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Travel Company to Launch North Pole Igloos

Friday, September 27, 2019

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A Finnish luxury travel company is taking igloos to the next level with a new experience for travelers at the North Pole.

The cost? Just $100,000.

The Project

The North Pole Igloos will go live in April 2020 and operate just for the month of April every year. (This period of time is after the region’s most extreme weather but before the summer melt.)

The experience comes from Janne Honkanen, founder of Luxury Action, a high-end travel company that specializes in arctic excursions.

“I thought that this is the time and the opportunity to give a chance for my guests to experience the North Pole with arctic explorers and scientists in a safe way,” Honkanen said.

Guests will sleep in one of 10 heated igloos that feature glass walls and ceilings. The structures have reportedly been tested under the most extreme temperatures. (In April, the North Pole still ranges from -20 to -40 F.)

The price includes a three- to five-night stay, air travel from the Lapland region to the North Pole, a camp manager, an arctic wilderness guide, chef services, security and thermal clothing.

Honkanen says his goal is to bring people closer to a part of the environment that is changing the most rapidly because of climate change.

“I want to connect each guest with the local culture, the local people, surrounding nature and the wildlife,” Honkanen said. “But I [also] want to spread the word of the situation that’s happening in the Arctic. Since we live up north, we see and feel how it affects our environment.”

While the trip still expends quite a bit of carbon, particularly in air travel, Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist with the Earth Science and Observation Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told the Washington Post it might be a small price to pay to change the minds of some of the world’s wealthiest people.

“I think it would change peoples’ minds on how hard we need to work to change how we interact with our planet,” he said. “I think it’s a good thing to give people that exposure. The environmental impact is small compared to the impact of a changed mind.”

Of a similar vein with a lot less expenditure, architecture design firm Snohetta unveiled plans last year for an energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle. The Svart Hotel—taking its name from the nearby Svartisen glacier—will have solar panels to produce energy, with the goal of consuming 85% less energy than other contemporary hotels.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Color + Design; Color + Design; Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Hotels; Latin America; North America; Z-Continents

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