Sleeping on the banks of an Arctic river doesn’t sound particularly cosy, but all that’s about to change thanks to new ‘snow globes’ which are opening up for stays.
That’s because the giant bubbles are completely transparent offering up incredible views of the landscape – and occasionally the Northern Lights if you’re lucky – while also covering a cosy cabin where you can stay warm as you take in the views.
Guests can enjoy a cup of tea inside their cosy heated bubbles, sitting on the wooden decks to take in the unrivalled views of their surroundings.
Oh, and there’s even a skylight so you can stargaze from your bed.
The new ‘snow globes’ are located at the Ice & Light Village on the banks of Kalix River in Swedish Lapland.
Sometimes stays inside ‘bubbles’ of this nature offer just the basics you need, but here, guests are treated to some luxurious amenities.
For a start each cabin has proper beds, plush furniture and even a stocked fridge with plenty of local treats for a hearty breakfast. The cabins sleep up to two people and also include a sitting area and bathroom (complete with hot water!).
Prices start from approximately £150 a night (1690 SEK), based on two people sharing during the winter season. However, it’s worth noting that the bubbles are open all year round.
You can find out more about on ice-and-light.com.
The snow globes are the brainchild of Maarit Lindvall, who developed the idea with her niece, Emma Strömberg, an architect from Gothenburg.
Each cabin is eco-friendly and entirely self-contained to reduce its impact on the picturesque surroundings.
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.”
At the time of writing, the FCDO doesn’t advise against travel to Sweden, and the country is on the UK’s travel corridors list meaning Brits who return don’t need to quarantine.
However, travel restrictions can be volatile during the pandemic, so you should always check the latest FCDO Sweden advice before planning, booking or going on a trip.
You can find out more about the region on swedishlapland.com.