The idea of an igloo—especially one in the Finnish wilderness, set beneath a spectacular Northern Lights display—is as romantic as it gets. When it comes to practical application however, few among us would choose a snow shelter (cozy as it might be) over a well-heated abode with running water and electricity.
Thankfully, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselka, Finland offers the mystique of the quintessential northern lights experience with some added comfort. Its “Igloo Village” contains 20 thermal glass igloos, where you can cozy up and watch the aurora borealis while nice and warm.
The resort is located just north of the Arctic Circle in Urho Kekkonen National Park, where the northern lights can be seen about 200 days a year. The glass igloos are available from August through April, which is considered prime time for spotting the aurora borealis. The glass igloos are equipped to prevent frost, keeping the view clear so you don’t miss a thing—even in temperatures that are well below freezing.
A stay in a two-person glass geodesic dome will set you back around $455 a night. The resort also offers a variety of outdoor activities, as well as a restaurant, ice bar, and smoke saunas for when you need to thaw out. And if glass igloos aren't for you, the resort also offers snow igloos, log cabins, and new “Kelo-Glass igloos” that combine the best of both worlds.
All images courtesy of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.