Spent 4 nights in Kakslauttanen - 3 in a log cabin and 1 in a glass igloo. We booked through Mighty Fine Company who were great to book with, attentive to specific dietary needs and who sent paperwork and emails through punctually. It was a bit disappointing, though, that they were suddenly unavailable when it looked as though our flight wouldn't leave Heathrow because of the snow and nobody answered their out of hours helpline.
Kakslauttanen igloo village certainly matched our expectations. We were simply there for a snow-break, booking to go just before Christmas because this was significantly cheaper than booking over the Christmas break.
The village itself is peaceful (cars are kept to the edge of the village, near the reception area) and remote, but with a bus link to the nearby town of Saarisälka. There's a big thermometer right outside the restaurant/reception building so you can be fully aware of just how cold it really gets (-31C when we arrived!!). The log cabins are spaced out well so that you don't feel as though you are on top of your neighbours - indeed, we never heard or saw our neighbours! It was easy to grab a sledge to move our luggage around when we needed to. Enjoyed a romantic atmosphere with the log fire as well as the sauna in our log cabin. The ice chapel and restaurant hadn't been completed at the time of our visit, which was a shame, but we were able to wonder around and into the snow igloos to take a peak.
Staff at Kakslauttanen were extremely helpful. They were very patient waiting for lots of tired travellers to sort out missing luggage at the airport and tried hard to answer any questions we had. They were good about serving us food, even though we arrived late. The food was perfectly adequate - not exactly Michelin star stuff, but nothing you wouldn't be happy eating either (salads. soups, fish, fruit, etc). The staff were also very accommodating of any dietary needs and queries. Alcohol wasn't excessively priced, really, unless you went for the wine.
We had two excursions as part of our package: husky sledding and reindeer safari. Both were superb experiences - the husky sledding involved a speedy introduction, then we were off! Hubby on the back and me in the sled. It was VERY bumpy at first, but smoothed out soon enough and was then very comfortable. The reindeer safari was much more sedate, with both my husband and I in the one sled being pulled along in a small chain of reindeers and sled by our reindeer guide at the front. Each excursion included a tea, soup and biscuit lunch over a log fire in the wilderness, one in a hut and the other outside. It's worth noting at this point that it is possible to hire cold weather gear within the igloo village (€12 per person per day - less for a week's hire). However, if you participate in an organised activity such as husky or reindeer sledding you are lent the boots/outer wear/blankets as part of the experience, so don't pay to hire extra gear yourself. A little tip: keep your coat and winter trousers on underneath the outer wear and wear loads of socks as it gets incredibly cold out there - go for a super large sized all-in-one outfit to fit it all on!
Our final day gave us the opportunity to visit Saarisälka, look round the igloo village and spend the night in a glass igloo. The glass igloo was cosy and something of a novelty. It's worth noting that they're only partially private and highly reflective! Their plumbing is also linked allowing for strange voices from other igloos to drift in! We had fun playing with the remote control for the bed, watching the stars and being aware of the movement of the moon during the course of the night. Sadly, the aurora did not entertain us that night, but I can imagine it being spectacular viewing from a glass igloo when it does.
All in all, this was a very memorable holiday and we plan on returning in a few years time in the hope of seeing a good evening light show!
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- Also Known As:
- Kakslauttanen Hotel And Igloo Village
- Kakslauttanen Hotel Igloo Village
- Kakslauttanen Hotel Saariselka
- Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Saariselka, Finland - Lapland