Glass Igloos Give Visitors a Chance To See The Northern Lights Up Close and Personal

Hotel Kakslauttanen in Saariselkä, Finland offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a luxurious Arctic vacation.

Akil Wingateby Akil Wingate
Hotel Kakslauttanen offers stunning views of the northern lights from their glass igloo hotels. Photo courtesy of Hotel Kakslauttanen and Igloo Village.

Hotel Kakslauttanen in Saariselkä, Finland offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sleep in the thermal comfort of a glass igloo under the stars and sky in the Finnish climes, which can drop to -27°, with the hope that the Aurora Borealis will make an appearance. Everything about this stay goes above and beyond bucket list adventure; it couples one of a kind design aesthetic with a sense of escapism most of us only read about in adventure novels.

The glass igloos are thermally heated, meaning that you and one other person can share the small suite under the stars in warmth and luxury. The glass exterior includes a “frost preventative” that keeps the glass clear even when the temperatures plummet below the freezing mark. Inside the temperatures remain toasty.

Hotel Kakslauttanen has glass igloos fit for two that come with a toilet and are thermal heated. Photo courtesy of Hotel Kakslauttanen and Igloo Village.

Hotel Kakslauttanen has glass igloos fit for two that come with a toilet and are thermal heated. Photo courtesy of Hotel Kakslauttanen and Igloo Village.

The hotel doesn’t promise you’ll necessarily see the northern lights, though its positioned at one of the best places to view them and aurora season lasts 8 full months, from August to April. But it does promise a one of a kind sort of travel experience. The Igloo Village is set in the thick of a winter wood. Each glass igloo is fitted with two beds and a toilet and all the modern luxuries we’d expect of a hotel experience.

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For those travelers hoping to rough it a little more authentically, the hotel has variations on the igloos that run from snow igloos to glass teepees. The snow igloos come equipped with warm down sleeping bags and wool socks to prepare for the freezing temperatures outside.

Hotel Kakslauttanen has thermal glass igloos that prevent frost and offer a unique sky view. Photo courtesy of Hotel Kakslauttanen and Igloo Village.

Hotel Kakslauttanen has thermal glass igloos that prevent frost and offer a unique sky view. Photo courtesy of Hotel Kakslauttanen and Igloo Village.

There are 20 plus igloos in the Igloo Village and they’ve proven nothing short of stunningly popular with the business and adventure set. The resort also offers a spa equipped with hot saunas and amenities typical of high caliber hotels.