Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort 2017/2018 from £1399

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Venture north into the Arctic Circle and the far reaches of Finnish Lapland for a holiday experience like no other at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.

Kakslauttanen is a truly unique resort. An arctic village comprised of 31 log cabins and an assortment of ice-made buildings (constructed from new each winter) and their world famous glass and ice igloos! This represents one of the most remarkable ways to get close to the majestic nature of the north while revelling in the cosy luxury afforded by this exclusive retreat.

Your Adventure

A 4 day holiday sleeping under the stars by night and on manoeuvres by reindeer, husky or snowmobile during the day in Finnish Lapland's remote Urho Kekkonen National Park which sits astride the ancient Sami route to the Barents Sea, high above the Arctic Circle. Take it easy safaris or hardcore ones whichever take your fancy; but each and every night watching the stars overhead and, if the Gods are propitious, the Northern Lights. Not to mention Sami food to die for using ingredients from the forest and lakes. Not a man to let lichen grow under his feet and long known for his stylish Kelo Cabins & having pioneered Glass Igloos; last autumn owner/driver Jussi Eiramo went and combined the two creating a sort of CabiIgloo for yet more 'from your bed' Aurora spotting options, 

Your Lodgings

Kakslauttanen

Kakslauttanen East Village

The cabins at East Kakslauttanen are the handiwork of Jussi Eiramo who went there as a young man for a summer’s fishing and has stayed ever since. The cabin village, originally known as just Kakslauttanen, is probably Finnish Lapland’s most exquisite example of deadwood log cabins there is, and the giant one at its centre unique in every respect. The 31 cabins and restaurant are all testimony to Jussi's passionate attention to detail and come in varying sizes. All are equipped with shower, toilet, kitchenette, open fireplace and sauna, and set amongst trees around the central building. This has a fully licensed restaurant with an open fireplace around which local specialities are cooked, and a small handicraft/souvenir shop. Kick sleds are available free, gratis and for nothing & cross-country skis & snowshoes can be hired on the spot. It's very much a matter of personal opinion which village you might prefer but the East is perhaps more authentically Lappish in style.

Kakslauttanen West Village

As with the Jussi Eiramo's* East village, which is some 3 km away, the deadwood log cabins here look just as you would want a log cabin in Lapland to look like with a similar profile and amenities but generally larger: 52sqm ones for up to 5 people and 82sqm with two separate bedrooms for up to 6. Each is equipped with shower, toilet, kitchenette, open fireplace and sauna. The village also has two restaurants, one serving traditional Sami food and the other a touch of Asian fusion (don't ask!). *Owner and architect Jussi went to Kakslauttanen as a young man for a summer’s fishing and has stayed ever since;building first his original cabins, then an ice gallery and snow igloos, glass igloos, a smoke sauna and latterly the West Igloo village.

Combi Cabin Igloos

Kakslauttanen

The cabin bit looks like you want a log cabin to look like: built from the rare ‘dead standing’ pine known as kelo which, needing no machining, retains all its natural texture, colour and even pine smell. The igloo bit is made of a unique heated glass which keeps its clarity and through which you can see the stars and Northern Lights for as long as they appear and you can stay awake. The Cabigloos located in the West Village are 57 m2 with a twin sofa bed and bunk beds in the living area and twin beds in the Igloo bedroom part. Each has an open log fire, WC/Shower & private sauna.

Kakslauttanen Igloos

Kakslauttanen

The original glass igloos in the Kakslauttanen East Village, along now with newer larger ones in the West Village, are yet more testimony to Jussi Eiramo's obsession with detail. All are built with a thermal glass domed ceiling that insulates the interior to keep it warm and whose frost preventative element maintains crystal clear panoramic views even with outside temperatures as low as minus 30 Celsius. The smaller ones which are tiny, tiny have twin beds, hanging locker and a WC/hand basin, whilst the new larger ones at 32sqm have 4 single beds, shower and WC. Of course, if you are opposed to all this genuflection to modernity and want to go for the real thing, there are also snow igloos which maintain an inside temperature of between minus 3 and 6 degrees Celsius, and in which you bury yourself in a thermal sleeping bag for the night. Within a short walk of all igloos there are gender separated showers and saunas, perfect for washing and warming up in the morning before breakfast.

Your Itinerary

1st Day UK – Ivalo

fly with Finnair to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland via Helsinki. Private group transfer to Kakslauttanen’s East Village. Check in and sled your luggage to your Cabin Igloo with its own sauna, open fireplace and twin bedded glass roofed bedroom. Take buffet supper in the hospitality building’s restaurant and return to sleep under the stars (well under glass under the stars!)

2nd & 3rd Days Safari Excitement

After breakfast take the safari of your choice picked from our portfolio. From short ones, all day ones or overnight hardcore adventure tours by snowmobile, reindeer or husky. Whilst you can book on the spot it’s best to confirm at least the ones you really want to do before hand to ‘avoid disappointment’ as the ‘speak your weight ‘machine voices have it. And no we don’t speak with forked tongue – you’ll pay the same. In the evening take supper and then retire to sleep under the stars, or at least under glass under the stars, and watch the Northern Lights dancing hand in hand with Cassiopeia.

4th Day Ivalo – UK

breakfast with time for a wander to the Ice Village if you haven’t seen it; before transferring to Ivalo and your return flight(s) back to London.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled Finnair flight(s) from Heathrow via Helsinki to Ivalo
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Complimentary coffee/tea/blueberry juice and pay on board cabin service
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Private group airport/hotel transfers
3 nights accommodation at Kakslauttanen's east  or west village 
Lodgings in a small log cabin (2 nights) plus 1 night in a glass or snow igloo OR a Kelo Glass Igloo with private WC/shower, open logwood fireplace, private sauna and glass igloo bedroom (supplement applies)
WOOD FIRE LOGS & LIGHTING TUITION
3 Buffet breakfasts & 3 suppers
THERMAL CLOTHING INCLUDING DEER FLAPPED HAT AND BOOTS FOR DURATION OF STAY

Departure Dates & Prices:

November 1st - December 16th January 2nd  - April 8th 
£1399pp* [Cabin+Igloo]
Kelo Glass Igloo supplement £200 per adult (based on 4 people sharing)
Child (2 -12) discounts on request

FLIGHT PLAN
LHR HEL 0935 1020 1515 HEL IVL 1550 1635 1805
TRANSFER 30 MINUTES
IVL HEL 1220 1305 1435 HEL LHR 1515 1600 1710
*Guide Prices are based on our mid-level contract air fare. At the time of booking this may be slightly less or more and a proportionate reduction/supplement apply. 

Your Safaris

Reindeer Safaris

spend the daylight hours on one of the most tranquil journeys Lapland can muster up: a reindeer safari through the forest driving your own sleigh in a caravan led by a reindeer herder. You'll be picked up from Kakslauttanen and taken to Timo & Armi Palonoja's reindeer corral: a hand's on Sami family business with son Jukka gradualy taking over the reins. Settle on a sleigh under hide blankets before setting off through the wilderness. Relax, take in the fresh air and listen to nothing more than the muffled melody of the reindeer’s hooves drumming in the snow. You'll see wild animal footsteps, hear the wind rustling the tree branches and see the ancient untouched landscape pass slowly by. Stop to stretch your legs en-route and at the end of your journey take lunch in a Kota; the traditional reindeer herder’s shelter and home. Listen to his stories (both tall and short) whilst sipping your salmon soup. Departs from Kakslauttanen at 09.30hrs. 4 hours. £129pp 2 hours £113pp The longer safari includes a light lunch; the shorter one sooty coffee, berry juice & cookies.

Husky Safaris

Try the Formula 1 alternative to the tranquil reindeer safari with one by husky. You'll be picked up from Kakslauttanen and taken to the kennels where the dogs all have their own names, character and little kennel houses spaced out in a forest clearing. The musher will show you how to balance on the sled, use the brake, steer and generally handle your own dog team. Whilst all this is going down the cacophony of wooing, singing and howling will reach a near deafening pitch only to subside the moment your team pulls away; then all you will hear is the slicing of the runners cutting through the snow. En route you'll stop and tumble into a wilderness hut and warm up over an open fire and a hot soup lunch. Musher's stories are told and as with those from the reindeer herders they come both tall and short. Departs from Kakslauttanen at 09.30hrs. 4 hours. £156pp 2 hours £120pp* The longer safari includes light lunch; the shorter one sooty coffee, berry juice & cookies.

Snowmobile Safaris

The ultimate ATV for use on snow & ice, the snowmobile is the supersonic Jeremy Clarkson way of getting around in Sapmi, and riding one through the forest is just about as boy's own racer as it gets. Modern 4 stroke machines whether Bombardier Ski-Doos, Lynx or Polaris with their low centre of gravity are easy and safe to drive, controlled for acceleration and braking from the handle bar and having a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies. Scooting through the forest along soft snow trails, over frozen ice lakes and across mogul littered tundra is a magic way of enjoying the fjell landscapes. At the mid-point of your safari you can take a breather while your guide prepares an al fresco lunch around an open fire and you savour the silence of the wilderness and the sound of the wind winding round the tops of the pines. Departs from Kakslauttanen at 09.30hrs. 4 hours. £128pp 2 hours £97pp. Night time Aurora Safari departing at 20.00. 3 hours. £126pp The longer safari includes a light lunch; the shorter ones sooty coffee, berry juice & cookies.

Snowmoblie Aurora Safari

Hunt for the beautiful Auroras known as the Northern Lights; sometimes white, wispy and elusive at others rainbow coloured, swirling and dramatic. The Norwegian, who first gave an explanation as to how they came about was driven mad (literally) by them; if you’re lucky enough to catch them your reaction may be a touch more muted but no less awe struck. Mount your snowmobile and take off over the nearby fell landscape past snow covered trees into the open lakes and high hills of Urho Kekkonen National Park. The lights of Saariselkä retreat behind you as your headlights illuminate the snow in front of you, whilst overhead the sky is nothing but a canopy of stars. En route warm up around an open fire on top of the hills and, if the signs are propitious, wait for the lights of the aurora to illuminate your way back to Kakslauttanen. Departure 20.00 Daily.£126pp

Ice fishing by Snowmobile

After breakfast and a short safety briefing, set off on your snowmobile with your private guide for Lake Inarijarvi to join with local fisherman and a morning’s ice fishing followed by lunch Sami style around an open fire. Then follow a trail to the wooden Lake Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church originating in the 17th century and from there to Inari,the veritable heart of Sami culture, for a guided tour of Sami Silda which traces the history and times of the Sami people down the ages. Re-mount your snowmobile for a high speed scoot (you’ll have got the hang of things by now) back to the east or west village for supper prepared from your day’s catch. Departure at 09.30 (Tuesday to Saturday) 9 hours. £207pp Supplement for sole rider £25pp

Ski school and snowshoe rental

Nordic ski school with instructor £55pp for 1hour including 24 hour ski equipment rental 24 hour ski equipment and snowshoe rental £22pp

Highlight Sami Dinner Menus

3 Course Charcoal Grilled Salmon Menu £44pp 3 Course Wild Boar Filet Menu £47pp 3 Course Elk Filet Menu £55pp 3 Course Reindeer Filet Menu £50pp *Special menus must be booked in advance of travel. Please also advise any special dietary requirements.

Reindeer Corral & Husky Mushing

Combine two safaris in one with a visit to a reindeer corral and husky mushing. You'll be picked up from Kakslauttanen and taken to a local husky kennels where the dogs all have their own names, character and little kennel houses spaced out in a forest clearing. The musher will show you how to balance on the sled, use the brake, steer and generally handle your own dog team. After a brief lesson you will drive with your own dog team to Armi Palonoja's reindeer corral. Once there, a friendly Sami guide shows you around whilst telling you the history of reindeer in Sapmi (Lapland) and a nomadic reindeer herder’s life. After a light lunch head back to the husky kennels with your dog team and you will have a chance to learn more about the husky kennel before being taken back to your village. Departs from Kakslauttanen at 09.30 (Jan - April). 3 hours approx. £175pp

Reindeer Corral & Snowmobiling

Combine two safaris in one with a visit to a reindeer corral, snowmobiling there and back. You'll be picked up from Kakslauttanen and taken to a machine pick up point for a short safety briefing & driving lesson before scooting off through the forest along soft snow trails, over frozen ice lakes and across mogul littered tundra. Modern 4 stroke snowmobiles with their low centre of gravity whether Bombardier Ski-Doos, Lynx or Polaris are easy and safe to drive, controlled for acceleration and braking from the handle bar, and have a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies. when you arrive at Armi Palonoja's reindeer corral, a friendly Sami guide shows you around and tells of the reindeer in Sapmi (Lapland) and a nomadic herder’s life. After a light lunch you can swop drivers for the scoot back to the village. Departs from Kakslauttanen at 09.30. 3 hours approx. £150pp

KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC EXCURSIONS

Reindeer at Purnumukka Sami Village from £131pp

Includes:  Transfers  Thermal clothing  Winter booth and gloves  Hot Drink
Duration: 2 hours
Maximum two adults in the same sleigh

Aurora Hunting with Reindeer from £108pp

Includes:  Transfers  Thermal clothing  Winter booth and gloves  Hot Drink
Duration: 2 hours
Maximum two adults in the same sleigh

Reindeer Farm with Snowmobile from £160pp

Includes:  Transfers  Thermal clothing  Lunch
Duration: 3 hours
Price based on 2 people sharing

2 Hours Husky Safari from £135pp

Includes:  Transfers  Thermal clothing  Winter booth and gloves  Hot Drink
Duration: 2 hours
Price based on 2 people sharing

4 Hours Husky Safari from £191pp

Includes:  Transfers  Thermal clothing  Winter booth and gloves  Lunch
Duration: 4 hours
Price based on 2 people sharing

2 Hours Horseback Ride from £123pp

Includes:  Transfers  Thermal clothing  Winter booth, gloves and helmet  Hot Drink
Duration: 2 hours
Not recommended for children under 8

Aurora Hunting with Horse Sleigh from £123pp

Includes:  Transfers  Thermal clothing  Winter booth, gloves and helmet  Hot Drink
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price based on 2 people sharing

2 Hours Snowmobile from £113pp

Includes:  Transfers  Thermal clothing  Winter booth and gloves  Snowmobile mask and helmet  Hot Drink
Duration: 2 hours
Price based on 2 people sharing

Ice Fishing at Lake Inari with Snowmobile Sleigh from £206pp

Includes:  Transfers  Thermal clothing  Lunch  Visit to Siida Museum
Duration: 9 hours
Departures: Tue, Sat for minimum 2 people Daily with minimum 4 people

Santa’s Home Family Excursion from £203

Duration: 1,5 hours
Departures: 1 Dec - 7 Jan on Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 8 Jan - 21 Apr on Tue and Fri
Price based on 2 adults and 1-2 children

Aurora Hunting with Snowmobile from £146pp

Includes:  Transfers  Thermal clothing  Winter booth and gloves  Snowmobile mask and helmet  Hot Drink
Duration: 3 hours
Price based on 2 people sharing

What’s in store for you?

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort holidays provide a stunning and truly memorable combination of naturalistic adventure and luxurious escapism. Fill your days taking in the breath-taking snowy landscape on a variety of winter safaris, getting close to nature, breathing the clean cold air into your lungs as you take sleigh rides though the wilderness, pulled along by reindeer or husky.

Or there’s the opportunity for more modern, faster modes as you cross the snowy plains on your own snowmobile.

Then at night there’s the chance to kick back and relax as you take a sauna in your cabin, dine in the ice-built restaurant, take drinks in the ice bar, chill by the crackling heat of your own fireplace or sit back, sip something warming and gaze up into the galaxies of the vibrant arctic sky.

Kakslauttanen’s Famous Igloos

Kakslauttanen’s igloo accommodation is fast growing into one of the most sought after experiences for holidaymakers from around the world.

The ice igloo experience is a one-off chance to sleep in your own ice domain in the wilderness. Expertly constructed they sleep up to 5 guests, all given extra warm sleeping bags, socks and hoods for added protection against the elements. The igloo will protect you completely from the extreme night time cold (as low as -30 degrees!) as you cosy down for a quiet, unique night in the Arctic, in the glow of interior illumination.

Now, who wouldn’t want a night in an igloo of your very own?

Alternatively you can experience the glass igloo accommodation. Designed from special thermal glass you are totally protected from the outdoors at an ambient room temperature all night. The special glass structure affords you the thrilling, and wonderful treat of a night view out at the stars and the cool glow of a northern night.

Your Very Own Log Cabin?

As an alternative to the igloo options maybe you’d like a real sample of Nordic wilderness luxury with your own stunning log cabin.

All built within their own area to afford each guest a sense of tranquillity and exclusiveness the log cabins are a beautiful mix of comfort and style while allowing you to feel that you’re in the great outdoors.

Each cabin is built to the highest quality, all comprising eating area, toilet & shower, kitchenette as well as your own personal sauna and fireplace.

The perfect place to get away from the strains of modern life, unwind and enjoy the wintry wonderland around you.

A Taste of Arctic Luxury

After your amazing night in one of the igloos you can relax with a warming sauna and shower before breakfast or, for the more robust of mind, maybe a swim in the icy waters nearby! Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort holidays offer you a wonderful unique experience; ideal for a romantic getaway or a weekend off the beaten track. To find out more and to book your luxurious trip to the north call our consultants today.


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Snow Igloo or Glass Igloo

Package price per person when minimum of two persons share a log cabin and an igloo. Packages also available without flights. Ask also for special offers! Please ask for a price when three or more people wish to share the same cabin and/or snow igloo. Child discounts are also available.

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•The single supplement
•An extra bed for a third person who wishes to share the same cabin.
•Child discounts (up to 15 years old)
•Extra nights
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Please note that this is an unescorted trip and no guide services are provided.

As the flights to Ivalo are via Helsinki, you may wish to extend your visit to Finland by staying in Helsinki. If you wish to spend some time in the Finnish capital, call our office for further details and prices.