Enjoy the greatest natural light display in the world aka the Northern Lights at these following places!
Seeing the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, is a quintessential winter experience. Pack your warmest clothes and head towards the North Pole to see if you can catch this incandescent night sky phenomenon. The light display can vary from glowing pale green and pink patches to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains and shooting rays in every colour of the rainbow.
The appearance of the Northern Lights on any given night is impossible to predict, but improve your chances of seeing them during the months of September through to March by going to a spot in the Aurora Zone with low light pollution, like one of these five spots recommended by the travel experts at KAYAK.sg.
- Camp Ripan, Kiruna, Sweden
If you dream of seeing the Northern Lights and enjoy the outdoors, Camp Ripan is the place for you. The hotel has standard cabins with private entrances which gives you the feeling of coming home whenever you enter the room. Dine or bond over the campfire while you watch the dancing lights in the sky above, or venture out on a forest tour led by dogsled. Only 1.5 hours away via plane from Stockholm, this unique hotel has several Aurora themed activities for those looking to experience the Northern Lights at their best.
How to get there: We found flights from Singapore to for S$1758 per person.
Where to stay: Prices for a double room at Camp Ripan start from S$119 per night.
2. Stracta Hotel Hella, Iceland
Stracta Hotel Hella, an hour’s drive southwest of Reykjavik, pioneered the Northern Lights wake-up call service. When the Aurora Borealis comes out to play, the hotel alerts guests to pull on their parkas over their pyjamas and run outside to catch the dancing light show. Other natural wonders, like Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, the Reynisfjara black sand beach and basalt columns and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, are also a short drive away. Travellers can hop on a 3 hour 10 minute flight to Reykjavik from Amsterdam.
How to get there: We found flights from Singapore to Reykjavik for S$1722 per person.
Where to stay: Prices for a double room at Stracta Hotel Hella start from S$119 per night.
3. Lapland Northern Lights Hotel Ilveslinna, Lapland, Finland
Bring the outside in when you admire the Arctic night sky. The unique Hotel Ilveslinna lets you pick between a villa, glass igloo or rooms on the property. Catch a glimpse of the dancing lights as you lay your head down to catch a wink. About 1.5 hours away via plane from Helsinki, Kittilä has a vantage point that provides breathtaking, unobstructed panoramic views and requires zero commute to witness the spectacular Northern Lights. In northern Lapland, Auroral displays shine about every other clear night between September and March and have been known to light up the Arctic landscape enough to help nighttime skiers find their way home.
How to get there: We found flights from Singapore to Kittilä for S$1630 per person.
Where to stay: Prices for a double room at Hotel Ilveslinna start from S$157 per night.
4. Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora, Tromsø, Norway
Located in the heart of Tromsø, the capital of Northern Norway, the Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora is perfect for scenic views of the harbour and is minutes away on foot from famous landmarks such as the Tromsø museum and The Polar Museum. Just a 2-hour flight from Oslo, Go Northern Light seeking and sign up for a tour upon arrival at the hotel, or indulge yourself in the lively and culturally rich city. Norway is known to exhibit spectacular views of the Northern Lights in late autumn. So chances are, you’ll be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Lights in the evening, even as you’re walking back to your hotel.
How to get there: We found flights from Singapore to Tromsø for S$1842 per person.
Where to stay: Prices for a double room at Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora start from S$242 per night.
5. Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center, Fairbanks Alaska
An elegant and comfortable hotel sitting in the heart of Fairbanks is the perfect place to station yourself in hopes of catching a glimpse of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Escape to the adventurous arctic wilderness of Fairbanks, via a 4-hour flight from Seattle. Located near the beautiful Chena river and downtown Fairbanks, it’s easy to pay a visit to the teaching museum of Alaska or take a drive out to Denali National Park. If you’re afraid of missing the Lights, don’t fret. The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska shares a daily forecast for when the Lights will be out to illuminate the night sky.
How to get there: We found flights from Singapore to Fairbanks for S$1590 per person.
Where to stay: Prices for a double room at Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center start from S$122 per night.
Debby Soo, KAYAK Vice President in APAC said, “Catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights is on every traveller’s bucket list. For wanderlusters looking to visit the top spots to gaze at the Lights and experience this phenomenon live, the five destinations that made it onto the list don’t just offer a comfortable and out-of-the-ordinary experience, they also provide additional activities travellers can take part in to create memories that will last a lifetime.”
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*Data provided by KAYAK.sg is based on flight and hotels searches on 25 November 2015 for travel from 9 to 16 January 2016. Flight prices quoted are per person. Prices are subject to change, availability may be limited or offers may no longer be available.