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The Most Magical Places to Sleep Under the Northern Lights

Picture of Jessica Wood
Updated: 28 March 2018
Many people include seeing the Northern Lights on their bucket list, as nothing can compare to the beauty, mystique, and rarity of the aurora borealis.

Thankfully, there are many hotels, cabins, and lodges where you can sleep and stay cosy while aurora-spotting. These are some of the best, and most unusual, places to stay while watching the polaris throughout Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and even Greenland.

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Nellim Aurora Bubble, Finland…

Wilderness Hotel Nellim | Courtesy of Wilderness Hotel Nellim

Wilderness Hotel Nellim in Inari offers guests the unique chance to stay in its Aurora Bubbles, which are like miniature hotel rooms in glass bubbles, where you can fall asleep with a clear view of the night sky. It is a highly remote location in the far north of Finnish Lapland, but well worth the journey for the unspoiled view.

Nellim Aurora Bubble, Nellimintie 4230, Nellim, Finland, +358 50 4309648

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Harriniva Aurora Dome, Finland…

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Harriniva’s Aurora Domes specialise in ‘aurora glamping’. The domes are simple yet warm and comfortable igloo-shaped tents offer a chance to spot the lights over lake Torassieppi. During the day, the hotel offers snowmobiles, husky sledging, and trips to reindeer farms.

Harriniva Hotels & Safaris, Harrinivantie 35, Muonio, Finland, +358 40 0155100

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Northern Lights Village Aurora Cabin, Finland…

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This remote village is entirely built around viewing the polar lights while being completely immersed in Lapland nature. The aurora cabins are designed after traditional Lapland cabins, except for their glass roofs, allowing guests to watch the lights while lying comfortably in bed. Other Arctic activities on offer include reindeer sleighs, snowshoe hiking, husky safaris, ice fishing, excursions to local sites, and Northern Lights photography.

Northern Lights Village Aurora Cabin, Rovaniementie 3222, Saariselka, Finland, +358 40 7506225

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Hotel Arctic, Greenland…

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Greenland isn’t quite as popular with tourists, which is a shame as it offers fantastic views of the aurora. Hotel Arctic is the world’s northernmost 4-star hotel and conference centre next to the UNESCO World Heritage Ilulissat Ice Fjord. As well as hotel rooms, there are igloo cabins right at the edge of the fjord, both of which have unforgettable views of the polaris and the passing icebergs.

Hotel Arctic, Mittarfimmut Aqq. B-1128, Ilulissat, Greenland, +299 94 41 53

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Treehotel, Sweden…

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Treehotel offers several different treetop cabins, each in unique shapes and designs, from a UFO-shaped cabin, to the Bird’s Nest, designed to blend into the surroundings. There is even a tree sauna. Each room has comfortable, modern interiors and overlooks the surrounding valley and river and is perfect for watching the polar lights while feeling at one with nature.

Treehotel, Edeforsvägen 2A, Harads, Sweden, +46 928 103 00

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Northern Light Inn, Iceland…

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This inn, restaurant, and spa is only one minute away from the Blue Lagoon spa, which is heated by geothermal waters. The inn’s Wellness Spa also includes an Aurora Float isolation tank for pure relaxation. The inn is superbly located for watching the polaris, yet is only 45 minutes away from Reykjavik and 20 minutes from the airport.

Northern Light Inn, Norðurljósavegur 1, Grindavík, Iceland, +354 426 8650

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Kirkenes Snowhotel, Norway…

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This beautiful Arctic hotel contains wooden ‘gamme’ cabins, designed after traditional hunting lodges, with wide windows for Northern Lights viewing in a romantic setting. They blend into the surroundings so well that local reindeer frequently wander straight past them. As well as the regular Arctic activities, there is a rare chance to go on a king crab fishing excursion and aurora viewing trips are organised by the hotel.

Kirkenes Snowhotel, Sandnesdalen 14, Bjørnevatn, Norway, +47 78 97 05 40

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Hamn I Senja, Norway…

One of the best recommended hotels in Norway, Hamn I Senja is located on a remote northern island, which boasts dazzling ocean scenery and magical views of the polar lights in apartment-style hotel rooms. The hotel offers Northern Lights photography tours, which include hot drinks and snowshoes, and a short course on how to take aurora photos.

Hamn I Senja, Hamnveien 1145, Skaland, Norway, +47 400 20 005

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Golden Crown Igloos, Finland…

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These igloos, made entirely of clear glass, offer unspoiled views of the Northern Lights and the surrounding fells. The resort is incredibly remote but only 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) away from the town of Levi with plenty of local services available. At the same resort is the Northern Lights House, a modern holiday villa partially built into the ground with wide windows for aurora-gazing.

Golden Crown Igloos, Harjatie 2, Kittilä, Finland, +358 45 1625606

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Hattvika Lodge, Norway…

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This lodge is located in a fishing village in the Lofoten Archipelago and still contains traditional fishing buildings. The various apartment-style lodges combine the traditional Norwegian look with modern Scandinavian design and home comforts. Exploring this village and surrounding mountains provides plenty of places to view the Northern Lights.

Hattvika Lodge, Hattvikveien 14, Ballstad, Norway, +47 930 28 887

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Engholm Husky Lodge, Norway…

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Combining two Arctic activities into one holiday package, Engholm is made up of traditional log cabins and specialises in husky dog sled tours and expeditions. The remote location and romantic atmosphere also make it an ideal place to spot the aurora polaris, with snow-shoe tours available to book, while spending time with the huskies and locals.

Engholm Husky Lodge, Engholm Husky, Karasjok, Norway, +47 915 86 625

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Hotel Rangá, Iceland…

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The beautiful wooden structure and interior decoration make this an ideal spot for a honeymoon or wedding while aurora gazing, with amazing wedding photo opportunities. Spotting Polaris is the main attraction at Hotel Rangá, which is so remote the view of the night sky is completely unobstructed.

Hotel Rangá, Suðurlandsvegur, Hella, Iceland, +354 487 5700

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Kemi Seaside Glass Villa, Finland…

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Kemi’s snowcastle is world-famous for being rebuilt from snow every year, but the nearby glass villas are a truly exceptional place to stay while spotting the Northern Lights. The snow-white huts with huge glass windows blend perfectly into the winter landscape and look over the Bay of Bothnia. Additionally, in the city of Kemi you can also visit the Gemstone Gallery and the Icebreaker Sampo.

Seaside Glass Villas, Lumilinnankatu 15, Kemi, Finland, +358 40 8318273

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Svinøya Rorbuer, Norway…

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This resort is situated between the mountains and sea, with cabins built out of old, red, wooden fishing buildings overlooking the sea and harbour. Expert guides offer excursions to see the Northern Lights and tips on getting the best photos. There are also nature safaris through the fjords where you might also spot eagles.

Svinøya Rorbuer, Gunnar Bergs Vei 2, Svolvær, Norway, +47 76 06 99 30

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Sorrisniva, Norway…

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Sorrisniva is the only igloo hotel in the world, with accommodation rebuilt entirely out of snow every winter, with a new theme each year and plenty of blankets provided. All the furniture is made from compacted snow and ice – even the drinking glasses in the bar. The hotel also hosts the world’s only snowmobile safari for watching the aurora, as well as a regular northern lights safari.

Sorrisniva, Sorrisniva 20, Alta, Norway, +47 78 43 33 78

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