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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort: The Perfect Winter Wonderland


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Husky Sledding at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland (Photo by Valtteri Hirvonen)

Kakslauttanen offers a variety of winter activities from Ice Fishing to Husky Sledding. During our stay, we horseback rode in the snow, went reindeer sledding, and gave a try at husky sledding. I fell in love with all three of those activities. I’ve been riding horses since I was a child, but riding in the snow is a very different experience. The horses trudge through deep snow as you enjoy the surrounding view of crystallized frozen trees and bushes. What a gorgeous sight to see.

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Horseback Riding at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

The reindeer sledding was an event like no other. We gathered around sleds that were pulled in a line by these beautiful winter animals. Reindeer are a very important part of the culture up in Lapland, so it was great to see these magnificent creatures first-hand. During our ride, we took a break to enjoy hot juice in a winter teepee. That was something I will never forget.

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Reindeer Sledding, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland (Photo by Valtteri Hirvonen)

Husky sledding was the activity that I was the most excited about, and I was not disappointed. When we arrived, after getting into warmer winter suits, we gathered around a sled as the instructors showed us how to steer, break, and slow down. Then, they gave us our sled with a team of 5 or 6 huskies per sled. I’ve never seen happier animals. These huskies were immensely excited to go running through the woods. They would cry, jump, and pull until they were released to go running down the track, bringing you behind them on the sled. What an exhilarating experience! Steering an enthusiastic team of huskies through the woods, as well as switching and being the passenger on the sled, is one of my favorite memories. After the husky-sledding experience, we gathered in a winter tee pee to have lunch and warm juice around a flickering fire.

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Malorie Mackey Husky Sledding at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Seasons at Kakslauttanen

During the winter, the snow covers every treetop, rooftop, and bridge in Kakslauttanen and its surrounding areas. Everything is painted in a sheet of white, and it is one of the most breathtaking sites to see. This resort becomes a true winter wonderland.

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Malorie Mackey on the Bridge to the Kelo-Igloo Village at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

During the time I was there, I experienced the “polar night.” This meant that the sun never rose during my time at Kakslauttanen. Instead, during a few hours of the day, it would sit just below the horizon, giving a small amount of indirect light. Aside from that, it was always dark.

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The Bridge to the Kelo-Igloo Village at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

During the summer, Kakslauttanen seems to be a resort from a different world. Beautiful green plant life and rushing rivers surround the camp sites, and hiking, gold-panning, and kayaking become the to-do activities. While I didn’t visit during the summer, I can’t wait to go back and experience this all-new adventure. Not to mention, for a few weeks out of the summer, the sun doesn’t set, and you get the “midnight sun.”

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