If you’re hoping to see the Northern Lights, Finland is one of the best places to go. The northernmost region—Lapland—is a vast sub-Arctic wilderness offering plenty of magical places to stay. Glamping is a luxurious form of camping completely different from the typical hotel experience, and the range of glamping options in Lapland is quite extensive. Here are some of the most memorable ones.
If you’re looking for a comfortable, relaxing place to stay and enjoy views of nature, an Aurora Dome might be perfect. Located in the beautiful isolated cabin village of Torassieppi on the bank of a lake, these domes are remarkable.
Each one has a single transparent wall facing north, giving you uninterrupted views of the star-lit skies and the absolute best chance of seeing the incredible Northern Lights from your campsite. One night in an Aurora Dome will connect you with nature in an enchanting new way.
The domes are decorated with Lapland themes and are fully insulated. They’re also fitted with beautiful open fires, keeping you warm and cosy.
If the idea of the transparent walls of the domes appeals, why not take it one step further and stay in a glass igloo? Not only do they provide clear views of the outdoors in every direction (including overhead!), but their windows are specially designed not to frost over or steam up.
These igloos are built for comfort with a cosy bed and private ensuite bathroom. Also, in the winter months, there’s the option of staying in a real snow igloo instead. Just make sure you use a very good sleeping bag as they don’t do as good a job of keeping the cold out.
Created by Jouko and Mari Lappalainen, Aurora Bubbles are one of a kind. Built with a wooden base and a Perspex dome, they ensure a comfortable, cosy environment and are located a long distance from any light pollution, offering unobstructed views of the Northern Lights on a clear night.
If you’re less inclined to stray from your comfort zone, there are plenty of log cabins throughout Lapland. With ornate carpentry and rustic charm, they tend to be more spacious, and some have built-in skylights too. Their often-remote locations make them great bases for Aurora hunting, and many have jacuzzis—arguably an even better place from which to observe the sky.
Built high in the trees or on elevated platforms, tree hotels offer elevated, breathtaking views of the surrounding Arctic landscape.
Providing a truly immersive, isolated experience, these hotels can only be accessed by bridges or, in some cases, ladders and can be as high as 10 m. The cabins are camouflaged, giving the sensation that you’re completely hidden from the world.
ARCTIC VIEW ROOMS
Arctic view rooms are perfectly designed to make you feel like you’re sleeping outdoors without the winter chill freezing your bones. Three sides of the room are made completely from glass, providing clear views of your surroundings from your bed. The roof is also glass, giving you a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights dancing in the sky while you prepare to go to sleep.
Then, when you need privacy, close the drapes to cover the walls while leaving your roof open for the perfect viewing experience.
This post was produced in collaboration with The Aurora Zone, the original Northern Lights travel company. Bringing together expert guides and photographers, they use a six-point Aurora Hunting Plan to give you the best possible chance of seeing this incredible phenomenon.