Doze off under the Northern Lights
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like wrapping up in a warm sleeping bag, sipping on a hot drink and dozing off to sweet dreams in a bedroom made of snow? Nice and cosy, funny and exciting, or just plain incredible?
Fabulous snow castles – such as the annual SnowCastle at Kemi – and exotic igloos test the imaginations of designers and architects. Snow hotels, restaurants and galleries are spectacular works of art. You can spend the night in a snow hotel or get married in a snow chapel. You can even combine ice and fire. A snow sauna sounds impossible, but in Finland there are places where you can steam on ice.
Kemi Snow Castle – built every year since 1996, is an unforgettable experience for young and old. The castle and the SnowRestaurant are decorated with snow and ice sculptures enhanced by light and sound effects. Within the walls of the castle, you’ll find several ice buildings. You can spend one of the most extraordinary nights of your life at the Mammut SnowHotel where the temperature in the hotel room is a crisp -5 C, but you’ll nevertheless sleep warm in an Ajungilak sleeping bag. Also onsite is the charming Snow Chapel in which many couples has tied the knot over the years. The fabulous Snow Restaurant has long tables, reindeer skin-covered benches and Lappish delicacies are served. Children’s World is a snowy playground with slides, hills, tunnels, and snowball pool.
Glass igloos under the Northern Lights
Hotel Kakslauttanen is located in the Saariselkä fell area amidst beautiful Lapland scenery in the vicinity if Urho Kekkonen National Park. In winter they offer a possibility to stay overnight in a traditional snow igloo or a unique futuristic glass igloo, where you can admire the northern lights in a normal room temperature under the glass ceiling. Igloo Village is also home to snow chapel and an ice bar both built every winter. Igloo Village is open every year from December/January and until the end of April.
Lainio Snow Village is set in beautiful wooded surrounds near ski resorts Ylläs and Levi. It comprises of a Snow Hotel, an Ice Bar, restaurant and art gallery, a collection of coulourfully lit ice and snow sculptures dotted amongst the trees, an amazing ice maze and snow slides for children.
In just a few minutes, you can leave behind the hustle and bustle of a ski resort or a city and arrive in the peace and quiet of the wilderness. All children (and young-at-heart) know that Santa Claus lives in Finnish Lapland, where you can meet him in person.