We take pride in showcasing some of the worlds tiniest, yet most original, and downright coolest, houses. Today is no exception as we tackle the idea of the modern igloo. Just a brief history first. An igloo (also known as a snow house or snow hut), is a type of shelter built of snow, typically built when the snow can be easily compacted. They seem a bit primitive in nature and temporary at best. But that was then and this is now and the igloos of now are punctuated by the absolutely breath-taking Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselkä, Finland.
Kakslauttanen is a family hotel in Finland, 155 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The nearest airport is just 30-minutes away and the resort is actually near to Russia and Norway both. Located right at the edge of the wilderness, along the road to the Arctic Sea, the hotel is just a short distance to Urho Kekkonen National Park, the largest of Finland’s national parks. The Sami people have inhabited the region for well over a century and their environment is one of the cleanest anywhere in the world. The water is also so pure it can be consumed straight from the stream or a lake. The winters are, of course, quite cold, but the summers are comfortably warm. It helps too that Finland is one of the safest countries in the world making Kakslauttanen one of the most enjoyable and worry-free stays anywhere in the world.
The accommodations at Kakslauttanen are exceptional though and truly showcase the possibilities of tiny living. Beginning with the glass igloos and ending with the Gold Digger’s Chalets, each domicile is interesting, well built, and cozy.
The glass igloos are the smallest offerings and are perhaps the most interesting. Snuggled up romantically (or alone) in one of the two-person or four-person igloos you are treated to an incredible and uninhibited view of the northern lights. 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.
The newest addition to Kakslauttanen is the Kelo-Glass Igloos which combine the rustic features of a log cabin with the glass-domed view of the starry sky. Sleeping up to six and featuring a private sauna, fireplace, kitchenette, and a private bedroom, the homes are made from Lapland’s unique Kelo pinewood.
Kakslauttanen would be nothing though without the traditional snow igloos. While they do only reach temperatures in the single digits they are outfitted with down sleeping bags and animal fur throws. It is not for those looking to move about in their skivvies with no socks on, but they are truly unique!
Lastly, the hotel does feature one traditional house that is nearly a century-old and showcases an authentic Lapland lifestyle of old. The log house sleeps two people, has a full kitchen, a large fireplace and wood oven, a rocking chair for a little light reading in front of the fire, and, of course, a sauna to keep steamy on those extra cold nights!
While Kakslauttanen is a resort of sorts and a hotel, at least, it is compiled of structures that show small living in such a beautiful and traditional way. It allows people to enjoy holiday on a smaller scale and see just what is necessary to enjoy conversation, nature, and beauty.