*Our trip was made possible by Experience365,
but as always, all opinions are my own.
Our summer in Finland is going great, and last week, like every summer, we decided to drive up to Kemi, Lapland. We usually visit some family there, cross the border to Sweden and do some shopping. This time however, we were also honoured to be guests at Experience365. We stayed a night in one of their glass villa by the ocean, and visited a year-around snowcastle. Many people know about the huge SnowCastle they built every winter, but the SnowExperience365 is totally new thing, and open even in the summer.
A NIGHT IN SEASIDE GLASS VILLA IN KEMI
The Seaside Glass Villas were opened at Kemi’s SnowCastle area in 2016. They are small, log cabins, which offer an exotic choice of accommodation over the normal hotel rooms. The villas have a glass ceiling, and two glass walls, so that the guests are able to enjoy the ocean view or the stars on the sky. Now at the summer time, it is of course the Midnight sun sun, but at the winter time you can see the Northern Lights if you are lucky. Next to the villas there is a caravan area for those who travel with RV’s.
Even though the villas are quite small, they have everything you need. Even a small kitchen. Since everything is new, the villas are clean and nice. When I heard about the night in the villas, I was wondering weather there is a toilet or a shower in them, but I can now tell you, they have both. The warm water only lasts for 13 minutes though, but that was enough for both mine and my kids showers. There is also and A/C and a heather.
Because two walls are glass, there is a lot of light in the villa even when you close the curtains. They had left us eye masks. After the sun had turned away in the evening, we opened the curtains and was amazed by how beautiful the view was. So tranquil! We didn’t really have a reason to open the curtain in the ceiling since the sun was bright, but we of course wanted to see what it would look like open. And I wanted to take couple of photos for my blog. At that point, I started wondering how to ope it, since I couldn’t reach that high, and there was nothing in the villa that I could use as a help. I got some help for this from the reception. The curtains are opened with a special stick and you have to be very careful since the paper curtains can break easily. Maybe some other mechanism would be better since the whole reason to stay in a villa like this, is to look at the sky from the glass ceiling.
Very close to the villas there is a public beach, frisbee golf course and a playground. However, we didn’t have time for them since a Tivoli was in town. Tivoli is a carnival that tours around the Finland and my kids had never been to one. After that we walked to a restaurant area by the coast and had dinner.
After a good sleep in a villa, we woke up to a beautiful sunrise and headed to a breakfast in Lumihiutale restaurant. Lumihiutale is Finnish and means snow flake. The breakfast was set up nicely and we ate a balcony with a most amazing view to the ocean!
SNOWEXPERIENCE 365; A YEAR AROUND SNOWCASTLE OF KEMI
SnowExperience 365 offers an inside space to play at the snow and ice with the -5C temperature (XXF). It is located in the main building at the area, and right next to the glass villas. Most of the space is taken by the beautiful ice restaurant, where the tables are made of ice and the chairs are covered by reindeer fur. There are ice sculptures, an ice castle and a fun ice slide. In order to slide on ice, you should dress warmly. Our kids got an overall, boots and a funny snowcastle hat from the reception to use inside. For adults they had some warm blankets.
SnowExperience space is not huge, so it doesn’t long to walk through it. However, our kids could have stayed there for hours just to do the slide. The same building also has a reception, souvenir shop, Day Spa, ice cream bar and a restaurant. When staying in one of the glass villas, you get to visit the SnowExperience for free. Otherwise you will have to purchase a ticket from the reception. At the winter time, there is also a huge SnowCastle outside on this area.
We had a fun experience in a beautiful place! I really enjoyed the Seaside Glass Villa we stayed in, and I would love to come back at the winter time, when you can see some snow, ice and maybe even Northern Lights from the windows. But I think the kids enjoyed the most the SnowExperience! Maybe we will be able to return to Finland at the winter, and visit Kemi again.