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Many people want to tick ‘seeing the northern lights’ off their bucket list, but are put off by the extreme cold of Lapland. Some resorts, such as Harriniva Hotel & Safaris, offer specially designed Aurora Domes so that you can fall asleep under the northern lights and (with luck) view the spectacle while staying warm and comfortable. The domes have reindeer- or husky-themed decorations and open fireplaces for extra comfort.
Harriniva Hotel & Safaris, FI-99300, Muonio, Finland, +358 400155100
Eastern Finland is popular for camping and boating holidays. It is highly attractive, offers a lot of activities and is peacefully remote. While there are many regular camping sites, there are also some glamping sites, such as the eco-cabins offered by Rock & Lake. They are designed to look like traditional wooden lakeside cabins, but are equipped with electricity, fireplaces, drinking water and bio-toilets. In addition, they include a private yard, beach, wood-burning saunas and rowboat, and some cabins have free wifi.
Rock and Lake, Taipaleentie 60, FI-51460 Luusniemi, Finland, +358 505660905
These tree huts in southern Finland are built directly into the surrounding forest village and are rustic but highly comfortable, even in winter, thanks to heat insulation built into the floor. Not only is the location tranquil, there are also many nature and cultural activities available close by, close connections to Helsinki and Turku and a traditional smoke sauna.
Similar to the Aurora Domes, Luxury Action offers rooms inspired by the kota hunting tents used by the native Lapland Sami. These tents have taken the age-old concept and adapted it with luxury amenities for the ultimate northern lights viewing experience. This includes heated tents, hotel-quality linens, private chef and butler services and wifi on request. Most unique of all is that this resort can travel, giving it the feel of a nomadic tribe.
Luxury Action, 96930, Arctic Circle, Lapland, Finland, +358 445151796
The owners of this lodge have transformed the former primary school building into the ultimate getaway for aurora hunters. The eco-lodge has limited electricity and running water, but essentially recreates the camping experience indoors. You can step right out into the beautiful Lapland scenery and there is a traditional sauna for warming up. The Wilderness Lodge has electricity and water as well as a restaurant and pine wood bar that was hand-carved by the owner. Just outside are kick sleds, toboggans and skis for free use and there is also a husky kennel.
Nellim Wilderness Hotel, Nellimintie 4230, 99860 Nellim, Finland, +358 400809949
This is one of Lapland’s most famous resorts, known for its igloo-shaped glass domes. Log cabins and luxury suites are also available (notable for including a bathtub, which is surprisingly hard to find in Finland!). The wedding chamber is built from logs and creates a cosy and romantic honeymoon destination. Not only do these rooms offer clear and beautiful views of the aurora and the night sky, the resort also offers husky sledging, reindeer sleigh rides, gold digging, skiing, snowmobiles and much more.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, FI-99830, Saariselkä, Finland, +358 16667100