Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

by , 02/02/15
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Nestled in the wilderness near Finland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park, Hotel Kakslauttanen has one of the Arctic Circle’s best views of the Aurora Borealis. The sparse trees and complete lack of light pollution reveal millions of stars each night, and during the peak winter months the location offers incredible views of the Northern Lights.

Each glass igloo is fitted with thermal glass walls and ceilings, that insulate the interior to keep it warm and cozy at night. The glass also contains a frost preventative, maintaining crystal clear panoramic views even when temperatures outside drop to -22 degrees fahrenheit. Fitted for two people, the igloos are small enough to be efficiently heated without consuming too much energy.

One of the world’s seven natural wonders, Aurora Borealis results from the collision of gaseous particles from the earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun. The resulting burst of colored light can last from less than a second to nearly two minutes. Though the lights are visible from August to April, the peak viewing time is in the darkness of the winter months.

Although the hotel does not guarantee a view of the Northern Lights, they keep constant watch over the weather conditions and ring a signaling bell for visitors to look to the sky when the phenomenon is visible.

The main hotel also includes the world’s largest smoke sauna complete with its own restaurant, and an ice bar and snow chapel that is built fresh every winter. For the more adventurous, the hotel also offers lodging in a dozen traditional igloos made of ice. These ice houses have an internal temperature of only 21 degrees fahrenheit, so you better pack warm!

+ Hotel Kakslauttanen

Via gizmag

Images by Hotel Kakslauttanen

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  1. ledputki April 14, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Lighting is necessary since the beginning of the mankind and it has become even more important now to have appropriate lighting. In the recent past, the LED or the Light Emitting Diode is the most famous and customer friendly.

  2. Tracey Gibson March 8, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Love this ….. What a wonderful idea to do must be on my list TO DO…

  3. vsazama February 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    What is the cost to stay in one of these for 2 nights?

  4. cruzcasas2385 January 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    How could i go about setting up a vaction here?? Pls help!

  5. Bethann Clover January 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    This would be my dream, to come & see this !! How much, in U.S. dollars, would it cost, for a 6 day stay ??

  6. hharkonen December 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Russell Higgins give me a break. Stay home then and let the rest of us enjoy.

  7. Russell Higgins November 28, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Any resort in an extreme environment that provides full climate control, such as this does, should not be allowed to tout their pseudo “eco conciousness” with catch phrases like “thermal glass” unchallanged. Not only will these leak heat like a smokestack in a -22 climate, but also LEAK LIGHT, so much for their claim to zero light pollution (well,except itself). To get eco bragging rights the hotel should not heat these, and lighting should be solely by flashlight. You go there to enjoy a NORTHERN treat, the POLAR lights, dress warm, expect to be cold, or just buy the DVD and stay home.

  8. John Honigsberg March 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    But what are the rates? they don’t seem to be listed..

  9. jmac68 September 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I thought the place was amazing.. I am an outdoors kind of person but being frost bitten is not one of my simple pleasures. I thought the thermal glass igloos with the views were awesome…

  10. TheLastEgg October 14, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Celestial theatre boxes. Sky-breaking capsules, on the ground. Lovely architecture.

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