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The best hotels to see the northern lights

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A unique experience

For the Vikings, the aurora borealis was the armor of the Valkyrie warrior Virgins, which emitted a strange flashing light. For us it is an almost extraterrestrial spectacle of those that leave you speechless, of which you have to contemplate, at least, once in your life. Do it in these spectacular hotels immersed in nature and get the perfect experience.

Artic Tree Hotel (Rovaniemi, Finland)
Artic Tree Hotel (Rovaniemi, Finland)

Artic Tree Hotel (Rovaniemi, Finland)

Only a month ago the Artic Tree Hotel opened, the perfect combination for those who are looking for design, comfort and contact with nature. Enjoy your fireplace, your private sauna and, above all, your views.

Hotel Svinøya Rorbuer, Norway
Hotel Svinøya Rorbuer, Norway

Hotel Svinøya Rorbuer, Norway

The nights are exciting and the days short but active if you stay at Svinøya RorbuerIn the 67th parallel, the night takes up most of the day for weeks. It is time to gather, to sit near the window, watch the sky in case the northern lights give us their cosmic dance. Also to go out of ‘hunting’ in your search, accompanied by experts who know where they will be best observed tonight and how to photograph them, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, paddling in kayaks , exploring fjords where birds nest curious and refuel the whales, to make barbecues on the beach under the stars… In the parallel 67 winter offers adventures of the most fun. You are in Lofoten, in northern Norway, on the small fishing island of Svinoya. You feel at the end of the world and, although you actually are, your room, one of the thirty rorbus -the traditional fisherman’s cabins- of the Svinøya Rorbuer hotel, is located in the center of the port, just a bridge away from the capital of the region. Here you can eat the much appreciated local fish at the Børsen Spiseri restaurant and, from the window, keep an eye on the northern lights by illuminating the Lofotveggen mountains.

Iso Syöte Hotel (Syöte, Finland)
Iso Syöte Hotel (Syöte, Finland)

Iso Syöte Hotel (Syöte, Finland)

The Eagle View Suite by Iso Syöte lives up to its name, and allows you to practically suspend yourself in the air to look at the northern lights in your eyes. Thanks to its walls and its roof made of glass, you can see them from the bed, from the sofa… or from your private jacuzzi! But there is more: the suite also has a sauna and fireplace, and its two floors are separated by a tree whose branches house the “nest” in which you will sleep. Booking in three, two one…

Aurora Dome (Harriniva, Finland)
Aurora Dome (Harriniva, Finland)

Aurora Dome (Harriniva, Finland)

The glamping reaches a new level in more luxurious and original shops-igloo Aurora Dome. Its transparent walls will allow you to blend in with the surroundings, a unique landscape on the shores of Lake Torassieppi, while you take refuge in its chimney.

Ion Hotel (Selfoss, Iceland)
Ion Hotel (Selfoss, Iceland)

Ion Hotel (Selfoss, Iceland)

At the foot of Mount Hengill, in wild territory, rises the Ion Hotel, which will make you feel like you are on another planet… even if you are only an hour away from Reykjavik. To get the best view of the aurora, do not leave this design boutique – some compare it to a spaceship – without enjoying a drink while watching the panorama from its award-winning Northern Lights Bar.

The 5 Million Star Hotel (Flotferðir, Iceland)
The 5 Million Star Hotel (Flotferðir, Iceland)

The 5 Million Star Hotel (Flotferðir, Iceland)

A bubble in the middle of nature, which stays inflated, hot and silent. That is what they offer in the hotel of five million stars, which alludes, of course, to all that can be seen from inside Buuble. There are five “rooms” to choose from, and from all of them, the views of the Northern Lights are spectacular.

Arctic Bath Hotel (Harads, Sweden)
Arctic Bath Hotel (Harads, Sweden)

Arctic Bath Hotel (Harads, Sweden)

It is not open yet, but we could not avoid including something so amazing in our gallery. We speak of the Arctic Bath Hotel, a floating accommodation on the River Lule with a spectacular design that will host six minimalist cabins from which to glimpse the aurora without obstacles. Attentive to your news!

Sorrisniva Hotel (Alta, Norway)
Sorrisniva Hotel (Alta, Norway)

Sorrisniva Hotel (Alta, Norway)

If you are thinking of an unforgettable wedding, you may want to contemplate getting married in the ice chapel of Sorrisniva, one of our favorite snow hotels. This igloo, near the Alta River, is accompanied from September to March by a spectacular colored sky as a backdrop, which you can observe while telling stories about the local traditions or at the same time you taste a wonderful three-course dinner.

Bubble Sled (Kilpisjärvi, Finland)
Bubble Sled (Kilpisjärvi, Finland)

Bubble Sled (Kilpisjärvi, Finland)

The British company Off the Map Traveler has just launched what they call “The sleigh – bubble of auroras”, a type of hotel room covered and mobile (with skis), towed by a snowmobile towards nature, about three kilometers up the mountains from a base camp located in the small village of Kilpisjärvi. We tell you all about this unique attraction to enjoy the auroras.

Hotel Kakslauttanen (Kakslauttanen, Finland)
Hotel Kakslauttanen (Kakslauttanen, Finland)

Hotel Kakslauttanen (Kakslauttanen, Finland)

In the heart of Lapland there is the Hotel Kakslauttanen, which offers various types of accommodation. However, all have a glass roof that allows you to enjoy the millions of stars of the limpid Finnish sky, as well as being perfect for glimpsing northern lights.

Hotel Rangá (Suðurlandsvegur, Iceland)
Hotel Rangá (Suðurlandsvegur, Iceland)

Hotel Rangá (Suðurlandsvegur, Iceland)

The Hotel Rangá, in the beautiful and impressive Iceland, offers all the comforts of a 4-star resort and allows you the necessary facilities so that, during your stay, you can feel the enchantment of the magical nocturnal lights.

SeaSide Glass Villas (Kemi, Finland)
SeaSide Glass Villas (Kemi, Finland)

SeaSide Glass Villas (Kemi, Finland)

The SeaSide Glass Villas make it easy for you not to stop looking at the sky, offering a cozy bedroom with bathroom and a kitchen with everything you need to prepare a romantic dinner. While doing so, you will enjoy the beautiful Gulf of Bothnia through the glass walls.

Malangen Resort (Tromsø, Norway)
Malangen Resort (Tromsø, Norway)

Malangen Resort (Tromsø, Norway)

At Camp Nikka, a 10-minute walk from the Malangen Resort, you can live like the Sami shepherds: you will sleep in lavvus (its stores) and you will not have electricity, so that the experience of spotting night lights is perfect.

Santa's Hotel's Glass Igloos (Rovaniemi, Finland)
Santa’s Hotel’s Glass Igloos (Rovaniemi, Finland)

Santa’s Hotel’s Glass Igloos (Rovaniemi, Finland)

The newly opened glass igloos of Santa’s Hotel give you the chance to see the northern lights and the midnight sun just as if you were lying in the snow… Only warmer!

Arctic Snow Hotel (Sinettä, Finland)
Arctic Snow Hotel (Sinettä, Finland)

Arctic Snow Hotel (Sinettä, Finland)

At the Arctic Snow Hotel you have two possibilities: either stay in your hotel ice, or in one of its wooden igloos open to the sky through a glass structure, which have an alarm that sounds every time you can sight aurora borealis. In both it is quite cool, but if you choose the first option, prepare to spend between 0 and -5º with sleeping bags for extreme temperatures, combined with reindeer skins! As even in Lapland know that you have to be very brave to do something like this, if you survive you get a diploma accrediting your power. Instead,if you crave and prefer to end the night in the warm area of ​​the hotel (they have it), you will leave the Arctic without your reward. Ohhhh…

Hotel Brimnes (Ólafsfjörður, Iceland)
Hotel Brimnes (Ólafsfjörður, Iceland)

Hotel Brimnes (Ólafsfjörður, Iceland)

The Hotel Brimnes has eight wooden bungalows that look like perfect shelters where you can relax during the day -eye to private jacuzzis. At night, of course, you have a date with the northern lights.

Kirkenes SnowHotel (Bjørnevatn, Norway)
Kirkenes SnowHotel (Bjørnevatn, Norway)

Kirkenes SnowHotel (Bjørnevatn, Norway)

Can you think of a more authentic way to see the northern lights than from an ice igloo? You can do it in the Kirkenes, where they prepare the bed so well that you will feel at home despite their -4º.

Aurora Village (Yellowknife, Canada)
Aurora Village (Yellowknife, Canada)

Aurora Village (Yellowknife, Canada)

It’s called Aurora Village, so it’s clear which is its biggest attraction. Exactly, the aurora borealis sighting. Located in Yellowknife (Canada), this lodge is very aware of the aboriginal culture and not only by the teepees: its owners, in fact, are natives of Fort Resolution, a land where Chipewyan, Cree and Metis are mixed. They boast of knowing everything and more about the extraordinary northern lights of the place and to offer you the best experience for you to know them too.

Deplar Farm (Trollaskagi Peninsula, Iceland)
Deplar Farm (Trollaskagi Peninsula, Iceland)

Deplar Farm (Trollaskagi Peninsula, Iceland)

Deplar Farm, an old sheep farm, is now a hotel located in a remote place in the north of Iceland – but very well connected – in which to become one with nature. Its nothing but 13 rooms guarantee tranquility, and its five stars, pure luxury. You will love the cozy homelythat it is, and at the same time, you will fall in love with its design, which conceives the exterior walls as huge windows that blur the inside-outside barriers.

TreeHotel (Sverige, Sweden)
TreeHotel (Sverige, Sweden)

TreeHotel (Sverige, Sweden)

We love TreeHotel, an accommodation full of imagination that has six rooms that rise between the trees in the form of glass cube, spaceship, cabin… Now, the striking family joins The 7th Room, a house in the spectacular tree designed at the top and with a glass roof so you can enjoy the nocturnal aurora. On the outside, it seems that almost is not, because it is lined with an image of what the forest was like before it was installed; inside, all the Scandinavian luxuries you can imagine and that naughty point that distinguishes the hotel: a terrace crossed by a tree, whose floor is a network, from which to climb fearlessly to the cup… or where to sleep under the stars.

Levin Iglut (Utsuvaara, Finland)
Levin Iglut (Utsuvaara, Finland)

Levin Iglut (Utsuvaara, Finland)

From any of the comfortable igloos of Levin Iglut you can see the northern lights, but it is also that, in the Northern Lights House, you will live a unique experience. Partially built inside the land and with the rest of its glass surface looking at the sky, this 123 square meter house has two bedrooms, two fireplaces, a kitchen, a jacuzzi on the terrace and even a sauna with fridge for the drink! Eye, that your restaurant, Aurora Sky, also has views.

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