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Best Hotels to View the Northern Lights

by Angelique Platas

Dec 20, 2017

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Venture north for awe-inspiring views of the Northern Lights and unbeatable Arctic experiences. Cross a few adventures and sights off your bucket list during a stay in any one of these incredible resorts offering some of the best views of the Aurora Borealis.


Lyngen Lodge, Olderdalen, Norway

Begin in Olderdalen, Norway, where the Lyngen Lodge provides a boutique lodging experience along with endless outdoor adventure. For the ultimate Arctic experience, journey through Norway’s incredible landscape on foot, snowmobile or boat with expert guides.

Northern Lights in Norway

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Take in the incredible views by day and head back to the hotel to warm up at night. Enjoy the hotel’s outdoor Jacuzzi and views of the Northern Lights and head back inside for warmth under the insulated grass roof.


Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat, Greenland

Just along the edge of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord — an incredible destination on the UNESCO World Heritage List — Hotel Arctic is an ideal location for unending beauty and natural wonders. Enjoy fresh seafood and authentic cuisine at Restaurant Ulo, or opt for drinks, dessert and a view at Café Ferdinand before heading out on a boat trip visiting the Ilulissat Ice Fjord.


Each room boasts a different, but clear view of the surrounding property with large, wide windows — perfect for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Upgrade to the Outdoor Room or a stay in the 360-degree igloo, a private suite complete with a separate entrance and truly remarkable views of the night sky.


Igloo hotel in Finland

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Aurora Wilderness Camp, Kilpisjärvi, Finland

Embark on a wilderness adventure in Finland along the new Aurora Wilderness Camp experience in Kilpisärvi. The Arctic tundra is famously serene and remote offering guests, groups and families the ultimate retreat and unencumbered view of the Northern Lights.


The glass-roofed huts are mobile and can move depending on the view of the lights. The camp’s rustic charm is met with top-notch service, including nightly snacks and hot drink service while enjoying unbeatable views of the night sky. Check out the full itinerary and camp offerings online to plan your stay.


Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Saariselkä, Finland

Enjoy further comforts and high-end services while in Finland and head to the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Visit Santa’s Home and enjoy winter festivities and adventure activities including husky and reindeer safaris, Aurora hunting, snow mobile excursions and ice fishing — just to name a few.


Depending on your group size and interests, choose from a stay in log chalets, traditional homes, queen suites, Santa’s home and a slew of igloo options from snow to glass. Enjoy the family-friendly blend of holiday enchantment and natural Arctic wonders from the comforts of the resort.


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