The Northern Lights, or ‘Aurora Borealis‘, is nature’s best light show — a brilliant phenomenon that occurs when molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere meets charged particles from the sun. These celestial lights appear best near the North Pole and only within the months of September to March, where the skies are the clearest and darkest.
Fortunately, for our fellow travellers that die die need to see the Northern Lights at least once in their lifetime, you don’t have to trudge through the coldest of winters to witness the aurora season. Instead, here are 4 coolest hotels that offers travellers the finest views of the Northern Lights in comfort and style.
1. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
|Sleeping under the Northern Lights with Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort’s Facebook)|
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort makes us question the need for camping tents. Featuring luxurious glass igloos fitted with thermal walls and cosy beds, the hotel offers travellers the opportunity to snuggle up with their loved ones in bed while admiring a magnificent parade of the Northern Lights, right in the middle of Finland’s wilderness.
|Reindeer Sleighing with Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort’s Facebook)|
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort takes your holiday a notch higher with their winter games. Thought ice-skiing and horse sledding was cool? With Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, you get reindeer sleighing. Say what? Let’s be frank, there’s no better way to spend your winter holiday than with Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.
>> Top off your winter experience with a visit to Santa’s Village on a Rovaniemi Tour with KKday.
2. Treehotel, Sweden
|Admire the Northern Lights with the Treehotel in Sweden (Tree Hotel’s Facebook Page)|
Bringing a touch of luxury to the wilderness, Treehotel in Sweden is proof that staying in a treehouse doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on life’s greatest pleasures. Situated in Sweden’s Lule River valley, not only is Treehotel an ideal spot to gawk at aurora lights, there is practically a natural beauty at every turn.
|The Bird’s Nest Room at the Treehotel in Sweden (Tree Hotel’s Facebook Page)|
Offering a range of unique rooms — the UFO, Bird’s Nest, and Mirror Cube are just three of the many — Treehotel in Sweden scores pages in travel magazines and reigns first in every wanderluster’s wishlist.
3. Ion Adventure Hotel, Iceland
|The Ion Adventure Hotel in Sweden (Ion Hotel’s Facebook Page)|
Ion Adventure Hotel in Iceland is where urban meets rural. A fusion of modernist concrete with Iceland’s breathtaking work at nature, you can expect only the best vistas with Ion Adventure Hotel.
|A display of Northern lights above the Ion Adventure Hotel in Sweden (Ion Hotel’s Facebook Page)|
Positioned specifically for the Northern Lights, Ion Adventure Hotel is a boutique hotel that sits on a location close to the famous ‘Golden Circle’ — a 300km route hosting some of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls, volcanoes, and geysers. Grab a Nordic cocktail and bask in the hotel’s extravagant lava spa overlooking the terrain’s gorgeous lava fields. The Icelanders sure know how to live.
>> Book a Northern Lights cruise with KKday, and we’ll bring you on an 2-hour cruise ride from Reykjavik Harbour into the Icelandic seas for a better glimpse of the Northern Lights in Iceland.
>> Explore the ‘Golden Circle’ with KKday as we bring you on a 6-hour tour to explore Iceland’s Gulfoss, Geysir, and Thingvellir National Park — all in the vicinity of the Ion Adventure Hotel.
4. ICEHOTEL, Sweden
|The Northern Lights at ICEHOTEL in Sweden (Ice Hotel’s Facebook Page)|
ICEHOTEL in Sweden puts our dearest Elsa to shame. Constructed entirely out of ice and snow from the Torne River, the seasonal hotel reveals a new design every winter.
|ICEHOTEL from 2015 to 2016 (Ice Hotel’s Facebook Page)|
Not one bit of ICEHOTEL was carved half-heartedly; the chandeliers alone consists of 1000 hand polished ice crystals each. Lying under the auroral oval in northern Sweden, ICEHOTEL delivers brilliant views of the Northern Lights.
|A bedroom at ICEHOTEL in Sweden (Gerard McGovern)|
Highly praised for its unique hotel experience by various media, ICEHOTEL is offering travellers with Icehotel 365 come November 2016 — a permanent ice hotel that will be operating all year round to meet market demands. With temperatures below freezing of -5°C, a stay in ICEHOTEL seems like the most ingenious approach to spend your winter holiday.
Interested in watching the Northern Lights online before you book your tickets?
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