ARCTIC GLASS IGLOOS

Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos resort 35 km from Rovaniemi

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Arctic Glass Igloo resort is the Lapland holiday village with 360-degree glass roof igloos. There are also Snow Hotel, Ice restaurant and Ice bar, Ice chapel and Snow sauna in the resort area. Everything to experience snow and ice activities in 1 place, and try your luck to see the Northern Lights.

Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos resort in Lapland, Finland
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Arctic glass igloos are open from mid September till March 31 during Aurora season.

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1. Location

Finland - Lapland - Rovaniemi city center (27 km) - Rovaniemi airport (35 km) - Santa Claus Village (35 km).

Arctic Glass Igloos are located on the Arctic Circle, 30 min drive from Rovaniemi Airport.

To get there by plane:
Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily flights. Flight time - 1h20m. Price from 35€ (Norwegian, Finnair).
Resort is located 35 km from Rovaniemi airport. Taxi or pick up service available for an additional fee.

To get there by train:
Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily trains by VR. Duration - 8-12h. Price from 68€ (Finnish railways VR).
Resort is located 27 km from Rovaniemi railway station. Taxi or pick up service available for an additional fee.

Location of the resort is quite remote. Car rental is recommended if you stay there few nights to be more flexible with travelling around.

2. Rating by Suomi-Holiday staff

Location: 3.5/5 35 km from Rovaniemi airport and 27 km from Rovaniemi city center. No public transport available. Car recommended.
Facilities: 4/5 On site: Ice Restaurant and Ice Bar, Ice sauna. Aurora Alarm service. Food available only in the restaurant on-site. Meals are served at set times and outside those times there is no menu. Limited activities available.
Comfort level: 3.8/5 Igloos with wc and shower. Limited time for hot water use.
Style: 5/5 360 degree glass roof igloos.
Value for money: 3,8/5 Discounted igloo price from 280€/night during low season. Peak season price up to 990€/night!

3. Glass igloo types

  • Twin glass igloo 1-3 persons
  • Family glass igloo 1-5 persons

There are now 39 glass igloos with 127 beds.

Twin glass igloo

Plan Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos  twin igloo

Room size 20m². 360º glass roof. 2 single beds. Third bed can be added as an extra bed for additional fee.

Each glass igloo has heated floor and thermal-glass roof. Private bathroom with a shower. The beds are motorized to adjust the optimal position for sleeping or viewing the skies.

Room facilities: seating area, hairdryer, refridgerator, electric kettle, wifi.

Family glass igloo

Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos family glass igloo layout

Room size 33m². 360º glass roof. Suitable for 1-5 persons. There are 4 single beds in the igloo. Fifth bed can be added as an extra bed for additional fee.

Heated floor and thermal-glass roof. Private bathroom with a shower. The beds are motorized to adjust the optimal position for sleeping or viewing the skies. Due to the motorization feature of the beds there can not be a double bed.

Room facilities: seating area, hairdryer, refridgerator, electric kettle, wifi.

Availability and Price

4. Glass igloo price

Prices depend on the season.

Glass igloo for 1-2 persons (price is given as a guide, valid in 2019):
- from 349€/night September – November 15 (open on specific dates only).
- from 399€/night during low winter season end of November and March.
- from 549/599€/night during high winter season December-February/Christmas season.

Family glass igloo for 1-4 persons (price is given as a guide, valid in 2019):
- from 599€/night September – November 15 (open on specific dates only).
- from 699€/night during low winter season end of November and March.
- from 799/899€/night during high winter season December-February/Christmas season.

1 extra bed to each igloo (total 3 persons in twin and 5 persons in family glass igloo):
Adult 130€ / night.
Child (2–12 years) 80€ / night.
Child without bed (sleeping with parents only) 40€ / night.

Breakfast, Wi-Fi included.

Compulsory dinners:
Dec 24: Buffet dinner with Finnish Christmas food. Santa Claus visit with a little gift during the evening. 99€/adult, 69€/child (price as a guide for 2018).
Dec 31: Buffet dinner at Log restaurant or 4-course dinner at Ice restaurant. Activities and fireworks arranged outside, welcome drink. 130€/adult, 90€/child (price as a guide for 2018).

5. Good to know

Check-in time & Transfer

Check-in time from 15:00 on the day of arrival.
Check-out time before 11:30 on the day of departure.
Late or earlier arrival: inform in advance.

There is no public transport between Rovaniemi and Arctic Glass Igloos. Hotel arranges transfer upon request.

Food

Breakfast is always included and is served at Log restaurant 7:30-10:00.
If you leave before the breakfast starts, you can request for breakfast package from the reception before you leave.

There is Kota Restaurant on-site. It is located on the lake shore. It serves lunch and dinner. Lunch is served daily at Kota restaurant 12:00-15:00 and can be ordered from the reception.
There are fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. On the menu also burgers, salads and pasta dishes. The speciality dish of Restaurant Kota is the glowfried salmon fillet.

Arctic SnowHotel

Arctic SnowHotel

Arctic SnowHotel is located next to the glass igloos and the entrance fee is included for the guests staying in the glass igloos.

Arctic SnowHotel includes approximately 30 hotel rooms, Ice chapel, Ice Restaurant and Ice Bar. The temperature inside is between 0C and -5C degrees at all times.

Please note that the Snow Hotel, Ice restaurant and Ice bar needs to be re-built every year, and the construction takes place from October to December. This might cause some disturbance. Snow Hotel and Ice restaurant and bar are only open from the 20th of December until the 31st of March.

Sauna

Finnish sauna is included in the accommodation price in common use for women at 21:00-22:00 & 08:00-09:00 and for men at 22:00-23:00 & 09:00-10:00.

Sauna in private use can be booked, snow sauna and/or outdoor jacuzzi - for an additional price.

The Northern Lights

Arctic SnowHotel Glass Igloos 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 glass igloo resort is good to see the Northern Lights as it is situated far from city lights. 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.

Northern Lights Alarm service available in the glass igloos. It immediately sounds gently an alarm when the Northern Lights can be seen in the sky. Aurora Alarm service operates during the winter season between the times 23:30 – 6.30.

Wi-fi is available in accommodations and resort area.
Mobile phones work well.

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.

Winter clothing for rent (jacket, trousers, shoes, hats, gloves and wool socks) - 20-30€/person/entire stay at Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos.

6. Activities on-site

  • Visiting SnowHotel
  • Sauna experience
  • Ice fishing
  • Snow shoes trips

Visiting Arctic SnowHotel

Arctic SnowHotel Ice Restaurant

Visiting Arctic SnowHotel on-site in included for glass igloo guests of the resort. Inside Arctic SnowHotel there are approximately 30 hotel rooms, Ice chapel, Ice Restaurant and Ice Bar. Arctic SnowHotel is one of the largest in the Nordic region. Hotel building is carved each year to be different in appearance. The walls and furniture surfaces of the unique rooms are decorated with ice art and illuminated artwork.

Traditional sauna

There is traditional log-built sauna for common use by guests. The common sauna shifts for men and women are every evening at 21:00-23:00 and in the morning 8:00-10:00 (this is included in the accommodation price). The hotel reserves the right to change the time for the public sauna shifts.

Snow sauna

Arctic SnowHotel snow sauna

Snow sauna available on-site (extra fee). Sauna is made from snow and ice. Only the sauna benches are made from wood. There are also outdoor heated Jacuzzis with massaging jets available (extra fee). Rates for private sauna (minimum 2 persons): Finnish sauna 20€/person; Finnish sauna + snow sauna 45€/person; Finnish sauna + outdoor jacuzzi 40€/person; Finnish sauna + snow sauna + outdoor jacuzzi 65€/person (*prices are valid in 2019, given here as a guide).

Snow shoes

Snow shoes can be rented at any point free of charge. Guided snowshoe trips. Arranged for hotel guests daytime, approximately 2 hours. Price ~90€/adult, ~60€/child.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing

Ice Fishing on the adjacent Lake Lehtojärvi for pike-perch, perch, white-fish. Arranged for hotel guests daily in the morning. Proximately 1 hour. Price ~50€/adult, ~30€/child (*prices are valid in 2019, given here as a guide).

Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos does not offer own snowmobile, husky and reindeer safaris. Those activity providers can be found nearby. In order to get a wider selection of things to do take a look at activities in Rovaniemi: www.visitrovaniemi.fi/see-do/activities/; Santa Claus Village - santaclausvillage.info/activity-services/.

7. What's around Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos resort

  • Aurora eMotion starting point - first electric snowmobile safaris in the world (200 m)
  • Huskypoint - husky farm and safaris (10 km)
  • Santa Claus office (34 km)
  • Moomin Snowcastle Finland (34 m)
  • Santa Park (31 km)
  • Arktikum museum, Rovaniemi (27 km)

Aurora eMotion electric snowmobile safaris

The first and the only electric snowmobile safaris – eSled – in the world! It is silent, emission-free and as close to the nature as possible. Suitable for all ages 4+ and for beginners. Driving licence is needed to be a driver of a snowmobile. Children aged 4-14 use a sleigh towed by the guides eSled.
The safaris start from Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos site in Sinettä, Rovaniemi. All safaris include an experienced guide, delicious snacks, top quality, extra warm winter clothing.
Safari price is from 119€/person and up depending the program.

Husky farm and safaris Huskypoint

Huskypoint is a family-owned private company operating in Rovaniemi area. Offers sled husky safaris for individual travellers and groups. Own forest trails in Sinettä area. Safaris available from December till mid April. Price from 125€/adult; 95€/child 4-12 yrs.

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.
Arrival to the glass igloo resort and Check in.
Visiting SnowHotel area, snow-shoeing trip.

DAY 3 - ACTIVITY DAY

Husky farm visit and husky ride.
Electric snowmobile safari.
Sauna experience.

DAY 3 - OPTIONAL

Visiting Rovaniemi / Arcticum museum.
or
Ranua Zoo Visit (85 km).
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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