Five amazing ways to see the Northern Lights
From classic Lapland log cabins to glass igloos, designer treehouses and ice hotels, these are the ultimate ways to experience the aurora borealis.
It’s all chosen by the Scandinavian experts at the Luxury Holiday Company, specialists in the finest tailor-made travel.
Tucked away among the mountains of the Norwegian Arctic, Lyngen Lodge is the perfect wilderness hideaway. And, thanks to its remote location far from any light pollution, it’s perfectly poised for taking in the Northern Lights, which erupt with regular abandon over its gorgeous fjord setting and outdoor Jacuzzi. This winter wonderland is also perfect for everything from snowmobiling and dogsledding to dolphin-spotting fjord cruises. Then, when you return, you’ll be treated to gourmet full-board dining, a sauna and roaring fires. It’s all wrapped in log-cabin idyll.
Svalbard is a great island archipelago swept out halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Here, polar bears outnumber people and, over winter, the sun never rises. This endless dark, known as the “Polar Night”, maximises the chance of the Northern Lights making an appearance, with it possible to spot the aurora round the clock. There’s also plenty of winter fun to be had, along with nights spent in stylish Scandinavian lodges and remote wilderness camps.
For the ultimate in luxury log cabins, look to the wilds of Finnish Lapland and Beana Laponia. This adults-only retreat features just 11 exclusive rooms, en-suite saunas and locally sourced fine dining. It also offers plenty of unique ways to enjoy the region’s Northern Lights, from soaks in outdoor hot tubs to evenings spent around a roaring campfire at a traditional lavvu tent. Don’t also miss out on husky sledding with the lodge’s own dogs and cross-country skiing on its snow-clad trails. The local reindeer are also delightfully friendly.
Scandinavia has long been known for its forward thinking, so it’s no surprise that Swedish Lapland is home to two of the greatest achievements in hotel design. Along with the world’s first ice hotel in all of its beautifully carved glory, there’s the chance to bed down in an art-installation treehouse. You’ll choose between UFOs, a bird’s nest and mirrored cubes, all suspended among a pine-forest canopy. Together, the ICEHOTEL and Treehotel offer a truly unique way of experiencing the aurora, thanks to their privileged, high-latitude locations.
Lying back on your cosy bed and watching as the aurora plays out above you is perhaps one of the most magical experiences in travel. This is the delight of Finland’s glass igloos, hidden away among the wintery remotes of Lapland. Marrying the finest in modern architecture with an age-old igloo design, they blend seamlessly with their snow-clad setting – itself a playground for everything from snowshoeing to dogsledding. The chance to hunt the Northern Lights by snowmobile is a further highlight.
For more information on any of the trips featured, contact The Luxury Holiday Company on 020 7838 5914.
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