Alaric Tay in Finland

His 21/2-week honeymoon in February last year included iconic European cities like Munich, Venice and Paris.

But Fly Entertainment artiste and The Noose regular Alaric Tay and his wife, Juliet, who is in her 20s, found the Finnish leg the most memorable.

The couple, who got married in October 2010, visited Hotel Kakslauttanen's Igloo Village in the Lapland region, where they spent four days.

The 32-year-old told The New Paper: "It was a winter wonderland! Even though it was cold and snowing all the time, I just enjoyed experiencing a different climate from Singapore's.

"We were searching for a cool place to stay during our honeymoon and where we could view the Northern Lights.

Tay lugging his and his wife’s luggage on a sled to their glass igloo at Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland.

"When we found that the Kakslauttanen offered glass igloos, we were ecstatic."

The couple flew from Paris to Helsinki and then to the airport near Ivalo village, taking a half-hour car ride to finally reach the hotel.

Tay said: "Kakslauttanen is quite unlike a conventional hotel.

"The main building doubles as a restaurant. In fact, we had to check in at the cashier. Each room is also quite isolated from the other rooms."

He said choosing between a glass igloo or a traditional snow igloo was easy.

"For one thing, we would have been unable to see the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) in a snow igloo (which had no transparent surfaces).

"It would also have been freezing to sleep in one. Fortunately, our glass igloo was climate-controlled.

"Juliet and I like to mess around in the snow, but at the end of the day, we prefer to sleep somewhere warm."

Tay was quite enthusiastic when he found out he would get to haul their luggage by sled to their glass igloo.

The couple were themselves hauled around when they took a sled ride at a Siberian husky farm near Hotel Kakslauttanen.

"There were six huskies to a sled, which can carry two people," Tay said.

"I let Juliet try her hand at controlling the huskies' reins, but after a while, she handed them back to me, saying she was just happy sitting on the sled.

"I guess it was because the dogs were really strong. I had trouble controlling them myself!"

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