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Unforgettable Stays Under the Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis season is almost at its end for another year, so it is right about time to start looking and booking ahead for the next. As a natural phenomenon that has made it on to most everyone’s bucket list, accommodation during the season gets snapped up quicker than you can say ‘Northern Lights’. If you want to make your expedition to the far north a memorable one, consider booking in to one of these unbelievable hotels with views of the Aurora Borealis before it is too late.

Kirkenes Snowhotel Gamme Cabins

It may be a word of Danish origin, but these dome-shaped Norwegian gamme cabins are the very embodiment of hygge. Evoking a sense of cosiness, charm and intimacy, the incredibly hygge wood-lined cabins at Kirkenes Snowhotel make for an unforgettable romantic escape.

Designed with the best view of the aurora in mind, each cabin features a large floor to ceiling window that offers panoramic views of the night sky. You don’t even need to stray from the cabin to catch a glimpse of the green skies. Cosy up in a sheep skin covered seat in front of the window, pour yourself and your loved one a wine, and wait for the sky show to start. While it might be a frosty winter wonderland outside, the underfloor heating, sheepskins and a bold red will keep you toasty and warm while you are inside.

If you are seeking a little more than just the thrill of spying the northern lights, Kirkenes Snowhotel also offer snowmobile, snow crab and husky tours for their guests. There are even some resident reindeer behind the cabins you can get up close and personal with. 

Cabins at Kirkenes Snowhotel are available from the 1st of November to the 20th of April each year, and start from 2700 NOK ($447) per person, per night.

Sandnesdalen 14. 9910 Bjørnevatn, Norway

Ion Adventure Hotel

On the ‘golden circle’ route in Iceland, Ion Adventure Hotel is the perfect base for getting out and exploring the idyllic Icelandic countryside. The sister hotel of the Ion City Hotel, Ion Adventure Hotel is located just under an hour’s drive outside of the bustling capital Reykjavík. It is a peaceful, secluded and oh-so-scenic paradise.

A member of the prestigious Design Hotels group, the sustainable Ion Adventure Hotel is characterised by its modern steel and glass exterior, minimalist Scandinavian interior, and the iconic glass-clad Northern Lights Bar that juts out at one end. Floor to ceiling windows feature heavily throughout the hotel, making the most of their scenic locale and the spectacular dancing night skies.

Visible from inside the hotel, there is no need to brave the snow to catch a glimpse of the stunning Aurora Borealis if you don’t want to. Don’t fret about missing the aurora either – the staff will give you a call in your room to notify you if it has decided to make an appearance.

Rooms at the Ion Adventure Hotel start from 40500KR ($528) per night in peak season.

Nesjavellir vid Thingvallavatn, 801 Selfoss, Iceland

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views are one thing, but staying in a cabin with a ceiling made entirely of glass is a whole other kettle of fish. At Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland, sleeping under a blanket of snow and stars takes on a whole new meaning.

They are some of the more famed (and definitely the most Instagrammed) cabins in Finland, and Kakslauttanen’s iconic glass igloos are as close as you can get to sleeping in nature without forgoing any of the creature comforts. Equipped with just a bed and toilet (and a shower if you choose the igloo that sleeps four), the igloos themselves may be rather simple, but it is the view is the real star of the show. Cosy up in bed with your loved one and watch the snow fall outside; or if luck is on your side, snuggle up to watch the skies dancing with green light.

The resort also offers a number of safaris and tours – including snow fishing, reindeer tours and husky tours – so you can expertly explore the surrounding Finnish countryside.

Kakslauttanen’s glass igloos start from €705 ($1119) per night and are available to book from late August until the end of April.

Kakslauttanen, Fi-99830 Saariselkä, Finland

Treehotel Sweden

Located just below the arctic circle in a quaint village called Harads, Sweden’s Treehotel is home to 7 unique tree cabins, each suspended 4-6 meters above the ground. Dotted throughout the mystical pine forest, the rooms all have ramp access, and all but a few have a spectacular view out over the Lule River and the night sky.

The Treehotel is quirky – there is no doubt about it. It fuses modern design with abstract room concepts to deliver a truly memorable stay. With rooms modeled on a UFO, a birds nest and a mirror cube (to name a few), there is a space and a design to suit any size party and any taste. For the best views – and possibly a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis should it appear – a stay in either the 7th room, the Bluehouse the Mirrorcube or the Cabin is recommended.

A stay in a double room in the Guesthouse at Treehotel Sweden starts from just 950SEK ($144) per night. A stay in one of the treehouses starts from around 5600SEK ($850.00) per night for 1-2 people.

Edeforsväg 2 A, 960 24 Harads, Sverige

Published 16 April, 2018