Witness the Aurora Borealis from your glass igloo
It’s -20 degrees outside, but you’re toasty, in bed, watching the Aurora Borealis swirl across the sky through the roof of your glass igloo. Travel Vlogsters experience first-hand the life of a travel vlogger and bring you their first travel vlog about the Resort!
Kakslauttanen Artic Resort. More than just the northern lights.
Kakslauttanen Artic Resort has so many trumps up its sleeve. Yes, people go there to see the northern lights—hopefully while they’re in their igloo—but with weather being a fickle thing there’s no guarantees. Fortunately, there are so many other amazing experiences to do in the northern Finland reaches that they’ve got you covered…
- Glass igloos, log cabins with open fire, and Kelo lodges (half cabin, half igloo!)
- Sleeping in an actual snow igloo
- Ice bar and ice chapel (winter temperatures permitting)
- Husky dog and Reindeer Sleighs
- Snow mobile safaris
- Snow tank safaris
- Polar plunge and traditional Finland smoke sauna
- Snowboarding, cross country skiing, ice fishing
Most people who visit Kakslauttanen Artic Resort for more than a couple of days (recommended if you’re keen to see the northern lights) spend most of their time in the rustic log cabins as the glass igloos, cosy and unique as they are, have a toilet but no shower. (You shower in the sauna area before or after sleeping.) Even if you don’t see the northern lights, the experience is one to remember.
The Aurora Borealis is caused by particles from the sun (created by solar flares), colliding with the gases in the earth’s atmosphere. Usually seen from 10pm to 2am, the peak activity tends to be at about 10-11pm. See below for best times of year to go to see them. There are Aurora forecasting apps but they are limited in their forecasting ability.
East or West village? There are 2 areas to stay in at the resort. Stay in the East village if you like it quieter, with less people, and a bit more space between cabins. Stay in the West village if you like the thought of newer cabins and a fancier, more modern restaurant area. There are a lot more cabins and igloos in the West, but the igloos have fewer trees around them. For ‘Kelo cabins’ (half cabin and half igloo) the only option is the West village.
There are no shops near the resort so bring special munchy treats with you to eat in front of your cabin fireplace!
Book during a ‘new moon’ (ie, when there is no moon) so the sky is completely dark—in order to increase your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis
For a complete 24 hours darkness experience, go at Christmas time when the sun never actually reaches the horizon.
To enjoy the activities like husky sleighs and snow-mobiling in the daytime—to fully enjoy the Artic forests (think snow laden pine trees)—go in October/November or February/March when there is daylight but still plenty of darkness at night time for Aurora hunting.
It averages about -20 Celsius/-4 Fahrenheit in deep winter, so if that sounds a bit chilly, March or October may be for you. Any earlier or later in the season and it will be too bright for the northern lights at night and too warm for the winter activities.
Kakslauttanen Artic Resort is in remote Northern Finland. Flights into Ivalo, which is near the resort, are met by the resort’s bus each day.