If you were thinking you’d use this winter as an excuse to hibernate, we’ve got another thing in mind for you! The name of the game is glamping, and for this birthday bucket list, it’s off to Finland for a stay overlooking Lake Torassieppi from the comfort of your very own igloo-like dome. And hey, you might even spot the Northern Lights while you’re at it.
Photography: Jeremy Janin
Your Very Own Igloo
Bucket list goals should always include a stay in an igloo in the middle of winter, but it’s a whole lot more tempting if said igloo is heated and cozy. At Harriniva, you’ll get both open fire heating indoors and plush accommodations. This igloo isn’t your typical ice sculpture – instead is a domed tent with transparent walls that look right out onto the wintery Finnish scenery. How’s that for a dreamy place to wake up on your next birthday morning?
Your birthday-worthy geo dome overlooking a glistening frozen lake at Harriniva sits in the heart of Western Lapland, just near the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. Winter activities in this Finnish snow globe paradise include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, reindeer sledding, hiking, ice swimming, sauna steams, and ice fishing. But if you’re still not into skipping out on hibernation mode, you might try your luck at catching the Northern Lights from the comfort of your igloo. Aurora Borealis has been known to light up the night sky on clear nights at this North-facing spot.
Photography: Joonas Linkola | Tom Archer
Warm Up By the River
Getting cold just thinking about all that winter activity? Head down to the wellness saunas by the river and warm up from the inside, or hop into the Jacuzzi for an even hotter evening routine. Birthdays should always take your full mind, body and spirit into consideration, and the wellness options at Harriniva include spa treatments and massage therapy too. Maybe this is going to be your year after all.