Stay in an igloo under the Northern Lights

Summer is over, and soon winter will come. Imagine spending the night under the Northern Lights in an igloo. There are a number of igloos in northern climes around the world, and some of them are listed on Airbnb, offering a selection of dreamy winter vacations. There are options for real ice igloos and more modern glass igloos.

The Nordic countries of Europe have some of the best igloo accommodation and offer a chance to really connect with Santa’s winter world. One of the best ways to spice up your trip is to book unique and interesting accommodations. Sometimes accommodation can be just as important as the activities and tours one chooses to do.


Real snow igloo in Finnish Lapland

Some of the best igloo accommodations are found in Nordic countries like Norway, Sweden, and Finland. In Pelkosenniemi in Finland, visitors can book the Snow Igloo. It is nestled in mystical Finnish Lapland, far to the north of the country. It is nestled next to Lake Pyhäjärvi and Pyhä-Luosto National Park and is a cold but beautiful region of Finland.

The igloo is owned by a family business called Lucky Ranch and is a rare opportunity to sleep in a real snow igloo that they build every winter. Lucky Range is a day tour operator in Northern Finland offering not only igloo accommodation but also a range of activities.

At the Snow Igloo, it is possible to see the Northern Lights. The igloo has real beds and a nice atmosphere with LED lights and white walls.

  • Evaluation: 4.81/5.00 stars on Airbnb
  • Price: 130 euro ($140) per night
  • Ability: Max 4 people per igloo
  • Breakfast: Light self-service breakfast included

It always cools the igloo with a sub-zero temperature (otherwise it would melt). A warm sleeping bag is provided, but guests are advised to bring warm clothing, including thermal layers, a warm hat, socks and gloves. A headlight or flashlight is also handy.

Related: Rare and beautiful places to catch the Northern Lights

Snow Igloo facilities and activities in Lapland

In case people get a bit too cold, there is also a warm apartment available. Guests need not worry about being cold for the duration of their stay. Just walk through the cozy house with a toilet, shower, living room and small kitchen. The use of the house comes with the reservation of the igloo.

Outdoor activities on offer include horseback riding, snowshoeing, snowboarding, canoeing and mountain biking. See the full list of activities offered on their website.

Visitors can also use their traditional Finnish wood-fired sauna by the lake (it is ideal to use all year round).

The igloo is 10 km (6 miles) from restaurants and the supermarket, so guests can bring groceries and necessities with them.

Related: Travelers can now spend the night in a heated igloo at the North Pole

Floating glass igloo in Sweden

Not all igloos have to be made of snow and ice. After all, if you’re in an ice igloo, you can’t watch the Northern Lights in bed. Another option is to stay in a glass igloo in northern Sweden on Airbnb. The Aurora Igloohotel is a floating glass room on one of Sweden’s lakes that freezes over in winter.

  • Price: Approx: $371 per night
  • Ability: 2 guests

These igloos are also nestled in the Sami (Lapland) region of northern Sweden and provide a memorable arctic experience.

Guests are guided to the igloo in total desert by a mountain guide. At the igloo, guests can relax in a wilderness free of human influence (hopefully) with the Northern Lights dancing overhead. There is no man-made light pollution here.

Activities include skiing, snowshoeing and a husky ride. Also keep an eye out for reindeer and other arctic wildlife. You can also try your hand at ice fishing.

As the igloo is made of glass, it is not only open in winter. In the spring, visitors can continue ice fishing in the warmth of the Igloo boat through the floor. In summer, Lapland transforms and lends itself perfectly to hiking and exploring. Come in the fall and admire the northern foliage and its bright colors, wild berries and even mushrooms.

Autumn is also the best time to fish because the fish are gorged before winter.

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