Northern Lights Norway

Sleep Under The Northern Lights In Norway Without Breaking The Bank

Imagine this. You rug yourself up in a warm jacket and step outside into a dark, winter night. The air is cold and still. You break the peaceful silence with a light, crunching sound that marks each step you take through the fresh powdery snow. As you stop to gaze up into space, you can see stars twinkle across the endless dark sky and then, magic happens. The bright and colorful lights of the Auroras dance across the darkness, moving and swaying as if having a life of their own. Does this sound like a dream experience to add to your bucket list? If so, read on. Today I am sharing all the details on how you can experience this very dream of seeing the Northern Lights in Norway without breaking the budget.

Sleep Under The Northern Lights In Norway Without Breaking The Bank

Explore this magical, cozy hidden treasure that allows you to sleep under the Northern Lights in Norway without spending a fortune!

Seeing the Northern Lights was a big ticket item on my bucket list and I just knew that I had to make it happen. No time like the present right? When I was planning my trip, I was scrolling through the AirBnb website for inspiration and I came across this seemingly perfect cabin in the woods in Northern Norway. My sixth sense immediatley felt a jolt that it was the one and just like that it was booked. Christmas getaway here I come.

To get to this hidden treasure, I flew Norwegian Airlines into the Alta Airport, picked up my rental car from the Europcar office and drove about an hour outside of Alta where I was greeted by one of the owners of the cabin, Tor Even. He gave me a tour of the cabin area and I just knew that I had made the right choice.

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About the cabin

The main cabin area radiated with coziness. A comfortable corner lounge, decorated with pillows and blankets, rested by a fireplace and provided a perfect place to relax. I even slept there at night because it was so comfortable and cozy. There are also two bedrooms in the main cabin – one with bunk beds, and another bed in a separate area of the cabin allowing plenty of room for families or friends.

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For your hunting and gathering needs, there is a small grocery store about 10 minutes drive away in the town of Skaidi, and a bigger (and cheaper) store about 30 minutes drive away in Kvalsund. There you can stock up on food and firewood for your stay. The main cabin has a kitchenette equipped with all the utensils you need for meal making and a cozy dining table by the fire. There is also an outdoor fire pit which I used to cook sausages and meat for outdoor meals, combining deliciousness with fun.

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There is no running water at the cabin, though there is an outdoor pump which you can use to fill jugs for drinking and showering. Side note – it is seriously the freshest, most refreshing water you will drink! Never fear if you like hot showers either because after you fill your jugs, you simply connect them to a pump and heater in the shower room and voila you have nice, hot shower water. I actually never realized how much water I used when I showered until after I used this jug system so it was quite an eye-opener for me.

Ok, that makes sense for the showers but what about when nature calls? I can hear you ask. There are two different toilets at the cabin. One indoors with a bag system for disposing waste – that is the waste collects into a bag which you have to take to the nearby town to dispose of. The other toilet is an outdoor drop toilet in a separate enclosed structure. Personally, even though it wasn’t in the comfortable warmth of the cabin, I found it easiest to use the outdoor toilet.

For me, it truly was simplicity at its absolute finest and most enjoyable but I think it’s safe to say that if you are a high maintenance, Kardashian type of person, then you won’t enjoy this cabin as much. Or, perhaps you should try staying in a place like this and you may even surprise yourself?

If you are in the mood for relaxation, the cabin also boasts an unmissable sauna and outdoor jacuzzi. I cannot tell you how serene it was sitting in the warm jacuzzi at night, with snowflakes falling on my face, a cold cider in hand and looking up to see the glow of the Northern Lights above me. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip and coolest experiences of my life which is why I highly recommend booking this add-on feature.

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What to do there

My stay was a relaxed-active style of trip over the holidays. I had a few ideas for things to do but left it open so there was room to simply relax and enjoy the surroundings. If you want to get out and experience as much as possible there is a lot to do in the area, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. I took a day trip to The North Cape which it the northernmost point in Europe and I also took trips to Hammerfest and Kvalsund which were all really fun outings. (I might write up posts about these later so if you are interested in more information let me know). The roads were well managed, with the snow being cleared often so the driving was smooth. Even better, the views while driving were so scenic that it made driving around blissful!

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There were plenty of things to do around the cabin too. In addition to taking a dip in the jacuzzi, it was fun to make my first snowman, go sledding down the hills and enjoying food by the outdoor fire. The cabin had a TV with a small selection of DVDs and also board games which came in handy on one day when a snowstorm rolled through.

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The Northern Lights

Perhaps the most wonderful part of the location of the cabin was that it was the perfect place to see the Northern Lights in Norway! I stayed at the cabin for a week and the Northern Lights were in the area every single night. I even saw them one afternoon at about 3pm while walking to the car which was really cool! You don’t have to go far to see them either, like I said, I was watching them from the jacuzzi! Instead of having to do late night drives and treks to find the best spot, it was quite easy to look out the window to check if they were on show then rug up, get my camera and go outside to experience the magic of them. This made the stay so fulfilling for me because I was surrounded by the wonderful Auroras every night. I felt as though I got to see them so much and also got to see how different they were each night – different movements, lines and colors, that it felt like I had made the most of this bucket list item which is the best feeling for a travel experience.

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While I was there I used this app to keep track of the forecasts which was helpful because it showed me the probability of seeing the lights based on my location as well as sending me alerts if there was about to be a good display on show.

This was such a wonderful travel experience for me. I was able to stay in a charming, cozy cabin in the woods, play in the snow, explore the surrounding areas and tick off a big ticket item off my bucket list more than once. I am certainly feeling very grateful as I write this. In the end, I was sad to leave but I also left with a big smile because it was such a magical trip. I am excited to share it here on the blog because I love being able to inspire others to create special moments like these and I just hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

For more information

Contact: Tor Even – Click here for AirBnb listing.

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47 Comments

  • Nate January 10, 2017 at 11:31 am

    What a lovely article, Katie! I could feel the specialness of this vacation through your writing! It’s a motivating piece! I love it! Now I am actually thinking: Damn, why am I sitting in Bali and not in a jacuzzi while auroras are dancing over my head?! But there is a winter every year, right? So next year I should spend some time in the coldness 😉

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you, well Bali certainly does sound nice though. I hope you get to experience some snow and Auroras next year!

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  • Megan Indoe January 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    We have been wanting to see the northern lights but haven’t realistically thought it was possible in this year or next! I love how you’ve found a more affordable way to enjoy the northern lights! That cabin looks perfect, especially in a wintery place like this! I am saving this for when we plan our adventures in this region!

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Definitely more affordable than others ways I had looked into it, at first I looked into the main cities and tours but this airbnb turned out much better – cheaper and allowing lots of freedom to see the lights each night. I hope it helps for your trip planning.

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  • Anne January 10, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    This place definitely sounds tempting. How much did it cost and was it easy enough to book?

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Very easy to book through the airbnb site – the link is in the post which has the cost per night depending on the time you plan to book and all the rest of the details.

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  • Candy January 11, 2017 at 12:43 am

    This would be such an awesome vacation. I lived in Norway for a few months and am sad to say I did not get to see the Northern Lights when I was there. I would definitely hang out in the outdoor jacuzzi and watch the Northern Lights all night long. Well, until my body said it is time to get out of the hot bubbly water:)

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Haha yes I had such wrinkly hands from spending so much time in the jacuzzi!

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  • Paige Wunder January 11, 2017 at 2:07 am

    A cabin in the woods wounds like a perfect way to spot the Northern Lights! I love that the cabin has a fire pit and a hot tub! Sounds like you got to check out the gorgeous Northern Lights in style! I’m hoping to catch a look at them in February when I visit Iceland! Cheers!

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Good luck to you, I would love to visit Iceland one day for sure!

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  • Aubrie January 11, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Wow seeing the northern lights is very high on my bucket list and this cabin looked so cute and quaint! I would love to hang out in the hot tub too!

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      I hope you get to see them – this cabin is perfect and the hot tub is such a treat!

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  • Claire January 11, 2017 at 2:15 am

    It would be great to know an approximate budget for this – what did you spend? I have the impression a trip here is super expensive so I hope I am proven wrong which means I might be able to afford it!! Seeing the northern lights is definitely on my bucket list, I will get there one day!!

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      There are links to the airbnb listing in to post where you can see the cost per night depending on when you plan to book your trip. I went to the supermarket and bought a bunch of basic meat, potatoes, hot chocolate type foods to eat which saved money too. Overall not an expensive trip and I hope you get to see the lights!

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  • Christine January 11, 2017 at 3:08 am

    I’ve been wanting to see the northern lights! I tried to see them in Iceland but I didn’t get to see it. I would love to try again in Norway next! This is going on my bucket list!

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Yayy so glad to help, I hope you love Norway as much as I did!

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  • Cori January 11, 2017 at 3:41 am

    What an amazing experience! I saw the northern lights in Iceland, but they weren’t nearly as bright as your views in Norway, probably since I was spending my nights in the ‘city’.

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Oh yeah the best way to see them is away from the city for sure. I’d love to see them in Iceland as well!

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  • Megan Jerrard January 11, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Congrats on seeing the Northern Lights! I traveled to Finland in 2007 to see them, but alas the one night I had planned was the 5% of the year they didn’t come out! Setting myself up in a cabin in Norway for a week sounds epic, so glad you had a great time.

    We’re heading to Norway for the first time this summer, looking forward to experiencing the midnight sun, though a little sad that we’ll obviously therefore miss the Northern Lights. Just means we’ll have to head back in winter right!!

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      I am so excited for you to see the midnight sun, please tell me all about it and share lots of pics! I would love to go back and see that too. I hope you get to see the northern lights too!

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  • Shane January 11, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Oh wow major bucket list experience right here! Glad to hear it’s practical and affordable!

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Perfect for everyones bucket list!

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  • Robyn January 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    This is literally my dream! Thanks for the super informative post! 🙂

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      You’re very welcome 🙂

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  • Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel January 14, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    What an incredible experience! I’d love to be able to see the northern lights from my backyard for a whole week. Thanks for sharing the app info – I didn’t even know there was a forecast app, how handy! The toilet and shower situation sounds…different. I’ve never experienced anything like that so not sure how I would handle it – not high maintenance by any means but it would take some getting used to!

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Glad to help! Haha, yes maybe some getting used to at first but then I have a feeling you wouldn’t notice it.

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  • Bidisha January 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    This looks like dream to me. Amazing experience. I would love to visit someday and that jacuzzi was killer!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Oh yeah the jacuzzi was so wonderful! I hope you get to visit too.

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  • Sonja January 14, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    This is so awesome! I definitely want to go here!!! Now to convince the boy, which shouldn’t be hard if I just send him this :D.

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Hehe I hope your plan works, it’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway!

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  • Ioanna January 14, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you, Katie for that post! I saved it for a later reference 🙂 I’ve never seen the northern lights but hope to change that one day!
    Have a great one!
    Ioanna

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      I hope you get to see them too, definitely a wonderful bucket list item for sure! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  • Jen Ambrose January 15, 2017 at 3:14 am

    This looks like an amazing trip! And I love the snowman pic 😉

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Glad you liked it- definitely lucky to have the lights in the right place at the right time!

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  • Alaine January 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Your cabin experience reminded me about the time I went and stayed in a Finnish summer cottage in January. Beautiful but cold. Using bottled water to wash dishes and drink. Outhouse to pee. Shower in the sauna by melting snow ❄️
    So happy you got blessed with clear skies every night and saw the Northern lights. I have only seen it twice and very briefly as well a bit murky. I hope someday I’ll be able to see a clear view.

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Wow your experience in Finland sounds perfect, what a dream! Now you just have to go back to get a good show of the lights, I hope you enjoy them.

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  • Penny January 15, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Lovely article. I’m going to be chasing the Northern lights in a few weeks. Hope I’m lucky enough to catch them.

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Yay, I’m sending lots of positive vibes your way for that! Good luck!

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  • Maria January 15, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Wow, northern lights are indeed really cool to see! We are going to Norway in September this year, really hope to see them too 🙂

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      How exciting, I hope you love Norway as much as I did!

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  • Kristine January 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

    What a magical experience! The northern lights have been in my bucket list forever and I wonder when I’ll ever get to see them. You’ve put a good idea into my head! Were you solo? I’m also concerned about how it feels like being solo in the wide open space!

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    • Katie Mac January 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      I hope you get to see them one day! No I wasn’t solo for this trip, but I’m introverted so being solo in the wide open space sounds very inviting. It was just such a beautiful, peaceful place.

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  • Amanda January 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Oh wow! This place looks amazing. I can definitely imagine sitting under the stars in the Jacuzzi of an evening, with a glass of something delicious to enjoy.

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  • Anna January 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    What a wonderful, cozy place!!

    x, Anna

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  • Adebola Showemimo January 16, 2017 at 11:31 am

    What a wonderful post!

    I went to Iceland last year and unfortunately was unable to see the Northen Lights but was able to see a lot of other amazing things!

    I think this will be an opportunity I can not miss!

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  • Erin C October 23, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Great article! Maybe I missed it, but what month did you go in? I am wanting to go in December, although I have read that March is the best month to see the Northern Lights. Any feedback would be great! Thank you!

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    • Katie Mac October 23, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks so much! I went in December over christmas. Any time in winter would be good to see the lights!

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