21-02-2017

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Nordic magic

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A place that is in very close contact with nature, with the northern sky, to the point where it's almost unreal: this is the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland, an example of sustainable holidays for more than forty years.



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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Nordic magic A place that is in very close contact with nature, with the northern sky, to the point where it's almost unreal: this is the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland, an example of sustainable holidays for more than forty years.


There are places where you feel like you've come home, so you decide to make it your home. This is what happened to the founder of the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Lapland, 250 km north of the arctic circle when he stopped almost by accident in the middle of nowhere in 1973, very close to Urho Kekkonen, the biggest national park in Finland.
Jussi Eiramo was forced to stop over during his journey to the northernmost village in Finland. This experience on the road to the North Cape turned into the start of a common story of hospitality in Lapland, home to the Sami, who have lived in this pristine environment for centuries, apparently so far from everything
From the outset, when Jussi Eiramo built the first cabin in Kakslauttanen to sell coffee and refreshments to the few passing tourists, the concept expanded and has now turned into a real township with 170 accommodation units. In harmony with the context and with the help of local skilled labourers and Sami artists, whose culture is strongly promoted, assorted types of buildings were built: from the typical vernacular log chalets to the now famous glass igloo where you can enjoy the northern lights and an unforgettable star-filled sky, or the midnight sun, from Santa Claus's house (they say he lives in these parts), to a real snow igloo, of course only available in winter.
The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort offers guests something that has become very rare: an experience determined by the unique ecosystem that the facility is located in, to re-connect with nature and respect our environment, something we all too often lack.  

Christiane Bürklein

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
http://www.kakslauttanen.fi/
Location: Sarisälka, Finland
Images: Courtesy of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, see captions