They paint the dark night green, red, white and blue. They appear unannounced, give their show and, when they disappear, generate more avidity to continue “hunting” them. They are the auroras, boreal or austral, that wonderful spectacle that originates in solar storms and is seen near the poles.

Auroras, also called northern or southern lights, form when electrical particles emitted by the Sun collide with the Earth’s magnetic field. These particles are drawn towards the poles, as if they were magnets and, as they pass, they collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms, producing flashes of light. 

Depending on the activity of the sun, the auroras are more or less intense. That is why the entire tourism industry in countries near the Arctic Circle is keeping an eye on the next peak, which will start around 2024 and last for a couple of years. 

Auroras occur throughout the year but are only seen on dark, clear nights . That is why it is essential when choosing the destination to know which is the month with the best weather (less rain or cloudy skies), and reserve three or four days to maximize the chances. Northern lights over the houses of Sisimiut, Greenland.

The fullest experience is the one that occurs in places far from towns and cities , from where the luminosity of the cities is not seen. If there are also no high mountains nearby to obstruct the view, the spectacle is great.

And the most important thing is that since there are so many destinations from which they can be seen ( Scandinavia, Russia, Canada, Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica, Tasmania and New Zealand ), the variety of accommodation and costs is enormous.

It is not necessary to buy a package since in all the destinations there are night tours, of several hours to go out to “hunt auroras”. Apps were also developed that show different parameters that suggest the places with the greatest chance of appearing every night in a certain destination, and since they are usually seen after 10 at night, there are not a few establishments that offer “wake up calls” for your guests when the lights appear in the sky.

Online apps are a new tool to know instantly what the chances are each night to see an aurora.

Due to this peculiarity of the auroras of being so volatile and so difficult to predict, to which must be added the climatological conditions of the place (for example, in the Arctic the weather is very changeable), another suggestion is to choose the destination taking into account What other attractions does it offer? In general, they all have similar outdoor and snowy activities (sleds, reindeer, fishing), but each place has a different offer (bears, glaciers, volcanoes, massages, exclusive resorts, etc).The Arctic Bath opened in early 2020 and is one of the most modern and luxurious aurora viewing spots in Swedish Lapland.

Another attractive proposal far from the low temperatures of the northern hemisphere or Antarctica is Tasmania or New Zealand . There winter (the best time to see them) is not cold, temperatures can reach 18º, there is a beach and a forest. The difference is that auroras usually appear as colored luminosity in the sky, without as many shapes or dancing “curtains” as they are seen near the North Pole. The Huon Valley, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula are the best spots in this enclave of South Australia.In the Northern Hemisphere, there is a long tradition to see the northern lights. Here, three luxury proposals.

Harads, Swedish Lapland

Pure design. An oasis of well-being floating in the heart of Swedish Lapland. That’s Arctic Bath, a spa in northern Sweden opened in 2020, offering floating or land cabins, surrounded by forest. 

The concept of the hotel revolves around mindfulness and well-being, with a strong emphasis on the natural environment, offering maximum comfort and non-ostentatious luxury.

Arctic Bath has 12 cabins. Half are floating, 24 m², for two people (from u$s 1030). There are three cabins on land for 5 people, 62 m² on two floors (from US$1,125), and 3 suites on two floors.

Finnish Lapland

Recommended by Prince Albert of Monaco – that’s the kind of guest one might find at Octola. It is a 300-hectare property in Finnish Lapland , with a wooden chalet from which you can enjoy the auroras and do other activities.

It is reached by helicopter, snowmobile or car. Honkanen was also looking for a place away “from the crowds” and nestled in the middle of nature and undoubtedly he got it. The property works for groups (the ten rooms are rented, or in two subgroups, of 4 and 6 rooms). It is ideal for special events such as weddings or very white Christmas. The entire property from January to April is rented at €32,300 per night, with meals and activities.Well north of the Arctic Circle, Octola is 20 minutes from Rovaniemi International Airport.

Octola is owned by Luxury Action which also operates North Pole Igloos , “the most exclusive destination on the planet”. These are glazed, mobile i glosses, installed on the ice of the North Pole. One night there and three in the Svalbard archipelago (Norway) cost US$107,000. Only in April, and for pockets according to the budget.

Under the skies of Iceland

The Buubble capsules are promoted as the “five million star” hotel. There are only 15, in two different locations in Iceland.

The Buubble is not a hotel, but an agency that promotes the experience of the Icelandic skies – including its auroras – in this unusual “five million star” lodge. The tours are 24 hours long and include a stay in these completely transparent and heated bubbles or capsules, installed in the middle of nature.

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