Swedish Lapland is one of our favourite places as it’s the perfect place to switch off, relax and unwind. The region has upped the travel experience ante with its Ice & Light Village in Kalix which allows guests to stay in a cabin on the banks of an Arctic River surrounded by an Arctic igloo inspired bubble.
The Ice & Light Village is located near the Arctic Circle on the banks of the Kalix River in Swedish Lapland. The cosy, relaxing cabins are designed to offer guests the perfect setting from which to experience Arctic nature as the windows in the walls and roof allow guest to connect with the wilderness around them.
The whole cabin, including an outside area, has then been contained inside a huge, heated bubble keeping guests cosy and safe within their own Arctic’s now globe’.
The Ice & Light village is the brainchild of Maarit Lindvall who started developing the project three years ago alongside her nice, Emma Strömberg, an architect from Gothenburg, who designed and built the first-ever Ice & Light cabin.
The modern and unique accommodation is entirely self-contained and can be moved to the perfect spot for guests to experience Arctic nature. This winter they will be housed on the banks of the Kalix River which freezes and provides the ideal location for wildlife watching and Northern Lights hunting.
A stay at one of the five Ice & Light double 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 is decorated with images from local photographer Lennart Åström who captured the region across different seasons from the frozen snowy winter to the abundant forests and nature of summer. Each cabin sleeps two people and includes an open plan sleeping and sitting area and bathroom, all designed and created with an unmistakable Scandinavian design, complete with roof and wall windows flooding light into the cabin.
“We wanted our guests stay to not only be able to experience the wilderness but also create a stay that was environmentally friendly,” said 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.”
Ice & Light Village pricing and information
A stay at the Ice & Light Village in Kalix is available all year round, and this winter will cost from 1690 SEK (the equivalent of £150) for a two-person cabin. The cost includes a night in the bubble cabin with a twin or double bed, hot water, a private bathroom, coffee and tea, breakfast and use of kick sledges.
Rental of ice fishing equipment, snowshoeing, x-country skis and additional activities as husky tours, snowmobile and icebreaker tour are available at an additional cost.
It is recommended that guests fly into Lulea from which it is a 1-hour drive to Kalix and the Ice & Light Village.
With a wide range of restrictions currently in place around the UK and other countries, we would recommend you read the specific travel advice provided by the government’s in your country before making any bookings.
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