Take Refuge by Kevin Cooley

Kevin Cooley As I sit here in Salt Lake City contemplating the rare snow deficit among local mountain resorts, it's only natural I would conjure up visions of a winter wonderland seen elsewhere.

So it is that Kevin Cooley's captivating and mysterious snowscapes readily come to mind. This Brooklyn-based photographer explores the tenuous relationship between man and his environment and does a particularly beautiful job with his wintery destinations. He often employs the use of light to stand in for his human subjects, appearing as either a signal of settlement or a rescue beacon.

Kevin Cooley Kevin Cooley - Take Refuge His most recent works, on view at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles were created while Cooley was a 2011 participant with The Arctic Circle, an expeditionary residency program taking place in Svalbard, the northernmost part of Norway.

take refuge at The Kopeikin Gallery January 7th - February 11th, 2012 posted by: Nancy H.

Destination: Arctic Circle

Kakslauttanen Igloo Village If you want to get a little closer to heaven, check into the Igloo Village at Hotel Kakslauttanen. Located in the outer reaches of Finland's Lapland, These glowing, pods are the perfect spot for gazing at celestial sphere. Guests may be even be fortunate enough to glimpse the magical Aurora Borealis.

Aurora Borealis Photo: Senior Airman Joshua Strang

Each of the 20 igloos are outfitted with the classic Nordic amenity, a personal sauna. The village features four restaurants and a full menu of outdoor activities from cross-country skiing and snowboarding, to snowmobiling and ice karting. If you're feeling particularly pioneering, opt for a husky safari where you'll be teamed up with six dogs (from a larger pack of 250) and a sled.

And, lest you get lonely out under the crystal-clear skies, Finland is home to Nokia and boasts coverage throughout the farthest reaches of the country.

via Aether Apparel; source Hotel Kakslauttanen