Our Christmas-themed #ApstrofiLeisure feature starts with watching the Northern Lights from igloos and getting a glimpse of woodland animals in the snowy dream that is Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland.
Snow, woods, trees, reindeers, and more snow. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is almost like a Christmas card come to life, missing only Santa Claus and his sleigh. Located far north of Finland, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is a four-and-a-half hours flight away from Helsinki, the capital city. It is known for being one of the best places from which to witness the Northern Lights, and the flashy green skies are Kakslauttanen’s main attraction. However, is in a league of its own when it comes to accommodation because their guests stay in impressive igloo-shaped glass domes, which the resort is famous for.
A getaway to the resort would be a complete 180-degree turn from the tropical holidays that we have easy access to here in our home by the equator. It seems almost like a fantasy, to be able to look for real reindeers during the day or spend an afternoon dog-sledding with huskies, and to fall fast asleep under the clearest view of the stars above, like we’ve only had the chance to see it in movies -- things that aren’t imaginable in Indonesia. The resort is visited by couples but also groups on vacation, with Kakslauttanen igloos available for up to four people, and their log cabins up to ten.
Because the resort lies in the wilderness it’s very isolated. It’s therefore ideal for anyone seeking to get away from any signs of a city and venture deep into the snow-covered woods. It’s not just a tourist destination, but one where guests have to rely completely on the resort for their day-to-day needs, such as meals. All activities, including ice fishing or horse riding, take place on site or within the vicinity. This means that Kakslauttanen probably isn’t the best for someone who’s excited by self-exploration while travelling. But for holiday-goers who are looking for something relaxing in the cold, and don’t mind taking the time to plan and organise ahead, Kakslauttanen is definitely a worthy contender on the longer list of Scandinavian luxury resorts.
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are best seen between August and April, but it’s still possible that beautiful green lights appear even outside this season. Guests are encouraged to wait outside when it gets dark, but they’re also able to watch the natural light display within the comfort of their cosy igloos. Described as a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience by travel bloggers, we’re guessing that a stay at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is on a lot of people’s bucket lists, and we imagine such a unique holiday would be difficult to rival.
Over at Apstrofi we’re interested in travel and will be featuring more destinations we find interesting up here on our blog. For the rest of the month, they’ll be Christmas-themed as we’re all getting into the festive spirit, and we’ve got some exciting destinations lined up.