As with many other people, it's been a dream for a while to see the northern lights. Unfortunately i came home without having seen them, however it did not take away from an amazing experience. Living in a hot climate, i was more than a little apprehensive about the cold and how i would cope! I need not have worried though, the cabins and the igloo were too warm if anything! And you can rent snow suits/gloves/hats and snow boots if required.
We stayed 3 nights in a queen cabin, 1 night in a standard cabin and 1 night in a glass igloo. We were booked to stay in the snow igloo as well, though after seeing them, we opted out!
The queen cabin is spacious, very cosy and worth the extra in my opinion if only for the sauna outside. Sitting in a sauna, surrounded by snow is an experience i'll never forget. The cabins are equipped with basic kitchen utensils, in reality though not enough to actually cook with and not that you'd want to be heading out grocery shopping when its -25deg outside! The beds aren't the most comfy and the towels have seen better days but adequate. As well as central heating, each cabin has a fireplace. You have to collect wood from a central storage area and bring it back by sleigh, but it's all part of the experience.
The glass igloos are obviously the main reason people stay here. They're about a 5 minute walk from the main 'hotel' and comprise of two single beds, which are motorised, a small space for luggage and a toilet. You leave your main luggage in the luggage room and bring a small bag to the igloos. They are comfortable and very warm, and sleeping under the stars in amazing, even if i didn't see the lights!
The food in the hotel is more than adequate. Breakfast includes cereals, breads, and various cheeses/meats. Every day they have soup available for lunch, not the cheapest soup I've ever had but warm, hearty and just what you need after coming in from the cold. Dinner was different each night we stayed, three courses, again, not the most amazing food but tasty and filling.
There main reception is where you book trips, check in and buy any essentials, so it can get busy at times.
We did the husky sledging, the snowmobile trip and the reindeer sledging. The husky one was definitely my favourite, so much so we did it twice!
All in all, an amazing trip and if your unlucky enough not to see the lights you will still have a great time.....and just do as i am and book a return visit!!
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- Also Known As:
- Kakslauttanen Hotel And Igloo Village
- Kakslauttanen Hotel Igloo Village
- Kakslauttanen Hotel Saariselka
- Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Finland/Saariselka