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Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi – Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle [Review]

Staying is a glass igloo has been on my bucket list since I’ve seen the pictures of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. However, after reading some reviews online and considering the prices, we eventually decided to stay in one of the glass igloos in Rovaniemi – Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle.


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30 Sep 18

Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi

Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle houses 71 glass igloos in Rovaniemi, Finland. Located in Santa Claus Village, a standard glass igloo has a size of 19.4 square meters. A maximum of 3 people can stay in each glass igloo which comes with:

  • Bathroom with shower
  • 2 twin beds
  • Availability for 1 extra bed
  • The Location and Price

Located in the Santa Claus village, Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle is about 11 mins drive away from Rovaniemi train station.

A one night stay for two that comes with breakfast cost us EUR431. The hotel provided free pickup from Rovaniemi train station. One of the staffs picked us up in a minivan and drove us to the hotel for check-in. Since we arrived about 3 hours before the official check in time, we had to wait for our room to be ready.

Glass Igloos Rovaniemi
The reception area

We then made our way by foot to the Santa Claus Village, which was only 10 mins away. Although there wasn’t a footpath, it was easy to get to the village and to return to the glass igloo by following the road signs.

Glass Igloos Rovaniemi

  • The Glass Igloos

Finally, we checked into our glass igloo in Rovaniemi. Our igloo was a distance away from the reception and one of the hotel staffs helped us to carry our pieces of luggage to our igloo. The footpath was covered with snow and the staff actually placed our luggage on a big sled to drag them across the snow. So much snow, so much winter. *LOVEY EYES* 

Exterior of Glass Igloos

The glass roof has a heater to melt the snow that falls on it, preventing the accumulation of snow. Don’t forget to on it to avoid missing the gorgeous view outside.


The entrance was narrow but had sufficient space for us to store our belongings. Slippers and hair dryers were also provided for the guests.


The bedroom was heated and spacious enough. The two comfy twin beds made it really difficult for us to check out the next morning. T.T The glass igloo was well maintained and was also very new. There was also a mini fridge with a TV on it, but the programs were mainly in Finnish.


The washroom was huge and clean. Fresh towels were provided and water pressure was good. After spending a day in the cold, the hot water really helped to warm us up.

  • The Breakfast

Breakfast was already placed in our mini fridge the night before. It was simple but adequate and the blueberry drink provided was really tasty. It’s a traditional Finnish drink and was served on most of our tours in Finland. Besides the food in the picture, there were also smoked salmon and pieces of bread provided.

Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi

  • Conclusion

Most of the igloos in Rovaniemi come with a hefty price tag. We only stayed for 1 night (’cause EUR431) in Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle and we really wished we had stayed another night. Although we didn’t manage to catch the Northern Lights from our igloo, it was really nice to wake up to the snow-capped trees and the somewhat blue sky. It was also a short walk to the Santa Claus Village, which was a plus point for us. For the price we paid, we think it was worth the experience and would love to stay in the igloo again, should time and money permit. Hopefully, we will be able to fall asleep under the northern lights if we get to stay in Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle again.

Have you stayed in Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle or any other glass igloos in Rovaniemi? Drop us a comment to share your experience.


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