Igloos and ice-skating

It’s another beautiful day here today with sun and blue sky. The only thing missing is the snow but it’s so warm there’s no chance of that happening. One day I’d love to visit Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Lapland where there is guaranteed snow and where kids can also visit Santa Claus.

Kakslauttanen have these fantastic-looking glass igloos:


I spent a very entertaining 30 minutes or so reading the reviews of Kakslauttanen on TripAdvisor. The reviews were either really, really excellent or absolutely terrible. The terrible reviews were so funny I thought I’d share some of them.

One person says of the glass igloos:

.. it was fully transparent meaning people can see through our igloo.

What were they expecting? Glass is transparent and you can clearly see into the igloos in the photos on their website.

The next one is from someone on their honeymoon:

No tv’s in your room which is annoying as the reception closes at 10pm so there is absolutely nothing to do in the evenings.

What about, er, sex?? If they’re resorting to TV for entertainment in the evenings this early in the relationship then there’s not much hope for the marriage.

Lots of people complained about having to carry their luggage from the reception to the igloos. I have no sympathy for them. We’re a lazy, fat, car-dependent, and spoilt species. A 5-10 minute walk with luggage will do most of us more good than harm. We have two legs. Use them!

Had to haul our own luggage from main reception to Igloo 10 minutes away in a freaking blizzard.

No assistance with our suitcases, told to drag our gear 5 to 10 mins walk from reception in the snow along and ice covered gravel road.

There were a few complaints that sounded reasonable like how it expensive it is and also a couple of people complained about Santa appearing drunk 🙂

We went ice-skating again this morning in Aberdeen and it was so nice. Elizabeth even ditched the penguin for the first time. She’s getting more confident which is so good to see. A photo and a video this time:



9 responses to “Igloos and ice-skating”

  1. The complaints about having to shift luggage are so funny! We have gone backwards since the time of Captain Scott!

    1. Yes indeed! Even when I stay in posh hotels, which isn’t very often, I prefer to carry my own bag to my room. I’m not sure why. I guess I don’t want to end up with the expectation that someone else will wait on me. I hate that attitude.

  2. Christmas in the correct hemisphere. Good wishes to you all and thanks for your posts Rachel.They are inspiring, funny, informative and I love seeing the children developing.

    1. Thanks, Lorraine! Merry Christmas to you too. It’s so good to hear from you. Are you still living in the same house?

  3. Interesting glass igloos 🙂 And great to see you all skating 🙂

    1. I’d love to spend a night in one of those igloos. It must be pretty spectacular when the northern lights are putting on a show.

      1. Just what I thought 🙂

  4. Wow good to know that we can book Igloos. Never knew this before.

    Skating video looks cool. I think it is a nice feeling to be able to skate but I think I would be too afraid to take that initial plunge.

    1. Skating is lots of fun and there’s nothing to be afraid of. The only bad thing that can happen is that you fall over and up with a few bruises.

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