s stories as you catch everything from perch to pike. In the evening, you’ll take your dinner in the spectrally lit Ice Restaurant where dishes such as roasted elk and braised fish are sure to keep you warm. If that’s not enough, you’ll have use of a traditional sauna. Perhaps cap it all off with a visit to the Ice Bar for drinks served in frozen glasses.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 » Depart for UK
After breakfast on your last day, you’ll be transferred back to Rovaniemi for your flight home.
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