ARCTIC FOX IGLOOS

Luxury glass igloo resort in Ranua, 90 km from Rovaniemi airport

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Arctic Fox Igloos is a luxurious glass igloo resort, located 5 km from Ranua Wildlife Park. Each glass igloo has a private sauna, own kitchenette, lake view and 270-degree glass roof sky panorama view. Lakeside location provides an unobstructed view to the far-reaching open lake and skies.

Arctic Fox glass igloos

Arctic Fox Igloos are open all year round. Peak season is from mid November to end of March.

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1. Location

Finland - Lapland - Rovaniemi airport (93 km) - Santa Claus Village (92 km) - Ranua Arctic Zoo (6 km).

Arctic Fox Igloos are located within 1 h drive from Rovaniemi airport. There is peaceful area on the shore of lake Ranuanjärvi. Igloos have open panorama sky and nature view over the lake.

The location being great for the Northern lights hunting - less light pollution and space to observe the sky from an igloo or from lakeside/frozen lake during winter.

To get there by plane:
Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily flights. Flight time - 1h20m. Price from 35€ (Norwegian, Finnair).
Igloos are located 93 km from Rovaniemi airport. Bus connection between Rovaniemi city center and Ranua 3-4 time per day (1h15min drive, ticket is ~18 €/1 way). Step off the bus at the Ranua Wildlife Park and follow the guide posts to the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo reception. Transportation from the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo to the Igloo Village is organized by the hotel.

To get there by train:
Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily trains by VR. Duration - 8-12h. Price from 68€ (Finnish railways VR).
Igloos are located 85 km from Rovaniemi city center. Bus connection between Rovaniemi city center and Ranua 3-4 time per day (1h15min drive, ticket is ~18 €/1 way). Step off the bus at the Ranua Wildlife Park and follow the guide posts to the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo reception. Transportation from the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo to the Igloo Village is organized by the hotel.

Car rental is recommended if you stay there few nights and would like to visit Rovanemi, Santa Claus village, Ranua Zoo and other Lapland attractions. Also food service is quite limited on-site, but there are few restaurants nearby in Ranua village and Ranua Zoo area.

2. Rating by Suomi-Holiday staff

Location: 4/5 1 h drive from Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village. Lakeside location with open view.
Facilities: 4/5 On site: on-site restaurant with a bar, garden with barbecue facilities. Activities available.
Comfort level: 5/5 Igloos with wc, shower, kitchenette and private sauna.
Style: 5/5 270 degree glass roof igloos. Modern and stylish.
Value for money: 3.8/5 From 419€/night. Price is for an experience, not barely accommodation.

3. Glass igloos

  • Glass Igloo with Lake View for 2 persons
  • Glass Igloo with Lake View for 2 persons + 1-2 extra beds for kids
Arctic Fox Igloos, glass igloo hotel in Lapland, Finland
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Arctic Fox glass igloos are located on the shore of the Ranuanjärvi lake. Each glass igloo has an unobstructed view across the open lake and sky. All igloos are equipped with glass panels heating in the sleeping area and in the kitchenette to prevent the frosting. The entrance, toilet, sauna and the washing room are situated in the wood-walled part of the igloo, facing the forest and providing privacy.

Glass igloo for 1-2 persons

Arctic Fox glass igloos plan

Room size 36 m².
Glass-walled bedroom with quality double bed or two separate beds.
Private bathroom with wc and shower. Sauna. Bathrobe and slippers.
Kitchenette with a table for two. Electric water boiler. Coffee maker. Microwave oven. Refrigerator/minibar. Coffee service set.
Lake view. Air conditioning. Heating. Hairdryer. Free WiFi.

Glass igloo for 2 persons + 1-2 extra beds for kids

Glass igloo with extra beds has the same shape, layout and equipment as standard igloo (see description above).

The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 2 - mainly for kids.

All children under 16 years are charged extra fee for extra beds (about 100€ per extra bed).

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4. Arctic Fox Igloos price

Prices depend on the season.

Glass igloo for 1-2 persons (price is given as a guide, valid in 2019):
- from 150€/night April, September.
- from 419€/night during autumn from September and low winter season end of November and March.
- from 550€/night during high winter season December-February/Christmas season.

Extra charge for beds for kids (max 2).

Breakfast included in the igloo price.

Half-board (dinner) for additional charge.

5. Good to know

Check-in time

Check-in time from 14:00 on the day of arrival.
Check-out time before 11:00 on the day of departure.
Late or earlier arrival: inform in advance.

Transfer

Igloo resort is located 93 km from Rovaniemi airport and 85 km from Rovaniemi city center.

Taxi price is about 180€/1-4 persons (approximate price). It is about 1,2 h drive.

Bus between Rovaniemi city center and Ranua is 3-4 time per day (1h15min drive, ticket is ~18 €/1 way).

Step off the bus at the Ranua Wildlife Park and follow the guide posts to the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo reception. Transportation from the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo to the Igloo Village is organized by the hotel for free.

Food

Breakfast included. It is served at the reception building.

Dinner is served at the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo Wild Arctic Restaurant (6 km). Transportation from the Igloo Village to the dinner is provided for free.

There are two dinner sittings: at 6 pm (18.00) and 8 pm (20.00). Advance reservation needed the latest 24 hours before arrival.

The Northern Lights

Arctic Fox glass igloo Northern Lights

It is possible to see the Northern Lights in Lapland from mid-August to the end of April in a dark time.
The Northern Lights are not guaranteed as it is a natural phenomena and it always depends on the current weather.

Location of the Arctic Fox glass igloo resort is good to see the Northern Lights. It is situated far from city lights on the lake shore with open sky panorama. There is no need to book any Aurora dedicated tour. If Aurora is visible you can see it from an igloo or outside on the yard.

Weather & Clothing

Typical daytime temperatures in the winter:
December: -20 to -10 degrees Celsius
January: -30 to -15 degrees Celsius
February: -20 to -15 degrees Celsius
March: -15 to -5 degrees Celsius

Recommended warm winter clothing: thermal under-layer, warm mid-layer, winter jacket, trousers and winter boots. Hat, gloves and scarf are essential.

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6. Activities

  • Meet the Polar bear in Ranua Wildlife Park (winter and summer)
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Husky safari
  • Lappish workshop in Ranua (available in summer too)
  • Fatbike tour (winter and summer)

Meet the Polar bear in Ranua Wildlife Park

Guide will take you the polar bears Nest and going through the safety instructions. You will not be allowed to go into the polar bear area, but you will have the chance to greet the largest predator in the world safely from the other side of the fence, just a couple of meters away. The animal keeper will provide you with interesting information on the Polar Bears and the Wildlife Park. Transfer to Polar Bear house will be on a sled pulled by a snowmobile guide.

The early departure time 07.45 am (in the morning). Meeting location: Safari House / Gulo Gulo reception. Price (2019): Adult €55, Child 4-14 years €41.

Snowmobile safari

Arctic Fox glass igloo snowmobile safari

There are different snowmobile safaris available from short 30 min family safaris up to 4 h drive safaris. Easy family safaris are well suited for the whole family as well as first-timers.

Starting point for the safari is Safari House / Holiday Village Gulo Gulo reception in Ranua. Duration from 30 min. Price (2019): Adult (shared snowmobile) €70, Adult (single driver) €110, Child 4-14 years €54, Child 0-3 years €40.

Husky safari

Arctic Fox glass igloo husky safari

Safari includes detailed information on steering the sled. Comfortable sleds head into the winter wonderland. A sled can transport two adults and a child. You have the opportunity to steer your own sled, and change drivers with the other adult in the sled halfway. Duration of the whole program is approximately 1 hour.

Lappish workshop in Ranua

Relaxing and ambient, Lappish arts and crafts moment with a local handicraft artist, Ms. Paula. Together with her assistance, you will have the opportunity to make a genuine reindeer leather souvenir for yourself. This arts and crafts workshop takes place in Ranua Zoo´s Lappish hut, which is located right next to info and ticket sales office. Duration of the program is approximately 1- 1,5 hours. Price (2019): Classic reindeer pouch €26, Mobile phone bag €35, Lappish jewellery €22

7. What's around Arctic Fox Igloos resort

  • Ranua Wildlife Park (5 km)
  • Mini-snowmobile track for kids (5 km)
  • Vaara reindeer Farm (3 km)
  • Lappish workshop in Ranua (5 km)
  • Finn horses (5 km)
  • Susimaa - Eco and Wolfdog farm (13 km)
  • Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi (92 km)
  • Moomin Snowcastle Finland (92 m)
  • Santa Park (90 km)

Ranua Wildlife Park

Ranua Wildlife Park offer an unique experience to see polar bears and 50 other different Arctic animal species. The animals live in spacious fencings in the midst of northern wide forests, in their as authentic natural environment as possible. For the wellbeing of the animals there are no lighting inside the Wildlife Park. If you visit the Wildlife Park after 2 pm in the wintertime you should bring your own torch with you. You can also buy a torch from the ticket sales office.
Entrance ticket is 15-19€/person depending the season (valid in 2019).

Mini-snowmobile track for kids

Mini-snowmobile track is located right at the main entrance of the Wildlife Park Ranua. Children can try their skills riding a mini-snowmobile in the winter. Before venturing on the track, the little snowmobilers are equipped with appropriate snowmobile-gear, and only 2 are allowed on the track at the same time. Mini-snowmobile track is open 25.12.–10.1., from 11.00–15.00. Price 10€ (in 2019)

Vaara reindeer Farm

Vaara reindeer Farm

Come and see the life in the reindeer farm. During the visit you will meet reindeer and see the work that is done on the farm. You will also get to feed the reindeer. After feeding the reindeer, a reindeer sleigh will take you to a warm hut for a hot drink and a chat with the people of the farm.
When: December through April. Duration approx. 1,5 hours.

Susimaa - Eco and Wolfdog farm

Susimaa is a wolfdog and farm and also own vegetable farm. Susimaa is a concept of a simple off-grid life in the middle of the woods and a step back into a living as it once has been. Open all year around for visitors. Different season – different tours – but always exclusive adventures for small groups only. Price from 40€ visit and meeting the dogs with coffee/tea at the bonfire (in 2019).

Santa Claus village

Santa Claus office

Santa office open every day, both winter and summer. Entrance and meeting with Santa - free of charge. No advance reservation needed.

Using of own cameras while meeting Santa is prohibited; professional photos and videos available for a fee. Price in 2019 is from 30€ up to 40-45€ for 6 high resolution photos and a video clip you meeting Santa. No obligation to purchase anything however.

Moomin Snowcastle

A huge Snow castle right in Santa Claus Village with residents of the Moominvalley. There are Moomin ice sculptures gallery - Moominmamma, Moominpappa and their friends - as five-meter snow and ice sculptures. 50-meter long slide, snow labyrinth, Moominvalley magic forest, fun zone with interactive wall, ice bar and souvenir shop.

Open every day from 9 to 19 throughout the winter season.
Price for 2019: 30€/adult; 18€/children (4–11 years old, 0-3 years old free of charge). All tickets are valid for one day.

Santa Park

Visiting SantaPark is a must-do activity for families with kids! This is an indoor Christmas theme park voted the top Christmas destination in the world. Plan a visit for at least 2-3 hours (usually kids want to stay there for a longer time).

There are Arctic Circle, Ice gallery and Ice bar, Angry birds activity park, gingerbread bakery, Elf workshop, Santa Claus office with real Santa, Magic train, Post office and Elf Show performances.

Open: Winter season - mid November - mid January. Summer season - end of June - mid August. Check our exact opening dates and hours from the SantaPark homepage.
Tickets are valid for 2 consecutive days. Price Christmas season 2018-2019: 34€/adult, 28€/child (3-12 y). Check our current prices from the SantaPark homepage.

Northern Lights flights

In case you come to Lapland from other side of the Earth to see the Northern Lights but clouds are blocking the sky - there is 1 solution. Check Northern Lights flights offered by Wild Nordic Finland (www.northernlightsflight.com).

Daily departures from Rovaniemi airport between December and March.
Pick you and return transfer to the airport. The air-plane is Piper PA-31 instrumental flight equipped with an anti-icing system and carries 7 passengers.
Flight time is around 1 hour, including take-off and landing preparations.
Price: 399€/person* (* price is valid in 2019). Minimum 2 person per booking.

8. Suggested itinerary

DAY 1

Helsinki Tuomaan Markkinat Arrival to Helsinki.
1 day in Helsinki.
Hotels in Helsinki for layover.

DAY 2

Morning flight to Rovaniemi.
Visiting Santa Village.
Transfer to Arctic Fox igloo resort and Check in.

DAY 3 - ACTIVITY DAY

Visiting Ranua Wildlife Park
Visiting husky or reindeer farm.
Evening snowmobile safari.

DAY 3 - OPTIONAL

Visiting Rovaniemi / Arcticum museum / SantaPark with kids
or
Cross country skiing or downhill skiing in Rovaniemi.

What to do around? Events.

International Grand Market 2019.

Thu-Sun 5.-8.9. International Grand Market 2019. Rovakatu-street, Pedestrian street, Lordi’s Square

Date: 5 August 2019 - 8 August 2019
Address: Rovakatu-street, Pedestrian street, Lordi’s Square, 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
Rovaniemi Autumn market.

Tue-Thu 17.-19.9. Rovaniemi Autumn Market. Market place.

Date: 17 August 2019 - 18 August 2019
Address: Market place , 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
Snowmobile Fair 2019

Sat-Sun 2.-3.11. Snowmobile Fair 2019. Lappi Areena.

Date: 2 November 2019 - 3 November 2019
Address: Lappi Areena., 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season 2019. Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle

Sun 10.11. at 16 The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season 2019. Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle.

The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season is an annual and traditional, merry event that starts the Christmas season in Rovaniemi. The event begins at 4 pm at the central square of Santa Claus Village. In Rovaniemi, Christmas is every day, but the opening ceremony reminds us of the Christmas’ message of goodwill, sharing and caring – all of the three main characters that Santa Claus stands for. To cherish the event’s message, the elves and local artists put on a festive concert that culminates in Santa Claus’ speech – what he got in store for us this year?

Grand Opening brings together Rovaniemi citizens and tourists to celebrate all things Christmas. It’s known for being a warm-hearted and welcoming event, that’s also a reason to visiting Rovaniemi for many. The evening is rounded off with dancing to Christmassy disco tunes.

The event is free of charge. The celebration is organized by Visit Rovaniemi.

Date: 10 November 2019
Address: Santa Claus Village, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
Santa is on his way, Santa Claus Village.

Mon 23.12.2019 at 19.00 Santa is on his way, Santa Claus Village.

Santa starts his annual mission from Santa Claus Village, where the elves put on a festive show to send him off and wish him the best of luck on his adventure. Right before hopping in his reindeer-pulled sleigh, Santa Claus gives a speech and sends Christmas cheer to the people of the world.

Date: 23 December 2019
Address: Santa Claus Village, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
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