Kakslauttanen Hotel & Igloo Village
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Well we slept better than we thought we did - woke up at 10.30!! Getting dressed was awful, our clothes had pretty much frozen! We left our little igloo, had a quick shower to warm ourselves up, and then breakfast.
We needed to wait until 2pm to check into our room - a nice warm log cabin for the next two nights, so after breakfast we …
Woke up to a beautiful view this morning - surrounded by trees and snow, and we were warm as can be snuggled up in bed! Very cool feeling. We packed up our things, had a quick shower and made our way to the restaurant for breakfast.
I had planned something pretty special for us to do today - a husky sledge ride! We took a short trip down …
Today was our last day at the resort. We packed our bags and left our cosy cabin behind. Our flight wasn't until this evening, so we had time to squeeze in another solid 5 hours of relaxation!
After breakfast we checked out and found ourselves once more in our favourite spot in the bar! We had a coffee and assumed our comfortable positions …
We slept solidly in between our checks for the lights, and finally woke up at 11am! Oops, missed breakfast.
Absolutely stunning day - bright blue clear skies. Perfect weather for viewing the lights tonight hopefully!! We got the fire going again and slowly got ready for the day.
We made our way to the main lodge for some lunch …
Best night's sleep! After finally hauling ourselves up out of our big comfortable bed, we got ready for the day ahead of us. Downstairs we had a nice cooked breakfast in the restaurant, and then checked out.
After a quick look around the shops, and a purchase of some interesting looking Finnish lollies, it was time to board our plane. It …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kakslauttanen Hotel & Igloo Village Saariselka
What can I add to the already good reviews. We travelled with Scan Tours who prebooked the trips. We (in out early 60's) did everything: the reindeer, husky and snow mobile safaris (4 hours) in addition bolted on snow shoe hiking and sledging(Saransellei). Then saunas and snow diving (scary thought, then you only pass this way once in your life, so do it).
We got married last week in the ice gallery at the hotel Kakslauttanen and it was just amazing. We couldn't have asked for a more memorable day. The staff were wonderful and arranged everything, which ment my husband and I had a completely stress free day and were able to enjoy the experience.
Also 8 family members and friends of varied ages came with us and we all thoroughly enjoyed and cant wait to go back.
I would recommend staying in the glass igloo for a night, and if you plan to get married a husky ride to the ice gallery is great fun!
My wife and I (50s) had a 3-night break in this complex. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but we had a period of calm weather. Coldest night was -22.5 degC, daytime temps around -10. Snow a delight - none of the mushy nonsense we get in the UK, just deep, crisp and er... even, I suppose!
We have just returned from the Kaksluttanen Hotel, and well what can I say! This has to be one of the best holidays that I have been on. The resort was very nice, the staff very friendly and helpful - I might add. There were nice big spacious log cabins, there was a kitchen area with 2 hobs, all kitchen utensils provided. There is no supermarket on site, but the hotel does provide a free bus service to the ski village of Saariselka (about 5 miles away), where there is a large supermarket, to stock up on your goods.
We had a lovely time (10th/14th January 2005) in our large cabin, two showers, a sauna, one large double bedroom, the other had log bunk beds, the lower large enough for two, meals were taken in the main building although the cabins have a kitchen but nowhere to buy supplies!!, the open fire was fun and the cabins well spaced in the woods.
Whilst the novelty of this place was amazing, the glass igloo extremely comfortable, and the weather good enough that we saw the northern lights on the plane on the way in, we were extremely dissappointed with the staff at this hotel.
I can't believe these people went to the same hotel we went to. The staff were rude, the food always took at least and hour and a half to get to you and it was usually cold (and if you have a vegetarian at your table like we had, they'd better get used to eating alone a long time after everyone else).
We shall be back!
Our holiday at Hotel Kakslauttanen by far exceeded our expectations. The log cabins were cosy & well fitted in a beautiful setting & having our own private sauna was a real treat. The staff were friendly & the food enjoyable.
We enjoyed our husky safari & even more so our snowmobile safari. Our only regret was that we hadn't booked a longer stay so didn't get to do all the activities that we would have liked.
We shall return & hopefully next time see the Aurora!
One word of warning - collect your luggage at Helsinki instead of booking it right through! Ours didn't arrive until the next day.
We really enjoyed our trip to Ivalo, Finland and the Hotel Kakslautten. The cabins were well decorated and warm. The children enjoyed collecting wood on little sleds, etc. The ice igloo we stayed for one night in was more of a room off of an ice palace. We stayed warm enough in the sleeping bags, but were expecting a more eskimo like experience. It was more like a Hilton made out of snow and ice. The "igloo" had electric lights a double king size bed made of snow with pads on top and was reached by walking through an amazing ice chapelin the room which was off of a banquet hall. The two highlights for us were the dogsledding which left from a dog farm across the street and the cross country skiing trail which was really excellent with lights at night. For people from Florida we definitely got enough snow. The food at the restaurant was very good and the people were friendly and helpful. Overall it was an enjoyable trip. Next time we go we will book a glass igloo and hope for clearer nights skys, because we did not get to see the Northern Lights on this trip.
The most beautiful Countryside combined with Excellent service & Food in the Hotel and on the Husky & Snowmobile Safaris made this the best holiday we have had for years. Sadly we did not see the Northern Lights. Happily that means we will have to go again.