Stayed for 2 nights during new year at the 2 person glass igloo. The hotel can be reached by scheduled bus ("airport express") or custom transport at costly rate. Travel time is 45minutes.
The glass igloos are individual "houses" with a glass dome above waist height that gives a good view of the sky and a hobbit height door. Be aware that there are no curtains and you will look into the adjacent igloo when you stand up, so get change in the toilet. Also the lights of the igloo must be turned off as be reflections on the glass is quite strong. Each igloo has its own toilet and shower, with 25min hot water. The beds are motorized. We didn't have much luck for the aurora during our stay thou.
Dinner in a all snow and ice structure is another one of a kind experience. The table and chair is made of ice with a reindeer skin on top to insulate. The inside temperature is around 0 degrees. The 3-course meal starts with soup, pre-ordered main course with the choice of salmon, elk and vegetarian and desert cake. The taste of food isn't the star here, and food do get cold ready fast as soon as a few photos. Drinks are expensive, but who wants icy cold water inside a room of ice?
The Kota is the other dinner restaurant in the hotel. This is a round wooden hut with a large fire place in the centre where the salmon is being grilled. The cooking of salmon is surprisingly skillfully done to achieve a juicy core for an enjoyable meal.
Breakfast buffet and lunch at the Log restaurant in the main building is somewhat disappointing. Given the premium price, one would expect something more delicate; but food choice and quality is poor especially when compared with other hotels in Finland. The other choices for lunch in the ice restaurant, or visit the town.
There are 3 activities available in the day organized by the hotel: ice fishing, snow show hiking and snow sculpturing. Ice fishing is an easy 1 hr activity that take place in the middle of a frozen lake adjacent to the hotel. Just simply drill through the ice and wait for the fish. We managed to catch 2 in the hour!
Snow shoe hiking is a more physically demanding activity which last for 2hrs. Its is advised to prepare good snow shoes yourself for this activity as the hotel only provide the decking (!), and the snow can be deep! The excursion trail can be adjusted according to your physical ability, from 3.5 to 10km. There are some breath-taking views of the Finnish forests along the hike and bringing a good camera along is recommended. Sausage grilling beside the lake is available but we are not bordered (not hungry and we had grilled a lot of sausages in this trip already).
Steam sauna inside a room made of snow is quite cool. However the duration is very short as the snow will melt.
Sledges are available to play with and moving luggages across snow.
Theres a raindeer/elk to feed next to the main building.
Weather is -25 degrees on our last day and even just walking from our igloo to the main building is painful!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ARCTIC SNOWHOTEL Our SnowHotel sleeps 70 guests and is one of the largest in the Nordic region. This spectacularly handsome building is carved each year to be different in appearance. The walls and furniture surfaces of the unique rooms are decorated with ice art and illuminated artwork. The room temperature is 0–5C°, but using the sleeping bags intended for extreme conditions combined with reindeer furs, you can be sure you will stay in warmth and comfort. On the shores of the lake the moonlight, stars and Northern Lights illuminate the silent, Lappish nature. As our guest you will have a good night’s sleep as the Aurora Alarm searches the skies for you. GLASS IGLOOS Next to SnowHotel you will find the tranquillity of the glass igloos. Staying overnight in a glass igloo feels like sleeping in the open, but inside the igloo it is just as warm and cosy as a hotel. The igloo village is set in an opening surrounded by pine trees, sufficiently far away from the city lights, making ideal conditions for watching the Northern Lights and enjoying starry skies. Have a good night’s sleep as the Aurora Alarm searches the skies for you: once the Aurora Alarm has woken you up, all you need to do is open your eyes, look at the night sky and enjoy the sight from the comfort of your bed. ... more less
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