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Best Northern Lights Hotels in 2018: Award Nights Availability Listed

Winter is coming. While there is no war against the White Walkers, we do need to start planning our trip for this winter, especially those who have their hotel points ready to redeem a warm and cozy Northern Lights hotels stay up north. As a hopeless romantic, seeing the Northern Lights has always been on my bucket list, and I believe I share the same dream as many of you. Life is short, let’s wait no more to cross off this item from our list this year! Below I’ll share with you some Northern Lights hotels in Fairbanks(Alaska), Tromsø (Norway) and Iceland; prime locations for viewing the Northern Lights with the hotel points information provided for your reference. The goal is to help save your time while considering which hotels to stay!

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Fairbanks from Anchorage, Alaska

Auroral Display in Fairbanks (Photo credit: FairbanksMike @ Flickr)

Just head north to Fairbanks for the Northern Lights, you are almost guaranteed to see spectacular light displays. They get an auroral display about 100 nights out of the year on average. The better months that drive peak viewing opportunities are from September to April. Despite so, be aware that there is never a 100% of guarantee of seeing the Northern Lights, it always depends on your luck. As for where you can stay at one the Northern Lights hotels:

Hampton Inn & Suites Fairbanks, USA – Northern Lights Hotels

Located on the north east side of town, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Fairbanks is a wonderful choice for those who travel out to a viewing area for Northern Lights. Don’t forget to ask the front desk to put your name on a wake up call list for the Northern Lights. If you are lucky enough to get a room facing north, you will have the chance to see the aurora from your room. Or you can also walk to the far end of the road where it is darker to have a better view of the Northern Lights.

Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge, USA – Northern Lights Hotels

Staying at Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge is one of the inexpensive choices for the Northern Lights Hunters. You will have the chance to see the Northern Lights right overhead from the hotel. The staff is friendly, nice and will ask whether you would love to set a wake up call for the Northern Lights. If you need a tour guide for the Northern Lights, they will also offer immediate help to set one up for you. Sometimes you might need to drive north away from the city to have a better view of the aurora, but it’s for sure worth the effort. 


Iceland is one of the most well-known places to see the Northern Lights. From early September to the end of April, you are likely to see aurora activity, again, only if you are lucky enough! You can either rent a car to chase the Northern Lights or book a tour to increase the possibility of seeing it. If budget is your concern, try to find the darkest spot available and pray for the best. Reykjavik, is quite a spread out city with many parks and stand the chance to see the Aurora! If you are an elite members of Hilton Honors, you may want to consider the hotels below:

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, Iceland – Northern Lights Hotels

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is a very high-end hotel well located from the shops and town. It takes about 10-15 minutes walk to the town and you can also get some bread for breakfast from the bakeries nearby. If you stay in a room with a window view of the harbor and mountains, there is chance that you will see the Northern Lights from your hotel room window with weather permitting. Yet you can also book the Northern Lights tour from the concierge who are always ready to help and offer you their informative advice.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre, Iceland – Northern Lights Hotels

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is offering you a more comfortable, relaxing and casual experience than most hotels in the class. The location is ideal, which is close to the city center with restaurants and night clubs. For Northern Light Hunters, there is a rooftop terrace that is perfect spot for viewing the Northern Lights. You can also ask the staff to call you at night if the Northern Lights appears.

Tromsø, Norway

Tromsø is located in the middle of the Northern Lights Oval, where you are very likely to see the lights. It is also one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. Same as the two locations mentioned above, the Northern Lights in Tromsø can be observed from September to April. Tromsø is quite small but there are many activities to learn about its culture and history available. Besides the Northern Lights, you can book tours ranging from reindeer/Husky sledding, Winter fjord cruise to Sami History Exploration and much more.

Telegrafbukta Beach, Tromsø is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. (Photo credit: Yijie Hsieh)

Clarion Collection Hotel With, Norway – Northern Lights Hotels

Clarion Collection Hotel With is ideally located on the harbor with great views of the bridge connecting to the Arctic Cathedral. There is great chance for you to see the Northern Lights right from your room in winter. What is better than enjoying the breathtaking Northern Lights from your warm and cozy room?

Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromsø, Norway – Northern Lights Hotels

Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromsø is a relatively budget hotel in Tromsø. The rooms are quite small but decent. Situated right in the city center, the location of the hotel is excellent. If you plan to chase the Northern Lights at night, it’s good to know that you won’t be interrupted while sleeping during the day by housekeeping. The room also has curtains which block out the sunlight pretty well and sufficient heating for the cold weather. If you need advice on where to see or whether you will see the Northern Lights, the staff will be there giving you honest and accurate information.

Bottom Line

Seeing the Northern Lights is just fantastic, a dream came true! I would suggest that you spend a few more days in these Northern Lights hotels in case the weather is not within your expectations. I spent nearly a week in Tromsø in March and the first few days I tried to search for the lights by myself but in vain. So I decided to book a tour and we drove for about 2-3 hours one way just to find the perfect spot with clear skies. Fortunately we got to see a pretty active display of the Northern Lights! (whew!)

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