Auvo Leppänen – Arctic Guesthouse & Igloos, Ranua, Finland

How long have you been AuroraHut partner?

Since 2019. We got our first AuroraHut igloo boat on the 4th of August and at the start of December we got nine additional ones. All in all, we have ten igloo boats here which makes us one of the biggest igloo boat destinations. We are also planning on getting ten more igloo boats in the future. In July our capacity was completely full and on many of the days we would have double the number of customers coming here than we were actually able to accommodate. Also, this month should have been quieter, but we have sold over two hundred nights in the igloos.

What has been the best thing about AuroraHut?

From the perspective of an entrepreneur, the best thing has definitely been the very positive feedback from customers. Everyone who visits us says they would definitely come back and stay with us again. In addition, the customers feel that it is important to get to spend time on the lake. In many destinations you don’t get to be as close to the nature as you do here.

What kind of feedback have you received from the customers?

The customers have said that the ability to move independently with the igloo boat is a unique ability. Often they also mention how breathtaking the views are from the lake and how they can wonderfully see all the colors of fall from the igloo boat. Even this morning a customer said on the way out how this experience exceeded all of their expectations. All of our igloo boats have been reserved for the next weekend as well and overall almost half of our visitors are from abroad. The fall foliage is at its finest at the moment and it offers a variety of colors for all of us to enjoy.

Why would you recommend AuroraHut?

It is such a unique experience that you cannot get anywhere else. AuroraHut igloo boat offers a completely different world and the nature right at your fingertips. A famous Finnish hockey player who visited us even sent us a picture after his visit thanking us for the amazing experience. He also said that he would definitely book with us again.

What would you hope to get in the future from the collaboration with AuroraHut and what kind of new products or innovations would you like to have to support your business?

At the moment we are first-movers on the world market with this kind of special accommodation style, and therefore I would hope more additional products to the AuroraHut igloo boat. For example, a floating sauna would be a big thing. A dream sauna would be a similar floating boat as the igloo boat is that woud have room in the inside for a heating element. In the boat there would also be a possibility for ice swimming and fishing. Because of the heating element, the warm base exterior would keep the hole in the ice open throughout the year. Even if there was wind or a storm outside, the customers could still go ice swimming inside the warm igloo boat. There is no such product in the market, at least that I know of. This igloo boat is a product that can be customized of developed in multitude of ways.