I wanted to make this my first destination blog post, as even though it was a trip that we took in March 2018, I still think it was probably one of the best and will remain the most incredible places I’ve ever been too.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is located in Lapland, Finland (approx 250km’s north of the Arctic Circle and about a 4 hour drive to the Arctic Ocean). So as I’m sure you can imagine, IT WAS COLD. I’m going to attempt to break this post into 3 parts, Booking/Travelling, Accommodation and Activities.
As I work in the travel industry, I am lucky enough to access what we call a GDS system (For those that care, global distribution system (GDS) is a computerised network system owned or operated by a company that enables transactions between travel industry service providers, mainly airlines, hotels, car rental companies). Which is the Teletext looking system that you enter a variety of codes into and magically get flight availability on. (Don’t even start if you don’t know what Teletext is, you’ll make me feel old!) So this is how I booked the flights, and I contacted the resort directly to book the accommodation and all other activities whilst we were there.
We travelled over the Easter Long Weekend. My first tip for anyone looking to get as many trips/holidays in the year as possible. ALWAYS book to go away over Easter. You get 4 days off and don’t have to use any annual leave. Providing you don’t work weekends. It can be a little bit more expensive, but ensure you book with plenty of notice to make sure you aren’t paying through the roof on flights/accommodation.
To get to the resort, you need to make your way to Ivalo Airport. Seasonally there are direct flights from London (this is usually over the Christmas season for families wanting to go and visit Santa).
Unfortunately they had stopped by March when we travelled. So we took a flight from London Gatwick to Helsinki after work on Thursday night, and stayed overnight at and airport hotel, which included a delicious breakfast. I say stayed, I’m pretty sure we got about 4 hours sleep before we had to wake up.
A very early rise meant we then made the short connecting flight from Helsinki to Ivalo Airport. Which only takes an hour and a half from take-off to landing, with some pretty incredible views along the way. This meant we still had 3 full days at the resort to enjoy all things cold and snowy. We of course had to do the same journey to get back to the UK, but honestly it was pain free and the connections were super easy.
The resort itself is an Instagram dream, not to mention a drone enthusiast heaven. Honestly I could have taken about ten thousand pictures, I mean I was pretty close. We chose to stay in a Kelo-Glass Igloo, which was half Log Cabin, half Igloo. There was a less pricey option, and something a bit more expensive too. But I thought this looked the cosiest, most comfortable, and the best for Aurora spotting. (Side note, we saw no Aurora’s but we did go a little late in the season).
The room itself was huge and would have easily fit a family in, or up to six people as it had the main double bed in the log cabin, twin beds in the glass igloo and a set of incredibly designed wooden bunk beds. We were greeted with a cute little hamper of reindeer jerky and champagne.
One thing I annoyingly didn’t take a picture of was the cosiest traditional Finnish Sauna attached to the bathroom. Perfect for warming up those fingers and toes after a long day playing out in the snow.
One of the many stunning photos of the snow/trees and sun. Literally picture perfect.
Activities/Food and Drink
Things to do when you are here are endless, from Cross Country Skiing, Reindeer or Husky Rides, Snow Mobiles or to going to see Santa’s house. We spent hours being big kids, having snowball fights, sledging down big slopes (which I don’t remember being as painful as it was when I was younger!) And of course taking photos and videos of the beautiful surroundings.
I cannot recommend the Huskies and Snow Mobiles more. The dogs were the most beautiful things I have ever seen, and the snow mobile allowed us to let out our thrill seeker side speeding up the side of the mountains.
I could honestly sit here all day and tell you how insane the whole experience was. But I think you can tell that from the smile on my face. It really was a once in a lifetime trip.
When you book the accomodation it actually includes a Half Board dining plan, so breakfast and dinner are included. To be honest, we didn’t really feel like we needed lunch most days. A plate of chips and a couple of pints of beer were perfect for what we named “Après-Sledge”. It really does take it out of you being children!
The meals were served in the main restaurant (photo at the top of the page), which was a stunning dining hall decorated in all things ski chalet and what I can only imagine is traditional Finish decor. I honestly could not fault the food at all. The evening meals you were given a good selection of 3 starters, mains and puddings to choose from with a selection of bread and butter. On top of this each day you had the option to “upgrade” to their special meal, which you would have to pay a small supplement. I did this twice and tried the Arctic Crab starter and on the last night Reindeer steak… (Sorry Rudolf!) Both were incredible!
I have linked their website below for anyone who wants to explore a little bit more.