Staying in a Northern Lights hotel in Norway is one of the best ways to enjoy this natural wonder.
Norway is one of the best countries to see the Northern Lights thanks to its proximity, accessibility, and climate. Because of this, many hotels specialize in offering experiences focused entirely on the Aurora Borealis.
If the main goal of your trip is to see the Northern Lights in Norway, I strongly recommend going through this article, since any of these hotels will make the experience of seeing the Northern Lights easier and more unforgettable.
Some of the best hotels to see Northern Lights in Norway are real igloos, camps where you can sleep in the traditional “lavvu” tents, and even hotels built in fishermen’s huts, known as “Rorbuer.” These hotels offer all the comforts and perfect locations to see the Aurora away from light pollution.
Although there is an endless list of Aurora Borealis hotels in Norway, in this article, we’ll focus on the ones that stand out for their location, services, and originality.
Best hotels to see Northern Lights in Norway
At a glance, these are the best hotels to see Northern Lights in Norway:
- Tromso Ice Domes Hotel: The best hotel to see the Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway. It offers a unique experience in its famous igloos outside the city.
- Radisson Blu Hotel: Nordic style hotel with a crystal panoramic view to see the Northern Lights in Tromso.
- Aurora Camp Tromso: Camp in the historic “Lavvu” tents to enjoy the Aurora in the most traditional way in Tromso.
- Eliassen Rorbuer: These wooden cabins are the best Northern Lights hotel in the Lofoten Islands.
- Reinefjorden Sjøhus: Hotel based in Rorbuer cabins where you can see the Aurora in the famous Reine fjord.
- Aurora Borealis Observatory: The best hotel to see the Northern Lights in Senja.
- Skrolsvik Kystferie: The best cabins hotel to see the Aurora in Senja.
- Hotel Sorrisniva Igloo: The best Northern Lights hotel in Alta.
- Northcape Seapark: The best Northern Lights hotel in North Cape.
- Polarrigg de Mary-Ann: The best and northernmost Northern Lights hotel on the island of Svalbard.
As you can see, Norway offers the possibility of enjoying a Northern Lights display from many different locations.
Now we’ll look at the best Northern Lights accommodation in Norway according to the different locations.
The Best Northern Lights Hotels in Norway – Tromso
Tromsø Ice Domes Hotel, the best northern lights hotel in Norway
My best advice is, if you want to enjoy a beautiful display of the Northern Lights, stay away from light pollution. If you’re planning to stay in Tromso, your best bet is to take a tour out of the city during at least one day of your stay.
If you want to have the ultimate Northern Lights experience, sleep in an Ice Dome hotel away from light pollution, complete with a dinner cooked over a bonfire and a snowshoe excursion to see the Aurora.
The Radisson Blu Hotel offers top-notch Nordic style along with superb quality and the cherry on the top: a crystal bridge so you can enjoy the Northern Lights from the hotel. The best Northern Lights tour in Tromso departures from this hotel.
Offering a supreme breakfast in one of the best locations in Tromso, Scandic Grand is one of the best quality-priced hotels for travelers who want to see the Aurora in Tromso. Some of the best Northern Lights tours depart from here.
Aurora Camp Tromso, the most traditional Northern Lights hotel in Norway
Another unforgettable experience is to see the Northern Lights in the Norwegian wilderness from an Aurora Camp very close to Tromso. You’ll relax and stay warm in a traditional “Lavvu” tent while you wait for the Aurora show.
The Best Northern Lights Hotels in Norway – The Lofoten Islands
Eliassen Rorbuer, my favorite Northern Lights accommodation in Norway
Enjoy the Northern Lights dancing over the most spectacular fjord in Lofoten from one of the most renowned wooden cabins in the archipelago, the Eliassen Rorbuer. We spent a night in these cabins during our trip to the Lofoten Islands, and the experience of seeing the Aurora from the window was unforgettable. That’s why, in my opinion, it’s the best northern lights hotel in the World.
The second best option to see the Aurora from the heart of the Lofoten Islands is the Reinefjorden Sjøhus. These cabins are newer than the classic Eliassen and offer probably the best views of the Aurora.
A more classic wooden cabin hotel close to the Svolvær airport is Anker Brygge, the perfect location for seeing the Aurora, enjoying traditional Lofoten food, and doing other activities, such as boat trips and sauna.
Catogården Hotel, located in the middle of the impressive Reinefjord, is a relaxed and welcoming hotel offering a breathtaking landscape for seeing the Northern Lights.
The Best Northern Lights Hotels in Norway – Senja
The top Northern Lights accommodation option in Senja is the Aurora Borealis Observatory. As you can guess by its name, this hotel is specifically designed for Northern Lights observation, with large crystal walls and impressive views.
The second-best Northern Lights hotel in Senja is another real “observatory”, where you can see the Northern Lights dancing above your head from the glass-roofed cabins. The cabins of Skrolsvik Kystferie are located on a historic reindeer farm.
These cabins include a balcony with sea or mountain views to see the Northern Lights. From there, you can also enjoy other activities like skiing.
It’s the perfect location for groups and families, since all the cabins include at least 2 rooms.
The Mefjord Brygge resort, surrounded by the sharp mountain fjords of Senja, is located in a small fishing village and offers a great chance to visit Senja and chase the Aurora. The complex includes relaxing services like a sauna, hot tub, and solarium.
Another Northern Lights hotel offering some of the best views in Senja is the Senja Fjordhotell, where all rooms enjoy views towards the fjord.
The Norwegian Wild is one of the best Northern Lights cheap hotels in Norway. It also offers bigger cabins with more services/quality at a higher price, but the most remarkable feature of this lodge is the accommodation from just $58 a night for 2 people.
The Best Northern Lights Hotels in Norway – Alta
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, the most original Northern Lights hotel in Norway
Not far from Alta but far enough to avoid light pollution, the most original and (literally) cool hotel to enjoy the Northern Lights in Norway is the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.
Ps. Don’t worry too much about the cold; it’s set up so you can stay cozy and warm, even while you sleep.
Seeing the Aurora in the stark wilderness while being comfy is possible at the Aurora Canvas Dome tent camp. It also offers a Sauna and the tent’s roof is transparent so you can enjoy the Northern Lights in Alta.
The Bjørnfjell Mountain Lodge is a homey wooden Northern Lights lodge located in a perfect spot to see the Aurora dancing across Alta. It’s located away from light pollution, and there’s a restaurant offering local food and pizza.
This modern lodge, decorated in a gorgeous Nordic style, is located close to the Alta River and away from the main source of light pollution in Alta.
GLØD Pine Forest Lodging offers a sauna and buffet breakfast.
If you’re looking for a more basic and less expensive Northern Lights resort in Alta while still being cozy, CampAlta is your choice. This accommodation offers small wooden cabins with all the basics to see the Aurora while staying safe and warm.
The Best Northern Lights Hotels in Norway – North Cape
If you’re traveling as a group to Cape North, staying at the Northcape Seapark is a good option for seeing the Aurora from one of their Northern Lights apartments with sea views. There are also places for hiking and wildlife watching in the area.
If you’re looking for a classic Scandinavian Northern Lights hotel with no frills, the Arctic Hotel Nordkapp is a fantastic option. They offer a daily buffet breakfast and a superb location in the heart of Honningsvåg where you can enjoy the Northern Lights show at night.
Nygård Apartments offer quality-price units to enjoy the Northern Lights in North Cape.
In the surroundings, there are a wide variety of attractions, such as boat tours, bird watching tours, and local seafood restaurants.
With mountain and sea views, the Cape Marina lodge is a big and cozy hotel-house where there are endless possibilities for seeing the Northern Lights. It’s a bit pricier than other accommodations in North Cape, but the quality and dreamy location are worth the expense.
The Best Northern Lights Hotels in Norway – Svalbard
With the title of the northern-most all-inclusive hotel in the world, Radisson Blu Polar Hotel offers not only a great opportunity to see the Aurora during the Northern Lights season, but also other winter activities like glacier excursions. It even offers superb panoramic fjord views.
Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg, the best northernmost aurora borealis in Norway
Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg is probably the most original Northern Lights resort in Svalbard. Previously a miner’s barrack, the owner Mary-Ann revamped the whole building into a stylish and luxurious resort for enjoying the Northern Lights in Svalbard.
The remoteness of Svalbard makes the prices more expensive compared to other Northern Lights hotels in the Norwegian peninsula. This guesthouse, however, offers the most affordable accommodation option in Svalbard with very competitive prices and a splendid view of the nearby fjords.
Finally, and regardless of the Northern Lights hotel in Norway where you stay, remember to check the Northern Lights forecast every day through the official NOAA space administration website, as well as the cloud forecast in Norway through the Yr.no website to see if there will be clear skies in your area.
If you’re a photographer and it’s your first time seeing the Aurora Borealis, you should check out my ultimate guide to photographing the Northern Lights.
Good luck on your trip and Northern Lights chasing experience!