EXPLORE THE WILDERNESS NORTH OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
250km north of the Arctic Circle, and resting magnificently on the edge of one of Finland's greatest national parks, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort offers four seasons of incredible Arctic nature, and a wealth of refreshing outdoor adventures, including beautiful snowmobile tours, husky tours, ice fishing, snow hiking, and reindeer safaris in Winter, and mountain biking, hiking, horse riding, fishing and gold panning, in the Summer. The resort also has a natural smoke sauna, and a large log cabin restaurant with its own indoor salmon mini-river, and a glass igloo bar.
Given its remote location in the middle of the wilderness, Kakslauttanen is surprisingly accessible by motorcycle (in Summer), as well as car, campervan, or plane in Winter. With regular flights by Norwegian and Finnair, Ivalo airport is only a 30-minute drive from the airport to the Kakslauttanen resort, by hotel shuttle-van. The Resort accommodates guests from all over the world, while the majority of visitors arrive from Asia.
SLEEP BENEATH THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
A natural phenomenon caused by changes in the earth’s magnetic field, the Aurora Borealis is most visible at high magnetic latitudes, in an area called the auroral oval, which covers most of the far-northern hemisphere. This magnificent and spectacular natural light show, is visible between September and March, in the months where this region is cloaked in darkness for much of the day. The best times for viewing the Northern Lights are between 6pm and 4am, specifically between 10 and 11pm. Aurora Borealis happens at a very high altitude, so you have the best chances when the skies are free of clouds.
At Kakslauttanen, the season for Northern Lights starts in late August, and lasts until the end of April. The glass igloos are available right through the Northern Lights season, and you can lie and admire the Northern Lights in room temperature, in the protected warmth of these futuristic domes. Under the glass roof, you have beds for two people, and an additional bed, if necessary.
The glass igloos are constructed of thermal glass, and function as a one-way mirror (you can see out, but no-one can see in). This allows total privacy as you lie in bed and gaze out into the universe. All glass igloos are equipped with a toilet, and showers and saunas are available in separate buildings nearby, with separate facilities for men and women.
LOG CABINS FOR TOURING GROUPS AND FAMILIES
Equipped with an open fireplace and sauna, the cosy log cabins can house between one and ten people - Individuals, families or touring groups. The cabins are designed in a rugged style that which perfectly suits their wild surroundings, and are constructed of large Kelo Pines, which have naturally died off and dried out. You won’t find widescreen TV’s or dishwashers in these cabins, the point is to enjoy the nature, atmosphere, and each other’s company - just like in the old days…
The largest cabin, Sivakka, sleeps up to ten people, so there’s easily enough room for a large family or team of colleagues. Sivakka includes a large living room, three bedrooms, a kitchen, a separate fireplace room, and a sauna, to relax and unwind after a great day of ‘Arctic exploration’.
CHILL OUT IN ONE OF THE SNOW IGLOOS
A night in one of the chilled snow igloos is an unforgettable experience, and you will rarely experience the cosy type of sleep that you can have, in an ice-cool igloo! Even if the mercury drops to minus -40C outside, the temperature inside, is a consistent minus three to minus six. The staff will provide everything you need for a cool, comfortable night in, such as a down sleeping bag, to shield you from the Winter chill.
RIDE SNOWMOBILES ACROSS THIS ENCHANTING ARCTIC LANDSCAPE
The Urho Kekkonen National Park is very close to the resort, and happens to be the largest national park in Finland. The nature here, is said to be the cleanest you will find anywhere in the world, and the natural water running in small streams in the national park is so pure and fresh, that you can drink it straight from a stream running through the landscape, or from the lake into which it flows.
EXPLORE THE LOCAL CULTURE AND HERITAGE
In the summer, guests can go gold panning, take horse safaris, go on Midnight Sun hikes, or forage for local mushrooms and berries. The nearby towns of Inari and Saarisekla offer various snow sports, and the ski resort of Saariselka is just 10 minutes by Ski Bus, and offers several shopping and dining options, a great spa, and an indoor swimming lagoon. The Inari Sami Museum offers a look into the lives of the indigenous Sami People, who have inhabited the region for over a century.
KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT - SINCE 1973
This unique travel destination was started back in 1973, when its founder, Jussi, was traveling the lonely roads just south of Finland's northernmost fishing village. As the story goes, his car broke down, and he was forced to make camp in the isolated woods by the roadside. Instead of just seeing this as an inconvenience, he fell in love with the location, and set up a permanent roadside stop, which eventually grew into the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort of today.
KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT
+358 16 667100
+358 400 270057
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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - www.kakslauttanen.fi
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