A unique way to see the northern lights
If sleeping under the stars tickles the inner child in you then here is where you have to go, imagine a nap in ice-cold weather being able to slowly dream into a warm bed and cozy glass igloo for the night.
Our quest to stay in some unique and different accommodations led us to this Igloo village in the northern part of Sweden in Saariselka named aptly the kakslauttanen artic resort.
Coordinates: 68.334427, 27.334060
The plan was part of the Norway Aurora hunt and what better way to enjoy the dancing lights from the comfort of a cosy bed sipping some wine, well the Aurora part never happened when we stayed in the igloo but we enjoyed the ambiance and a complete different experience sleeping under the stars, although a bit on the expensive side, but definitely worth the stay.
As we had a week in Tromso to spot the lights, we decided to drive to Finland for 2 days to enjoy a night in the glass igloo, the first plan was a 7 hour drive from Tromso to the resort which should be manageable but as the weather was windy and wet the total drive took us around 9.5 hours with rest spots and nice scenery along the way.
The drive itself was through long winding roads and thick forests filled with pine trees all the way.
As we neared the resort all our last hopes of spotting the Aurora was washed away by the non stop drizzle and thick clouds, it was dark, it was wet and we were tired after the day long drive, we reached pretty late around 10 in the night and managed to get the keys to our cabin.
Finding the cabin the dark was fun to our already long and tired day, the cabins are built among the trees, only dim-lit path ways could guide us and we have to find the right door number for our cabin, hope we don’t barge in to somebody’s cabin and catch them out by surprise.
Finally after some running around in the woods we managed to find our cabin and we logged in, yes its a lovely cabin built using log wood, it had a very unique decor to it and very spacious with a small kitchenette, sauna and a log wood burner.
After a quick pit stop for our weary legs, we took some nibbles and some wine and headed to our Igloo for the night and the first look and we were really amazed, it was a completely different experience from the moment we stepped into the Igloo.
After a nice night stroll around the resort finally we decided to call it a day and a much needed rest, the recliner beds were a nice addition, comes in handy for an Aurora viewing, just flip the head up and you are still lying down with a nice view of the sky.
The Glass roof tiles are made of Thermopane that never frosts or steams up and maintains the temperature well for a good nights rest without freezing the little inhabitants. It comes with a small toilet and a wash basin enough to fulfill the basic necessities.
After a hot shower and a nice breakfast we head back to Tromso to our little red house for the rest of the week.