We made it to the glass igloo in the Arctic Circle
15.12.2016 - 18.12.2016 3 °F
We wanted to take the early bus up to Kakslauttanen, the resort that was the original purpose of this trip. There is no train north, hence the bus ride. We left our room by 7:15 and walked to the bus station, about a 20-minute walk. It was cold and dark but beautiful and invigorating.
The bus arrived and 2 women took a turn driving the 4-hour drive over snow-covered roads. Some roads were only snow but the women were pros. It appeared to us that the bus was partly city bus, for the outlying areas. And by outlying, there was nothing around for miles, then a little pullout with a sign with a bus symbol.
A couple of times, the route took a turn to the right, off of the main road, and the road was just snow covered. It went off thru the forest then by a few houses and then joined the main road.
We made it to Kakslauttanen by early afternoon but our room wasn’t ready. Also, I’d selected a couple of activities, but for whatever reason, the final info didn’t make it to the desk. We’d wanted to go on a Reindeer Safari in the morning and a sleigh ride in the evening. The lady at the desk said that we could go on the Reindeer Safari in the morning but the sleigh ride had to be requested 1 week prior. I had requested but since the request had not gotten thru we said we’d go on a sleigh ride, sharing it with other people.
The lady talked on the phone then came back. Because they knew this was our anniversary, they had arranged a sleigh ride for just the 2 of us. It would be for Friday night, our anniversary.
We got to our igloo, only to find 2 small bottles of champagne and 2 stems, a large bar of chocolate and a smaller bar of chocolate truffle, along with a note. What a nice touch.
The glass igloo is small, just 2 twin beds in the center, and a small cabinet around the edge on 2 sides. A small bathroom with opaque glass is on one side of the entry door and a shelf on the other side of the entry. No TV, no internet, just the sky above and snow on the ground.
We had a drink in the igloo bar, Lapland Coffee, this is coffee with cloudberry liqueur. Cloudberries are only found in Lapland. They are very small and not easy to gather. We did buy some of the liqueur but drank it.
We will buy more to take home. And maybe we will share with friends.