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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

All glass: see the light in Finnish Lapland

Finland is leading a trend in glass igloos, with more than 20 current such winter holiday resorts offering the chance to view the Northern Lights from the comfort of glass-roofed accommodation. Here are four new properties for the coming season

The Star Arctic Hotel in Saariselka, Finnish Lapland, opens on December 7.
The Star Arctic Hotel in Saariselka, Finnish Lapland, opens on December 7.

Star Arctic Hotel, Saariselka

Opening on December 7, this slick new property on top of the Kaunispaa mountain, 270 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and next to Sariselka’s ski centre and a new 1.2km-long sledding slope. It has 40 rooms and offers Scenic View suites, some with their own saunas, and glass cabins, as well as a restaurant and shop. The hotel is 25km from Ivalo Airport. Rooms cost from €360 (Dh1,567) per night, including taxes. For more information, visit www.stararctichotel.com.

The new rooms at the Star Arctic Hotel, Finland. Star Arctic Hotel
The new rooms at the Star Arctic Hotel, Finland. Star Arctic Hotel

Snowman World Glass Resort, Rovaniemi

At the Santa Claus Village, the new Snowman World Glass Resort opens on December 1, with 14 40-square-metre, angled-glass-fronted “apartments”, kitchens and a private sauna. Guests can eat in the a restaurant carved out of ice, and a stay includes breakfast and tickets to Snowman Ice World, which runs from December to March. The nearest airport is Rovaniemi Airport. Rooms cost from Dh2,136 per night, including taxes.

Iisakki Glass Village, Ruka-Kuusamo

Iisakki Glass Village in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland. Iisakki Glass Village
Iisakki Glass Village in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland. Iisakki Glass Village

Close to the Russian border in south-east Finnish Lapland, this new property has 10 designer box-like “villas” with glass roofs and frontage. It is 25 minutes away from Kuusamo Airport and 10 minutes from the associated Ruka resort. It has outdoor Jacuzzis, saunas and a restaurant specialising in local wild food. Rooms are 22 square metres and cost from €249 (Dh1,084) per night, including breakfast. For more information, visit www.iisakkiglassvillage.fi.

A room at Iisakki Glass Village, Finland. Iisakki Glass Village
A room at Iisakki Glass Village, Finland. Iisakki Glass Village

Northern Lights Huts, Levi

Close to Levi, Finland’s largest ski resort in the far north of the country, new, glass-roofed huts have been created at a historic Lappish reindeer farm. Huts cost from €250 (Dh1,088) per night, and house between two and four people; there is also an on-site restaurant The closest airport is Kittila. For more information, visit www.levi.fi.

Levi Northern Light Huts for Two. Riitta Kiukas / Levi Tourist Office
Levi Northern Light Huts for Two. Riitta Kiukas / Levi Tourist Office

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