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Top 5: Aurora-spotting attractions

Seeing the aurora is one thing — picking where you see it is another. The sky really is the limit when it comes to a Borealis break

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The Aurora Bubble Pod, Finland

The Aurora Bubble Pod, Finland. Image: Wilderness Hotel Nellim.

01 The Aurora Bubble Pod Finland
The Nellim Wilderness Hotel, five miles from Russia, has an impressive Auroroa Borealis-viewing pedigree. Four heated wooded pods with transparent domes let you watch the sky from your double bed. Each has a heater and composting toilet but few luxuries — well, who needs a big-screen TV when your ceiling is transmitting live coverage of the universe? nellim.fi



Dogsled day at Lyngsfjord Adventure, near Tromso. Image: Lyngsfjord Adventure.

02 Hurtigruten Cruise Ship Norway
Norwegian cruise firm Hurtigruten offers an Astronomy Voyage several times a year from Bergen, between September and March, accompanied by a top astronomer who gives lectures. Spot the lights while snowmobiling across the Arctic or, as some of the ships have a hot tub, on deck immersed in bubbles. hurtigruten.co.uk


Tree Hotel, Sweden

Tree Hotel, Sweden. Image: Alamy

03 Treehotel Sweden
Get a lofty view of the forest and sky in one of six themed treehouses, each created by a different architect. Options include The UFO treehouse, The Mirror Cube and The Bird’s Nest — which looks exactly as it sounds. There’s even an eight-person Tree Sauna. treehotel.se


Golden Crown Levi Igloos

Golden Crown Levi Igloos, Finland.

04 Golden Crown Levi Igloos Finland
Watch the celestial display through a glass-domed luxury igloo, six miles from the ski resort of Levi. A huge motorised bed rotates so you can follow the stars, while the igloo’s windows are electrically heated to keep them from frosting up. Outside, guests can warm up in a steaming hot tub and eat dinner in a cosy wooden tipi. leviniglut.net


Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel. Image: Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel/Design Hotels.

05 Northern Lights Bar Iceland
This bar in the 22-room Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, less than an hour from Reykjavík, features floor-to-ceiling windows and chic surroundings in which to sip a drink and observe the aurora. ioniceland.is

Published in the December 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)