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Where to see the Aurora

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Everyone at Travelwrap towers has the Northern Lights on their travel wishlist and this is the month to start planning. Here’s where our friends at TripAdvisor Rentals suggest we stay.

Hattvika Lodge, NorwayHattvika Lodge is located in Ballstad, a historic fishing harbour in Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Guests can watch boats cruising around the harbour during the day and cosy up in the evening to catch the spectacular light shows, top. In the summer, the contemporary lodge makes the perfect base for fishing, hiking and and checking out the midnight sun. Five bedrooms (sleeps 11), from £1,107 per night.Fjøsen, NorwayThe Norwegian fjord, Ersfjordbotn, is a favourite spot from which to watch the Northern Lights and Fjøsen, a renovated barn 20km away in Tromso, is the perfect place to stay. While there’s plenty to do outside, the real draw is curling up on the sofa in front of the massive picture windows and watching the sparkling colours of the Northern Lights. Three bedrooms (sleeps 6), from £257 per night.Brekka Cottage, Iceland45 minutes from Reykjavik, Iceland, Brekka Cottage offers sweeping views of the Atlantic and mountains from the outdoor hot tub or the terrace, but you can stay indoors to watch the Northern Lights: the property boasts massive picture windows. Three bedrooms (sleeps 8), from £184 per night.

Viking Cottages, IcelandViking Cottages offers a tranquil atmosphere and stunning views of the bay while still only a 10-minute drive from the shops, restaurants, cafés and galleries in Akureyri, Iceland. There’s easy access to hiking and walking trails including the nearby Sulur mountain, as well as riding tours, a naturally heated swimming pool, kayaking, diving, golf, fishing, and even heli-skiing. Watch the Northern Lights from the terrace or through the large picture windows overlooking the lake. One bedroom (sleeps 3), from £157 per night.Moose Walk Cabin, CanadaA bit further to go but who could resist Moose Walk Cabin, in Fairbanks, Alaska? It offers easy access to miles of hiking, snowmobiling and 4x4 trails, plus a private wood-fired sauna for complete relaxation in the evenings. Inside, large picture windows are perfect for spotting Alaskan wildlife and the dancing lights of the Aurora. One bedroom (sleeps 6), from £186 per night.

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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