Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Gaze Up at the Northern Lights From One of These Glass Igloos

 Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

The idea of an igloo—especially one in the Finnish wilderness, set beneath a spectacular Northern Lights display—is as romantic as it gets. When it comes to practical application however, few among us would choose a snow shelter (cozy as it might be) over a well-heated abode with running water and electricity.

Thankfully, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselka, Finland offers the mystique of the quintessential northern lights experience with some added comfort. Its “Igloo Village” contains 20 thermal glass igloos, where you can cozy up and watch the aurora borealis while nice and warm.

The resort is located just north of the Arctic Circle in Urho Kekkonen National Park, where the northern lights can be seen about 200 days a year. The glass igloos are available from August through April, which is considered prime time for spotting the aurora borealis. The glass igloos are equipped to prevent frost, keeping the view clear so you don’t miss a thing—even in temperatures that are well below freezing.

A stay in a two-person glass geodesic dome will set you back around $455 a night. The resort also offers a variety of outdoor activities, as well as a restaurant, ice bar, and smoke saunas for when you need to thaw out. And if glass igloos aren't for you, the resort also offers snow igloos, log cabins, and new “Kelo-Glass igloos” that combine the best of both worlds.

Valtteri Hirvonen

Valtteri Hirvonen

Valtteri Hirvonen

All images courtesy of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.

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The Covers of Jack Kerouac's Classic Titles Are Getting a Makeover
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press

Readers have been enjoying classic Jack Kerouac books like The Dharma Bums and On the Road for decades, but starting this August the novels will have a new look. Several abstract covers have been unveiled as part of Penguin’s "Great Kerouac" series, according to design website It’s Nice That.

The vibrant covers, designed by Tom Etherington of Penguin Press, feature the works of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline. The artwork is intended to capture “the experience of reading Kerouac” rather than illustrating a particular scene or character, Etherington told It’s Nice That. Indeed, abstract styles of artwork seem a fitting match for Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose”—a writing style that was influenced by improvisational jazz music.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Dharma Bums, which was published just one year after On the Road. The Great Kerouac series will be available for purchase on August 2.

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Here's a Preview of the 70 New Emojis Coming to Your iPhone
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Get ready to add a whole new set of symbols to your emoji vocabulary. As CNN reports, Apple has released a sneak peak of some of the 70 new emojis coming to iOS in late 2018.

In February 2018, the Unicode Consortium announced the latest additions to their official emoji database. Software makers have since been working on customizing the designs for their own operating systems, and now iPhone and iPad users are getting a preview of what the new emojis will look like on their devices.

One of the most highly anticipated new symbols is the redhead emoji, something people have been demanding for a while. A curly haired option, another popular request, will be added to the line-up, as will gray-hair and bald emoji choices. Each of the new hair types can be added to the classic face emoji regardless of gender, but when it comes to specific characters like the bride or the jogger emojis, users will be limited to the same hair options they had before.

If Apple users ever want to express their inner superhero, two new super characters, a man and woman, will let them do so. They will also have new "smiley" symbols to choose from, like a party emoji, a sad eyes emoji, and a frozen emoji.

In the food category you have a head of lettuce and a mango, and for dessert, a cupcake and a mooncake—a festive Chinese pastry. New animals include a peacock, a kangaroo, and a lobster. The lobster emoji stirred some controversy in February when Mainers noticed the Unicode version was missing a set of legs. The design was quickly revised, and Apple's version is also anatomically correct.

These images just show a small sample of the emojis that will be included in an iOS update planned for later in 2018. Users will have to wait to see the final designs for other the symbols on the list.

New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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[h/t CNN]

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