Igloo village guarantees the best view for a northern lights spectacle

One of the seven natural wonders of the world

The Igloo Village, which is part of Hotel Kakslauttanen, is guaranteed to give guests a prime position for viewing the northern lights display during the winter months. Located in the Arctic Circle near Finland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park, guests can stay in a glass-roofed igloo or brave the cold in a traditional snow igloo.

The Igloo Village offers a serene atmosphere, surrounded by snow and woodlands, creating an idyllic setting for viewing one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The night-time light display of the Aurora Borealis is caused by the collision of gaseous particles from the earth’s atmosphere, with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. It usually occurs during a geomagnetic storm, and is commonly viewed during the colder months of the year.

The 20 glass igloos are built from a special thermal glass that allows the temperature inside the igloo to remain constant and warm. This thermal glass also prevents frosting, and maintains a clear view even when outside temperatures drop below -30°C (-22°F). However, temperatures inside the traditional snow igloos aren’t so cozy. Kept between -3°C and -6°C (27°F and 21°F), guests will need to snuggle into a warm down sleeping bag, wearing woolen socks and a hood to keep the cold out.

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