Insider Guide: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Have you ever slept under the stars? Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort may not be a household name, but it's a magical place. If you have an interest in travel, you've probably seen it on multiple bucket lists. This resort is located deep within the Arctic Circle at the Northern tip of Europe and it's totally worth the trek.

A few years ago, my friend Louise and I were living in Switzerland and decided we had to visit. It was a now or never situation - or at least it felt that way.

We started our journey with a flight from Geneva to Helsinki, followed by another to Ivalo. From there, we hopped on a bus (keep in mind it's now midnight) to get to the resort. Everyone thought we were crazy for traveling all that way for four days but, YOLO. 

For the first night, we slept under the stars (literally) in a heated igloo with a translucent ceiling. The igloos are setup to enjoy the best view on earth, the Northern lights. Unfortunately, we weren't lucky enough to witness the lights, but it was still absolutely amazing. The remaining two nights, we slept in a rustic cabin equipped with a personal sauna.

We spent our days tobogganing, going on long walks, dog sledding (including falling off the dog sled and having to be rescued - whoops), throwing snowballs and being cozy near the fire. 

Our meals during the day consisted of chocolate, Pringles and an assortment of Finnish candy. I would recommend real food for anyone else making the trip. At night, we strolled to the dining room at the largest log cabin restaurant, surrounded by couples. Despite the rose petals and candles spread across our table, we had a great meal.  

If it isn't already clear, I would highly recommend a trip to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. It's the trip of a lifetime for anyone looking for a unique adventure.

Our Sassy Igloo Room 

Our Sassy Igloo Room 

Entrance to our Igloo!

Entrance to our Igloo!

So cozy

So cozy

Rare daylight

Rare daylight

Stunning sunsets at 3pm 

Stunning sunsets at 3pm 

Graphic washrooms 

Graphic washrooms 

Row of igloos 

Row of igloos 

Our cabin 

Our cabin 

Going for walks in no man's land 

Going for walks in no man's land 

Romantic bestie dinner 

Romantic bestie dinner 

Snacking on Finnish candy 

Snacking on Finnish candy 

Inner camper came out 

Inner camper came out 

Our Diet: Chocolate, Books & Gilmore Girls 

Our Diet: Chocolate, Books & Gilmore Girls 

Tea time to stay warm 

Tea time to stay warm 

Time to get cozy! 

Time to get cozy! 

Post dog sled cuddles 

Post dog sled cuddles 

Never wanted to leave

Never wanted to leave

Happy Guy 

Happy Guy 

Weeeeeee 

Weeeeeee 

Bye! 

Bye!