Following years of testing and development, this winter, guests will be able to stay in a cosy cabin on the banks of an Arctic River surrounded by their own Arctic igloo inspired bubble.
The Ice & Light Village 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 guests the perfect setting from which to experience Arctic nature as the windows in the walls and roof allow guests to connect with the wilderness all 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 ‘snow globe’.
The Ice & Light village is the brainchild of Maarit Lindvall who started developing the project three years ago alongside her neice, Emma Strömberg, an architect from Gothenburg, who designed and built the first ever Ice & Light cabin.
Maarit said; “We really wanted to create the best private cosy 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. 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 warm and comfortable searching for wildlife, and of course the Northern Lights.”
The modern and unique accommodation is completely 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 perfect spot 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 have been 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,” adds 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 approximately £150 for a two-person cabin. This 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 sleds. Rental of ice fishing equipment, snowshoeing, x-country skis and additional activities as husky tours, snow mobile 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.