Specialist UK Northern Lights travel company, Off the Map Travel, has come up with some novel ways to help the increasing numbers of Aussies wanting to tick the Northern Lights off their bucket list – and you can forget your swag, it’s glamping all the way.

Tromso, Norway

Tromso, Norway


Off the Map Travel Director and Northern Lights expert Jonny Cooper says he has had phenomenal interest in recent years from Australians wanting to tick the Northern Aurora off their bucket list, but most aren’t sure where to start.


So, the former climbing, canoeing and mountain biking instructor, who has taken thousands of people into the Arctic to experience the phenomenon, has come up with some novel ways for Aussies to experience it.

Bjorkliden Aurora, Northern Sweden

Bjorkliden Aurora, Northern Sweden


The Aurora Village overnight experience will see you staying is one of three traditional Swedish ice-fishing huts on the banks of a frozen lake in Northern Sweden.


The huts, traditionally used by ice-fisherman in the region during the Arctic Winter, have uninterrupted views of the greatest light show on earth, but Jonny says they are “cosy, heated and insulated”.


“Isolated from any light pollution on the frozen lake with pitch black skies, the huts give you perfect conditions to experience the Aurora. Although you feel like you are deep in the Arctic Circle, the Aurora Village is easily accessible by either snowmobile or snowshoe from your base in Bjorkliden.”


If that’s not glamping it enough, there’s the Aurora Safari Camp – five traditional Sami Lavvu rooms (traditional Arctic tepees) purpose built on the banks of the Råne River in northern Sweden.


With plenty of log burning stoves in all of the rooms, the Lavvu rooms stay warm and cozy, regardless of the freezing outdoor temperatures. An open fireplace outside also gives guests a magnificent view over the river and up through the trees to spot Aurora.

Aurora Village, Northern Norway

Aurora Village, Northern Norway


Jonny Cooper says it’s a wonderful mix of luxury and adventure. “ They have got the balance of both here spot on. Taking the five star ‘African safari camp’ concept and transporting it to the Arctic has really given our visitors to the area something new, and a different base from which to experience the Northern Lights.”


Backed by a forest caped mountain there is plenty of wildlife for neighbours including moose, red fox, reindeer, bears (which hibernate in the winter), roe deer and plenty of birds.


Please note, best time to see the Northern Lights is from September to March.


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