Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finnish Lapland
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, located just 30 minutes from Ivalo airport, is one of Finnish Lapland’s greatest gems. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is located a short distance from Finland’s largest national park, Urho Kekkonen, one of the country’s greatest hiking destinations.
The resort features several different types of accommodation ranging from traditional cabins to hybrid cabin/igloos to traditional snow igloos. Their Glass Igloos accommodate two or four guests and are available during the winter season. Our favorite accommodation is the Kelo-Glass Igloos, a perfect combination of glass igloo and Lappish cabin, built from local Kelo pinewood. The resort also offers traditional log cabin chalets, suites and homes, offering accommodation options to meet the needs of each and every guest.
We recommend 3-4 nights at Kakslauttaten Arctic Resort, in order to take full advantage of all of the activities available, as well as, have the greatest chance of seeing the northern lights. The resort offers unique winter activities including, husky safaris, reindeer safaris hosted by local Sami herders, horse-riding and sleigh riding and even ice fishing. For those traveling with children, it is also possible to visit Santa’s home! Perhaps one of the most impactful experiences is getting to visit and speak to local Sami people, to learn about their history in this part of the world, as well as, experience their daily life. Interestingly the Sami people have no racial or linguistic connection to Finns, but are an integral part to Finnish Lapland.
Kakslauttanen is the perfect spot to enjoy some of Arctic Europe’s best winter activities, while experiencing the Northern Lights. While the aurora borealis is visible from October to March, we recommend visiting between December and March when the snow pack is at it’s peak. The resort also offers photo safaris at night when the Northern Lights are visable.
While most guests visit Kakslauttanen during the wintertime, hopeful of seeing the northern lights, the resort is open all year long offering an equally wonderful selection of activities in the summertime. From ATV rides, husky hikes, gold panning, horse riding to kayaking, canoeing and river cruises up into the Lemmenjoki National Park, there are activities for all ages during the summer months.