Published December 23, 2006
Glass Igloo Village at the North Pole
It's wintertime, which means there's just one place to be—the North Pole. And you may as well do the
big guy one better and head to the Pole and keep on going, to Finnish Lapland.
The Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen
, nestled about 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle,
offers the ultimate room with a view: thermal glass igloos with luxury beds (it's like a five-star goldfish
bowl) or, for more privacy, choose an igloo made of snow blocks. And don't worry about sleeping through the
Northern Lights display, because staffers ring a bell to alert guests when the light show begins.
Brave guests can try ice swimming (apparently it has rejuvenating qualities, though probably not for...every
part of your body) or shed their clothes en masse to bask in the world's largest smoke sauna. If you like
staying clothed, snowshoeing, skiing and even survival training are all available.
It gets dark early this far north in the winter, which just means cocktail hour rolls around sooner.
Koskenkorva Vodka and Russian "Champanskaja" are the Lapp drinks of choice—served with a meal of
reindeer filet or charcoal grilled salmon, they'll fortify you for the short, frigid walk back to your
Though we're pretty sure you'll find some way to stay warm.
Hotel & Igloo Village
+358 16 667 100