Lifestyle & Travel
Mar 1, 2017
KAKSLAUTTANEN - A ROMANTIC HOLIDAY IN A HOUSE OF ICE
If we invited you to spend your holidays at a resort, what would you have imagined? Beach? Palm trees? Sunshine? No. Meters and meters of crispy snow, the mysterious blue and violet twilight of the polar night, extreme frost, the sight of the aurora casting its magical glow across the Arctic sea - this is the kind of resort "Your VIP Partner" is going to take you right now.
Kakslauttanen is a family hotel in Finnish Lapland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. Although Kakslauttanen is far from it all, the place is easy to reach. The nearest international airport is in Ivalo, just a 30 minutes' ride away. Finnair and Norwegian fly regularly between Helsinki and Ivalo, and they're not far from northern Norway or Murmansk, Russia, either.
They are located right at the edge of the wilderness, along the road to the Arctic sea. It's a mere stone's throw to the Urho Kekkonen National Park, the largest of Finland's national parks. The Sami have inhabited the region for over a century. The surrounding environment is one of the cleanest you'll find anywhere in the world. The water is so pure that you can quench your thirst straight form a stream, and the air is so fresh that you can feel it deep down in your lungs. Up here, winters are cold and summers comfortably warm. All in all, what you'll find here is perfection.
There are many things that can be done in Kakslauttanen.
Besides aurora hunting, snowmobile trips, skiing and horse riding, you can get a husky safari (there are two big husky farms right next door to Kakslauttanen), reindeer sledging, where you can chat with the locals and connect with Sami people, ice-fishing, and even have a day-long icebreaker cruise. Taking a dip in the icy Bay of Bothinia makes part of the journey, mind it.
The hotel itself is very unusual. Guests are invited to stay in igloos – specific ice houses. There are several options of accommodation in Kakslauttanen:
Admire the northern lights and the twinkling of the bright starry sky in one of Glass Igloos – either with a group of friends, or snuggled up romantically with your loved one. The two-person igloos include a toilet and the option of an extra bed. Saunas and showers are available in separate buildings. The four-person igloos include their own toilet and shower.
Kelo-Glass igloos combine the comforting warmth of cosy log chalets with the sensational views of the world-famous glass igloos. Sleeping up to six and featuring a private sauna, fireplace, kitchenette, and a bedroom with a stunning glass roof, they're made from Lapland's unique Kelo pinewood. Take in the enchanting beauty of the northern lights and the Lappish wilderness from the comfort of your own private hideaway.
Log chalets for one to ten people are made of impressively large kelo pines – trees that once stood dead and dried out – and designed in a rugged style that fits perfectly with their wild surroundings. While you won't find widescreen TVs or dishwashers inside, you can enjoy even better sources of entertainment in every chalet – a fireplace and a sauna.
A night in one of snow igloos is an unforgettable experience. Rarely does anyone get the chance to sleep as cosily as they do in an ice-cool igloo that shields them from even the faintest outside noise. Even if the mercury dips to minus 40 degrees centigrade outside, the temperature inside is a consistent minus three to minus six. Everything you need for a cool, comfortable night in, such as a down sleeping bag, is provided.
For lovebirds travelling together, there is a truly classy suite. The spacious 60 m2 log chalet made of kelo wood features a great bathroom with conveniences like a bath tub and sauna. On the terrace, there's an outdoor Jacuzzi for relaxing bathing whatever the season.
Earth lodges (kammi in Finnish) have been used as residences in Finland since ancient times. Their turf roofs conceal them in the landscape, as if forest trolls had built them. It's hard to imagine a more appropriate love nest – the earth lodge is the perfect hideout. And why rush out? After all, you do have a sauna and a great bathroom with bathtub all to yourselves.
In the almost century-old traditional house, you can immerse yourself in the authentic Lapland lifestyle of old. The hectic, modern rat race will feel like a distant memory as you rock comfortably in the rocking chair. The log house sleeps two people. And, naturally, it features a sauna as well.
GOLD DIGGER'S CHALETS
How about staying on the banks of the golden river, in peace and quiet? These idyllic chalets have their own sauna, and in the front yard you'll find a kick sled. This traditional Finnish winter runabout will get you to the restaurant or activity sites in no time.
You have the opportunity to stay in the most sacred place in the northern hemisphere. Always the generous host, Santa will gladly give up his home – and even his very own bedroom – for guests to enjoy. Just make sure to behave yourselves and be nice.
Contacts: www.kakslauttanen.fi * Kakslauttanen, FI - 99830 Saariselka - Finland * Tel.: +358 16 667 100 / +358 16 667 101 * Fax.: +358 16 667 168