For many people, going glamping in a glass igloo and falling asleep under the northern lights is a dream come true. Glass igloo hotels in Finland are one of the most iconic things about Scandinavia. There just isn’t anything else quite like it in the world!
Is catching the northern lights in a glass igloo hotel on your Finland bucket list? You’ll be happy to know that you have a variety of options to choose from. From ice fishing to husky sled rides and watching the lights in a hot tub, these glass igloo hotels in Finland will provide an unforgettable experience.
1. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Ivalo
The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is the OG glass igloo hotel in Finland, and the one that started the glass igloo trend. You’ve most probably seen pictures on the internet! The winter night sky here is free of light pollution, making it ideal for watching the northern lights. Glass igloos are available for two or four, and guests are provided with a hat, sleeping bag and pair of woollen socks for extra warmth and comfort!
Even more impressive is the Kelo-Glass Igloos, which combines the comforts of log cabins and the sensational views of the glass igloos. Sleeping up to six, it features a private sauna, fireplace, kitchenette, and a bedroom with a stunning glass roof. Outside of your igloo, fun activities include husky and reindeer safaris, cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and more!
2. Arctic Land Adventure, Kilpisjärvi
Arctic Land Adventure offers the mix of a traditional Sámi reindeer ranch with a luxurious glass igloo stay in the middle of the arctic wilderness. Here, you get a glimpse of a reindeer herder’s life, be part of the nature and wildlife and hunt the northern lights during dark winter nights.
The beautifully furnished glass igloos have it all – air conditioning, ensuite shower, mini bar, coffee machine, and even Netflix! Other than catching the northern lights, reindeers also roam freely on the range, providing a delightful display. To learn more about a day in the life of a reindeer herder, you can arrange for an excursion, or take part in some Finnish winter sports.
3. Santa’s Hotel Aurora, Luosto
Ten beautiful glass igloos in Santa’s Hotel Aurora provide the ultimate experience of watching the northern lights in a star-filled sky. The igloo even has a northern lights alarm, so you can relax while you wait for them to show up.
From the front door you step directly into the untouched nature of Pyhä-Luosto National Park. The igloo accommodation is also the perfect base for skiing activities, with the nearest ski slope just 400 meters away. In fact, the ski slopes open right next to the hotel! There’s also an amethyst mine nearby in Luosto Lampivaara, where you can mine your own amethyst. If you’re an active and adventurous traveller, you definitely won’t run out of things to do here!
4. Glass Resort, Rovaniemi
The 24 superior Glass Apartments at Glass Resort combine Lapland tradition, modern comforts and the pure nature of the Arctic Circle. Its unique form is inspired by the kota, a tepee-shaped hut used by the indigenous Sámi people of Lapland. The glass windows and ceiling provide an unrestricted view of the northern lights, while a private sauna and hot tub adds a unique element to your stay.
Kids will love the snow park. And being close to the city center, you can easily inject some city life into your trip too. There’s fresh Lappish food on the menu in the restaurant – think reindeer, fresh vegetables and local berries. And if you fancy a nightcap, there is also a lounge bar where you can throw back some vodka.
5. Wilderness Hotel Inari, Inari
Wilderness Hotel Inari offers an exquisite blend of quality accommodation with pristine nature and Arctic activities. The location is just five minutes from the Sámi village, Inari, making this the ideal resort and starting point to immerse yourself in Sámi culture, and of course, to catch the northern lights.
With a direct view to the sky, the Aurora Cabins are the most unique way to experience Lapland’s northern lights. The laser-heated glass roof directly above the bed ensures that you can enjoy the view even during the lowest temperatures. Other fun activities include a husky safari, snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobile adventures!