Time to chase the Midnight Sun with Booking.com
Booking.com is highlighting some of the world’s best locations and accommodation to view an incredible natural wonder and capitalise on 24 HOURS OF BEAUTILFUL SUNSHINE! The phenomenon of the Midnight Sun will see countries north of the Arctic Circle benefit from 24-hour sunshine, marking the summer solstice!
With those cold and short winter nights well and truly upon us, Booking.com is here for you…
Norway, and more specifically Svalbard, an archipelago off the northern coast of the Scandinavian nation, is commonly known as the ultimate location to view this unique event. One of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, offering unspoilt, rugged and remote terrain. This group of remote islands is home to enormous glaciers, frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, reindeer and arctic foxes.
Given the group of islands have a combined population on around 2,500, the choice of accommodation is limited. However, Basecamp Hotel in the town of Longyearbyen, offers a touch of luxury with a local touch. Basecamp Hotel is a traditional trapper’s lodge-style property. The rooms are individually decorated with driftwood furniture and fur rugs.
Be sure to head to their ‘Cognac Attic’ which includes a glass ceiling, perfect for viewing the famous midnight sun.
Contrary to what its name suggests, Greenland is actually almost completely covered with ice. This huge island, lying between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, is a Danish territory with an incredible landscape. The majority of its small population lives along the ice-free, fijord-lined coast, along the islands southwest. Its position, largely north of the Arctic Circle, means it a prime location for phenomena such as the Midnight Sun and Northern Lights.
Located on the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefijord in western Greenland, is the beautiful 4-star Hotel Arctic. With fine dining restaurant Ulo and Ice Rock bar on site, coupled with a free-shuttle service from nearby Ilulissat airport, this hotel meets all needs.
The hotel is complete with modern furnishings and décor, as well as featuring artwork by local artists. A number of the rooms feature rooms with some of the Northern Hemispheres most spectacular views over the sea and stunning icebergs.
Iceland is a country defined by its dramatic landscape; volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields make a large part of this Northerly Nordic nation. Iceland, with a population of just over 332,000 and area of 40,000 sq. mi, makes it the most sparsely populated country in Europe.
Located 20km from the town of Dalvik in the North Iceland region, is Klængshóll Lodge. This unique property is an ancient sheep farm that has been continually habited since the first Viking settlement. Each apartment can enjoy a private terrace, perfect for enjoying the famous winter sun.
Located in the very north of Europe, Finland is a prime location for those wishing to view the Midnight Sun and Northern Lights. Split into a number of provinces, the most northern of these territories is arguably its most famous. The province of Lapland offers stunning natural wonders, made up of vast wilderness, national parks and ski resorts. Oh yeah, and it’s the home of Santa Claus!
Located in the heart of the city, Lapland Hotels Oulu offers the once in a lifetime experience of Lapland, while in a bustling city centre. The hotel is situated next to the Cathedral, The Oulu Museum of Art and historical Ainola park.
Each room is Lapland themed, with a select number featuring a private sauna. If you are feeling peckish, why not pop down to their beautiful in-house restaurant, Oula, which offers many Finnish specialities for you to get your teeth into.