Imagine a vacation spent cozy in a cabin with the soft snow falling outside and the northern lights dancing in the clear sky. The Snowman World Glass Resort in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland provides just that and more. These igloo style cottages are the perfect place to discover the natural beauty of the Arctic Circle in the luxury of a modern setting. The most impressive feature of these lovely cabins are the large windows and the glass ceiling that gives you unrestricted views of the northern lights. The shape of the cottages is inspired by Lapland’s classic “Kota” huts which were originally created by the Sámi who had a nomadic reindeer herder lifestyle. They would sleep in Kota huts as they travelled and then would pack them up to take to the next place. These cottages are a new take on the traditional building which connects people with Finland's history. Staying in the Glass Resort cottages can also come with a three-course dinner in the Ice Restaurant. Each room has a double bed, and there is the option of having an extra bed in the sofa too. Each of the cottages is 430 square feet which is just enough space for two or four people at most. There's also a private sauna and an outdoor hot spring too. Plus, there is a bathroom with an Aroma Sense shower for the ultimate spa-like experience.
The cottages also have mini kitchens with a kettle, fridge, coffee maker, stove and microwave so guests can make simple meals during their stay. There's also some dinnerware as well to make it a more pleasant experience rather than having to use paper plates. Each cottage also has a safety deposit box, linens, towels, slippers, and bathrobes. There is also a TV and wireless internet too. There are 24 quaint cabins in total, but they do book up quickly. The cottages were created by VOID Architecture, and Finnish house manufacturer Honkatalot and they did an excellent job of creating each of these accommodations. The living room and bedroom areas feature the large wall of windows making it perfect for feeling immersed in the forest. The rest of the cabin is made from timber creating a nice balance between modern and natural materials. They have a nice, modern feel to the interior design as well, making it feel like you're staying in a 5-star hotel. It happens that it's even located right next to where Santa Clause is supposed to live in the North Pole making it an exciting destination for both kids and adults. Each cottage costs around €450 ($520) per night and includes everything mentioned here except for meals.
The company also offers tours of the surrounding landscape during the day and at night so you can see the northern lights outside. They also do tours on snowmobiles which would be really fun as well as some winter activities like tobogganing and snowshoeing. But who would want to leave the comfort of these sweet little cabins or the warmth of the outdoor jacuzzi? It seems that experience centred vacations like this one are very popular these days as people don't just want to get away, they want an experience they'll remember for the rest of their lives. Another great way to see the northern lights if you live in North America and don't want to venture too far is to book a stay at a cabin up north in the Yukon or even in northern British Columbia or Alberta. Seeing the northern lights from the best vantage point is something that everyone needs to experience at least once in their lifetime.
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