A few years ago I stumbled across some pretty incredible photos on Pinterest of glass igloos in Finland. WHAT. A. DREAM. I thought to myself. Finland hadn’t really been on my radar of places to visit, but who wouldn’t put a stay in a glass igloo on their bucket list?! So when I found myself planning a trip to Finland last year, I knew I had to make it happen. Let me tell you all about my once-in-a-lifetime stay in a glass igloo in Finland!

Location

Golden Crown Levin Iglut is located outside of the nearby resort town, Levi. You will either need to rent a car or take a taxi to get there, as walking definitely isn’t an option (especially in winter). In order to get a good view of the Norther Lights (if you’re lucky enough to have them make an appearance), you need to be away from big lights. Hence, why the owners decided to build their spectacular igloos a 10-15 minute drive outside of town. Plus, it’s in such a quaint area, so you can really take in the scenery!

Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!

The Igloo (Room)

First I want to preface the room by saying when I say “igloo” I don’t mean literal ice igloo. This was a glass dome standalone room (igloo) WITH heating.

Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!

The igloo was essentially a studio room – the only door inside was the door to the bathroom. To the left of the entryway, there was a small kitchen complete with a fridge, stove, microwave, and teapot. There were also cabinets with plates and mugs for our use, and the coziest pair of slippers that we’d slip into every time we walked in, right after kicking our boots off!

Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!

To the right of the entryway, the bathroom. The door had a mirror on both sides which we found very helpful when it came to getting ready in the mornings! In terms of toiletries, there was an all-in-one shampoo/body wash dispenser in the shower, but no specific brand to name.

Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!

My favorite part of the room comes next. The bedroom/living room area with a glass dome that lets you look up at a wide view of the sky. Words cannot express how incredible this view was, especially at night when the stars were brighter than I’ve ever seen AND we were able to catch glimpses of the Northern Lights!

In European style, our bed was split down the middle (essentially two beds together) and had controls so we could each raise the bed up or down, to customize our individual comfort. This was a nice feature when we had some downtime for chatting or reading! Next to the bed, we also had a couch and small coffee table with chairs, so no matter where we wanted to lounge, we had a comfy place to be!

Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it! Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!

It’s also worth noting that there is NO Wi-Fi in the igloos. Usually that would be something to grumble about, but here, it was a really great thing. With a glass dome above you and the stars shining bright, THAT is where you need to focus your attention. Our room also had a radio with a couple CDs – one of Sami music (local to Finland) and the other Susan Boyle (which made me chuckle). The Sami music was kind of jazzy and had no lyrics. It was my favorite to put on anytime we were in the room. So calming!

Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!

Service + Amenities

A breakfast buffet was included in our stay and took place in the main building/reception area. We LOVED how cozy it was here. Plus, it was a great time to connect to Wi-Fi (only available in the main building) and catch up on things as we started our day. You can also arrange to dine in the hotel’s restaurant for dinner, if you don’t want to head back into town.

Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it! Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it! Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!

The Northern Lights

While it’s not guaranteed the Northern Lights will come out, we were fortunate to have them make an appearance during our stay. We were relaxing in our room getting ready for (ironically) our Northern Lights excursion, when we saw people from the other igloos in the igloo village coming outside. I turned the lights off in our igloo and saw a faint streak of green in the sky. Within moments I had thrown my boots and coat on and was out the door, my mom not too far behind me! We stood in awe for a few minutes as the tiny green streak in the sky grew bigger and started to stretch out above us. It was beyond incredible.

Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it! Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!

Tips for Planning Your Stay

There are two major things to keep in mind when planning your stay at Golden Crown Levin Iglut. First, if you’re hoping to see the Northern Lights, the best time of year to visit is September – April. Second, you MUST book in advance. I was looking in May for our December trip and found that most of the igloos had already been booked! Fortunately we were able to snag two nights toward the end of our trip and all worked out with our itinerary, but it was nearly half a year out!

Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!

Our stay at Levin Iglut was hands down the most incredible hotel and one of the best travel experiences all around my mom and I have ever had. I can’t recommend a stay in a glass igloo enough – it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

If you’re wanting to check a bucket list item off and stay here too, you can find out more on Golden Crown Levin Iglut’s website or follow along for the latest updates on Facebook.

Stay tuned for more on Levi, Finland later this week!

I received a discounted rate for this stay. All opinions are my own.

As with any new city, I was very excited to visit Stockholm, but I must say, Sweden’s capital surpassed my expectations! Stockholm is rich in history, food, culture, and lots of great shops! Here’s how we spent 2 days in the city.

Planning a trip to Stockholm? These are the things you should put on your list!

Day 1 // 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This day technically started in Copenhagen, where we hopped on a 5-hour train direct to Stockholm! By the time we actually pulled into the Stockholm train station, the sun was already starting to go down (which happens around 2 p.m. in winter) so we hustled over to our hotel to check in and drop our things.


Arriving at Stockholm’s Central train station, we were literally steps away from our hotel, which made it incredibly easy from a (non) transportation perspective!

Day 1 // 2:45 – 7 p.m.

The first thing we wanted to check out after dropping our bags was Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town! In the midst of wandering, we ducked into a cafe for a pastry + cappuccino and to plan out the rest of our evening since the weather was starting to take a turn (rain, rain, go away).

In Gamla Stan, we located the Nobel Peace Prize Museum (unfortunately it had just closed for the day), a cute Christmas market, and lots of fantastic little shops to duck into!

For dinner, we found a quaint restaurant that seemed like a popular locals spot, and were excited to finally try a dish with Swedish meatballs that wasn’t at IKEA! This was the real deal and oh so good!

Day 1 // 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Despite the on/off rain, we opted to stick with our original plan of joining a Ghost Walk in Gamla Stan after dinner. The spooky stories are always fun to hear, but the tour also featured a lot of history and fun tidbits about the Old Town area, so it was definitely worth it to us! Plus, our tour guide was a hoot and a half, dressed in old timey clothes and carrying a lantern around. Gamla Stan is one of the oldest preserved “Old Town” areas in all of Europe (fortunately it remained out of harms way during the wars), so you better believe there was a lot of ground to cover!

Day 2 // 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

After fueling up at our hotel’s delicious breakfast buffet, we were off to Gamla Stan (again) for our free city walking tour. Since there is a separate walking tour for the Old Town area, we didn’t spend long here and quickly started making our way over to Parliament, The Royal Palace, Opera House and many other major city sights.


One of the coolest sights? A statue of Margaretha Krook, one of Sweden’s most beloved actresses of the 20th century. It’s said that Krook didn’t want a statue made, since statues are usually cold and unapproachable. So to honor her, the statue was designed to be heated year-round! Visiting in winter, we definitely appreciated that! Everyone was clamoring to stand next to the statue!


My favorite part was learning about the origins of “Stockholm Syndrome” and seeing the location where it all took place! In case you’re not familiar with the story, bank robbers took some hostages and the hostages ended up bonding with their captors while holed up and defended them once they got out! Even crazier, the hostages ended up marrying their captors! Wild!

Day 2 // 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Next up for us was some lunch! We popped into a cafe that had a medieval-era cellar (but obviously spruced up) for a couple sandwiches + dessert and enjoyed being the only ones in the downstairs area with the cozy Christmas decorations!


Then we hailed an Uber (I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to have this service in Europe and work just like it does in the US) over to the museum side of town, where our first stop was the Vasa Museum. This had been on the top of my list of things to see in Stockholm and there are no words to describe seeing the Vasa ship in person. The ship set sail in Stockholm in 1628 and sank before it even left the harbor. 300+ years later, the ship was located and was still in tact. AFTER 300 YEARS! Of course some restoration needed to be done, but it’s completely mind-blowing that something so big and so old could still be around in the shape it is!

Day 2 // 5:15 – 7 p.m.

We were so relieved that the last museum + big attraction on our list was open a little later, because it was definitely something we had to see before leaving. The ABBA Museum! Hands down one of the biggest and most influential groups in pop music, ABBA originated in Sweden and is clearly a group the country still holds near and dear to their hearts. And I must say, I really liked ABBA pre-visit, but post-visit I’ve downloaded even more songs and have a new appreciation for the group! The museum had several interactive exhibits too – we had a BLAST singing and dancing our way through it!

Day 2 // 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.

We hadn’t thought ahead to dinner but by the time we got out of the ABBA museum we were starving, so we pulled up our trusty TripAdvisor app to see what had good reviews nearby and settled on Jamie Oliver’s restaurant. Ironically, my Timehop pointed out that exactly 2 years prior, we had visited Jamie Oliver’s London restaurant. How crazy! To me, you can never go wrong with a pasta dish!


After dinner we thought we needed to do some serious walking, and followed Stockholm’s Path of Light, where we could see beautiful Christmas light displays as we made our way back toward the hotel. So, so beautiful!


And we couldn’t end our time in Stockholm with one last stop for dessert, so we popped into a popular Scandinavian coffee house chain for some blueberry pie!

I started my first job a few weeks before my 12th birthday and it was hands down, the coolest job experience one could have. I worked in promotions, wrote and recorded commercials, and hosted a weekly talk show on Radio Disney. I loved meeting new people and learned so much from the interviews I conducted. But recently, the tables turned and I found myself sitting on the other side of the interview table… as a guest on a podcast (which also ended up being a really fun experience)!

Since podcasts have been on the rise, and in light of my new guesting opp, I wanted to share some tips for anyone thinking of hosting their own podcast or being a guest on one!

Whether you're hosting or interviewing, here are 4 tips to help you rock your podcast or radio interview!

Know Your Audience

This first one is just as important as knowing the content for the show! You need to know what kind of demographic you’re talking to, so you can tailor your content to them. Are you speaking to millennials? Moms? Business owners? You can craft your talking points based on who exactly you’re trying to reach and what you want them to know.

Brush Up on the Topic

You’re likely pretty knowledgeable about your interview topic, but be sure to brush up on it anyway. You never know if there’s a stat or some other helpful tidbit that might come in handy during the interview. This will also help save you from that “Ugh, I know I saw something on this somewhere once..” moment. Plus, you want to make sure you’re able to confidently speak during the show!

Write Down Key Talking Points

The beauty of radio and podcasts is that you’re not on camera! This means you can have a little cheat sheet in front of you with words or phrases to help you remember things you want to talk about, which is especially helpful if you think you might freeze up or forget some things you want to say. This will also help you have the key takeaways for the listeners handy so you can repeat, if needed!

Be Yourself

This generally applies to all of the life things, but BE YOURSELF! Seriously. I know it can be hard to relax in these situations with your nerves jumping all over the place, but take a breath and treat the interview as a casual conversation with a friend. Once you get into that mindset and you start talking about a topic you love, all of the nerves will fade away.

Travel-Planning-Made-Easy-Podcast

I also want to take a minute to thank the 29 Minute Mom podcast for inviting me to be on the show to talk about travel planning resources – you can listen to the recording here! Hope you enjoy it!

Have you hosted or been a guest on a podcast or radio show?