How to choose your perfect winter hideaway in the Nordics

Sunday, 5th September 2021

Pam Forrest

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The sensational Icehotel is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to amazing accommodation in the far north of Europe. With so many exceptional properties across Iceland, Sweden, Finland and Norway, it can be tricky to choose between them. We’ve compiled this guide to help you select your ideal bolthole for winter based on who you are travelling with and what you want to get up up to while away. One thing you can be sure of, is that all are in great locations for viewing the aurora should nature’s light show put on a display!

So, read on for our recommendations on great places to stay for families, explorers, style-lovers and those looking for a festive escape or coastal adventure this winter.

For Originality

Icehotel, Sweden

Believe the hype! The Icehotel is quite simply one of the most unforgettable places you’ll ever spend the night. Not only is your bedroom a world-class art installation, but activities include everything from snowmobiling to ice sculpting and ice dining. We’re the Icehotel’s leading worldwide partner – talk to us about planning the ultimate Icehotel break.

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The Treehotel – seven magical grown-up treehouses including a mirror cube and a flying saucer grace this extraordinary arboreal retreat in Swedish Lapland.

For Families

Nellim Wilderness Hotel, Finland

Cosseted by the snow-cloaked forests of the Finnish wilderness on the shores of Lake Inari, Nellim offers a variety of cosy accommodation in a serene and peaceful setting. Choose a log cabin with private sauna or perhaps upgrade to an Aurora Bubble so you can gaze at the northern lights from the comfort of your bed. Full board and a programme of activities included ensure excellent value for money.

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Gulo Gulo Villas – the location directly opposite Ranua Wildlife Park makes these two-bedroom luxury villas in Finnish Lapland an excellent choice for a family getaway. Observe wolves, lynx and moose and even have the chance to help feed the polar bears! With winter activities available and plenty of time to relax, share precious experiences with family and friends.

For Explorers

Hotel Husafell, Iceland

This smart contemporary hotel tucked away in wild West Iceland features on our Northern Lights, Glaciers and Waterfalls self drive and combines Nordic style and superb food with those all-important dark-night skies for sizzling northern lights potential. The hotel also uses 100% pure energy. There’s an outdoor geothermal pool to relax in and plenty to do from visiting nearby Hraunfossar waterfall to heading inside an ice cave on Langjokull glacier where you can also snowmobile. Hit the hiking trails or head off on road trips to Snaefellsnes and the Golden Circle.

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Hotel Ranga – rooted in the Icelandic countryside this ranch-style hotel boasts vistas volcanoes, fine dining, outdoor hot tubs and a unique stargazing observatory.

For Coastal Views

Malangen Resort, Norway

An hour from Tromso and sitting on the waters edge, the beauty of this Norwegian retreat is that all of the its stylish rooms share the same incredible views of Malangsfjord. Choose a sleek and stylish hotel room or opt for a trendy stilted cabin. Combine with Tromso on a weekend escape in search of the aurora, enjoying a host of winter activities and relaxing with picture-perfect views from the hot tub and sauna.

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Brandon Lodge – this log-cabin hideaway on the edge of Sweden’s frozen Gulf of Bothnia, features 15 individual cabins scattered amongst the trees and facing the sea.

For a Festive Getaway

Star Arctic Hotel, Finland

Striking, panoramic views across the fells of Finnish Lapland are a defining feature of this modern and elegant hotel, which has been sympathetically built to fit into its surrounds. The spacious rooms offer Nordic chic, some with a sauna, while the cosy aurora cabins suited to couples allow star gazing from bed for the ultimate festive indulgence. Winter activities and meals from locally sourced ingredients are included during your stay.

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Inari Holiday Village – cosy, rustic red cabins layered with deep snow provide an irresistible home from home for New Year with a special dinner and winter activities.

For a Romantic Hideaway

Beana Laponia

Best make it a long weekend! You won’t want to leave this boutique beauty. Snuggled into the taiga forest of Finnish Lapland, Beana Laponia is a stylish, adults-only retreat, with individually designed rooms, cosy lounge and bar, private sauna and outdoor hot tub. Talk to us about an all-inclusive package with superb cuisine and a host of winter activities.

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Loggers Lodge – another friendly, intimate option for a relaxing short break is this luxury eco-lodge in Swedish Lapland.


Feeling inspired?

Get in touch with our team to secure your stay in one of these spectacular properties in Sweden, Iceland, Finland or Norway.

Send an enquiry, or speak to one of our Travel Specialists on 01737 214 250 today.

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