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Ivalo, Finnish Lapland
Kakslauttanen is a veritable winter-wonderland complete with glass igloos in which you can witness the Northern Lights, to toasty log cabins tucked away in the forest. Located in Lapland in northern Finland, it is ideal for adventurous guests.
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At a Glance
Stay in a glass Igloo to see the Northern Lights from late August until March
Visit Santa's village for an amazing experience for your children - arrive on a Reindeer sleigh as well as meeting Smith Elf and Santa's remote cottage in the woods
Combine a stay in a Glass Igloo with a stay in a log cabin
A range of winter activities from husky rides, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, ice-fishing and Reindeer rides
In the summer choose from an array of activities from trekking, cycling and survival courses
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Set in the Urho Kekkonen National Park, Kakslauttanen is about 35-minutes from Ivalo Airport deep in the heart of Lapland and offering a perfect position to enjoy a multitude of active adventures in the winter or summer.
In the winter, venture off on husky or reindeer safaris, snowmobiles, ice-fishing or snow-shoeing. By summer, enjoy the midnight sun and head off fishing, trekking, mountain biking, gold-panning and canoeing. For those seeking your inner Bear Grylls you can head off on survival training (think of learning to light your own fire with a stick), and head off foraging for edible mushrooms and berries. For those who like to get out and about, Kakslauttanen brings you fresh air and bundles of things to see and do.
At Christmas, why not take the children to see Santa in his own secluded cottage in the woods, accessed by taking a reindeer ride through the snow. Helped by Smith Elf (who it might be worth ‘telling’ what the children want from Santa), all the family will have a magical experience.
Without a doubt, Kakslauttanen is famous for its Glass Igloos, where you can spend a night and hopefully see the Northern Lights. Seen from late August to April, it is something you will not forget (although do note that they don’t appear every night). The Glass Igloos are split between East and West Village and come with simple bathrooms (no showers) and basic furnishings. Lie back and look up! Some guests like to retain a log-cabin at the same time so you can leave bags and have access to a hot shower when you want.
The 40 log-cabins are all tucked away in the grounds and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit all party sizes. They all come with their own saunas. For those wanting something special, the Queen Suite is the best of the lot, and has an outdoor hot tub. In the winter, they have a Snow Igloo where you can sleep in temperatures of between -3°C and -6°C. With a down sleeping bag, hats and thick socks, you can live it up for a night in true arctic style.
There is a main restaurant, serving a range of cuisine such as Reindeer (don’t tell the children..), and locally caught salmon. Do remember you are in the high arctic and freshly grown greenery is some distance away, but it is a perfect for a few nights before retreating back to Helsinki for instance to indulge in one of their superb restaurants.
Kakslauttanen has the world’s largest Smoke Sauna – a place to sit back and relax and warm up. It can house 100 guests in three separate saunas.
Kakslauttanen is an experience for adventurous guests who want to explore this magical corner of Finland at any time of the year. Don’t expect it to be all singing and dancing and a luxury retreat in the wilds of Northern Finland. It is however magical if you get into the spirit and realise how far north you really are - for those who enjoy getting out and about.
There are 40 log-cabins of which 5 are queen suites, one honeymoon turfchamber and one traditional Lappish loghome. All the cabins are equipped with a double bed, a shower, toilet, fireplace, kitchenette and own private sauna. The cabins are located sufficiently far apart so that each cabin has its own peaceful garden area. The whole village, the cabins, restaurant and saunas, are hand made of the rare dead standing pine, Kelo. There are 20 Glass Igloo, built from a special thermal glass. The temperature inside the igloo always stays at a normal level. It also prevents the glass from not getting white frosted, hence keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C. Every igloo is equipped with a toilet (no shower) and luxury beds. There is also a snow igloo.
From inside your glass igloos, you can admire the northern lights and the twinkling of the bright, starry sky. Under the glass roof you’ll find your own toilet, beds for two people and an additional bed, should you need it. Showers and saunas are available in separate buildings. Glass igloos are available right through the northern lights season.
Queen Suites are spacious 60sq.m log-cabin suites. With a bathroom, sauna and an outdoor Jacuzzi on the terrace.
The Kelo-Glass Igloos combine a log cabin with a glass igloo. They can sleep up to 6 people and feature a sauna, fireplace, kitchenette and bedroom with a glass roof. Two double and two extra beds can be accommodated.
The restaurant in the main log building is a charming place with a nice touch of the traditional Finnish culture. In the same building there is a Piano bar, where guests can enjoy a drink or two before the main meal. Be sure to try our special Lappish drinks like Raakku, Kultakurkku or why not taste Champanskoje brought directly from Russia to celebrate your stay in Lapland. At selected times we have live piano music in the bar. In Winter, there is the Snow Restaurant (built depending on conditions) open from December/January until the end of April.
A cafeteria, located in the main building, you can taste delicious Finnish goodies like "munkki" or change a few words with local people who regularly drop by for their daily cup of coffee. The cafeteria is open from the early morning until late evening.
Location & Directions
Ivalo, Finnish Lapland
Hotel Kakslauttanen is located 250 km above the Arctic Circle in the Finnish part of Lapland. The Ivalo airport is just 35 km away and a transfer takes you directly from the airport to the front door of the hotel. Regular flights from Helsinki to Ivalo scheduled for the afternoon.
When to go
Summer (June - August)
Temperature differs surprisingly little form the average temperature of the European continent. Temperature may rise over +30°C with temperatures closer to +20°C during the days being more common.
Fall (September - November)
In the autumn when the days get shorter, the average temperatures are somewhere between 0°C and +10°C. Lapland gets usually first snowfalls in the end of September, but it won't usually be before the end of October, when snow completely covers the ground.
Winter (December - April)
The winter temperatures can vary anywhere between 0°C and -40°C. The average temperature in January is -14°C. But the cold is not biting because air is dry. There can be as much as one meter of snow and it usually lasts until May.
Spring (April - June)
Spring is a time of a rapid and violent awakening of nature. Snow disappears during the first part of the May. The average temperature in the spring is somewhere between 0°C and +10°C. In the spring the nights can be still quite cold and the days warm.