Where to find a room with a view of the Northern Lights
By Eve Herbert
Though a holiday north of the Arctic Circle offers an array of incredible experiences, chances are that one of your main reasons for visiting is to tick the Northern Lights off your bucket list. The Aurora Zone offers many ways to search for the Northern Lights, from night-time snowmobile safaris and husky sledding to reindeer sleigh rides and cross-country skiing. However, one of their favourite trends is the innovation of Aurora accommodation, which allow you to gaze up at the inky night sky and watch the Northern Lights shimmering dance from the comfort of your bed or sofa.
From experiencing one unforgettable night in this specialist accommodation to spending each night of your holiday searching the skies as you are tucked up in bed, The Aurora Zone has an array of memorable, creative and luxurious rooms with the ultimate view.
Levi and Saariselkä, Northern Lights Villages
Located in the north east of Finnish Lapland, Saariselkä Northern Lights Village was custom built to offer guests the opportunity to see the Aurora from the comfort of their bed. Here there are 80 Aurora Cabins, each of which has a north-facing, tepee-shaped glass roof (with heated glass ensuring that snowfall won’t obstruct your all-important view) underneath which you can lie back in bed and gaze directly into the night sky. Similarly, around 6km from the centre of Levi and set in its own piece of wilderness, Levi Northern Lights Village offers 40 Aurora Cabins.
Aurora Domes at Torassieppi and Tromsø
The Aurora Domes at Torassieppi in Finland are a truly remarkable purpose-built glamping design. Effectively large yurt-like structures, they have been adapted to their Arctic surroundings and provide guests with an ideal view of nature’s greatest light show.
Echoing a traditional igloo design with their circular shape, each has a double bed and small seating area overlooking a transparent wall through which the night sky can be viewed. Each has a wood burning stove which is further complemented by soft lighting, reindeer skins and blankets ensuring a beautifully
Similar in design (and new for 2020) are the Wilderness Camp Tamok Aurora Domes in Norway, set deep in the Norwegian wilderness and surrounded by mountains and valleys. These domes provide the perfect setting to escape the light pollution of the city and search the dark skies for the Northern Lights.
360 Cabins at Apukka
The Aurora 360 Cabins at Apukka are at the forefront of innovative design, showcasing a completely different construction than other destinations. The beautiful design is based on a Komsio (a traditional Sámi cradle) and gives a nod to its natural surroundings with traditional Sámi furnishings.
Featuring two tiers, the boutique cabin offers both privacy and a high vantage point for seeking Aurora-filled skies. The top-floor-bedroom has 360°-degree views via its glass ceiling and windows, and at night you have an ideal view of the sky and any potential Northern Lights displays.
Arctic Bath Hotel
The perfect option for those looking for an extra special upgrade, the Arctic Bath Hotel in Sweden is a true reflection of the innovative design that the country is so well known for. Part wellness hotel, part architectural wonder, it is designed to float on the stunning Lule River during the summer and freeze in place throughout the winter.
From one of their land cabins amongst the trees, you will have the advantage of a huge glass wall offering views of the sky and idyllic snow-topped scenery. At night, of course, this window offers you the ability to look directly out into the sky, keeping an eye out for Northern Lights displays (you may have to leave your bed to see the sky in full, but you can still keep cosy inside the cabin).
Arctic Fox Igloo
Going one step further, the stunningly designed Arctic Fox Igloos on the shores of the lake Ranuanjärvi offer panoramic glass walls, giving you an incredible, unobstructed view of both the surrounding wilderness and the Arctic sky. Heated panels prevent the windows from frosting over or being covered with snow and each has a private sauna for some relaxing escapism from the Arctic cold.
Start planning your 2021/22 bucket-list getaway with The Aurora Zone, the original Northern Lights holiday company. Contact a Travel Expert on 01670 785 012 or email them at [email protected]
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