New igloo-inspired bubble accommodation in Swedish Lapland allows guests to connect with the wilderness around them. The cozy cabins are the first of their type in the world and can be found at the Ice & Light Village near the Arctic Circle on the banks of the Kalix River.
Situated an hour's drive from Luleå airport, the cabins include outside areas and are contained inside huge, heated bubbles.
The Ice & Light village is the brainchild of Maarit Lindvall, who began developing the project three years ago alongside her niece, Emma Strömberg, an architect from Gothenburg. She wanted to create a stay that was environmentally friendly, so each cabin is entirely self-contained, just requiring electricity for heat and light, thus reducing its impact on the local ecosystem.
“We really wanted to create the best private, cozy and relaxing space for anybody wanting to connect with Arctic nature, but not lose any of the home comforts and atmosphere you get from a Scandinavian Arctic lodge," says Emma. "Once we had the self-contained cabin designed, we wanted to wrap the whole unit in a huge clear slightly heated bubble adding to the comfort of our guests and allowing them to sit comfortably outside their cabin in the Arctic nature searching for wildlife, and of course the Northern Lights.”
Each cabin sleeps two people in twin or double beds and includes an open-plan sleeping and sitting area and bathroom, all created with an unmistakable Scandinavian design. They have been decorated with images from local photographer, Lennart Åström, who captured the region across different seasons from the frozen snowy winter to summer's abundant forests. Guests can also enjoy a fridge stocked with local treats for breakfast.
A stay at the Ice & Light Village in Kalix is available all year round and costs from 1690 SEK (193 USD) per night for a two-person cabin. Rental of ice fishing equipment, snowshoeing, cross-country skis and additional activities as husky tours, snowmobile and icebreaker tours are available at an additional cost. For more information about the Ice & Light experience visit here, and to learn more about the region visit here.
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