Lapland is striking, magical, and like visiting a world other than our own.
Landing on a tiny tarmac, we were speedily driven along an icy road to our igloo destination, Kakslauttanen. After towing our luggage on a snow sled in the dark, we found our igloo abode and crawled through the mini door into our dome home.
While the resort has activities like dog sledding and cold water swimming (no thank you), our time was more enjoyed relaxing in the lodge, reading, and wandering around the peaceful landscape in the strange winter light. The sense of space, pure air, and silence was unlike anything else.
The forecast did not appear to be in our favor for seeing the northern lights, but I just had a feeling that we would. On our last night there, while walking back from the sauna, we were stopped in our tracks by some glowing in the sky. Pausing to check if our eyes were deceiving us, we squinted and glared into the night hoping to see some activity. And then light beams started dancing across the sky in green, blue, pink and purple curves. Standing in the middle of a snowy field, we were so amazed that we didn't notice our hair freezing. We eventually made it back to our igloo where I laid in bed, unable to sleep as the lights flickered across the sky and down to the horizon for hours.