The northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, are an atmospheric phenomenon that is regarded as the holy grail of sky watching. To see this incredible spectacle, you must catch it at the right time from September to early April. The best places to see the northern lights are scattered throughout the earth and timing is everything. With that being said, we have curated the list of the best hotels to vacation and view the northern lights in all its glory.
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon located in Iceland is a wonderful retreat hotel with endless amenities. Whether your desire is a romantic getaway or an adventurous tour, you can explore the beauty of Iceland with the perfect mix of volcanic adventure and blissful relaxation at this retreat.
The hotel has a variety of aesthetically pleasing modern suites; the Lagoon suite is equipped with its own private lagoon and terrace. The Moss suite emphasizes the volcanic terrain as it overlooks the volcanic horizon through large panel windows.
The Blue Lagoon also offers its retreat spa, a hallmark of the hotel as it transports mind and body to a new dimension of peace. The retreat lagoon is an intimate warm sanctuary to detox from a long day with treatments and massages to fully immerse yourself in a truly relaxing experience. Book HERE
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
One of the most common spots to view northern lights in the best possible way is the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finnish Lapland. Kakslauttanen’s newly built Kelo-glass igloos make for a warm and cozy getaway as you look up through the glass panels into the sensational sky above.
September to April is the ideal time to experience this nature’s phenomenon, and Kakslauttanen starts to organize aurora trips in the end of August. Choose your transportation of choice as you cross the icy terrain, whether you want to be on a horse or a powerful quad bike, they have it.
Embark on the various outdoor activities and patrol two big husky farms with the opportunity to experience rush sledding! Book HERE
Sheldon Chalet, Alaska
Experience Denali, perched on a nunatak in the Don Sheldon Amphitheatre of Denali’s breathtaking Ruth Glacier just ten miles from the summit, Sheldon Chalet is considered one of the best ways to experience the northern lights. Alaska and northern lights are synonymous with one another and Sheldon Chalet makes sure of that. It is an exclusive all-inclusive journey that cannot be replicated.
Before Sheldon Chalet, the only way to experience an overnight on Denali was to be a climber, sleep in a tent, and battle the harsh weather. Now, Sheldon Chalet presents a comfortable and optimal experience where one can sleep in luxurious plush bedding, indulge in gourmet food, and relax with warm saunas and a jacuzzi. The Sheldon Chalet consists of a 2000 square foot, 5-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom private experience for up to ten guests for a minimum of 3 nights/4 days.
The all-inclusive experience includes an inbound and outbound helicopter flightseeing tour from Talkeetna or Anchorage. Food is prepared by the onsite world-class chef while adventures come with the needed apparel, gear, and exploration experts. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you do not want to miss! Book HERE
Tromso Ice Domes, Norway
Welcome to the Tromso Ice Domes, a unique experience located in Norway. What makes Tromso Ice Domes so unique? You sleep inside an impressive ice structure similar to an igloo, built every new autumn in Tamok Valley.
On the 95km drive to Tamok Valley, you will view the vase Nordic landscape of fjords, snow-covered mountains, and wooden valleys. If you happen to spend a night here, you will have the opportunity for a personal guide to take you on a snowshoe tour and cook your dinner on an open fire as you gaze into the sky peering at the northern lights.
Inside each dome, they have reindeer furs and polar exhibition sleeping bags to keep you warm under the ice roof. If you ever find yourself in Norway, take the chance to immerse yourself into this winter wonderland. Book HERE
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