After a long year’s slog, it’s not easy to find peace in the city when the stores are lit up with Christmas lights and decorations and Jingle Bells playing on a loop.
If you’re ready to disappear into the wilderness until it’s all over, don’t! You’ll disappoint family and friends not being home for the festivities, rather find you sanity with a break, not only away from it all but one that will soothe the soul and delight the senses. Head north, the further the better, to where the magical Aurora Borealis lights up the sky better than any fireworks display you’ve ever seen.
You can choose from Alaska, Northern Canada, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Northern Scotland and Russia, each with their own charm and accommodation styles, from rustic cabins to luxurious hotel spas and everything in between.
The Arctic TreeHouse hotel is located in Lapland, the spiritual home of Santa. It has fabulous sky views and is cosy and warm too.
At the Aurora Cabins a laser-heated glass roof opens up to the stars and Northern Lights, right above the king size bed. The village is only 3km from the Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.
Located in Saariselkä, the Muotka Igloos have a glass-dome ceilings over the bedroom and private saunas.
Canada and Alaska also have a variety of accommodation to offer, from camping to log cabins and luxury hotels.
Alyeska Hotel and Resort falls in the luxury category with a first class ski resort and surrounded by mountain peaks. Located 40 miles from Anchorage.
You’ll find Iceland in the Atlantic Ocean between Alaska and Finland. This volcanic island has a small population but many adventures on offer.
Hotel Selid is a hidden gem in Southern Iceland with views of the surrounding mountains. A converted cowshed, the hotel has eight bedrooms with private facilities.
And then there’s the Scottish Highlands, not as famous for its Northern Lights. If the lights disappoint, at least you’ll have a choice of good whiskey!
Kenmore is a small village in Perthshire, in the Highlands of Scotland, located where Loch Tay drains into the River Tay where you’ll find luxury hotels, cottages and Airbnb’s to choose from.
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