I ran into the existence of these 20 glass igloo tiny houses thanks to Derek Diedricksen’s post on 9/30/11.
Each little dwelling gives you unobstructed views of the sky from the bed you sleep in as long as it doesn’t snow too much.
That’s the point of the design since tourist were already visiting the area to see the spectacular Northern Lights. So why not create a hotel to do that from?
In the video I’m showing you below Deutsch Welle travels to Saariselka, Finland to tour the property so that you can have a look.
Igloo Village boasts 20 Glass Tiny Houses
You can call these unique little structures glass domed igloos if you want to be more specific.
Photos Courtesy of Hotel Kakslauttanen
The hotel attracts tourist from around the world, even on the coldest of nights.
The hotel is open every year from December to April when you can enjoy…
- Ice-fishing trips
- Guided ski treks
The First Thermal Glass Igloo Hotel Rooms
The first one was created and built in 1999 by Jussi Eiramo. He’s the owner of this unique Igloo Village.
Since people were already coming to the area because they wanted to see the Northern Lights Jussi figured that he’d provide a service for them.
With extremely cold temperatures he figured he would design a place where they can not only stay warm but also enjoy what they came here for–the Northern Lights.
Now, thanks to him, tourists can watch the lights while in bed!
Jussi chose thermal glass for the windows in the igloos because they would heat up the inside while melting the snow on the outside.
The front doors are designed to prevent heat from escaping from the inside. Privacy curtains prevent your neighbors from seeing you while you can still enjoy full view of the sky.
The property also offers ice igloos and has a traditional log cabin where one of its restaurants are located in.
My Thoughts on See-through Houses
One of the things I like about houses with lots of windows is that your body will naturally adjust to its surroundings.
When the light comes through in the morning, you have no choice but to wake up and be in sync with the world around you. There’s something special about that for me. Especially in this case where the house isn’t only see-through but it’s also a dome.
It’s a huge difference when I compare it to all of the structures that I’ve lived in my entire life. They have all been a combination of boxes, rectangles and triangles.
Cost to Stay in this Igloo
In US dollars it would cost you approximately $500 per night to stay here. That’s quite expensive but I guess the demand is there.