Glass igloos at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.
Glass igloos at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Saariselkä, Lapland (Finland)

This unique option successfully blends what a child dreams of when thinking about visiting Santa with more grown-up and even luxurious elements. Set in Finnish Lapland, 250km north of the Arctic Circle, it's the perfect spot for magical family holidays, both in winter and summer.

In the colder months, think snowmobile safaris, sleigh-rides and skiing (lessons are available, and the resort is ski-in ski-out). You can also head out on the water on an ice-breaker, take a dip in the frozen lake (staff will cut a space for you to swim) and relax in one of the smoke saunas for an authentic Finnish experience. And you can visit Santa, too, in his woodland lodge.

Between May and early August, the sun doesn't set, meaning you can fill your days (and nights) with activities including hiking, gold-panning and whitewater-kayaking. You can even enjoy a husky safari on wheels rather than skis, or 'borrow' a husky to join the family on a hiking experience. 

When it comes to re-fueling, the resort is home to two restaurants, offering both local cuisine and international fare, plus an ice bar. And you can even hire Santa's home for a private dining experience for your family.

With all that going on, you'll want a cosy haven to return to after a jam-packed day; choose between glass igloos, log chalets and snow igloos, among other options. Largely unencumbered by technology and mod cons, they are the perfect setting for some quality family time and for admiring the stunning scenery (keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights!).

Location

Located in northern Finland (Finnish Lapland), Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is just half an hour from Ivalo International Airport, to which there are regular flights from Helsinki. Transfers can be provided by the resort.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

What to expect

Cafe/restaurant
Half-board option
Hot tub
On-site shop
Sauna
Ski Classes
Ski In/ Ski Out
Transfers

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Icy lake.

Icy lake.

Northern Lights.

Northern Lights.

Accommodation

148 rooms.

Glass igloos sleep up to 4 in a double bed and extra beds. Available mid/late August–end of April.

Kelo-glass igloos sleep up to 6 (1 bedroom features a glass roof), with sauna, fireplace and kitchenette.

Log chalets sleep up to 10, with fireplace and sauna.

Snow igloos sleep 2, with sleeping bags provided.

Queen suites sleep 2, with sauna and outdoor hot tub.

Traditional houses sleep 2.

Sivakka chalets sleep up to 10 in 3 bedrooms, with kitchen, fireplace and sauna.

Santa's Home (the big man will give up his home for you and your family to stay!)

Gold Diggers' chalets sleep 4, with sauna and their own kick-sled.

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Horse riding in the snow.

Horse riding in the snow.

Facilities

Visit to Santa's home (pre-book).

Winter activities (bookable in resort): husky safari, reindeer safari, snowmobile safari, snow-tank safari, horse-riding, sleigh-rides, Aurora-hunting, ice-fishing, ski lessons, snowboarding, icebreaker cruises.

Summer activities (bookable in resort): gold-panning, husky safaris, horse-riding, hiking, riverboat cruises, visits to local national parks, museums and islands, midnight sun experiences, Norway excursions, Northern Lights viewing, ATV (all-terrain vehicle) safaris, foraging, canoeing and whitewater kayaking, fishing, mountain-biking.

2 restaurants (à la carte menus and local specialities) plus private dining (pre-book) at Santa Claus Celebration House 'Underground' restaurant or Smoke Sauna Restaurant.

Ice bar.

3 smoke saunas (including the largest in the world; must be pre-booked to allow heating time).

Equipment hire (clothing, skis, boots, bikes).

Gift shops.

WiFi (free).

Gold panning.

Gold panning.

Glass Igloo bedroom.

Glass Igloo bedroom.