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New hotel for the Northern Lights

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Image: Matt Robinson/The Aurora Zone

You’ll definitely need your Travelwrap if you plan on visiting this new wilderness hotel. In fact, better take two: Hotel Nangu is situated on the remote shores of Finland’s Lake Inari, 250km north of the Arctic Circle. Average temperature around -3C.Bedroom, Hotel Nangu, FinlandImage: Matt Robinson/The Aurora Zone

The 24-room adults-only hotel is owned by Jouko and Mari Lappalainen, who already run two hotels in Finland. Comprised of a number of separate, traditional log buildings, as well as a communal Finnish sauna, the hotel offers lots of snow- and ice-based activities, from dog sledding and snowshoeing to visiting a reindeer farm. But the real draw at this time of year is that the vast expanse of dark sky above it makes it the ideal spot for seeing the Northern Lights.Northern Lights above Hotel Nangu, FinlandImage: Matt Robinson/The Aurora Zone

The hotel is marketed in the UK by The Aurora Zone who commissioned experienced wilderness guide and photographer Matt Robinson to take these stunning photographs. Says Matt: 'The sky over the Hotel Nangu exploded in what looked like a flowing river of light, snaking across the sky with its ever-changing vibrancy. In all my years of hunting the Northern Lights I have never seen it quite like this.’Hotel Nangu, FinlandImage: Matt Robinson/The Aurora Zone

The Aurora Zone offers a three-night Nangu Northern Lights short break, which includes an Aurora workshop, Aurora camp and Aurora hunt by car from 1-22 February. Cost is £1,685 per person, inclusive of flights and full board plus all activities. And don’t worry about cold-weather clothing, The Aurora Zone will supply them for the duration of your stay.


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