Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Finland – Evaluation of this Glass Igloo Resort

December 11, 2021


In case you’re planning a visit to Finland in winter, you may be contemplating together with a keep in a glass igloo throughout your time there. If that’s the case, we wished to share our ideas on Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, which was the unique glass igloo resort in Finland.

While there are actually many glass igloo inns in Finland, Kakslauttanen stays one of the crucial well-known and in addition one of the crucial well-liked. In case you’ve seen pictures of individuals searching of glass igloos in Lapland with the Northern Lights dancing within the sky above them, these had been most likely taken right here.

Though open year-round, it’s a notably well-liked vacation spot within the winter. Along with the glass igloos, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort additionally provides a spread of actions, the chance to satisfy Santa, a choice of different distinctive lodging choices and much extra in addition to.

On this evaluation, we’re going to let you know every thing you’ll want to know to resolve if it’s price together with in your journey to Finland. This evaluation relies on our personal keep at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in a glass igloo, which we paid for ourself.

We additionally provide alternate options to the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, together with different inns that supply glass igloos in Finnish Lapland, in addition to different distinctive Finnish lodging choices resembling snow inns, ice inns, and even actual handmade snow igloos.

We’d recommend studying this put up along side a few of our different posts, together with our Finland winter itinerary, our options for winter activities in Finland, and our Finland winter packing list. These ought to totally put together you for visiting Finland in winter!

The place is Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort?

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is in northern Finland, 10km (6 miles) south of the resort village of Saariselkä. It’s 241 km (150 miles) north of the Arctic Circle.

The tackle is Kiilopääntie 9, 99830 Saariselkä, Finland.

 

How To Get to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Regardless of being in a distant a part of Finland, Kakslauttanen is pretty simple to get to for guests to Lapland.

Attending to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort by Automobile

If you’re self-driving in Finland, then there are good street connections. This was how I obtained to Kakslauttanen, driving from Rovaniemi.

The drive from Rovaniemi takes round 3 hours (it’s 247km / 147 miles) and the street is sweet. There’s a number of parking on website which is free.

If you’re ranging from Helsinki or elsewhere in southern Finland, I’d advise in opposition to driving from Helsinki to Kakslauttanen because it’s a great distance. You might be higher off flying or taking the practice as much as the Lapland space from Helsinki as an alternative.

 

Attending to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort by Aircraft

The closest airport to Kakslauttanen Arctic resort is Ivalo (IVL) airport. This airport provides flight connections to Helsinki, in addition to some worldwide locations.

Ivalo airport is a 30-minute drive away, and the Kakslauttanen resort provides a shuttle switch choice in case you’d choose to not drive. This prices round €29 per individual and must be booked prematurely. There are additionally taxis accessible on the airport.

 

Attending to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort by Public Transport

There’s additionally the choice to take public transport to Kakslauttanen. Buses from Rovaniemi cease on the resort, with the journey taking round three hours. Finland has a superb bus community. We’ve taken a number of buses in Finland and have had constructive experiences. You possibly can see bus schedules here.

The closest practice station to Kakslauttanen is technically Kemijärvi, however you will be higher off taking the practice to Rovaniemi after which taking both the bus to Kakslauttanen or renting a automobile.

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Lodging Choices at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

You haven’t any scarcity of selection in relation to lodging at Kakslauttanen. The principle choices you’ve are as follows.

  • Cabin / Chalet. Accessible in a wide range of sizes, the smallest cabins are probably the most cost-effective lodging choice at Kakslauttanen. The cabins are made out of logs, and have a sauna, kitchenette, en-suite toilet with bathe, and a log hearth.
  • Glass Igloo. Maybe probably the most well-known lodging choice, these igloos offer you gorgeous nearly 360-degree views of the night time sky. They’re good for viewing the Northern Lights you probably have a transparent sky and a show is lively. Each small and enormous igloos can be found. The small igloos have a bathroom and kettle however no bathe and might sleep as much as 3 adults, while the massive igloos even have a bathe and might sleep as much as 5 adults.
  • Kelo-Glass Igloo. It is a intelligent building which takes the practicality and luxury of a log cabin, and provides on a glass igloo bed room space for 2 folks. They sleep as much as six and have a non-public sauna, hearth, toilet, and kitchenette.
  • Marriage ceremony Chamber. These earth lodges with turf roofs characteristic a double mattress and a toilet with bathtub
  • Gold Digger Cabin – discovered on the banks of the river round 10 minutes from the reception space, these are a extra secluded chalet with room for as much as 4 visitors
  • Queen Suite – it is a high-end luxurious choice with room for 2 visitors and one little one. It consists of VIP service with inclusive non-public airport transfers, baggage service, welcome basket, every day hearth service and every day cleansing. There’s a double mattress, deluxe toilet with an indoor bathtub, and an outside jacuzzi.

You may be questioning which lodging choice we’d advocate. If you’re solely staying for one night time, we’d recommend both the glass igloo or Kelo Glass igloo.

The glass igloos are positively probably the most distinctive choice and we positively loved the particular expertise of sleeping in a glass igloo beneath the Arctic sky. We additionally actually loved the electrical adjustable beds within the igloos. Nonetheless, we’d typically solely advocate the glass igloos for these planning to remain two nights or much less fairly than an extended keep. The small house, lack of privateness, and shared showers (for the small igloos) are some drawbacks.

For these staying for greater than 2 nights, our suggestion is to both e-book a Kelo Glass Igloo for the complete keep, which provides you the perfect of each worlds. Or to spend one or two nights of your keep in a glass igloo and the rest in a log chalet.

The Kelo Glass igloo could be our suggestion to save lots of you from switching, however they’re somewhat costlier in comparison with doing a log cabin and glass igloo mixture, so it’s as much as you. Additionally, while you get an analogous expertise to the glass igloo, the view just isn’t fairly as immersive because it backs onto a chalet, fairly than being out within the open.

For these extra excited about privateness and eager to be away from others, I’d take into account the Gold Digger Cabins.

You possibly can learn current opinions by vacationers who’ve stayed in every of those various kinds of rooms here.

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East village small glass igloos

 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - Kelo Glass igloo cabin
Kelo Glass igloo cabin

 

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Log Cabin

 

How A lot Does Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Value?

Pricing for Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort varies relying on two elements.

First, the kind of lodging you select will have an effect, from small log cabins as much as the massive kelo-glass igloos and queen suites.

Second, the time of yr you go to will have an effect on the value. There are three predominant seasons.

The summer season season runs from the start of June to the top of October, and tends to have the bottom costs. Costs begin at round €122 for a double occupancy cabin, or €285 for a double occupancy small glass igloo.

Subsequent is the winter shoulder season, which covers the beginning of November after which March by means of April. Costs within the winter shoulder season begin at round €348 for a double occupancy cabin, or €375 for a double occupancy small glass igloo.

The most costly time to go to Kakslauttanen is the height winter season which runs from the twenty eighth November by means of to the top of February. That is the preferred time to go to, and the time the place you usually tend to have snow coated landscapes and an opportunity to see the northern lights.

At the moment of yr, costs begin at round €415 for a double occupancy cabin, or €417 for a double occupancy small glass igloo.

Costs embrace taxes in addition to half board, which consists of a buffet breakfast and a three-course dinner. It doesn’t embrace lunch or a every day room cleansing service, each of which value further. Different providers like actions, firewood, airport transfers and baggage transfers are additionally not included and should be paid for individually.

Word that Kakslauttanen usually closes in spring throughout the complete month of Could.

After I stayed, I booked by means of booking.com and you’ll see costs on your dates and get together measurement here.

 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort East or West Village

One resolution it would be best to make prematurely of your go to is whether or not you need to keep on the east or west village.

Initially, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort was present in one location, which is at present referred to as the East Village. That is, because the title suggests, to the east of the principle freeway. It consists of 20 of the unique small glass igloos in addition to log cabins of various sizes. There are additionally Queen Suites and the earth made Marriage ceremony Chamber.

There’s additionally bathe services for the igloos, a sauna, a big restaurant, and a visitor reception space positioned within the East Village.

The West Village is newer, and is about 4km away from the East Village. You need to drive south down the principle street in direction of Rovaniemi after which out on the west village street. There’s additionally a free shuttle bus service between the 2 villages that visitors can use, which runs on request and takes round ten to fifteen minutes between the 2 villages.

The West Village is way bigger than the East Village, and has totally different lodging choices. That is the place you’ll discover the Kelo Glass Igloos, in addition to each small and enormous glass igloos. There are additionally cabins and gold digger cabins.

The West Village additionally has an commentary tower, an igloo roofed bar, a big restaurant, a planetarium, saunas, Santa’s village, quite a lot of reception areas and extra eating places for group bookings. All of the actions at Kakslauttanen are additionally positioned on the west village.

The igloos are the identical design at each villages (though the west village has the choice of a bigger igloo with a bathe). Nonetheless, they’re somewhat nearer collectively on the west village, and they’re out within the open fairly than surrounded by timber. This offers higher viewing of the night time sky, however may really feel a bit much less cosy. Listed below are some photos evaluating the 2 to offer you an thought of what I imply.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - west village glass igloos
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – West village glass igloos

 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - East village glass igloos
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – East village glass igloos

In both location, it is very important realise that there shall be some inevitable gentle air pollution, so while you’ll be able to in fact see the night time sky and any Northern Lights, it received’t be fairly as good as in case you had been out in the midst of nowhere with no man-made lights seen.

After I visited, I opted for the east village. This was for a couple of causes. First, being smaller, it was much less busy. It additionally felt extra conventional and fewer spaced out, being simple to stroll all over the place. I cherished the thought of a glass igloo tucked away within the forest and the smaller scale which truly felt like a village. The igloos are additionally a bit extra spaced out.

While there have been no actions or services just like the artwork gallery and planetarium of the west village, I used to be in a position to soar on a shuttle bus to the west village and reap the benefits of these services if I wished to.

The west village is healthier if you would like easy accessibility to extra services just like the funky glass roofed bar, and maybe desire a extra social expertise total as there are going to be extra folks about. It’s additionally a superb choice in case you are planning on doing plenty of actions as they largely begin right here. If you’re visiting as a household and need to minimise issues like shuttle bus time, it is a good choice.

Your lodging selection will even partly dictate the place you keep. If you would like a small glass igloo, you’ll be able to keep at both village. If you would like a big glass igloo or Kelo glass igloo, you’ll be on the west village. If you would like a Queen suite or earth lodge, these are solely on the east village.

Another choice is to spend an evening at each villages by selecting totally different types of lodging, though I’d advocate staying at one village on your complete keep in order to not lose time which you could possibly be utilizing for enjoyable actions!

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Artwork gallery within the west village

 

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Glass igloo bar within the west village

 

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Statement tower within the west village

 

Eating at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

While you e-book to remain at Kakslauttanen, your keep will embrace a three-course a-la-carte dinner in addition to a buffet breakfast. Drinks usually are not included, aside from espresso, tea and juice with breakfast. Usually you’ll have your meals on the predominant restaurant in your village (the West Village Aurora restaurant or the East Village Kelo restaurant).

You possibly can organize nonetheless organize to dine on the restaurant within the different village to the place you’re staying if you wish to strive totally different environment for one in every of your nights. Teams even have the choice of reserving in both of the eating places.

The meals may be very a lot within the conventional Laplandic model, so anticipate issues like hearty soups, reindeer meat, potatoes, lingonberry sauce, and fish. You probably have any dietary necessities or preferences, it would be best to let the resort know prematurely to make certain you’ll be catered for.

Breakfast is a buffet model primarily that includes chilly meats and cheeses, bread and cereals, in addition to pickled greens and fish. There are additionally generally sizzling gadgets like scrambled eggs.

I loved all of the meals I had at Kakslauttanen. There was not an enormous selection on the menu, nevertheless it was hearty and attractive.

Lunch can be accessible on the two eating places, though it isn’t included within the worth of your keep. This is smart as lots of people spend the day collaborating in actions, and lots of of those actions embrace some type of packed lunch or different meals. Nonetheless, in case you aren’t doing an exercise with an included meal, then you’ll be able to have a meal at one of many on-site eating places.

Lastly, if you would like a extra particular meal, you’ll be able to e-book a particular Lappish dinner. This does have an additional value.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort dinner
Conventional soup

 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort dinner
Reindeer with mashed potato

 

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Breakfast buffet

 

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Breakfast buffet within the east village

 

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West village aurora restaurant

 

Actions Accessible at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort provides plenty of various kinds of actions and experiences you can e-book. Some happen on the resort itself and a few happen elsewhere within the native space. A few of these like particular Lappish dinners, the planetarium, Sami museum visits, and smoke saunas, are typically accessible year-round however many are seasonal or weather-dependent.

A pleasant factor about Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is that you are able to do most of the well-liked summer activities in Finland and winter activities in Finland on website.

In summer season, the next actions are often accessible to e-book (notice that a few of these shall be climate dependent):

  • Mountain climbing
  • Midnight Solar excursions
  • Horseback Driving
  • Canoeing and Rafting
  • Visits to Sami museum
  • Fishing
  • Saunas
  • Farm visits
  • Gold panning

In winter, the next actions are often accessible to e-book (notice that a few of these shall be climate / snow dependent):

  • Nordic Snowboarding and Snowshoeing (gear rental in addition to instruction is out there)
  • Husky Safari
  • Reindeer Safaris
  • Horse Sleigh Rides
  • Horseback Rides
  • Snowmobile Safari. Numerous choices can be found, together with an in a single day journey and aurora looking
  • Snow tank journey. Additionally the choice to go aurora looking within the snow tank
  • Ice fishing
  • Saunas
  • Santa Claus visits
  • Aurora looking excursions
  • Downhill snowboarding and snowboarding at close by ski space

Pricing for all these actions may be discovered on the website. Some have to be booked prematurely of your go to, so I might positively advise reserving something you need to do earlier than you arrive to keep away from disappointment. Worth sensible, I might say that almost all of the actions are on just about on par with reserving the actions anyplace else in Finland.

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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - huskies

 

What are the Probabilities of Seeing the Northern Lights at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort?

Finnish Lapland is among the finest locations to see the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, on earth throughout the winter months. Nonetheless, the probabilities to see the Northern Lights at Kakslauttanen are going to range tremendously relying on the month, season, climate, and yr as aurora exercise may be very unpredictable.

You want a mix of sturdy photo voltaic wind exercise, good native climate, clear skies, and darkness. A little bit of luck additionally helps!

Nonetheless, there are a selection of things that may enhance your possibilities:

  • Go to throughout the winter months. Though it’s doable to view the Northern Lights in Finland from late August to late April, the perfect months are December to March as a result of you’ve extra nighttimes. As well as, you usually tend to have pretty snowy landscapes which can make your northern lights pictures look even higher
  • Keep multiple night time. The longer you keep the higher your probabilities of seeing the Northern Lights shall be!
  • Examine the Finnish meteorological website for exercise that may trigger the northern lights. You may also obtain apps which notify you of exercise in your space. Moreover, you should utilize the in-room aurora alert service which can notify you of any exercise.
  • Think about a Northern Lights targeted night tour. These excursions will get you away from the lights of the resort for the very best viewing situations

Take a look at my information to photographing the northern lights so you’re totally ready do you have to be fortunate!

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - igloo with northern lights

 

Finest Time of 12 months to go to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort?

I might personally say that winter is the perfect time to go to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, simply because that’s when there’s more likely to be snow in addition to an opportunity to see the Northern Lights and do among the distinctive winter actions in Lapland. Additionally it is a well-liked place for households to come back to have fun Christmas in December.

Nonetheless, there are enjoyable issues to do on this a part of Finland all year long. We now have loved visiting Finland in all seasons. lodging is way inexpensive, much less crowded, don’t want to fret about freezing temps and dangerous winter climate, don’t have to pack all that winter gear, Midnight Solar, and so on.

Kakslauttanen is open many of the yr so you’ll be able to get pleasure from it any time of the yr and every season goes to be very totally different.

 

Is Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Price It?

That is in fact a troublesome query to reply, as everybody has a distinct opinion of worth.

I very a lot loved my keep at Kakslauttanen and my night time within the glass igloo. It was a singular expertise, not like something I’ve had earlier than, and that positively made it price it for me. From pushing my baggage to my igloo on a toboggan, to mendacity beneath the celebrities in a glass dome surrounded by a winter wonderland, it was actually pretty.

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My baggage transport to my igloo

 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – small glass igloo interior
Inside my igloo with the electrical mattress adjusted for stress-free. You possibly can see the privateness curtain in place.

The vital factor to grasp by way of worth is that while the costs are in keeping with a luxurious 5* resort expertise, you’re primarily paying for the expertise and setting fairly than a high-end resort room.

For the glass igloo for instance, you’re paying for the expertise of sleeping in a glass igloo fairly than a luxurious lodging. For the small igloos, for instance, it’s a must to go to a separate constructing to make use of a bathe – not one thing you may usually anticipate at a 5* resort!

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Contained in the glass igloo trying in direction of the entry door

 

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Bathe services for small igloo customers

 

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Toilet space contained in the small glass igloo

 

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Glass igloo from entrance space

As well as, privateness just isn’t actually a precedence within the igloos. While there’s a small curtain that hides the mattress space, and the lavatory is behind opaque glass, the igloo is usually designed to give you an unobstructed view out. In case you can see out, then folks can clearly see in.

There aren’t precisely lots of people round, and with the privateness curtains across the mattress drawn I by no means felt this was a difficulty, however you may really feel in a different way.

If you would like a extra luxurious expertise with the igloo choice, then I might advocate the Kelo Glass igloo as an alternative, as this provides you the consolation of a log cabin with a fire and full toilet, in addition to a pleasant igloo-style space to sleep in.

I appreciated that breakfast and dinner had been included with the keep, as that will increase the worth.

One other factor that’s good about staying at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is that almost all of winter actions you may need to do in Finland may be organized on website, together with husky sledding, reindeer safaris, snowmobiling and ice fishing.

While these are all issues that may be independently organized in Finland, it does imply you are able to do lots on the resort and principally have your full Finland winter expertise in a single place.

Total, I loved my keep at Kakslauttanen. While it’s positively not a finances vacation spot, it’s the kind of place you go to for the expertise, and as such we expect it was price it. Simply make sure to handle your expectations and perceive you’re paying for the general expertise and placement, fairly than a high-end luxurious keep.

 

Options to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

While Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort was the primary resort to popularise glass igloos in Finland, it’s positively not the one choice it’s a must to select from at present. Whether or not you’re searching for a inexpensive various or for a glass igloo in a distinct a part of Finland, we have now some urged choices for you.

There are a number of places throughout Finland the place you’ll be able to keep in a glass igloo or comparable model lodging. Most of those additionally provide different lodging choices in addition to the chance to partake in numerous winter actions.

Here’s a listing that features nearly all of the glass igloo and comparable model inns in Finland. These are ordered by proximity to Kakslauttanen, with the closest on the high.

Along with glass igloos, you may also take into account staying in a snow resort, ice resort, or snow igloo whereas in Finland. These are seasonal and usually open annually in December and shut on the finish of March or starting of April, relying on snow and temperatures. Some choices to think about are the next.

  • Arctic Snow Hotel – This snow resort is positioned in Sinettä outdoors Rovaniemi and provides individually adorned rooms made from ice and snow. On-site services embrace a snow sauna, an ice bar, and three lakeside eating places.
  • SnowHotel – This ice resort is a part of the bigger Snow Citadel advanced in Kemi and provides uniquely adorned and sculpted ice rooms. There’s additionally a heated lounge space for visitors to calm down in earlier than going to sleep. There’s additionally the Snow Citadel, a restaurant, a snow chapel, exhibition, and different facilities on website. We’ve stayed right here.
  • SnowVillage Hotel – This snow resort is positioned within the city of Kittilä close to Levi. Every year, the SnowVillage decorates itself based mostly on a distinct theme. There are additionally 2 eating places and a couple of bars on website.
  • The Lucky Ranch, a horse ranch the place a handful of snow igloos are constructed annually in Pyhätunturi inside the Pyhä-Luosto Nationwide Park. This was an excellent expertise with breakfast included and a heated further room with beds arrange in case visitors get too chilly in a single day within the igloos.

We’ve stayed and visited most of the snow inns and ice inns in Finland, so you probably have any questions, be at liberty to ask and we’re completely happy to attempt to assist!

 

Additional Studying

And that’s it for our evaluation of Kakslauttanen Arctic resort. We hope you discovered it helpful! Earlier than you head off and begin reserving your journey, we did simply need to share with you some extra sources we’ve put collectively on our time in Finland, that will help you together with your planning.

As all the time, we’re completely happy to reply your questions – simply pop them within the feedback part beneath and we’ll get again to you as quickly as we will.

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