- Kakslauttanen has expanded from humble beginnings to two separate East and West ‘Villages’ of cosy log cabin chalets, glass and snow igloos, hybrid log-and-glass igloos, and restaurants.
- The Northern Lights are a priority and the resort is right in the zone for optimal aurora viewing.
- The resort, open year-round except for May, occupies two sites some 155 miles (250km) north of the Arctic Circle on either side of the main northbound Lapland highway to the North Cape, so spectacular and extreme winters are practically guaranteed.
- Most visitors arrive by flights to Ivalo airport a 30-minute drive away.
- In the short snow-free summer and colourful autumn, trekkers head for the trails across the upland fells of the adjacent Urho Kekkonen National Park.
- The Saariselkä resort town is a 15-minute drive from the original East Village.
- Winter clothing and equipment rental is available.
- Guests can enjoy the snug self-sufficiency of their comfortable cabins.
- Spa and massage services are available and the resort sports the world’s biggest smoke sauna accommodating up to 100 bathers at once.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
There are two big husky farms right next door to Kakslauttanen. It won’t take you long to get a feel for steering huskies, and before you know it, you’ll be sledding through the wilderness drawn by these eager and friendly dogs. No petrol fumes, no rumbling engines – just you and the call of the wild. There is a range of safari lengths available, from a snappy 15-minute ride to a full-on overnight adventure.
Our reindeer safari is a relaxing trip into nature, hosted by local reindeer herders. On a reindeer safari you can chat with the locals and connect with Sami people in an authentic way. We offer varying lengths of safari, with the longest including an outdoor lunch.
This is the fastest, loudest and most adrenaline-pumping way to get around in Lapland’s nature. On our snowmobile safari, we’ll ride down the fell into the snowy forest, enjoying some of the best scenery the region has to offer. The two-hour safari includes an outdoor coffee break, while the four-hour safari includes lunch prepared over an open fire and enjoyed out in the open. For those craving more, we also offer an overnight safari.
However cold and windy the weather, you’ll be warm and comfortable in our enclosed panoramic sleigh, pulled by our unique snow tank. We’ll take you across the snowy fells while you take in the beauty of the landscape surrounding you, with a guide to answer all your questions and tell you more about what you’re seeing. Choose from a two or three-hour ride, with a break for traditional refreshments on the way.
Winter horseback riding is worth a try, even if you’ve no previous experience. Children can also give it a try. The Finnish Christmas comes to life in a special way when riding a sleigh, with the snowy forest around you, the sound of bells tinkling in your ears, and the comfort of warm blankets covering you.
Seeing the northern lights casting their magical glow across the Arctic sky is always an impressive sight, but what makes it truly unforgettable is a special trip to chase this natural phenomenon. Imagine a nocturnal adventure in the wilderness, riding a sleigh drawn by a reindeer or horse, enjoying the panoramic views from the snow tank’s sleigh, speeding along on a snowmobile, or perhaps gracefully gliding on skis.
How about going ice fishing on Inarinjärvi with a local guide? You can also take part in searching and emptying the winter nets (juomus in the regional dialect). After a lunch prepared over an open fire, we’ll ride snowmobiles to a church in the wilderness, at Pielpajärvi, and then on to the museum of the Sami people at Siida.
Saariselkä has frequently been ranked as one of the world’s best cross-country skiing destinations. The diverse network of ski tracks runs for almost 200 kilometres, with around 30 kilometres being illuminated. At Kakslauttanen, you can get going right from the yard of your chalet. We offer ski instruction to people of all ages, and the ski bus service means you’ll be able to enjoy all parts of the extensive network of tracks. The ski season is long – tracks are usually available in October, and you can ski right through into May.
The two fells of Saariselkä, Finland’s northernmost ski centre, are just a 15-minute drive from Kakslauttanen. Saariselkä boasts 15 slopes of varying difficulty, and also boasts a Freestyle Park.
An icebreaker cruise out of the town of Kemi is one of Finland’s most popular travel attractions, and this nautical experience is within easy reach of Kakslauttanen. Over the course of the day-long trip, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a dip in the icy Bay of Bothnia – in a dry suit, mind you. The period for icebreaker cruises extends from mid-December until the end of April.
The rolling fells of Lapland are made for horse riding. The vast landscapes and the great silence make this horse safari a truly exceptional and captivating experience. Roaming the wide-open wilderness on a Finnish horse, you’ll find it hard to avoid the feeling of a little cowboy – or cowgirl – awakening within you. The children also have a chance to ride on Icelandic horses.
Gold mining has taken place in the area of Kakslauttanen for centuries. Many have been seriously struck with gold fever, and they have remained in Lapland for life. At the gold-panning site, you’ll get to try your luck.
Experience the arctic wilderness with a loyal companion, a husky dog. Together you will experience the amazing views and arctic nature of the Kiilopää Fell area, right on the border of Urho Kekkonen National Park, the largest national park in Finland. The climb is moderate. You will learn about the arctic wildlife and plants along the way. The hike ends at the husky farm where you get to thank your companion. Also, who knows if you are going to see some of the incredibly cute husky puppies!
Many people in Lapland reckon that the Lemmenjoki National Park is the most beautiful area in the province. On a riverboat cruise, you’ll get acquainted with the Sami village of Lemmenjoki and make a stop at the waterfall of Ravadas. While you’re having lunch on the shore by the fire, the guide will tell you tales of gold mining, local reindeer herding and the Sami culture. On the way back, you’ll visit the Sami museum of Siida in Inari.
On an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) safari you get to ride in diverse terrain and see Lapland’s nature open up in a completely different way than in the winter. Choose between various distance options for our ATV safaris. Aurora hunting option available!
Canoeing is one of the best ways to immerse to the pure nature of Lapland. Your experienced guide provides gear and instructions so you are all set for your adventure. The Ivalo River is almost entirely a wilderness river. Paddle peacefully on the calm waters of the Ivalo river and admire the surrounding wilderness. When you are having a break and enjoying soup lunch by the open fire the guide will tell you stories of the local nature, history and culture. The river is nicknamed the “river of gold” as during the Lapland gold rush plenty of gold was found on its banks.
In the vicinity of Kakslauttanen there are dozens of kilometres of well-marked biking routes, both for beginners and active cyclists. You can rent a bike from us for the easy routes.
You won’t find a better place for hiking or trekking than Kakslauttanen anywhere in northern Europe. You can enter the Urho Kekkonen National Park, one of Finland’s largest natural conservation areas, right behind our chalets. And the Lemmenjoki National Park is just down the road too. Don’t worry about taking water bottles with you either – the environment here is so clean that you can drink straight out of a mountain stream.
This is where true anglers come to make their dreams come true, but also where beginners can get a taste for this exciting sport. There are more than a few crystal-clear rivers just a short car ride from Kakslauttanen where anglers of all skills and ages can try their luck. Trout, grayling and Arctic char are among the many fish populating our rivers.
The magnificent aurora will often light the skies of Northern Lapland from late summer. Our organised aurora trips start in late August. You can go aurora chasing with us on horseback or in a horse-drawn carriage. Of course, if you prefer the other type of horse power, you can get there just as well on a quad bike.
Kakslauttanen has expanded from humble beginnings to two separate East and West ‘Villages’ of cosy log cabin chalets, glass and snow igloos, hybrid log-and-glass igloos, and restaurants. The Northern Lights are a priority and the resort is right in the zone for optimal aurora viewing. The tiny turf-roof cabin with which entrepreneur Jussi Eiramo founded Kakslauttanen in 1973 as a roadside café remains in the East Village. The rest consists of large traditional log cabins, a cosy reception and restaurant building, a cluster of glass igloos and, in season, snow igloos.
The West Village started life as a Santa Claus resort but now includes a fabulous celebration hall, a magical Santa Claus house, a new restaurant, more glass igloos and cabins, ingenious north-facing glass igloos attached to log cabins, and activities such as gold panning and reindeer and husky sled rides. Wooden art carvings and outdoors lighting housed in log lanterns add a charming touch. Spa and massage services are available and the resort sports the world’s biggest smoke sauna accommodating up to 100 bathers at once. Activities from aurora hunting expeditions on snowmobiles and reindeer or husky sleds to horseback riding, skiing and quad-bike safaris are offered for a fee. Winter clothing and equipment rental is available. Multinational and multilingual staff are helpful and eager.
Holiday is such a short period that you probably want to get all the fun out of your special days. That’s why we have designed our place in a way that allows you to enjoy Lapland’s nature and culture comprehensively starting from personal accommodation.
Admire the northern lights and the twinkling of the bright starry sky in one of our Glass Igloos – either with a group of friends, or snuggled up romantically with your loved one. The two-person igloos include a toilet and the option of an extra bed. Saunas and showers are available in separate buildings. The four-person igloos include their own toilet and shower. The Glass Igloos are available to book all through the Northern Lights season, beginning from around 24th August until the end of April.
Our newly built Kelo-Glass igloos combine the comforting warmth of our cosy log chalets with the sensational views of our world-famous glass igloos. Sleeping up to six and featuring a private sauna, fireplace, kitchenette, and a bedroom with a stunning glass roof, they’re made from Lapland’s unique Kelo pinewood. Take in the enchanting beauty of the northern lights and the Lappish wilderness from the comfort of your own private hideaway.
Our log chalets for one to ten people are made of impressively large kelo pines – trees that once stood dead and dried out – and designed in a rugged style that fits perfectly with their wild surroundings. While you won’t find widescreen TVs or dishwashers inside, you can enjoy even better sources of entertainment in every chalet – a fireplace and a sauna.
A night in one of our snow igloos is an unforgettable experience. Rarely does anyone get the chance to sleep as cosily as they do in an ice-cool igloo that shields them from even the faintest outside noise. Even if the mercury dips to minus 40 degrees centigrade outside, the temperature inside is a consistent minus three to minus six. We’ll provide everything you need for a cool, comfortable night in, such as a down sleeping bag.
For lovebirds travelling together, we have a truly classy suite. The spacious 60 m2 log chalet made of kelo wood features a great bathroom with conveniences like a bath tub and sauna. On the terrace, there’s an outdoor Jacuzzi for relaxing bathing whatever the season.
Earth lodges (kammi in Finnish) have been used as residences in Finland since ancient times. Their turf roofs conceal them in the landscape, as if forest trolls had built them. It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate love nest – the earth lodge is the perfect hideout. And why rush out? After all, you do have a sauna and a great bathroom with bathtub all to yourselves.
In the almost century-old traditional house, you can immerse yourself in the authentic Lapland lifestyle of old. The hectic, modern rat race will feel like a distant memory as you rock comfortably in the rocking chair. The log house sleeps two people, and naturally it features a sauna as well. The house also has a very interesting past, very much intertwined in world history.
Gold Digger's chalets
How about staying on the banks of the golden river, in peace and quiet? These idyllic chalets have their own sauna, and in the front yard you’ll find a kick sled. This traditional Finnish winter runabout will get you to the restaurant or activity sites in no time.
Five restaurants serve the resort, with two (one in each village) of these open to all guests, the others available for groups and events. There is a glass igloo bar at the West Village Aurora restaurant where a buffet breakfast of fresh breads, fruit, porridge, fish and cereals is served, similar to that in the log restaurant in the East Village. Local ingredients such as reindeer and fish soup figure prominently on the dinner menus.
Our two restaurants offer à la carte menus packed with delicious local Lappish cuisine. Depending on where their accommodation is located, guests can enjoy meals at either our traditional Kelo restaurant or our West Village Aurora restaurant with its famous glass igloo bar. For groups booking in advance, dining is also available in our Santa Claus Celebration House, Korsu “The Underground” Restaurant or Smoke Sauna Restaurant.
Kakslauttanen might be situated in the wilderness, but that doesn’t mean that you should expect to rough it when you arrive here – on the contrary in fact. Our international staff are here to serve – and indeed pamper – you in many different languages.
While you’re in Finland, going to the sauna is an essential part of your holiday. The heat will help you relax and unwind and relieve you of stress, both physically and spiritually. By the river, we have three different-sized smoke saunas, the largest one of which is the largest smoke sauna in the world. The three saunas can take up to 100 bathers at once. Each of them has a fireplace in the dressing room. At the end of the jetty, you can take a dip in the water, and don’t worry if it’s frozen over – we’ll cut a hole in the ice. The refreshingly cold spring water is pure enough to drink. The smoke saunas are only available by special order because it takes six to ten hours to heat them up. In the western village there are two further smoke saunas at your disposal.