According to the 2017 “Global Wellness Economy Monitor” constant “connectedness” has increased demand for wellness destinations. Therefore, new wellness trips include a trend towards silence and absolute disconnection. Silent spas, wellness monasteries, hotels and resorts with quiet rooms and quiet zone floors are all rising in popularity. (1)
In hand with demand for mental wellness programming, the sustainable aspect of travel has introduced new ideas for accommodations. Innovative accommodations include high end camping, or “glamping” resorts. As a result, intriguing accommodations such as luxury igloos and yurts, are becoming more popular. (1, 2, 3)
Glass Domed Luxury Igloos
Located on the quiet shores of Lake Ranuanjärvi in Finland, The Arctic Fox Igloos provide the best possible view of the magical night skies. The structure mimics the dome of an igloo with an exposed glass roof. (3)
The luxury igloos are reached via snowmobile and include a double bed and small kitchenette as well as a private sauna and bathroom. The surrounding wilderness is an idyllic location for nature lovers all year round. Night fishing and a Shaman’s Northern Lights program are also available for guests. (3)
The unobstructed views of lake, sky and land envelop visitors who can unwind and connect with nature. As a result, the stunning landscapes and peaceful waters rejuvenate mind and body. (3)
The Northern Lights
One of the main attractions to the unique luxury igloos is intimate views of the Northern Lights. The resort is named after a story from Finnish folklore where an arctic fox created the lights with his tail by running over the tundra. This created the sparks we see in the northern skies of Finland. (6)
The luxury igloos are the perfect spot to enjoy a private viewing of the northern skies and this breathtaking natural phenomenon. (3)
Sustainable and Wellness Tourism
According to a 2016 report on sustainability and travel, 66% of travelers are willing to pay more for sustainable travel options. Therefore, the incentive of price comparison is not as important as quality opportunities addressing environmental and social concerns. (4)
Glamping contributes to more wellness activities and treatments for travelers. As a result, interest in glamping is rising. Consequently, the “Global Wellness Economy Monitor” is projecting the wellness travel industry should generate $563 billion in earnings this year. (1)
The Benefits of Nature Vacations
New research from the University of East Anglia found spending time in, or living close to, natural green spaces offers significant health benefits including reduced risk of:
Type II diabetes
It also increases sleep duration which makes it perfect for time away. (5)
Lead author Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said the study also found that exposure to green space significantly reduces people’s levels of salivary cortisol – a physiological marker of stress. As a result, Twohig-Bennet and study co-author Professor Andy Jones hope their research will “inspire people to get outside more and feel the health benefits for themselves.” (5)
Although not everyone can afford a trip to the luxury igloos of Finland, there are plenty of glamping experiences to go around available across North America.
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