Unique Retreats: Luxe Glass Igloos Under The Northern Lights

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For years, ice hotels were the pinnacle of winter travel accommodations, but for today’s aesthetics-conscious adventurers, the hottest trend in cold weather lodging is luxury glass igloos.

Finland has led the charge. The futuristic Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort went viral a couple of years ago. In its wake, there are now more then 20 holiday resorts in Finnish Lapland that provide glass-roofed access to the Aurora Borealis. The latest to join their ranks, open just this month in Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village, is Snowman World Glass Resort.

This may be the most luxe take on the genre yet. Snowman World Glass Resort’s stand-alone apartments are charmingly designed in the Scandinavian style, with modern architecture and furnishings we expect to see in plenty of social media feeds come 2018. Each cabin includes a living area, a small kitchen, a bedroom upstairs, and floor-to-ceiling glass offering panoramic views of the snowy scenery and the Northern Lights.

Their best features are the private terraces, which may not seem like the ideal hang spot in the middle of the arctic winter… but that’s only because you haven’t heard that each one boasts a private hot tub and an ensuite sauna.

Prices for the glass apartments start at €496/night. The fee includes wifi, as well as all-day entrance tickets to Snowman Ice World and breakfast in the resort’s Restaurant Ensilumi. Other activities at the resort include ice skating, an ice restaurant, ice sculptures, and an ice bar for guests who need a warming-up from the inside out.

For more information, visit Snowman World here.