My Ideal Winter Retreat

My Ideal Winter Retreat glass igloo in Finland, Northern Lights

 

I have to admit that although winter isn’t my favourite season, creating a snug and cosy environment at this time of year is something I relish. Now the weather has turned distinctly cold in my part of the world I’m introducing a little hygge into my home with textures such as crushed velvet, faux fur and chunky knits. If you’re looking to add a touch of luxe to your home over winter Julian Charles has a gorgeous range of throws on sale at the moment. Looking at all the ways to cosy up my abode over the festive period got me thinking about my ideal winter retreat.

What better way to enjoy the snow than snuggled up inside a warm glass igloo enjoying the Northern Lights!

I’ve been on winter sun holidays in the past (including spending Christmas in Mexico and Cuba) but I’ve never been to a cold country. While chatting to a friend recently we got on to the subject of short breaks to places like Lapland. As both of us have primary school-age children we were imagining how magical it would be to take them to a winter wonderland. Of course, it would have to be fun for the adults too! Well, a couple of days later my husband just happened to mention staying in a glass igloo in Finland. I didn’t even know such things existed! What better way to enjoy the snow than snuggled up inside a warm glass igloo enjoying the Northern Lights?

My Ideal Winter Retreat glass igloo in Finland, Northern Lights

It’s a bit of a joke in our family that I really feel the cold – on winter evenings I sometimes wrap myself up in so many layers you can barely see me!

Reclining under the thermal glass dome, watching the night sky illuminated by nature’s greatest light show would be utterly breathtaking. I’d make myself a nest of soft cushions and throws and try to stay awake all night! Fomo alert 😉 During the day I’d go husky sledging and enjoy a reindeer safari through the forest. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort has cabins with a glass igloo bedroom, combining space and cosiness with the perfect opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis.

The cabins all have log fires and private saunas – perfect for warming up after a day in the crisp and cold fresh arctic air. It’s a bit of a joke in our family that I really feel the cold – on winter evenings I sometimes wrap myself up in so many layers you can barely see me! I ought to be used to it by now having grown up in a house with no central heating.

Of course, no trip to Lapland would be complete without a visit to Santa! Meeting Father Christmas in his own home would be an experience no child could ever forget. That magical time in their lives when they still believe is so precious and fleeting. Rather than count the days until winter’s over I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.

What would be your ideal winter retreat? How do you make your home cosy at this time of year?

My Ideal Winter Retreat glass igloo in Finland, sleds in the snow

Photos courtesy of Arctic Direct

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Julian Charles. All words and opinions are my own and completely honest.

 

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4 Comments

  1. December 8, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    We always head to colder climes in the winter – I guess it’s because we live in a sunny climate all year round and we like to get a bit of snow if we can. if not snow, just really cold weather is great lol. Although I am like you, I do really feel the cold. Especially in my hands and feet! As long as I’m dressed appropriately, I LOVE it! I reckon a holiday in Scandinavia would be amazing!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

  2. December 8, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Give me Spain in the winter! I hate cold!

  3. December 8, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    ah winter trips are my favorite! I love going out and playing in the snow and being cozy by a fire!

    kelseybang.com

  4. December 17, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Funny, I’ve never been to Lapland, and I live in Finland (in the south). Not a fan of snow either. When I finished school I swore I would never go skiing again (and I haven’t).
    On the topic of being cold and wrapping yourself up: it’s never cold indoors in Finland. Seriously, you could be wearing a swimsuit… good insulation, central heating and triple-glazing are the norm. The darkness might be a bigger problem in Lapland (the next sunrise will be in January), that can hit you hard the first time.

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