These Heated Glass Igloos In The Arctic Are Amazing
And, um, Santa actually lives here. No big deal.
Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen is a certified winter wonderland. The hotel exists in the middle of Lapland’s wilderness, and it offers a pretty incredible fist of fruits for the north-bound traveller.
The crown jewels are its glass igloos. The cozy rooms are fitted with glass ceilings so visitors can observe the northern lights and night sky from their bed. The glass igloos are the first of their kind, developed with special thermal glass that doesn’t freeze over as outside temperatures plunge below -30°C.
The hotel’s other unique offering is the chance to visit Santa’s home, an idyllic red cabin where Santa waits for toy orders (bookings required). You can book this out to sleep in also. Santa’s Celebration House is situated next door, and it’s Finland’s largest log building, holding over 250 guests for events like weddings, launches and even concerts.
As well as the glass igloos and Santa’s house, the hotel offers numerous other accommodation options, many of which include personal saunas and pre-cut ice holes in the frozen pond outside for a quick, chilly wake up dip. There’s actual ice igloos (with a down sleeping bag provided for warmth) and snug log cabins where you can sit back and let the hectic, modern rat-race just fade away with the endless creaking of your wooden rocking chair by the fire.
There’s husky, reindeer and snow mobile safaris in winter and hiking, mushroom and berry picking and gold-panning in summer, making it an ideal destination for anytime of year. However, the northern lights are best viewed from the third week of August until the end of April.