Sustainability at Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos
We have been granted with the Green Key eco-label as a testament of our work towards sustainability. Together with the Green Key organisation we shall continue our journey towards a greener and more sustainable hotel.
We have also been accepted to Sustainable Travel Finland program.
Sustainable development, protecting nature and preserving culture have been the most important values since the founding of Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos. These values have defined our choices regarding acquisitions, personnel management, brand creation, and has guided the company’s growth year after year. With our actions and choices, we strive to preserve and protect nature around us and globally. We want to make environmentally friendly choices and encourage the staff to develop the hotel’s daily operations through training and personnel management. Personnel are trained and encouraged to make responsible choices outside the workplace as well. Our environmental work is never finished, and we strive to develop our hotel and practices both in daily operations and in the longer term.
Everyone are welcome to become a customer, employee and partner of the hotel, regardless of gender, background, skin colour, sexual orientation or religion. The hotel’s staff and management actively influence the safety of the work environment. With an equal workplace culture, we can meet our guests inclusively and ensure that every guest has the right to enjoy their vacation regardless of personal factors. Our hotel managers ensure that employees are aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding equality in the workplace. Management ensures that vulnerable groups of staff, such as women, teenagers or minorities, are not subjected to harassment or other abuse, and trains staff to recognize and report such behaviour.
Our hotel is located in the small village of Lehtojärvi, whose culture and business opportunities we strive to enrich. We bring livelihood to residents by offering jobs and using services from local entrepreneurs. As the employees are local, we are able to ensure that the emissions due to commuting are small. While staying at the hotel, guests can taste dishes made from locally produced ingredients. Before staying and during the visit, guests receive information about local service providers, and they can be booked for activities whose providers implement the same values as our hotel.
Our hotel’s construction work has been done using local labour, which is why our hotel is able to offer more year-round employment despite the seasonal opening hours. Snow is used to build the SnowHotel every year, so the materials used for construction are directly from nature. We light the hotel using low-energy lamps, several of which work with a motion detector, we heat the hotel’s warm spaces with geothermal energy, and in the summer, we use solar panels for electricity. We avoid food waste in our restaurants, because our meals are pre ordered by guests, in which case there is no need to prepare more food than is ordered for our customers. We do not use endangered animals as ingredients in our restaurants and we do not use disposable dishes, except in special cases. We only use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies that are not harmful to the environment or our employees.
We remind customers to use clean Finnish tap water as drinking water, to reuse towels and to avoid intermediate cleaning as unnecessary. We strive to inform our customers about environmental friendliness through social media channels, information packages and guided tours.
Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos is committed to complying with every law and regulation regarding sustainable development and working towards greener and more responsible tourism.