7 Places to Sleep Under the Northern Lights

Here at House of Coco, we’re all about ticking off our bucket list, and the Northern Lights has to be right at the top. [...]

Here at House of Coco, we’re all about ticking off our bucket list, and the Northern Lights has to be right at the top. Who doesn’t dream of cosying up in a glass igloo, gazing up at that spellbinding cosmic show?

While 2019 might be a year of ‘solar minimum’, where Aurora-causing sunspots fade – don’t lose hope. Experts at The Aurora Zone think that instead of disappearing, the lights are set to become more localised – so you’ll have to choose your destination carefully, and head further north, to rural areas with low light pollution. Better yet, you’ve also got the perfect excuse to stay in a glass-roofed arctic igloo, geodesic dome or slick Scandi design cabin – all in the pursuit of maximising your chances of seeing the elusive aurora, of course. Here are#Teamcoco’s top places to sleep under the Northern Lights.

1. Arctic Treehouse Hotel, Finland

Let your childhood dreams come true and cosy up in one of these luxurious Lappish treehouses. Fusing sleek Scandinavian design with luxe interiors, these treehouses boast one entirely glass wall, with uninterrupted views from your plush, fur-covered bed out over snow-frosted fir trees by day, and with any luck, the wisps of the Aurora Borealis by night. Their Arctic Scene Suites, which each have a log fire, sauna and tub from which to soak up that scenery are simply spectacular.

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2. Harriniva Aurora Domes, Finland

Here at House of Coco, it’s no secret that we’re fans of glamping. So ‘Aurora Glamping’ sounds next level to us! Simple yet chic, these dreamy tent domes boast log burning fires and Lappish decor to create the cosiest atmosphere, as well as north facing transparent walls so you can hunt for the lights over lake Torassieppi.

3. Borealis Basecamp, Alaska

Deep in a hundred acres of boreal forest, just 25 miles north but a world away from the nearest city of Fairbanks Alaska, these domes boast 16 feet of windows for guests to gaze up at the night sky from their beds. A dining yurt offers fantastic fare of locally-sourced Alaskan ingredients, while activities include aurora seminars and dog sledging in the surrounding wilderness.


4. Panorama Glass Lodge, Iceland

Overlooking a stunning fjord-scape on Iceland’s West Coast, this Scandinavian inspired glass cabin boasts sweeping sea and sky views, offering guests the chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights either from your bed or the private outdoor hot tub – swoon!

5. Northern Lights Ranch, Finland

Located far from any city lights in remote Finnish Lapland, Northern Lights Ranch offers unique Sky View Cabins, with glass windows and roofs to fully immerse guests in both the Arctic snowscape by day as well as the starry Northern nights. 200km above the Arctic circle, you’ll be in with a good chance of catching the Northern Lights from your bed, or perhaps your own personal hot tub, if you opt for the Deluxe Cabin.

6. Manshausen Island, Norway

You’ll need to take 2 planes, a ferry and a small boat to reach this isolated private island owned by polar explorer Børge Ousland, set well above the Arctic circle on Norway’s northern coast. But these slick design cabins more than warrant the trip, with floor-to-ceiling windows and Scandi-chic interiors that beg to be cosied up in while you watch the Northern Lights dance across the ocean.

7. Muotka Wilderness Lodge, Finland

You’ve probably seen those Insta-famous igloos at Kakslauttanen. But what they don’t tell you on the ‘gram, is that their lesser-known, and far less expensive next door neighbour Muotka Wilderness Lodge, is actually a better option. Not only are the igloos much more spacious and even include your own sauna, but we loved the charming feel of this family-run hotel – from cosy communal spaces and family-style dining to sharing a drink with the staff after hours. They are also able to organise activities with the best local suppliers directly from the hotel.

Feeling inspired? Find out how to see the Northern Lights in 72 hours from London, or check out our top tips when seeing them.

For more information on the Aurora Borealis and to discover a wide range of Northern Lights holidays and short breaks, visit www.theaurorazone.com.

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