Possibly the most exotic choice of available accommodation in Finland, spending the night in a room made of snow and ice has become an increasingly popular alternative for many visitors to Finnish Lapland. Here you can choose to spend your night in a room in a hotel fashioned entirely from snow or in a cosy igloo, safe in the knowledge that no matter how cold it gets outside (and it might drop to -30º Celsius!) you'll be snug and warm on your bed of soft, warm reindeer skins in a thick and comfy sleeping bag. Rooms, or igloos, are kept at a constant temperature of between 0ºC and -5ºC, and most accommodation ensures you get to have a hot berry juice before you nod off.
There are a number of winter holiday destinations in Finland that offer snow accommodation, all of which are located in Lapland, open from the end of January until April. These vary in size from the SnowHotel located in Kemi's incredible SnowCastle and the Arctic SnowHotel located 25km from Rovaniemi, to the igloos in Lainio Snow Village near the ski resorts of Ylläs and Levi and those in the Igloo Village of Hotel Kakslauttanen located in the Saariselkä fell region next to Urho Kekkonen National Park. Hotel Kakslauttanen has recently opened the unique Santa's Resort nearby, and by November 2012 there will be an additional 33 new igloos there. At the SnowHotel in Kemi and the Arctic SnowHotel there are Snow Chapels where memorable weddings can be held, and restaurants and bars fashioned from ice. In Kemi it is also possible, unbelievably, to enjoy a sauna in a room made of snow!
There are two choices of snow accommodation in the vicinity of Muonio, a village by the Swedish border north of Kittilä. At the Harriniva Holiday Centre and Hotel Jeris there are Igloo Hotels (in addition to the more regular hotels and log cabins), where you can spend the night. Harriniva has the larger igloo with six separate bedrooms, while the igloo at Hotel Jeris has just three separate bedrooms. Both igloos are located close to the main hotel, and the sizeable beds comfortably fit 2 adults and a child.