This winter, why not escape to what is thought to be the world’s first Arctic cabin contained inside a huge, clear igloo bubble! Each cosy cabin is situated on the banks of a frozen Arctic River, and is entirely surrounded by an igloo-inspired bubble.
Called the Ice & Light Village, the bubble cabins can be found near the Arctic Circle on the banks of the Kalix River in Swedish Lapland. The cosy, relaxing cabins have been built to offer the perfect setting from which to experience Arctic nature, as the windows in the walls and roof allow guests to connect with the wilderness around them.
The whole cabin, including an outside area, has been contained inside a huge, heated bubble, keeping guests safe and warm within their very own Arctic “snow globe.” Guests are therefore able to sit comfortably outside their cabin in the midst of the Arctic winter, within the confines of their bubble, while their self-contained cabin includes all the home comforts of a Scandinavian Arctic lodge.
The modern and unique accommodation can be moved to the perfect spot for guests to experience nature in the Arctic. This winter, the bubbles are housed on the banks of the frozen Kalix River, providing the perfect spot for wildlife-watching and seeing the Northern Lights.
A stay in one of the five cabins includes a fridge stocked with local treats for a relaxing breakfast. Local restaurants, including one owned by a former Swedish master chef finalist, allow guests to experience local cuisine at its best.
Each of the five Ice & Light bubble cabins has been decorated with images from local photographer Lennart Åström, who captured the region across different seasons – from snowy scenes of frozen winter, to images of the abundant forests during summer. Each cabin sleeps two people and includes an open-plan sleeping and sitting area, created with an unmistakable Scandinavian design.
The project is the brainchild of Maarit Lindvall, who started development three years ago alongside her nice, Emma Strömberg, an architect from Gothenburg, who designed and built the first ever Ice & Light cabin. “We wanted our guests to not only be able to experience the wilderness, but also to create a stay that was environmentally friendly,” says Maarit. “Not only does the bubble add another layer of protection from the Arctic weather, but each cabin is entirely self-contained, just requiring electricity for heat and light, completely reducing its impact on the local ecosystem.”
A stay at the Ice & Light Village in Kalix is available all year around and this winter will cost from 1690 SEK (approximately £150) for a two-person cabin (with either a twin or double bed), hot water, a private bathroom, breakfast, and use of kick sleds. Rental of ice-fishing equipment, snowshoeing, cross-country skis and additional activities such as husky tours and snow mobile expeditions are available at an additional cost.
It is recommended that guests fly into Luleå Airport, from which it is a 1-hour drive to Kalix and the Ice & Light Village.