ARCTIC FOX GLASS IGLOOS
Luxury glass igloos in Ranua, Finnis Lapland.
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Arctic Fox Igloos are well-equipped luxurious glass igloos on the shore of Lake Ranuanjärvi. Igloo hotel is located 5 km from Ranua Wildlife Park. Each glass igloo has 270-degree glass roof with sky and lake panorama, a private sauna, kitchenette.
Arctic Fox Igloos are open all year round.
Peak season when all Lapland activities available: from mid December to end of March.
Best time to see the Northern Lights: September - April.
Finnish Lapland - Rovaniemi airport (93 km)
Main Lapland attractions: Santa Claus Village (92 km). Ranua Arctic Zoo (6 km).
Arctic Fox Igloos are located about 1 hour drive from the Rovaniemi airport.
Igloos are situated in a peaceful area on the shore of lake Ranuanjärvi. The location is perfect for the Northern lights hunting as there are limited light pollution and plenty of space to observe the sky from an igloo or from lake shore. During winter it is possible to make pictures of the sky even from the frozen lake.
How to get there:
Helsinki airport - Rovaniemi airport. Daily flights. Flight time - 1h20m. Price from 35€ (Norwegian, Finnair).
Arctic Fox Igloos are located 93 km from Rovaniemi airport. Bus connection between Rovaniemi city center and Ranua 3-4 time per day (1h15min drive, ticket is ~18 €/1 way). Step off the bus at the Ranua Wildlife Park and follow the guide posts to the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo reception. Transportation from the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo to the Igloo Village is organized by the hotel.
Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily trains by VR. Duration - 8-12h. Price from 68€ (Finnish railways VR).
Igloos are located 85 km from Rovaniemi city center. Bus connection between Rovaniemi city center and Ranua 3-4 time per day (1h15min drive, ticket is ~18 €/1 way). Step off the bus at the Ranua Wildlife Park and follow the guide posts to the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo reception. Transportation from the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo to the Igloo Village is organized by the hotel.
Car hire is recommended for the stay more than 2 nights.
Arctic Fox glass igloos are located on the shore of the Ranuanjärvi lake. Each glass igloo has an unobstructed view across the open lake and sky. All igloos are equipped with glass panels heating in the sleeping area and in the kitchenette to prevent the frosting. The entrance, toilet, sauna and the washing room are situated in the wood-walled part of the igloo, facing the forest and providing privacy.
Room size 36 m².
Glass-walled bedroom with quality double bed or two separate beds.
Private bathroom with wc and shower. Sauna. Bathrobe and slippers.
Kitchenette with a table for two. Electric water boiler. Coffee maker. Microwave oven. Refrigerator/minibar. Coffee service set.
Lake view. Air conditioning. Heating. Hairdryer. Free WiFi.
Glass igloo with extra beds has the same shape, layout and equipment as standard igloo (see description above).
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 2 - mainly for kids.
All children under 16 years are charged extra fee for extra beds (about 100€ per extra bed).
Igloo price depends on the season.
Glass igloo for 1-2 persons (price is given as a guide, valid in 2019):
- from 150€/night April, September.
- from 419€/night during autumn from September and low winter season end of November and March.
- from 550€/night during high winter season December-February/Christmas season.
Extra charge for beds for kids (max 2).
Breakfast included in the igloo price.
Half-board (dinner) for additional charge.
Check-in time from 14:00 on the day of arrival.
Check-out time before 11:00 on the day of departure.
Late or earlier arrival: inform in advance.
Igloo resort is located 93 km from Rovaniemi airport and 85 km from Rovaniemi city center.
Taxi price is about 180€/1-4 persons (approximate price). It is about 1,2 h drive.
Bus between Rovaniemi city center and Ranua is 3-4 time per day (1h15min drive, ticket is ~18 €/1 way).
Step off the bus at the Ranua Wildlife Park and follow the guide posts to the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo reception. Transportation from the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo to the Igloo Village is organized by the hotel for free.
Breakfast included. It is served at the reception building.
Dinner is served at the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo Wild Arctic Restaurant (6 km). Transportation from the Igloo Village to the dinner is provided for free.
There are two dinner sittings: at 6 pm (18.00) and 8 pm (20.00). Advance reservation needed the latest 24 hours before arrival.
It is possible to see the Northern Lights in Lapland from mid-August to the end of April in a dark time.
The Northern Lights are not guaranteed as it is a natural phenomena and it always depends on the current weather.
Location of the Arctic Fox glass igloo resort is good to see the Northern Lights. It is situated far from city lights on the lake shore with open sky panorama. There is no need to book any Aurora dedicated tour. If Aurora is visible you can see it from an igloo or outside on the yard.
Typical daytime temperatures in the winter:
December: -20 to -10 degrees Celsius
January: -30 to -15 degrees Celsius
February: -20 to -15 degrees Celsius
March: -15 to -5 degrees Celsius
Recommended warm winter clothing: thermal under-layer, warm mid-layer, winter jacket, trousers and winter boots. Hat, gloves and scarf are essential.
Guide will take you the polar bears Nest and going through the safety instructions. You will not be allowed to go into the polar bear area, but you will have the chance to greet the largest predator in the world safely from the other side of the fence, just a couple of meters away. The animal keeper will provide you with interesting information on the Polar Bears and the Wildlife Park. Transfer to Polar Bear house will be on a sled pulled by a snowmobile guide.
The early departure time 07.45 am (in the morning). Meeting location: Safari House / Gulo Gulo reception. Price (2019): Adult €55, Child 4-14 years €41.
There are different snowmobile safaris available from short 30 min family safaris up to 4 h drive safaris. Easy family safaris are well suited for the whole family as well as first-timers.
Starting point for the safari is Safari House / Holiday Village Gulo Gulo reception in Ranua. Duration from 30 min. Price (2019): Adult (shared snowmobile) €70, Adult (single driver) €110, Child 4-14 years €54, Child 0-3 years €40.
Safari includes detailed information on steering the sled. Comfortable sleds head into the winter wonderland. A sled can transport two adults and a child. You have the opportunity to steer your own sled, and change drivers with the other adult in the sled halfway. Duration of the whole program is approximately 1 hour.
Relaxing and ambient, Lappish arts and crafts moment with a local handicraft artist, Ms. Paula. Together with her assistance, you will have the opportunity to make a genuine reindeer leather souvenir for yourself. This arts and crafts workshop takes place in Ranua Zoo´s Lappish hut, which is located right next to info and ticket sales office. Duration of the program is approximately 1- 1,5 hours. Price (2019): Classic reindeer pouch €26, Mobile phone bag €35, Lappish jewellery €22
Ranua Wildlife Park offer an unique experience to see polar bears and 50 other different Arctic animal species. The animals live in spacious fencings in the midst of northern wide forests, in their as authentic natural environment as possible. For the wellbeing of the animals there are no lighting inside the Wildlife Park. If you visit the Wildlife Park after 2 pm in the wintertime you should bring your own torch with you. You can also buy a torch from the ticket sales office.
Entrance ticket is 15-19€/person depending the season (valid in 2019).
Mini-snowmobile track is located right at the main entrance of the Wildlife Park Ranua. Children can try their skills riding a mini-snowmobile in the winter. Before venturing on the track, the little snowmobilers are equipped with appropriate snowmobile-gear, and only 2 are allowed on the track at the same time. Mini-snowmobile track is open 25.12.–10.1., from 11.00–15.00. Price 10€ (in 2019)
Come and see the life in the reindeer farm. During the visit you will meet reindeer and see the work that is done on the farm. You will also get to feed the reindeer. After feeding the reindeer, a reindeer sleigh will take you to a warm hut for a hot drink and a chat with the people of the farm.
When: December through April. Duration approx. 1,5 hours.
Susimaa is a wolfdog and farm and also own vegetable farm. Susimaa is a concept of a simple off-grid life in the middle of the woods and a step back into a living as it once has been. Open all year around for visitors. Different season – different tours – but always exclusive adventures for small groups only. Price from 40€ visit and meeting the dogs with coffee/tea at the bonfire (in 2019).
Santa office open every day, both winter and summer. Entrance and meeting with Santa - free of charge. No advance reservation needed.
Using of own cameras while meeting Santa is prohibited; professional photos and videos available for a fee. Price in 2019 is from 30€ up to 40-45€ for 6 high resolution photos and a video clip you meeting Santa. No obligation to purchase anything however.
A huge Snow castle right in Santa Claus Village with residents of the Moominvalley. There are Moomin ice sculptures gallery - Moominmamma, Moominpappa and their friends - as five-meter snow and ice sculptures. 50-meter long slide, snow labyrinth, Moominvalley magic forest, fun zone with interactive wall, ice bar and souvenir shop.
Open every day from 9 to 19 throughout the winter season.
Price for 2019: 30€/adult; 18€/children (4–11 years old, 0-3 years old free of charge). All tickets are valid for one day.
Visiting SantaPark is a must-do activity for families with kids! This is an indoor Christmas theme park voted the top Christmas destination in the world. Plan a visit for at least 2-3 hours (usually kids want to stay there for a longer time).
There are Arctic Circle, Ice gallery and Ice bar, Angry birds activity park, gingerbread bakery, Elf workshop, Santa Claus office with real Santa, Magic train, Post office and Elf Show performances.
Open: Winter season - mid November - mid January. Summer season - end of June - mid August. Check our exact opening dates and hours from the SantaPark homepage.
Tickets are valid for 2 consecutive days. Price Christmas season 2018-2019: 34€/adult, 28€/child (3-12 y). Check our current prices from the SantaPark homepage.
In case you come to Lapland from other side of the Earth to see the Northern Lights but clouds are blocking the sky - there is 1 solution. Check Northern Lights flights offered by Wild Nordic Finland (www.northernlightsflight.com).
Daily departures from Rovaniemi airport between December and March.
Pick you and return transfer to the airport. The air-plane is Piper PA-31 instrumental flight equipped with an anti-icing system and carries 7 passengers.
Flight time is around 1 hour, including take-off and landing preparations.
Price: 399€/person* (* price is valid in 2019). Minimum 2 person per booking.
Arrival to Helsinki.
1 day in Helsinki.
Hotels in Helsinki for layover.
Morning flight to Rovaniemi.
Visiting Santa Village.
Transfer to Arctic Fox igloo resort and Check in.
DAY 3 - ACTIVITY DAY
Visiting Ranua Wildlife Park
Visiting husky or reindeer farm.
Evening snowmobile safari.
DAY 3 - OPTIONAL
Visiting Rovaniemi / Arcticum museum / SantaPark with kids
Cross country skiing or downhill skiing in Rovaniemi.
The Rovaniemi Spring Market has a rich history dating back to more than a hundred years, selling traditional food products such as fish, meat, bread, sausages, candyfloss, fruit and root vegetables. Other items on sales include toys, balloons, mats, clothes, jewellery etc.
Wed 20.3. at 16 Wednesday Carneval. Sampokeskus and Lordi’s Square
Looking for a fun place to hang out in the mid-week after a long winter? Looking for a blast of Arctic carnival? Want to take away little tiny happiness from joyful activities?
Welcome ALL to celebrate Arctic Design Week as Lordi square and Sampokeskus will come alive with a carnival atmosphere where families, businesses and people of Rovaniemi come together to celebrate Arctic Design. The event will feature Napapiirin Energia ja Vesi’s minimessut “Rakenna Koti Kanssamme”, meet and greets with Lordi and the opening of Lordi’s exhibtion. The event will also feature live music, flame throwers, interactive ice sculptures, life drawing sessions with the Lapland University students as well as local business and organisation stands. The event is being designed by AMK tourism students.
Rovaniemi Reindeer Sprint Race 2019 –reindeer competition. Keskuskenttä sports stadium. Free entrance.
Sat 30.3. Snowmobile race. Lainaanranta (northern end of Valtakatu-street).
Welcome to Europe’s biggest snowmobile event! There are programmes and excitement for the entire family and group of friends. Speed, ambiance and togetherness.
Further information: http://www.kelekkakisa.fi/
Saturday 30 March 2019
11:00–11:30 Snowmobile Parade from Saarituvat to Lainaanranta
12:00–13:00 Initial race (starts for all categories apart from children and licensed riders)
14:00–15:00 Second race (starts for all categories, children categories commence, licensed riders finish)
Fri-Sun 10.-12.5. Street Dance IKM / SM competition. Santasport
Hotcakes Dance School organizes the 2019 Street Dance IKM / SM competitions in Rovaniemi 10-12.5.2019. The venue for the event is Santasport / Lapland Sports Institute.
The competition is organized in co-operation with FDO (Finnish Dance Organization), Finland’s representative of the International Dance Organization (IDO). The Finnish Championships in Street disciplines are competed in both individual, pair, small group and formation teams.
Every year, nearly a thousand dancers of all ages participate in the competition nationwide, competing in junior and adult series. Hotcakes Dance School from Rovaniemi won as the first Finnishgroup the World Championship of IDO street dance competition in the autumn of 2017 in Denmark.
Tickets for spectators are sold at the door on the weekend.
1 day ticket:
adult 15 €
under 16 years old 10 €
Children under 4 years free of charge.
Thu-Sun 5.-8.9. International Grand Market 2019. Rovakatu-street, Pedestrian street, Lordi’s Square
Tue-Thu 17.-19.9. Rovaniemi Autumn Market. Market place.
Sat-Sun 2.-3.11. Snowmobile Fair 2019. Lappi Areena.