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The glass igloos in Finland became a worldwide phenomenon after this photo of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort went viral a couple of years ago.
As a Finn, I couldn’t be happier about the fact that travelers all around the world are discovering winter Finland and its arctic beauty!
Today, there are over thirty glass resorts in Finland, situated mainly in the northern areas of Finland. This is because the chances of catching the northern lights are much higher in the north.
In this post, I share my helpful tips regarding glass igloos in Finland so that you can find the perfect glass resort to suit your needs!
Together, we’ll go through the things you should know before booking and what to expect from a glass igloo in Finland. Last, I’ll introduce you to five incredible glass resorts in arctic locations.
Here’s what this post will cover. Let’s go!
Table of Contents
- 1 Glass Igloo Prices in Finland
- 2 The Northern Lights and Glass Igloos
- 3 Ten Things to Find Out Before You Book a Glass Igloo in Finland
- 4 Five Things to Expect from a Glass Igloo Resort in Finland
- 5 Extraordinary Glass Igloo Resorts in Finland
Glass Igloo Prices in Finland
During the peak season, glass igloo prices in Finland are around 550 euros and up per night in all resorts. As this is a new style of accommodation, the service and facility levels differ between resorts.
It’s important to remember, that in many cases, the price reflects more the uniqueness of the experience than the luxuriousness of the stay.
You have the ever-changing, breathtakingly beautiful nature and light conditions to admire in a secluded, peaceful place.
When it comes to glass igloss and winter, it’s almost impossible to score a “cheap deal”. The demand is just too high. But, if you will visit Lapland in October when the aurora season starts, you can stay in glass igloo sometimes for less than 100 euros/night!
The Northern Lights and Glass Igloos
Booking a glass igloo won’t increase your chances of seeing the northern lights. But, of course, it is much more comfortable to hunt auroras in your bed than outside.
The auroras are fickle and no place on earth can guarantee them to happen on a particular night.
You can maximize your chances of seeing auroras by staying in Northern Lapland as auroras follow certain latitudes. Read here all about how to increase your possibilities of seeing the northern lights in Finland!
Ten Things to Find Out Before You Book a Glass Igloo in Finland
As a local, here are my best tips about what you should find out before making your booking. I encourage you to spend some time online so that you know the answers to the questions below:
#1 How are the reviews of the resort? Check a couple of different sites to form a reliable impression.
#2 Is there a bathroom or just a toilet in the igloo?
#3 Does the price include half-board or breakfast? Some places give a breakfast basket, as there is no restaurant.
#4 How do you get to your resort and how much does it cost?
#5 Do you need a kitchenette and is there one?
#6 If you are considering making your food or need special food, how far is the nearest supermarket?
#6 How is the wi-fi in and near the resort? How important factor a working wi-fi is for you? Thanks to the rural wilderness, which we adore, the wi-fi is, in general, bad in Lapland. This is the perfect place for a digital detox!
#7 Is there air-conditioning in the igloo?
#8 Does the location have a good chance of auroras? Check the latitude map above.
#9 Is there an aurora alert and do you need it?
#10 If you are interested in booking activities, are they available on the days you are there? I recommend booking everything in advance.
Five Things to Expect from a Glass Igloo Resort in Finland
These five things are great to know before your visit! They are due to Finnish hotel culture and the northern wilderness locations of most resorts.
#1 In a Finnish hotel, there is rarely staff carrying your luggage.
#2 Breakfast is usually included in a hotel stay in Finland.
#3 Tap water is safe and excellent drinking water everywhere in Finland.
#4 Free airport shuttles aren’t common in the Finnish hotel culture, except in the Helsinki airport region.
#5 Glass igloos are in the wilderness and face fierce weather conditions. They are, literally, in the middle of snow and ice.
- Sometimes it can snow so much that a snow plough will arrive later than you have to walk.
- When temperatures vary, roads and paths can be very slippery before gritted.
Extraordinary Glass Igloo Resorts in Finland
Levin Iglut Golden Crown in Levi
Levin Iglut Golden Crown has 24 stylish, inviting glass igloos nestled on a fell slope in Levi. The resort is a 15-minute drive away from Kittilä airport.
Igloos are divided into two categories. The premium igloos are on a prime location on the side of the fell and come with special amenities.
All Levi igloos have air conditioning, a small kitchen, bathroom, wifi-connection, and motorized beds.
Levi is the biggest ski resort in Lapland and it has an unforgettable after ski and nightlife scene.
As the igloos rest ten kilometers away from the Levi center, you can combine your remote nature escape with a bit of groovy action.
Pictures and video by Levin Iglut Golden Crown.
Levi Northern Lights Huts in Levi
This glass igloo resort is a fantastic option for travelers hoping to find a piece of ” the old Lapland”. Namely, Levi Northern Lights Huts are located in a secluded reindeer farm which has been there more than 170 years. It is about 15 minutes drive away from Kittilä airport.
The friendly family keeping this resort offer once-in-a-lifetime reindeer adventures and a traditional smoke sauna experience too. Also, there is a restaurant which caters the glass igloo guests. The homey huts are cozy and come with bathroom facilities & free bath robes.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselkä
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort was the first glass igloo resort in Finland. It is a 30-minute drive away from Ivalo airport.
The standard glass igloos in Kakslauttanen include a toilet and the shower facilities are in a separate building.
The luxurious Kelo-glass igloos are a mix of a log chalet and glass igloo. Bigger than the traditional ball-shaped igloos, they offer a charming stay for up to six persons with a sauna, fireplace, and kitchenette.
The list of activities you can do through the Kakslauttanen resort is as long as my childhood wish list for Santa. From the traditional reindeer sleigh rides to snow tanks and visiting the icebreaker Sampo, only the winter sky is the limit.
The video, the picture above and the featured picture by Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.
Harriniva Aurora Domes in Muonio
Harriniva Aurora Domes offer unique aurora glamping in Lapland!
The domes are on the shore of Torassieppi lake which is super close to the beautiful Pallas-Yllästunturin National Park. The place is one hour away from Kittilä airport.
The dreamy domes have been decorated in Lappish style and have a cozy fireplace. The toilet and shower facilities are in a separate building.
Harriniva is one of the forerunners in sustainable tourism in Lapland.
Snowman World Glass Resort in Rovaniemi
Not only does Snowman World Glass Resort lie in the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, but it also has a huge winter activity area, both of which are a paradise for kids.
The resort is just five minutes away from Rovaniemi airport making the visit effortless. You can easily add some arctic city life into your Lapland adventure as Rovaniemi center is close too.
The two-storey cabins are spacious, modern and great for families. They are supplied with a kitchen, living area, a wi-fi, and Finnish design from dishes to crafts.
Each hut has a private outdoor hot spa and sauna which make the stay a one-of-a-kind experience even if no auroras are visible.
Picture by Snowman World Glass Resort.
Would you like to spend a night in a glass igloo in Lapland? What else would you like to know about glass igloos in Finland? Please leave a comment and let me know!
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Warm wishes from Finland,