Aurora Bubbles and Glass Igloos
Image credits: Matt Robinson, Lapland Hotels, Jouko Lappalainen and Markku Inkila
Witness the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed
There are many ways you can search for the Northern Lights, from night-time snowmobile safaris and husky sledding to reindeer sleigh rides and cross-country skiing. However, one of our favourite trends is the innovation of Aurora accommodation, which allows you to gaze up to the inky night sky and watch the Northern Lights hypnotically dance, all from the comfort of your bed.
Aurora accommodation takes many forms including Aurora Bubbles or Glass Igloos. These wonderfully designed structures give you a distinctive location in which to sleep, ensuring you can enjoy warmth and comfort, all whilst giving that all-important sky view.
Scroll down for our Aurora Zone destinations that will allow you to experience a night under the Arctic stars.About Aurora Bubbles and Glass Igloos
A room with a view
On average, Finnish Lapland sees roughly 200 nights a year of Northern Lights, so what better way to maximise your chances of viewing Mother Nature’s greatest wonder than by staying in specially designed accommodation.
Some of our favourite ‘rooms with a view’ experiences are with the Wilderness Hotel Collection, based in North East Finland.
At Wilderness Hotel Nellim, guests can experience the wonderful Aurora Bubbles. These small wooden pods feature a fantastic domed, Perspex roof and are furnished with a double bed, rugs and blankets. They are fully-heated and include a small eco toilet.
Nellim’s sister hotel, Wilderness Hotel Muotka, also offers an exceptional night in an Aurora Kota. A 'Kota' is the traditional tent of the Sámi people - Lapland’s indigenous community who have herded reindeer through its lands for thousands of years. The roof shape of the Aurora Kota pays tribute to their heritage, while their main structure reflects the architecture of a modern cabin with a section of glass extending over the sleeping area. At Wilderness Hotel Muokta, these Aurora Kotas are situated a short distance from the tranquil main building and incorporate the cosy benefits of a cabin with a private sauna, allowing you to gaze at the night sky in real style.
A touch of luxury
Bordering the magnificent backdrop of the Pyhä-Luosto National Park in Finnish Lapland is the small ski resort of Luosto, a well-known hub for Northern Lights viewing. With fantastic Aurora prospects, guests won’t want to take their eyes off the northern sky; thankfully they won’t have to!
Situated by Hotel Aurora, the Arctic View Rooms have all been lovingly designed to contain all the amenities you might need including a large double bed, armchair, shower room and toilet, whilst showcasing a simple Scandinavian design that provides both comfort and elegance.
However, the real attraction is that each room is self-contained. With large windows and a partial glass roof, Aurora hunters can keep an eye on the sky at all times, giving you the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Glamping under the stars
Glamourous camping, more commonly known as ‘glamping’ has hit the world of Northern Lights hunting by storm.
On the banks of Finland’s Lake Torasjärvi and on the edge of the Pallas Ylläs National Park lies Torassieppi Reindeer farm and its innovative Aurora Domes. These cosy, Scandi-style domes are large tent-like structures that allow for star-gazing and hopefully Northern Lights viewing, due to their large glass wall. Enjoying the views of the snowy outdoors whilst staying comfortable and warm inside is an experience like no other.
Head to the island of Kvaløya in Northern Norway and you can also experience glamping at its best. Wilderness Camp North Tour is set in a wild, snow-covered valley surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks that provide breathtaking views and wonderful chances of witnessing Mother Nature’s greatest wonder. These bright and spacious glamping tents are equipped with large, cosy beds with several windows, giving you fantastic views of the northern skies and the surrounding landscape.
Not just for one night…
Many of our specialised Aurora accommodations are used as an extra special night. However, there are a few idyllic destinations which provide this magical experience for the duration of your stay.
Head just 1km from Saariselka’s small ski resort and you will find the Northern Lights Village, a fantastic destination solely dedicated to glass-roofed Aurora Cabin accommodation. There are 80 such cabins in this holiday village, and all cabins face north with the half glass roof pointing your gaze directly towards the sky. Additionally, there is a clever timer switch used to melt any snow on the roof within 10-15 mins, so there is no need for you to leave your cosy accommodation to sweep it away!
Planning your star-studded night with our Aurora Experts
We’re the UK’s first and only holiday company dedicated to helping you tick the Northern Lights off your bucket list. Whilst we can never guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights, you're giving yourself the very best chance by starting right here.
To plan your night sleeping underneath the stars, speak to an Aurora Expert by calling 01670785012, or click here to send us an email.