When it comes to bucket list experiences, this is definitely top of my list! I think everyone wants to see the Northern Lights, but to see them from your very own glass igloo – that’s a memory that will last a life time.
I have had numerous requests from people asking how to get to Kakslauttanen, or ‘the place with the glass igloos’. It seems there are lots of very generous people who are looking to spoil their partners for special birthdays or anniversaries! So I decided to do some investigating and find out how to see the Northern Lights through your own glass igloo. The answer is Kakslauttanen.
Kakslauttanen is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, where the aurora season lasts from late August to late April. It is situated 250 km north of the Arctic Circle so expect the cleanest countryside, the purest water ( you can drink straight from the stream ) and the freshest air you are likely to find almost anywhere in the world. It’s not all about the igloos and the aurora. There are so many activities available, you will be spoiled for choice. Try snow mobiling, husky or reindeer safaris, ice fishing, tobogganing, cross country skiing and lots more! For a truly unique experience try their ice swimming and smoke saunas combination!
There is a wide choice of accommodation, including log cabins, chalets, snow igloos and of course their famous glass igloos. They also have large glass igloos with a fireplace and sauna, that hold up to six people, if you want to bring a few friends along! For more details on the various room types, click here.
How to get there?
Kakslauttanen is located in Finland but it is so far North that it is actually a 90 minute flight from Helsinki! So suffice to say it’s not the easiest place in the world to get to but then, the best things in life are never easy! Finnair fly from Dublin to Helsinki almost every day but to get the connecting flight to Ivalo you need to take a morning flight which only operates three times per week. You will find cheaper flights, but be careful, they will involve multiple stops with flying times over ten hours. The good news is that Ivalo airport is only a short thirty minute transfer to Kakslauttanen and they will arrange transport for you 🙂
I found flights from Dublin to Ivalo via Helsinki with Skyscanner but your local travel agent should be able to get these for you too. Cheaper flight prices with longer journey times start at €239 return including taxes. If using Skyscanner, when the search results come back, click on the ‘Journey Duration’ tab on the left hand side to reduce the overall journey time. This will increase the price of your flight but will offer much better times and connections. Prices for shorter journey times range from €343 – €500 depending on dates.
There are various choices of room types to choose from, click here for the full list of rates. Prices range from €299 in a small cabin or €433 in a glass igloo, per room per night. So if you are thinking of three nights in a glass igloo with relatively reasonable flight times, it will set you back approximately €1,000 per person. Not cheap, but not bad for a trip of a lifetime…
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change.