Lapland winter vacation, glass igloos and Northern Lights
£2547 excluding flights
Description of Lapland winter vacation, glass igloos and Northern Lights
This trip is tailor made with departures from December to March
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetYour glass igloo hosts in Kittilä have been awarded the Green Key award in recognition of their environmental actions. The igloos are run on green electricity, geothermal heating and air-air heat pumps. To reduce plastic no bottled water is sold or provided, Finnish tap water has been scientifically proven to be among the purest in the world, as such it is served in glass as an alternative. Recycled materials are encouraged, an example of this is staff clothes in the restaurant which are all made of recycled materials.
Light pollution affects the ecosystem and among other things, it disrupts the ability of birds to navigate by moonlight and starlight, and the ability of nocturnal animals to hide from predators. As such they utilize as much natural light as possible, and only keep the lights on when they are needed. Customers are encouraged to do the same – this way marvelling the northern sky becomes easier.
Your Lakeside retreat is the dream of two local women, Heidi and Sirly, who wanted to create a boutique accommodation which respects Lapland and the environment in which it is built. The retreat itself has been created, partly, with upcycled materials and the restaurant, run by Sirly, selects ingredients based on the harvest season and ethics are important for the sourcing of all other products such as coffee and wine.
PeopleTourism has developed quickly in Finnish Lapland. Back in 1950 over half the workforce worked in forestry and agriculture, now tourism is the biggest employer in the region and in the last decade alone overnight stays in Lapland have doubled. With that comes a great deal of responsibility to ensure that tourism develops sympathetically and with due care to the environment in which it promotes.
As a company Sustainable tourism is at the forefront of our business philosophy, and supporting local people and their businesses to ensure socio-economic benefit and sustainability for local communities is at the heart of what we do. Supporting local businesses is core to this itinerary, with that in mind all of the accommodations have been selected for their ties to the community and for their best practices in supporting staff welfare.
In Kittila the glass igloos you stay in also supports local entrepreneurs and Finnish artefacts and locally designed crafts are sold on site which celebrate the region. At the lakeside retreat your hosts are keen to share the economic benefits that tourists bring to the area, and they use local builders, craftsmen and even encourage their guests to shop at the local grocery store around the corner.
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