Instead of heading south this winter to escape freezing temperatures and dark skies, try taking a trip even further north by venturing to this whimsical resort in the Finnish Lapland.
The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort was created to celebrate the unique landscape of remote Finland. Its founder, a man named Jussi, discovered this majestic part of the Lapland in 1973. According to the resort, he was going on a fishing trip in the far north of the country when he ran out of gas and was forced to camp out in Kakslauttanen. He was charmed by the quiet and solitude in area, as well as its beauty. He returned year after year and eventually built a cabin and cafe on the spot.
Now, the resort is a wintery retreat where guests can relax, explore the wonderful northern climate, and even host a wedding. There’s two restaurants on the property as well as a couple of smoke saunas. Guests can stay in log cabins, glass igloos, or hybrid cabins that combine the best features of both types of housing. If you’re looking for a real winter adventure, try staying in one of the snow igloos that’s constructed on the property.
You can go ice fishing, snowshoeing, take dogsled and snowmobile tours, and even go skiing and snowboarding nearby. If you’re visiting near the holidays you may even get the chance to stay in Santa’s Home, a red cabin on the property, and see a reindeer or two.
This place truly is a winter wonderland!