Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is set just north of the Arctic Circle, not the usual spot for a luxury getaway. And yet that’s exactly what the owner has created in this unlikely area after breaking down and being forced to camp in this spot years ago. After falling in love with the breathtaking un-obstructed view of the Aurora Borealis, he came back to create a completely unique resort that combines a rugged sense of wilderness with comfortable sophistication.
The resort offers multiple lodging options, but the filed of glass-domed igloos is by far the best part of the resort. The igloos are made from a special-designed thermal glass that not only protects guests from the -40F weather, but also keeps the glass from frosting over, so that the view is never obstructed day or night. The beautiful Aurora Borealis can be seen 200 days out of the year, and is especially active from August to April.
Most of the igloos are designed to hold two guests, and include an ensuite toilet as well as the option for separate beds. However, the resort does offer four-person igloos with a complete shower room, as well as the world’s largest smoke sauna. Guests can dine in a snow restaurant and ice bar, and enjoy a tour through the ice sculpture gallery that celebrates the region’s most abundant natural resource. The resort offers packages that include air travel, lodging, activities, and access to all amenities for small groups.
The views from the igloos at night may be gorgeous, but guests can also choose to stay in traditional log cabins, which include an observation area made from the same insulated glass, or queen suites within the resort house itself. The cabins are secluded and offer a private sauna and fireplace, as well as a private hot tub – perfect for honeymooners or any guests that want a more luxurious stay while still having access to the gorgeous views.
Activities in the summer include nature hikes, river cruises in Lemmenjoki National Park, horseback riding, mushroom and berry foraging, and even gold panning expeditions. In the winter, the resort offers reindeer-pulled sled rides, ice fishing, and day trips on icebreaker cruise ships. There are also wedding services in the ice chapel. Above all, the resort attempts to connect guests to the unspoiled beauty of the region without sacrificing any comfort or luxury along the way.