Iisakki Glass Villas

Glass Villa Ski and Activity Adventure in Finnish Lapland

Wilderness adventure is second nature at this remote corner of wintry paradise in Finnish Lapland. Surrounded by three national parks, the area of Ruka is a secret getaway appealing to those seeking a complete winter experience. The trees are laden with fresh snow and the fells and forests surround frozen lakes in the untouched landscape, for a truly magical winter adventure.

This five night break features glass cabin accommodation at Iisakki Village, a tiny resort of 10 cabins within touching distance of Finland’s wild beauty and winter adventures - combining time on the ski slopes, thrilling activities and a night time treat with appearances of the Northern Lights.




Day 1

Touchdown at Kuusamo Airport in Finnish Lapland. You will be met by your driver, who will transfer you the short 30 minute journey to your home for the next five nights, Iisakki village. Set on the on the shores of the beautiful Lake Rukajarvi, surrounded by areas of stunning scenery, your glass cabin awaits. Boasting floor to ceiling windows and a glass roof, you truly feel part of this glorious setting. If you want a little privacy draw the curtains across the windows, lie back and enjoy the ever changing skies overhead. Dinner is served in the nearby restaurant.


Day 2

Today, your first adventure awaits - taking you to a nearby husky farm, where you’ll join an exciting husky safari. Enjoy getting to know each of the dogs on your team, as they eagerly await their run out on the trails. After an introduction and information on how to drive the dog-sled, you’ll drive in pairs, one mushing the team and one as a passenger, swapping on route as you glide through the forests on this unforgettable journey. After the safari, you’ll share a snack and hot drinks at the farm before heading back to your villa.

In the late afternoon, you’ll immerse yourself in the local Sauna tradition at Iisakki’s authentic lakeside wood-fired sauna before experiencing a wild food dinner. Your guide will bring to life the story of the Finnish sauna and its place in Finnish culture and join you in heating up the coals and teaching you about Finnish sauna traditions. Everyone wears bathing suits during this experience, so it’s suitable for everyone. Outside there’s a hot tub and an ice hole for hot and cold water immersion, depending on how brave you are feeling! During the sauna berry juice and sauna snacks are served.

After the relaxing sauna experience, enjoy a traditional Lappish Wild Food dinner with local delicacies, served in the atmospheric ‘Bear’s Cave’ forest restaurant, hidden underground in the woods. The meal starts with a welcome drink at the ice bar. On the menu, you’ll find fish from the local lakes, Lappish style reindeer and berries from the forests. After dinner, don’t forget to look out for the Northern Lights as you make your way back to your glass villa.

Day 3

Today you have the chance to hit the slopes at Ruka Ski Resort, the largest in Finland. There is a ski shuttle bus taking you from the village to the resort, at a small charge. There are ski rental shops where you can purchase the ski and lift passes, as well as equipment and clothing if required. This gives you the opportunity to ski as much or as little as you wish, perhaps taking some time to explore the resort itself.

After time on the slopes, head back to the village to relax in the afternoon and later enjoy dinner in the restaurant. Afterwards, you’ll head outdoors at night in search of the magical Northern Lights by snowshoe. Enjoy the silence amongst the trees as you tread through the deep snow and make stops to admire the fell scenery and nature. You’ll follow the old reindeer route, looking out for clear skies with bright stars and with any luck, signs of the Aurora Borealis. During the trip, take a break as you sip a hot drink with your guide who will share stories of the Northern Lights and arctic nature with you.

Day 4

After a hearty Lappish breakfast, you will join a guided snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm, transporting you through beautiful Taiga forests and over ice-covered lakes, where eventually you will come across a traditional reindeer farm. Enjoy the atmosphere of the farm life as you meet the herder and the reindeer before setting off for a slow reindeer ride in the nearby forest. After the sledding experience, you’ll have a chance to feed the reindeer and listen to stories of life in the Arctic whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and sweet treats. Then you’ll drive your snowmobile back to the starting point, the total distance travelled is approximately 40km. Once back at the village, enjoy some free time before your evening meal.

Day 5

Another free day to enjoy the facilities of the ski resort. Once again, take the ski shuttle bus to the slopes and get kitted out with all the equipment and necessary passes. The resort also boasts a family park, an area for the whole family to enjoy with easy slopes for beginners to practise and a tubing area. Other facilities in the resort include Ice karting, ice climbing and a zip line.

After a full day of winter fun, head back to the village to rest and relax before your last night, enjoying the evening meal at the restaurant and last chance to search for the elusive northern lights.

Please note, the activities follow a weekly schedule and only operate on certain days, so it may be necessary to change the exact order during your stay.

Day 6:

After breakfast, say your farewells to Ruka and take the transfer back to the airport for your return journey home.


From £2,028 per person (excluding flights), based on two adults sharing a glass villa for five nights on half-board basis, return transfers from/to Kuusamo airport and activities as mentioned in the itinerary.

This roughly converts to: 2,332 EUR | 2,657 USD

Remember that each trip we craft is unique, and you'll receive a personalised trip proposal based on your travel dates and preferences, and in the currency of your choice (GBP, USD, or EUR).


Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

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