The chance to see the Northern Lights is high on most people’s wish list. Here at Unmissable, we can’t think of anywhere better to witness this celestial event than by spending the night in a Glass Igloo in Lappish Finland.
Located about 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is the perfect place to enjoy the breath-taking view of Aurora Borealis from the comfort of your bed. Between their well-loved Log Chalets, Snow Igloos, Santa’s House and many other unique accommodations, there is something to suit everyone.
The glass igloos are our favourite style of accommodation, for many reasons. Being able to lay back in bed, relax and take in the incredible sight of the Northern Lights is of course the main reason.
The Northern Lights, otherwise known as the Aurora Borealis, are visible for around 200 nights a year in the Finnish Lapland so you have plenty of dates to choose from.
The standard two-person Glass Igloos include a double bed right underneath a glass dome ceiling, toilet and the option of an extra bed to be added. There are saunas and showers available in separate buildings close by. The four-person Glass Igloos include their ensuite shower room. Both sizes are available throughout the Northern Lights season from the end of August to the end of April.
And if you fancy that extra slice of luxury under the beautiful Northern Lights sky, book their Kelo-Glass igloo which combines the warmth and luxury of a cosy log cabin with the sensational views of a glass igloos. It’s the best of both worlds.
The Kelo-Glass Igloos sleep up to six guests and come complete with a fireplace, kitchenette and a double bedroom featuring a stunning glass roof.
Although a big part of the appeal, it’s not all about lying in bed watching the sky. There are plenty of activities to occupy your time during the day including husky safaris, reindeer safaris, snowmobiling, horse riding, ice-fishing, skiing and snowboarding. After all that you’ll be grateful for the nightly light show to rest up for the next day’s adventure.
Surrounded by Finnish wilderness, the Kaksaluttanen Resort is just a snowball’s throw away from the National Park of Urho Kekkonen. The lakes found within this area are so pure that you can drink straight from the banks (provided they’re not covered in ice) and the air is so clean that you can feel it deep in your lungs.
This is the perfect destination for anyone who loves winter adventures and the thrill of watching incredibly addictive light shows from the comfort of their own bed.
Finnish Lapland, Arctic Circle
September to April
What you need to know:
You can stay on the resort all year round as there are a plethora of summer activities and attractions (including the added thrill of the Midnight Sun where the sun never sets below the horizon), however if you want to see the Northern Lights then travel should be taken between September and April. If you are travelling in winter, be prepared for temperatures as low as -40C and pack accordingly.
The most important things is to dress up in layers. First of all you need good thermal long underwear, then another layer of something warm like wool or fleece. On the top you should preferably be dressed in something water and wind proof. The most important thing to remember is that you should be totally covered from head to toes. For example if you do not wear a hat with the rest of your clothes being the best possible winter gear, you will feel cold.
It is also very important to remember to avoid getting wet both on the inside and the outside. This is especially important with your socks. Always use clean socks, preferably made from material other than cotton, which tend to get cold when wet. You can also rent winter outerwear from the hotel.