Glass igloos in Finland: Through the looking glass

Imagine laying down to sleep and being so mesmerised by the view above, that you can’t bear to close your eyes. Imagine curling up in warm, soft bedding, while still feeling totally immersed in the white, winter landscape outside.


These unique glass igloos are tucked away in the secluded Arctic resort of Kakslauttanen, which is located in Saariselkä in Finnish Lapland. Blanketed by snow and surrounded by pine trees as far as the eye can see, each igloo offers extraordinary views of the starry night sky, and if you’re lucky, the intoxicating colours of the northern lights.

Some igloos sleep two, some four, so they’re ideal for a romantic getaway or a tranquil retreat for a group of friends or colleagues. When it comes to one-of-a-kind experiences, few come close to this.

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If you want to take it up a notch, there are also Kelo-Glass Igloos available, which combine the beauty and elegance of the glass igloo design with the rustic charm of a log cabin. When you want to take a break from watching the night sky, you can sit by the crackling open fireplace, whip up a meal in your own private kitchen or unwind in your very own sauna. You’ll never want to leave!

Down by the river you’ll find the world’s largest smoke sauna, which is an absolute must for all visitors. The resort has three saunas, which can accommodate up to 100 bathers at any one time. With such an abundance of ice and snow in this part of the world, the saunas are an invigorating way to bring your body into balance, helping to relax your muscles and get the blood pumping.


If you’re feeling especially daring, you can take a dip in the freezing waters at the end of the pier. When the weather is particularly chilly, staff cut a hole through the ice so visitors can still swim. The clear, cool water is fresh enough to drink too.

The ideal time to visit is during the northern lights season, which runs between 20 August until the end of April each year. The northern lights have a reputation for being elusive, and many visitors don’t always get a chance to see them. Often they can appear unexpectedly and vanish swiftly too. But within your glass igloo, you’ve got the best seats in the house – you won’t miss a thing.


Address: Kakslauttanen, 99830 Saariselkä, Finland
Telephone: +358 16 667100


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