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20 Glass Igloo Tiny Houses Make Village for Northern Lights

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I discovered these 20 glass igloo tiny houses thanks to Derek Diedricksen’s post on 9/30/11.

A few days later I stumbled onto this video about the vacation village for people wanting to see the Northern Lights in Hotel Kakslauttanen.

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 tourists 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.

Glass Igloo Tiny House Hotel
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…

  • Safaris
  • Snowmobiles
  • Ice-fishing trips
  • Guided ski treks

Glass Igloo Tiny House Village

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 and 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!

Glass Igloo Tiny House Hotel Front

Unique Features

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 the 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

Glass Igloo Tiny House Hotel Dome View

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.

The cost to Stay in this Igloo

Glass Igloo Tiny House Hotel

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.

So yeah. As Deek said in his post, if you want to stay here you better start saving now! Want to book your stay? Start here.

Video Tour of the Igloo Village

Pronouncing Kakslauttanen

Glass Igloo Tiny House Floor Plan

Glass Igloo Tiny House Floor Plan

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • October 11, 2011, 11:18 am

    Awsome Place ! Form follows Function & is absolutely beautiful!

  • October 11, 2011, 11:44 am

    Glad you came by Chris, thanks. It is quite beautiful!

  • Mark
    July 21, 2012, 2:30 pm

    That’s pretty cool!

  • Meghan
    April 29, 2014, 2:41 am

    I’d love to buy or make one of these! 🙂

  • Cathe Wright
    July 15, 2016, 3:49 pm

    Would love to have a resource page. Have acreage in Alaska that I have dreamed about doing this, and now I am at a point in my life to make it happen. Thanks

  • carol
    August 16, 2016, 7:42 am

    what country is this?

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