Glass Igloos of Finland

    by | Apr 27, 2017 | Finland, Reviews, Travel | 20 comments

    If these photos don’t make you want to stay in a glass igloo… nothing will…

    Glass igloos are nothing short of magical in a winter wonderland

    You had me at glass igloo

    When I first saw a photo of the glass igloos of Kakslauttanen in Finland, I was entranced, and immediately dreamt about staying there. So when I did the Auxiliares Program in Spain, I figured it was the best time to tick that dream off the list. I mean, who can resist falling asleep with nothing but stars and, if you are lucky, the northern lights visibly over your head?

    But hey, rather than waffle on about our stay there, we figured our photos are much more enticing…

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    Glass igloos in Finland
    Winter wonderland, Lapland Finland

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    Bedroom goals in Kakslauttanen

    There’s nothing like waking up to sunlight softly streaming through snow-capped pine trees…

    Rooms with a view, Finland
    Glass Igloo, Kakslauttanen Finland
    Lapland Finland

    Whilst it looks cold on the outside, the inside is heated and toasty-warm…

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    Glass Igloos at night

    Mesmerising by day, the glass igloos look magical at night, lit up amongst the snow and the stars…

    Glass igloos by night
    Staying in a glass igloo, Finland
    Unique accommodation in the world

    For those a little shy for the glass igloos, you can stay in rooms completely made out of snow!

    Alternative accommodation in Finland

    If you want the ultimate white wedding, why not in a glass chapel, surrounded by a white, winter wonderland?

    Glass chapel, Finland

    Husky Safari through Lapland

    You can also arrange fun activities at the hotel. The Husky Safari is an absolute must! Not only is it a chance to get the adrenaline racing, it’s also one of the best ways to see the undeniable beauty of Finnish Lapland.

    The magical scenery of Finland
    Husky Safaris Finland
    Happy Huskies

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    Winter Wonderland

    We are normally beach people and prefer the warmer weather, but seeing the sun rise through the snow-covered trees was absolutely magical and swayed me to embrace the cold and the forest. It really felt like we were in a fairytale.

    Winter wonderland in Finnish Lapland

    The Finnish Sauna – Getting in touch with nature… literally 

    Did you know that the word Sauna is the only Finnish word that has been internationally accepted in other languages? It seems appropriate, as it is quite the pastime. If you want the true Lappish experience, you should sit in the heated room, naked, until it becomes unbearable. Then, and only then, you should run outside and roll in the snow. It’s said to have wonderful health properties, such as improving blood circulation, but I’m pretty sure we all do it just for the rush.

    Igloo Sauna, Kakslauttanen
    Igloo Village, Kakslauttanen Finland

    Guy and I are not ones to miss out on experiencing the local culture, so off we went, to our respective saunas (they are segregated for each gender), and into the snow we jumped. I was more concerned about slipping on the ice and knocking myself out, naked, than how cold the snow would be, but I did it, and kinda loved it! It’s a very invigorating experience, and I ended up making naked snow angels, giggling at the oddity of it all… twice (sorrynotsorry for the visuals!)!

    Saunas in Finland
    Kakslauttanen, Finland

    Snow fun!

    For those who are still very in touch with their inner-child, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to make snow angels and have snowball fights in fresh, soft powder…

    Winter fun in the snow

    Food, glorious food!

    There are no cooking facilities in the glass igloos, however, the onsite restaurant makes up for that with delicious meals. They aren’t cheap, but the taste of a delicious, warm meal on a cold evening is priceless… Depending where your accommodation is located, you can enjoy a drink in the glass igloo bar.

    Delicious meals at Kakslauttanen
    Eating in Finland
    Reindeer, cooked to perfection
    Delicious desserts with local produce
    Cute winter cabins

    The Northern Lights

    If you are very lucky, you might even catch the fascinating and awe-inspiring aurora borealis (northern lights). The aurora is a fickle thing though, and only appears when the skies are clear and electrically charged particles from the sun collide with gases in the earth’s atmosphere. Luckily for us, we got a glimpse…

    The Northern Lights Finland
    Aurora Borealis

    Unfortunately for us, it was still quite a cloudy night, so the glimpse we got was so fleeting and quick, I didn’t have time to properly set up my camera, so the photos didn’t turn out as great as I’d hoped (we happened to just be walking back to our igloo from the restaurant when we saw them). We also briefly saw it from our igloo in bed (a moment I’ll never forget!), but the clouds quickly covered it up.

    Northern lights at Kakslauttanen
    Glass igloos Kakslauttanen Finland

    Are you convinced? Is staying in a Glass Igloo at Kakslauttanen on your bucket list? If so, you should definitely start saving and start booking! These igloos are pretty popular and I booked our accommodation close to 10 months in advance (and got the last one!). When you are there, don’t forget to take the obligatory selfie! 🙂

    Selfies and glass igloos
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    Land-Dwelling Mermaid, Hispanophile and travel addict. Kim-Ling one day hopes to convince Guy to build her a room for her huge shoe collection.

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