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A LATE contender for your Christmas gift list: Arctic nights viewing the Northern Lights and star-pierced skies, snuggling in a cosy glass-roofed igloo with mulled wine, a jingle-all-the-way from Santa’s home.
This winter fairytale is everyday reality at the igloos in Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, north Finland. Inside these adorable glass domes there are basic comforts – toilet, beds to accommodate up to four, and plenty of warmth (showers and saunas are located in separate buildings) – but overhead the scene is priceless: the tumescent lights of the Aurora Borealis in their vivid dance.
Kakslauttanen is situated in Saariselka, a small village 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Lapland.
The resort offers accommodations such as snow igloos and log cabins, and organises various Arctic activities from snow safari with reindeer to meeting Santa himself.
Local Northern Light season is late August to late April.
Ivalo Airport is a 30-minute drive to the resort. From there, hotel staff can pick you up in a minibus or glass-ceiling bus to sled through the snowbound region. However, the most exciting way might be to step out of your plane and jump on a snowmobile for a guided safari en route to your own personal glass igloo.
IATA code: IVL
Runway length: 8199ft/2499m
Kakslauttanen, fi-99830 Saariselkä, Finland
Tel +358 166 671 00
Rates from €336pp/night