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.