Oct 12, 2017
This winter season, the Aurora Borealis won’t be the only thing that dazzles. A luxe lodge and two new hotels will also leave visitors in awe.
Bjornjfell Mountain Lodge, Norway
With superb downhill slopes, Scandinavia’s ski resorts are good alternatives to mainland Europe’s busy ones. The more remote ones, such as those in Alta, where the world’s first Northern Lights observatory was erected, almost guarantees ace views of the Aurora Borealis. The self-catering huts in Bjornjfell (above), a 20-minute drive from Alta, come with Wi-Fi and hot tubs.
Arctic Bath, Sweden
Scheduled to open in early 2018, this floating hotel and spa, which will be frozen into the ice of Lule River in winter, comprises spa buildings and six bedrooms, all of which encircle a bath. Brave a soak in its icy, 4 deg C waters by day, then look skyward in anticipation of a Borealis cameo by night.
Aurora Wilderness Camp, Finland
There are two glass-domed cabins available here, only this time with a glamping element. Following a snowmobile transfer to the mini-camp located six kilometres from Kilpisjärvi village, couples are taught to make campfires and grill food, then left alone for the silent, thrilling night. The cabins will be set up on a different spot amid the Arctic tundra each season.