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Enchanting Glow: Discovering the Best Northern Lights Hotels in Finland

There is something truly magical about witnessing the ethereal dance of the Northern Lights, and Finland is renowned as one of the best destinations to experience this natural phenomenon

There is something truly magical about witnessing the ethereal dance of the Northern Lights, and Finland is renowned as one of the best destinations to experience this natural phenomenon. To make the most of this awe-inspiring spectacle, staying at the right hotel can elevate your Northern Lights adventure to new heights. In this post, we will explore the best Northern Lights hotels in Finland, where you can enjoy comfortable accommodations, breathtaking views, and optimal chances to catch the elusive auroras.

To truly immerse yourself in the magical world of the Northern Lights, staying at one of the best Northern Lights hotels in Finland is a must. From glass igloos and log cabins to luxurious resorts, these accommodations provide the perfect setting for witnessing this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.

Whether you choose to admire the auroras from the comfort of your room or venture out into the winter wonderland for thrilling activities, these hotels offer an unforgettable experience that combines nature’s spectacle with warm hospitality. So, pack your winter gear and embark on a journey to Finland’s finest Northern Lights hotels for a celestial adventure you will cherish forever.

#1 Snowman World Glass Resort, Rovaniemi

The incredible Snowman World Glass Resort is located within the Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. This extremely popular location is the perfect place to experience the Aurora Borealis. The accommodation has been designed for an unobstructed view of the Northern Lights with all apartments offering large windows and glass ceilings.

The glass huts are inspired by the classic Kota huts used by the indigenous Sámi people. Each hut is 40 m2 in size and includes a double bed + sofa bed. They also come with a sauna and private outdoor hot tub, toilet and bathroom.  A mini kitchen with fridge, kettle, coffee maker, microwave and stove makes them perfect for families or couples looking for a romantic getaway.

The complex features a 24-hour front desk, tour desk for booking amazing tours nearby as well as an on site restaurant. For entertainment each Snowman World Glass Resort apartments also feature WiFi internet connection, Flat Screen TV and entrance tickets to Snowman World Winter Zone. Rovaniemi is located well inside the arctic circle and gives you the best chance to see the mysterious Northern Lights.

The Snowman World Glass Resort is usually booked out early, so I would recommend booking early.

Superior Glass Apartments (40 m2)

  • Double bed (160 cm) + extra beds for max. two persons (160 cm sofa bed)
  • Private sauna and Hot Spring outdoor hot spa
  • Toilet and bathroom with luxury Aroma Sense shower
  • Mini kitchen with water kettle, fridge, Cupsolo coffee maker, microwave, stove
  • Tableware for four persons by Pentik
  • Safety deposit box
  • Linen, towels, slippers, bathrobes
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Wireless Internet connection

Getting to Snowman World Glass Resort

The Snowman World Glass Resort is located in Rovaniemi in northern Finland.

By air: Daily flights are available from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, the flight takes about 1h20m and the airport is approx 2 km from the resort.
By train: Daily trains leave Helsinki bound for Rovaniemi, these trains take between 9-12 hours depending on weather.
By Car: Driving takes around 10 hours, and is is a good idea to stop half way along the journey. Jyvakskyla is a great place to stop.

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#2 Nova Skyland Hotel, Rovaniemi

Nova Skyland Hotel is located in Santa Claus Village within the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finland. The hotel offers a restaurant with buffet breakfast and a bar for enjoying pre dinner drinks. The property also offers free parking, Airport Shuttle and non-smoking rooms.

Each room includes a terrace with views, free WiFi and flat screen TV. The units also offer a fully equipped kitchen with oven and dishwasher and are family friendly. There is also the amazing Aurora Sky Suite with a balcony and sauna. The Nova Skyland Hotel is the perfect place to try and catch a glimpse of the amazing Northern Lights.

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#3 Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Saariselka

The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is located in the beautiful the Saariselkä Fell region of northern Finland and offers a mixture of glass igloos and traditional wooden chalets.

The glass igloos include a luxury bedroom with a glass roof offering amazing views of the night sky. Some igloos include saunas and shower facilities.  Most of the chalets offer cooking facilities and a fireplace making them the perfect place for a family or romantic getaway.

The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort offers 2 restaurants servings some traditional foods from the Lapland region of Northern Finland. Husky and Reindeer safaris as well as snowmobiles can be organised from resort or you can rent skis, snow shoes or walking sticks.

This resort is perfectly located and regarded as one of the best locations anywhere in the world to view the Aurora or Northern Lights.

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#4 Polar Aurora Cabins, Saariselka

Polar Aurora Cabins are located in Kakslauttanen next to the Urho Kekkonen Natural Park and about 10km from  Saariselkä, making it one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. 

The Cabins include amazing self-catering cabins including sauna with each apartment offering 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom log cabins are also available. The rooms include kitchen, microwave, dishwasher, TV and fireplace. Free WiFi is also available.

The cabins are close to the some amazing ski fields with a winter shuttle bus to Saariselkä ski center only 500 metres away. The Polar Aurora Cabins are perfect for anyone trying to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. 

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#5 Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara, Rovaniemi

Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara is located on Ounasvaara Fell in the northern Finland town of Rovaniemi. This mountain also home to the Winter Sports Centre is one of the best vantage spots in town to see the Northern Lights.  The hotel takes advantage of this with a roof terrace and restaurant offering views over town and if you are lucky the Aurora Borealis. The restaurant offers an à la carte menu with an option for local or international produce. The hotel also offers ski to door, airport shuttle and free parking.

Rooms at the Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara are very cozy and feature twin, triples, superior and chalet options.  The rooms include TV, teas/coffee facilities, private bathrooms and most also offer a private sauna.

The Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara is one of the best accommodation options in Rovaniemi and gives guests the perfect opportunity to hunt for the Northern Lights. 

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#6 Guesthouse Husky, Ivalo

Guesthouse Husky is a family owned business that is located five kilometers from outside the Ivalo village  in the far north of Finland. Ivalo is a popular village for experiencing the northern lights and comparable to the more well known Saariselkä. This guesthouse is set on a dog farm in Finnish Lapland, this family-run guest house offers traditional home cooking and husky safaris.

The hotel is made of log houses as they blend well with the natural surroundings. The guesthouse has 3 floors. The reception, the dining, and fireplace are located in the basement of the building. The sauna and washing room are also located in the basement. The hotel serves breakfast as part of the price. The hotel also offers dinner at an extra cost

There are four rooms on the first floor. The two rooms for four persons on the 2nd floor of the hotel. You can book larger rooms that can be used by families, two adults plus two children can occupy the room. You can book a single room if you are traveling alone.

Every room has its own private bathroom and toilet. in the double rooms, you will find two beds, bedside tables, armchairs, and a small table and television. The guests have access to a well-equipped kitchen that can be accessed by all guests. You can prepare your own meals in the common kitchen.

The Guesthouse Husky offers free WiFi and free parking and is perfect for families looking to experience the northern lights.

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Written by Richard Ascough

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