Wednesday 20 March 2019

Fancy a night beneath the Northern Lights? Try a glass igloo

Lapland of luxury

Glass Igloos at Kakslauttanen, Finland.
Glass Igloos at Kakslauttanen, Finland.
Glass igloo at Kakslauttanen. Photo: Valtteri Hirvonen
View from inside the glass igloo, Kakslauttanen, Finland. Photo: Valtteri Hirvonen
Glass igloo plan: Kakslauttanen, Finland.
Kakslauttanen, Laplan. Photo: Valtteri Hirvonen
Northern Lights in Lapland. Photo: Valtteri Hirvonen
Glass igloos at Kakslauttanen, Lapland.
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You've heard of igloos and the aurora borealis. But what if you could experience one from the other, in the spectacular landscape of Lapland?

Well, you can - in a holiday village with a difference.

Located in Saariselkä, Finland, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is home to a spread of glass igloos (see gallery above) that are tailormade for Northern Lights lovers.

The thermal glass structures provide private views of one of nature's most enchanting phenomena, and can be booked from late August through to April.

Small glass igloos accommodate two people with private toilets, while larger models sleeping four come fitted with both toilets and showers.

Kakslauttanen is located near Finland's Urho Kekkonen National Park, a pristine landscape 250km north of the Arctic Circle and home to the Sami people.

The village resort also features log cabins, snow igloos, 'Santa's home' (the man himself can be booked in advance) and Restaurant Aurora, a dining experience including a glass igloo bar and a pool swimming with live salmon.

Winter activities include husky and reindeer safaris, ice-fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, as well as aurora hunting trips.

The resort recently added 16 new Kelo-Glass igloos, combining "the warmth of our cosy log cabins" with the sensational views of its glass igloos.

The nearest international airport is Ivalo, 30 minutes away. Finnair (finnair.com) flies from Dublin to Helsinki, with onward connections to Ivalo.

And the prices? Small glass igloos start from an eye-watering €543 per night for two people in winter. See kakslauttanen.fi for more.

This story has been updated to reflect price changes.

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