The cluster of two dozen glass-ceilinged igloos at Levin Iglut represent a new way to watch the Northern Lights. Set on a secluded hilltop amid unspoiled forest scenery, they have stunning views of the valley below and uninterrupted access to the sky above.
Levin Iglut cleverly get around the issue of the glass roof freezing over and obscuring the view by heating the glass electrically and insulating the hemispheric ceilings, so that even on the coldest night the skyscape is crystal clear and the view of the rainbow colours of the Northern Lights are unimpeded. Bag a Premium Igloos for front row seats. Along with a simple kitchenette and en suite bathroom, there’s a motorised bed; raise, lower and rotate your mattress to make sure you have the best possible panoramic views.
As well as the igloos, there are traditional bedrooms in the imaginative Northern Lights House, a luxurious lodge with its own living area, large landscape windows, wraparound terrace, private sauna and hot tub for soaking in with something chilled and bubbly between bursts of ethereal activity in the night sky.
When you’re not lying back and admiring the panoramic views of the sky, marvelling at the clarity of light or counting down the hours to nightfall and the next performance of the aurora, you can snowshoe through the forest, ski across the fells and sign up for dogsledding safaris and reindeer sleigh rides.
All this activity is just an appetiser for the main event though. As dusk falls, you can enjoy a rustic meal in Restaurant Aurora Sky. Settle yourself by the fire on the ground floor or under the glass ceiling on the upper level for a meal with a difference and enjoy Scandinavian flavours with a European twist. There’s a six-course tasting menu, or you can look out for local dishes of Arctic char or reindeer meat. As the anticipation builds, retire to your glass igloo, squirrelling away some snacks for a midnight feast as you sit up and watch the incredible show.