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The World’s Top Hotels for Viewing Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis – or “dawn of the north” – is a stunning natural phenomenon that every traveller should have on their bucket list. From Greenland, home to one of the world’s most northerly hotels, to Finland’s Lapland, where cosy glass igloos await, HotelsCombined offers numerous incredible Northern Lights Hotels with sky-gazing opportunities to experience.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, NORTHERN LIGHTS HOTEL

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While the various log cabin accommodations at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort are all amazing, it’s the property’s distinct glass igloos that have really put it on the map as an Arctic hot spot. In these toasty little units, guests can observe the stars and Northern Lights from the comfort of their own beds.

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Glass igloos with uninterrupted Northern Lights views.
  • Winter activities, including husky and reindeer safaris.
  • The glass igloo bar at West Village Aurora restaurant.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 652 – USD 776
Guest Rating: 8
Address: Kakslauttanen, Saariselka, Finland

Alyeska Resort, USA

Alyeska Resort

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One of the state’s top-rated Northern Lights hotels, Alyeska Resort is located 65 kilometres outside of Anchorage and is surrounded by lush forest and towering mountain peaks. Its relatively remote location makes it a great spot for viewing the Northern Lights and staff are happy to arrange wake-up calls so guests can enjoy them in all their glory.

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Award-winning food, wine and views at Seven Glaciers Restaurant.
  • Scenic helicopter rides and heli-skiing during winter.
  • Specialty treatments at The Spa at Alyeska.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 177 – USD 221
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: 1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, Anchorage, United States

Hotel Arctic, Greenland

Hotel Arctic, Northern Lights hotel

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Thanks to its one-of-a-kind setting at the mouth of an ice fjord, this unique Northern Lights hotel boasts stunning waterfront light shows. There are a number of distinctive rooms and suites to choose from, but the quirky igloo accommodation (a two-person cabin with an aluminium exterior) is our favourite.

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Outdoor Rooms with private terraces overlooking the fells and Northern Lights.
  • On-site whole body massages.
  • Cosy and modern igloos on the edge of Ice Fjord.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 297 – USD 377
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Postboks 1501, Ilulissat, Greenland

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

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Carved entirely out of ice, this exceptional Northern Lights hotel looks like something straight out of Disney’s Frozen and at night it has the amazing Aurora Borealis just outside its doors. Sorrisniva has a short lifespan: Opening in January, it welcomes a limited number of guests before melting away in the spring.

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Norway’s largest and northernmost ice hotel.
  • Incredible ice-built rooms with reindeer hide bedding.
  • On-site activities, including snowmobiling, ice fishing and dog sledding.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 557 – USD 744
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Sorrisnivia 20, Alta, Norway

Blachford Lake Lodge, Canada

Blachford Lake Lodge, Northern Lights hotel

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A rugged, picturesque hideaway that is only accessible by bush plane, Blachford offers Aurora viewing from mid-August to the end of September and from December to mid-April. Guests can choose to stay in the main lodge or, for a truly Canadian pioneer experience, in one of five charming log cabins complete with lake views, outside camp fire pits and woodstoves for heat.

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Winter packages including workshops, Northern Lights viewings and hot tub access.
  • On-site adventures, from igloo building to cross-country skiing.
  • Cosy and private timber cabins.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 1,000 – USD 1,998
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: 3528 McDonald Drive, Northwest Territories, Canada

Ion Hotel, Iceland

Ion Hotel

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This Iceland Northern Lights hotel is set amidst a stunning backdrop of mountainous lava fields about an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, the Ion Hotel is a great base for exploring Iceland’s unique environment. And with its floor-to-ceiling windows, this Northern Lights hotel is also the ideal place for taking in the Aurora Borealis .

Why You Should Stay Here

  • King-size bed and Northern Lights views from the Deluxe room.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows and refreshing drinks in the Northern Lights Bar.
  • On-site gym and outdoor swimming pool.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 333 – USD 530
Guest Rating: 7.2
Address: Nesjavollum, Nesjavellir, Iceland

Lyngen Lodge, Norway

Located high above the Arctic Circle, Lyngen Lodge is an intimate refuge that houses a maximum of 18 guests. No matter how frigid the weather, visitors will stay warm thanks to geothermic heating, a sauna, and a large open fireplace in the main lounge. You can even view the Northern Lights from the comfort of the outdoor Jacuzzi.

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Numerous outdoor activities, including horse riding and fishing.
  • An alluring outdoor Jacuzzi perfect for Northern Lights viewings.
  • On-site restaurant and bar that also provides day food packs.

Star Rating: 2*
Price: USD 221 – USD 345
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: Djupvik, Lyngseidet, Norway

Discover The Best Northern Lights Hotels To Experience The Spectacular Aurora Borealis

Don’t let the incredible natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis pass you by. These alluring Northern Lights hotels not only give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Northern Lights, but also offer a range of enticing extras, from gourmet on-site dining and outdoor Jacuzzis to private igloos and winter adventures.

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