TRAVEL | By Louise Gookey
Ever thought about staying in an Igloo?
Well your wintery dreams can come true at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort!
The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort has been hosting artic experiences since 1974 and is based 150 miles from the Artic Circle in Finnish Lapland. The family-run hotel offers year-round magical experiences and is THE place to go to stay in your very own glass Igloo.
As if staying in an Igloo wasn’t cool and quirky enough - Kakslauttanen is also one of the best places in the world to catch the magical glow of the Northern Lights. Each Igloo comes with its own Aurora Alarm system meaning you will never miss the magic and can admire the spellbinding glow from the comfort of your own bed.
With no city lights to spoil the view, you can simply lie back and enjoy nature’s very own firework display. Even without the Northern Lights making an appearance, a night under the arctic sky is still an unforgettable experience in an igloo.
The Northern Lights (or the Aurora Borealis to use its official name) is one of the most fascinating natural phenomenon on the planet and a natural wonder of the world. The bright dancing lights of the Aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. Of course, there is always a chance they won’t come out and play - your best chance of catching them is from late August until late April.
SEASONS - In Lapland, there are four distinct seasons, each with its own unique set of experiences to enjoy. The seasons range from the extremes of Polar Night, when the sun doesn’t rise for weeks and the temperatures can hover around -30C. Then there are the nightless summers, when the sun never sets. There are few other places on earth where you can experience such contrast.
So why not create a bespoke experience which could include anything from reindeer and husky adventures to meeting Santa or panning for gold - this quirky experience is one you will never forget.
THEIR STORY - In the summer of 1973, Jussi Eiramo was on a fishing trip in Utsjoki, Finland's northernmost village. He was just beginning his return trip when his car ran out of petrol – in the wilderness, miles from anywhere. Jussi had no choice but to camp out by the road and wait for help to arrive. This area was called Kakslauttanen. Jussi fell in love and kept coming back, he spent his first summer in a tent by the road. His second year, a small cabin had been erected on the site, and Jussi opened a café to serve passersby on their way to the North Cape. Little by little, year after year, Kakslauttanen has grown to become Finland's most internationally renowned places to stay!
Head to www.kakslauttanen.fi to find out more!