Finland Travelogue – (Part 6): Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi Lapland

Widely regarded as one of the most exotic hotels in the world, it would be a shame not to experience staying at The Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos when visitors are in Finland. Talk about sleeping in Glass Igloos under the shining stars and possibility of seeing the Northern Lights. After a day of snow activities, we finally reached the Arctic SnowHotel in the evening.

The hotel’s reception and restaurant are located under the same roof.

Gifts and souvenirs.

What is Arctic SnowHotel About?

 The Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos are located in Rovaniemi, Finland which is just a short 26 km away from the town centre of Rovaniemi. The hotel lies right on the shore of the scenic Lehtojavi Lake.

The glass igloo is well heat insulated to ensure visitors are not affected by the cold during the coldest of times at night. The roof of the igloo is made from electrically heated glass, which means the glass will not cool the space; rather it maintains evenly distributed warmth while melting all the snow and ice off the roof.

The beds in the igloo are motorised, which makes it possible for visitors to adjust the optimal position or sleeping or viewing the skies.

The hotel’s special Aurora Borealis alarm service guarantees that guests won’t miss an appearance of the Northern Lights. Sadly, we did not catch any Aurora Borealis during the trip. We guess staying at the glass igloo was an unforgettable experience. A night’s stay would set you back by about EUR 799 for a family of 4. So we chose to stay just for a night and a huge disappointment at not being able to catch the aurora.

The glass igloo contained basic facilities like a bathroom (warm water only last for 25 mins before it turns cold), a mini-fridge and water flask. Hey, to our dismay there was no TV available. On top of that, the hotel’s Wi-Fi was down the entire day. Imagine the inconvenience of not being able to connect into internet and no entertainment in the glass igloo 😦

We had our dinner on the bed!

Rise and shine. We woke up early the next morning for breakfast.

The selections were few and not that impressive.

We spent the whole morning playing in the snow – making snowman, skating, exploring the frozen lake and many more before making our way back to Helsinki.

They had so much fun playing in the frozen lake.

The snow was pure and tasty!

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Finland Travelogue – (Part 2): Airbnb Stay and Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park in Lapland

Travel like a tourist and live like a local. They need not be mutually exclusive and Airbnb has made it possible for us to enjoy a meaningful holiday with authentic, local experiences.

We were really blessed to meet a wonderful host who readily fetched us from Santa Claus Village to his Airbnb abode at no extra cost.

Our host stayed near to Rovaniemi city. Along the way, he gave us a mini-tour of the city and stopped by a supermarket for us to do some grocery shopping.

Our Airbnb Stay

Here we are, at our Airbnb and it was freezing cold. An interesting sight was the entrance to the house; in fact, there were 2 doors to access. We were curious why it was so but guess probably could be due to the freezing weather that it needed 2 doors to insulate the house from coldness.

Some might thought the lighting looked spooky but we felt it was a nice touch.

It was snowing all day and the cars were covered with snow!

The size of the house was typical of a 3 room HDB flat and more than sufficient for us.

The living room with sofa bed.

Our host prepared coffee powder and cookies for us.

Mini-kitchen.

The bedroom with connecting bathroom.

We were blessed to have a wonderful host. Not forgetting to pen down our appreciation for his great hosting!

 Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park

Pure snow white provides for many opportunities to have fun. The Arctic Circle has no lack of snow activities to engage in. For the very first time, we got the opportunity to explore snowmobile ride in the snowy forest.

We booked the day activity program from the Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park.

The group sizes are small and the speed and the length of the safari depend on each group. This is why this safari suits for families as well as for those who are looking for a real adrenaline boost.

Our guide first gave us a brief introduction to snowmobiling after which he lead us to the wilderness.

Getting ready to move out…

And off we go! The kids really enjoyed the ride which lasted about 15 mins.

The Lapland is an amazing place to take on a fascinating ride through the winter forest.

That was not the end. Come second part, we joined a bigger group and snowmobiled for about an hour into the wilderness. This excursion is available for everybody, but a driving license is required to ride a snowmobile for longer distances.

This time round, Big and Small M had to sit under the blankets on a sledge behind the snowmobile.

For a moment, we almost couldn’t recognise who she is! That was how freezing cold the Lapland is. Small M’s hair froze and became spider web. Snowmobiling in the wilderness and playing with the snow were already an experience in itself, but this safari would be taking us to meet reindeer and husky dogs in our next blog. Stay tune for more 🙂

Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park Oy is located in Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle in Finland.

Address:
Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park
Santa Claus Village
Joulumaantie 5
96930 Arctic Circle
Finland

Email:
Bookings and safari information
: info@snowmobilepark.com

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