Finnish Lapland doesn’t have an abundance of hotels but the most popular is easily Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. You’ve probably seen photos of the igloo village all over social media (that’s how I discovered it!) It was seeing an image of their igloo village on Facebook that convinced my boyfriend and I to travel to Scandinavia for our next holiday.
When you book at the resort you must stay for three nights minimum (one night in the igloo and two in a cabin) in which ever order you want. We went with the igloo for the first night. You’ll also have most of your meals in the reception lodge unless you buy some food from the store there and take it back to your cabin or igloo. When booking, it’s best if you pre-book your breakfast and dinners. You won’t need to worry about lunch as much if you’re planning on doing activities – it is included in most. Pre-book your activities too! We were lucky that we did because they really do book out fast. Everything is the same price pre-booked so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
When you book you have the choice of a couple of glass igloos just as you would a hotel room. The standard twin share or double comes with just a toilet and sink. You’ll have access to the saunas and showers. You can book an igloo with a shower but keep in mind the whole igloo is made of glass. So no matter which one you get, people can see in.
The good thing about travelling in winter is that the snow covers the bathroom glass panels. Staff will clear the snow off the top of your igloo so you can see the sky though. Unfortunately we didn’t see the northern lights the night we stayed in the igloo but it was still a great experience.
The cabin is much more comfortable. Each comes with a king-sized bed and two bunk beds and can sleep four in total, perfect for a family. Each cabin features a fire place, a private sauna (which was my favourite thing about the whole entire resort) a bathroom, a kitchen and a dining area. The cabin is located closer to reception which makes heading to breakfast, lunch and dinner much easier.
The cabin has a front porch too which is great at night when the northern lights put on a show. We caught the Aurora on our last night in the cabin which was great because we were able to run back inside to thaw out in front of the fire before heading back outside to stand in freezing conditions (-37 degrees to be exact).
The meals served at the reception lodge are made fresh daily using local produce. You’ll experience traditional Finnish meals so prepare for reindeer! Because we travelled in winter we were fed a lot of soups but we didn’t complain about the food once. Staff are more than accommodating and all meals can be changed to suit dietary requirements.
Despite the over-priced accommodation, the resort is a great way to experience life in Finnish Lapland.
I give Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort five stars.
Don’t forget to check out my husky sledding adventure in Finnish Lapland!