In the room
Hotel Kakslauttanen in northern Finland is promoting spectacular views of the Northern Lights from its village of 20 private thermal-glass igloos. The hotel is located near Urho Kekkonen National Park, an area with few trees and zero light pollution. Thermal walls and ceilings keep the interiors cozy and warm. More adventurous guests can opt for traditional igloos made of ice, with an inside temperature of -6 C. An ice bar and snow chapel are built anew each winter. Details: kakslauttanen.fi/en.
On the road
If you plan to drive in France starting this July, make sure your vehicle carries a portable breathalyzer. Under a new law, the fine for not having one is €11 (about $14.50), although police will allow a period of grace until November. A test kit, which costs less than $3, shows motorists whether they are under the permitted blood-alcohol concentration of 0.05. The fine for those between 0.05 and 0.08 is €135 ($180). Those over 0.08 face fines of €4,500 ($6,000) and a two-year prison sentence.
In the air
“We had lunch and you were off to Las Vegas after we landed. I can’t believe I did not get your phone number and now just sleepless nights wondering what could have been …” That’s typical of the messages posted on a new website by travellers hoping to reconnect with that special someone they bonded with during a flight. Wemetonaplane.com was founded by Australian Will Scully-Power whose girlfriend was originally his seatmate on a flight from Sydney to Asia.
Sources: Daily Mail, The Australian, takeoffeh.com.
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