Seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is a common item on every traveler’s bucket list. Alaska, Canada, Denmark, Iceland and Finland — these ice cold countries of the northern hemisphere are home to the natural, colorful light show. Considering the subzero temperatures and unpredictable nature of the lights, they are quite difficult to see without lucky timing. For the travelers who don’t want to wait for hours in the cold, but still want to see the show, you’re in luck. 15 glass-topped igloos opened on December 1 in Finnish Lapland, which allow you to enjoy the night sky with the comfort of heated floors a bathroom.

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Sounds great, huh? Sure, but this luxury doesn’t come cheap. Each structure is a part of Finland’s Arctic Snow Hotel, and to stay in one of these luxurious igloos costs £300 per night, which is almost $500. But boy, doesn’t it seem worth it?

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Of course, if you’re looking for something a little different, the Kakslauttanen Artic Resort in Finland has an option to stay in snow igloos, where the temperature is a comfortable negative three to negative six degrees centigrade. Think that’s a little too cold? Nonsense! The staff provide down sleeping bags if you choose the snow igloo option.

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Photo via Kakslauttanen

Another option is Finland’s Wilderness Hotel Nellim, which features what the hotel calls “Aurora Bubbles” to view the Northern Lights in a super high-tech but below freezing space.

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Photo via Nellim

Have you ever seen the Northern Lights?


Sydney Pereira is a student at New York University trying to change the world while simultaneously making enough money to travel when she's not studying or writing. She's also an athlete, music-lover, and avid news reader. When she's not exploring NYC, fresh flowers from the farmer's market and a cup of hot tea on a lazy Saturday are equally fulfilling.


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