While Kakslauttanen’s glass igloos are a long stretch from traditional snow homes, the architects have taken the idea and run with it. The glass igloo exists both in its simple, bubble-like form, and in the brand new Kelo-Glass Igloos which fuse the concept with the traditional log cabins of the Arctic; a hybrid of timber and glass that combines the best aurora viewing with homely cabin comforts. There are also traditional snow igloos to stay in, snug retreats (once inside your thermal sleeping bag) where the indoor temperature is a constant -3 to -6°C even if the mercury outside dips as low as -40°C.
Kakslauttanen glass igloos
Kakslauttanen’s signature accommodation is the glass igloo, the innovative domes under which you can view the constellations and aurora shooting above. The minute you turn out the lights the entire night descends like a curtain, the skinny pines standing sentry over your private séance. Like many other Arctic resorts, you may also stay in a cosy log cabin, rugged timber structures that make up for what they lack in modern electrical comforts with a roaring fire and steamy sauna. For the best of both, opt for the Kelo-Glass Igloos, which fuse the two concepts under one vitreous roof.
What to do at Kakslauttanen
There are a million-and-one things to do here, all revolving around the beauteous winter landscape outside, where husky sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing and more are all possible. For younger children, opt for a reindeer safari, where Prancer, Dancer and co will whisk you up and away into the wilderness, with the chance of spotting wildlife such as the Arctic fox and, if you're really lucky, wild lynx.
To stay here, consider our popular Kakslauttanen Northern Lights Break, five-day winter adventure that includes thrilling snowmobiling and husky sledding excursions, as well as flights, transfers and, of course, a night in a famous glass igloo.
As a winter wonderland resort, expect to choose from a range of wholesome, hearty dishes that warm you as you eat and continue to warm you for several hours after. Stews of reindeer meat and other game abound, while the finest fish in the sea makes its way into some succulent salads, complemented beautifully by the classic Scandinavian pairing of dill and mustard. If this all sounds a little exotic then the kitchen also serves some international favourites like steak and chips, while puddings are a smorgasbord of forest fruits, saccharine cakes and syrupy bakes.