In Finland, nature’s most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis, can be viewed in a range of purpose-built spaces from glass igloos to luxury suites.
The Northern Lights are visible on roughly 200 nights a year – or every other clear night – in Finnish Lapland. The more traditional ways to go Aurora spotting are snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowmobile and sled dog touring. If gazing at the dark sky in crispy winter air is not your thing, you can simply add comfort. Scroll down for places that have made it very easy to keep cosy and sleep well under the Aurorae.
VISIBLE THROUGH MOST OF THE YEAR
In Finland, nights are dark enough for Northern Lights viewing from late August to April. Seeing them requires clear skies and just a bit of luck. Chances of catching them get better the further north you go.
ARCTIC TREEHOUSE HOTEL, ROVANIEMI
Located on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Lapland these 37 TreeHouses have a warm, wooden interior which highlights the exclusive Scandinavian design of the suits that combines local tradition and Lappish heritage. You can discover the spectacular views over the Northern skies from the nest like atmosphere of these thoughtfully designed suits. More info.
KEMI SEASIDE GLASS VILLAS BY THE BAY OF BOTHNIA
Beautiful and quiet villa area is located next to the SnowCastle and just couple of minutes away from the Kemi city centre. To begin with there will be 20 of these villas with small kitchen and bathroom. It is a cozy place to snuggle up and enjoy the nature’s incredible light show – the Northern Lights. In Sea Lapland the nature presents its beautiful light show from early autumn until late spring. More info.
GLASS IGLOOS ON THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, ROVANIEMI AND NEAR PYHÄ-LUOSTO NATIONAL PARK, LUOSTO
The glass igloos by Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus were opened in December 2016 at the Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi. The new glass-roofed, arctic view rooms offer an opportunity to experience Lapland’s ever-changing nature while enjoying the comforts of a hotel room. It is possible to enjoy Northern Lights, midnight sun, autumn colors and polar night. Santa’s Hotel Aurora’s glass igloos are located near the Pyhä-Luosto National Park and offer a great possibility to observe the unique landscape of Luosto presenting itself outside the windows every day in a new way. More info.
AURORA BUBBLES, WILDERNESS HOTEL NELLIM
The village of Nellim by Lake Inari in Northern Lapland lies amidst the most beautiful Lappish scenery. Wilderness Hotel Nellim’s Aurora Bubbles are terrific little heated pods for viewing the Northern Lights. The pods have a double bed and eco-toilet for staying overnight. Try also their Aurora Camp and Northern Lights search by snowmobile. More info.
AURORA DOME, HARRINIVA
This comfortable and warm Dome is a perfect place to enjoy the magical winter scenery of lake Torassieppi lit by the northern lights. The round igloo-shaped tent with Lappish themed decoration and one transparent wall is completely insulated and a fireplace with an open fire gives out both warmth and comforting ambiance. The transparent walls of the Dome are facing north to insure the best possible view of the starlit sky and the northern lights. More info.
These 12 rather luxurious igloos with glass ceilings are situated on Utsuvaara fell, 10 kilometres from Finland’s most popular ski resort Levi in Kittilä. One could argue they are the front row seats to earth’s most spectacular light show. More info.
The view down towards Levi village is amazing even without the Aurorae blazing in the sky. In addition to the glass igloos, Levi Igloos features the Northern Lights House, a villa for 4-8 people with two bedroom suites, a fireplace, a sauna, and a panoramic terrace with a hot tub.
NIGHT IN A TEEPEE
Luxury Action has added unique, moveable, luxury wilderness Teepee Wilderness Camp accommodation to its portfolio of unforgettable activities. These heated luxury tents, modeled on traditional Sámi reindeer herder kota tents, can be erected in remote and private locations in the beautiful wilderness of Finnish Lapland. More info.
The accommodation is provided with five-star comfort, including hotel-quality bed linen and private chef and butler services. Each Teepee Wilderness Camp can be tailor-made to suit the individual requests and requirements of the customer.
NORTHERN LIGHTS RANCH, LEVI
Northern Lights Ranch offers unique form of accommodation in Sky View Cabins which feature huge glass windows and glass roofs making them ideal for viewing the exquisite surrounding nature and the Northern sky. Northern Lights Ranch offers also cozy accommodation in a large chalet. More info.
Pyhä Igloos are located on the peaceful and pristine Pyhätunturi in Finnish Lapland. The igloos offer an unique experience in the embrace of the Northern Lights and the Finnish Lapland nature. The wilderness flows in through the glass ceilings; the dance of the Northern Lights, the nightless midsummer night and the spectacular foliage of Autumn. More info.
HOLIDAY VILLAGE PYHÄN ASTELI’S AURORA HUTS & AURORA SUITES
Aurora Igloo Huts are specially made for observing the Northern Lights and the beautiful night sky. To see the Northern Lights you’ll need a clear cloudless sky, geo-magnetic activity in the Atmosphere as well as a touch of pure luck. The Aurora Suites are private en-suite rooms where Northern Lights can be relished from large skylight windows pointing to the North. More info.
LUCKY RANCH SNOW IGLOOS, PYHÄTUNTURI
Lucky Ranch snow igloos are built of snow and it’s always minus degrees inside the igloo. The location is perfect for star gazing and searching for the Northern Lights. At nightfall crawl into a warm sleeping bag and enjoy the silence. More info.