The curious traveller who sets off in winter must experience it once: an overnight stay in an igloo. There are more and more possibilities and variations. We selected a number of tips.
Text: Angelique van Os| Photography: Hayema Heerd | Iglu Village Khütai | Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland-Iglo Dorf
1. Hayema Heerd
It started seven years ago with a family bed in the hayloft, where they let the imagination of the children speak. Meanwhile Wil Hoogeboom and her husband Hans Reinders are running their own campsite, straw hotel and three strawigloos around their farm the Hayema Heerd, in Oldehove, Groningen. Because of the warmth and good insulation of the straw, it is possible to spend the night in the igloos even in winter. The large skylight overlooks the stars. The inside of the dome is covered with transparent fabric and a small stove is simmering. And, you sleep on a springy straw bed with a topic mattress. The straw is refreshed every year and goes back to the local farmer. That’s how it went, nostalgia pur sang. Outside is nothing but space and expansive views of Groningen. There are two four-person igloos and one double igloo.
Costs: € 95 euro p.p.p.n. |children up to 12 years old: € 25, including breakfast.| hayemaheerd.nl
2. Iglu Village Khütai
At about three quarters of an hour’s drive from Innsbruck in Austria, at an altitude of over 2000 metres, lies the winter sports area of Khütai, which has its own Igloo village. You can choose between a basic igloo, romance or a combination with the nearby four-star Sporthotel Khütai. The walls of the igloos are beautifully decorated with snow art and to get warm you can sit down at the ice bar for a strong drink, take a hot shower or literally get under the wool early. Eskimo’ sports such as snow-golf and frisbee are also on the menu and you can eat cheese fondue.
The igloos are suitable for two (€329) to six (€124) p.p.p.n.| iglu-village.at/en/
3. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
In Finnish lapland, near the national park Urho Kekkonen, lies the special winter residence Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Here you will find several chalets and authentic Finnish houses, but the glassigloos and Kelo glass igloos steal the show. The former is almost completely surrounded by glass, which undoubtedly gives you the feeling of being immersed in nature. A pack of snow and a low curtain ensure privacy. There are two-person and four-person igloos. The large variants have their own sanitary facilities.
The Kelo glass igloos consist of a comfortable chalet (including sauna), to which a glass igloo is attached. So here you have the comfort and space of a house, combined with the romance and beautiful views of the Noorderlicht. You can also undertake sustainable activities from reindeer, husky to horse ice safari and of course there are various winter sports activities.
4. Iglu Dorf.com
A website that gives an overview of six different cities in Switzerland where igloo accommodations are offered is igludorf.com. For us, the Romantische iglo suite stood out, which can be found in Davos-Klosters, Gstaad and Zermatt. This suite, which is beautifully decorated with snow art on the wall, consists of three interconnected igloos, including your own sauna (except in Zermatt) and a private outdoor jacuzzi under the stars. Guides will take you on an evening snowshoe hike and you will be pampered with snacks, prosecco, good morning tea and a fondue dinner. Costs are pricey: approx. 420,- euro per person per night! But if you want to surprise or pamper your sweetheart for once, you will undoubtedly get a special experience in return.