The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are one of Earth’s most stunning natural displays – and can be seen across the Arctic Circle from early autumn to early spring. The magical dancing curtain of colour seen on some cloudless nights is caused when solar flares enter our atmosphere and chances are increased by low light pollution and a longer stay. Aurora seekers must be patient and a celestial light show is not a promise but if you are lucky enough to witness this phenomenon it is worth the wait.
Scott Dunn give you a wide range of tailor-made holidays to a number of destinations where you can see the Northern Lights, including northern Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. We have a range of luxury boutique boltholes from where you can look up at the sky in the hope of catching the Aurora. Whether you sleep in a luxury tented camp, glass igloo, a log cabin in a remote forest, a tree house, an ice hotel or a traditional hotel, we have a range of options up our sleeves.
With minimal light pollution there's a good chance to witness the Northern Lights at Hotel Ranga in winter and it features in our Northern Lights Safari across Iceland. During these months the hotel provides Aurora forecasts and wake up calls so guests don’t miss out on viewings. Witness the Northern Lights and Midnight Sun from the glass walled restaurant, the balcony from your room or suite or even from one of the geothermal powered hot tubs between the hotel and its namesake, the River Ranga.
What could be better than an African-style tented camp experience in the wilds of Swedish Lapland from where you can sit back and watch the Aurora Borealis in all of its glory? Run by acclaimed photography, Fredrik Broman, you’ll get top tips on how to capture that perfect image of the Northern Lights. Sit around the camp fire, snuggled under reindeer furs, looking out over stunning views of the adjacent lake before trying activities such as husky sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiles and ice fishing.
There is so much to enjoy during your stay here in this beautiful location on the edge of Lake Inari. The vast, frozen lake offers the perfect playground to enjoy a plethora of winter activities, from snowmobiles to cross-country skis, and the Wilderness Hotel Inari has plenty on offer, all of which can be enjoyed on a private basis, or as part of a small group. Inari is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, heightening your chances of seeing illuminated skies here.
Beana Laponia in Meltaus offers a wilderness hideaway with a private feel and the promise of adult only accommodation for couples and friends. Stay in remarkable Lappish surroundings with a private toboggan slope, husky sledding tours and the chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis from the outdoor hot tub with a drink in hand.
Make the most of your trip to Finnish Lapland by sleeping in one of the Golden Crown Glass Igloos. With the northern skies above you, should the dancing lights appear you will have front row seats from the comfort of your own motorised bed to optimise viewing. As daylight breaks the igloos also offer magnificent views across undulating fells and snow covered trees..
A truly unique retreat where you can stay in your own traditional turf house ‘Torfhus’ offering a superb level of quirky luxury in this very special location. These two-bedroom properties, centred around the Langhus where you can enjoy bespoke dining, also benefit from their own private geothermally heated hot tub, making this a wonderful place of relaxation. Due to its remote location in Southern Iceland, you are perfectly placed to spot the Northern Lights during the winter months.
Combine two totally unique hotels; one the designer Treehotel, and the other the legendary Icehotel in Sweden’s Lapland – with a multitude of activities on offer during the day, it won’t all be able seeing the Northern Lights, and meeting with the local Sami people is a real highlight. The two are linked by a lovely train journey through the snowy wonderfulness of wintery Sweden. Maybe combine your stay with a few nights in Stockholm.
Lyngen Lodge is possibly the most luxurious lodge you can find so far north in the Arctic Circle. You will fly to Tromso in Norway and drive across to Lyngen Fjord where the lodge is positioned. With a hot tub, fine dining and wonderfully comfortable rooms, you might think you are in a Scott Dunn chalet in the Alps – but look up and hopefully see the Northern Lights appear over the Fjord. There is a multitude of winter activities on offer, and if you like off-piste skiing you are in for a treat.
From the moment you step off the helicopter at Sheldon Chalet, to be welcomed with champagne and seafood, your world becomes the frozen expanse of the glacier and the mountain peaks beyond. The location and elevation makes this a superb spot from which to see the Aurora Borealis and in turn makes this a once in a lifetime experience. With no mobile signal you can really sign off from the real world here and indulge in the isolation this unique property offers.
A brand new hotel opening in February 2020. The star of the show is the uniquely designed floating hotel on the river, which freezes over in the winter to create a truly magical experience. The central feature of the hotel is an open-air cold bath - offering a refreshing antidote after experiencing the different saunas or hot bath; the hotel has a strong focus on wellness offering detoxifying spa treatments. Why not be one of the first to stay here and indulge in all the luxury it has to offer?
Surrounded by snow capped forests you will be enchanted from the moment you arrive at Aurora Village. Every part of this village will charm you, from the roaming reindeer, bespoke luxury cabins, and outstanding facilities where you can ice skate on the frozen lake or relax in the outdoor hot tub. A very special addition are the bespoke Aurora cabins with glass ceilings, allowing you to relax in privacy whilst looking for the Northern Lights. The sauna is a real highlight, with panoramic views over the frozen lake, so you can gaze upon the endless snowy wilderness whilst enjoying the warmth inside.