Aurora Borealis Observatory
The place for those with Aurora on the bucket list

One of the best locations in the world for aurora observations

Stay on location with amazing view towards the aurora dance
Why not have a comfortable wait up here at our small family run resort. Participate in all the wonderful activities during the day and enjoy the Northern Lights in the evening.
We LOVE the aurora and are only open during aurora season (Late August - mid April)
It is difficult to predict which month is better than others, but late August to mid April you have a pretty good chance of seeing the Aurora Dance. The resort is only open from late august to mid April.
No need to chase the Aurora Borealis from the inside of a car/bus
If you don't want a classic aurora chase sitting 6-8 hours in a car then this is the place for you. You are already in one of the best aurora locations in the world. 

Aurora Borealis Season

  • Late August - November
  • December - Mid March
  • Mid march - Mid April
We open the resort after summer holidays in late August. August and September are months to enjoy the Northern Lights over stunning sunset colors on the horizon. In addition, this period until December is "autumnal" months where we normally do not have snow. This is a fantastic period normally characterized by a lot of northern lights, and fantastic opportunities for trips to rivers and lakes close to the resort. Experience amazing northern lights mirroring in quiet water.
December to mid-March is usually the time when we have snow - LOTS OF SNOW. The period is colder and when you have a lot of snow, the landscape is usually all white and pretty. The period is of course colder but we have glass domes and other waiting areas available so you are not cold at any time. This time is also the time for winter activities and not least, with a lot of snow and cold weather you can get ready to experience the winter wonderland.
From mid-March to mid-April we will return to the period where one can experience the Northern Lights on top of fantastic sunset colors on the horizon. This is an undervalued period but this is, as said, our favorite time because the northern lights are normally strong and at the same time create some wonderful experiences. The period is also characterized by cold weather but we have much brighter days due to the fact that polar nights is over. 
230
Days
(length of aurora season)
100+
Happy Guests
(Per Month average)
90% +
Succes Rate
(for all guests last season)

30 % filled up for 2019/2020 season already

When you stay at our resort you have access to

GLASS DOMES
While waiting you can enjoy our two glass Domes for aurora observations. Here you will have a 360 degree viewing angle towards all aurora directions. One of the reasons we made these domes was to make sure our guests doesn't miss out on the aurora dance - this is also one of the places where we have classes in photography and post processing with Adrian Mauduit.
LOUNGE
The lounge (restaurant) area is built inside an old goat farm. This is a very unique area where you will have breakfast. Some days when fully booked we serve dinner as well. Here you will find peace. Buildings like this is not something you can experience many places in the world - also one of the places where we have classes in photography and post processing with Adrian Mauduit.
TIPI
Our tipi can seat about 50 people. It is winter insulated, heated and has two ovens. We have built it in order to be able to enjoy all weather conditions. Smoke goes up with its own pipe, which means that you never get smell of campfire on your clothes. The building is a modernization from the Sami culture and we are very proud of it. Enjoy culture in a comfy way.
Jacuzzi Area
We can never guarantee the weather or the northern lights and there is often a lot of waiting time. Therefore, we have designed waiting areas that are as comfortable as possible. In our outdoor area you can enjoy your wait in a warm and comfortable environment. There is also room for about 20 people in our jacuzzis for those who want a spa-like experience.

Click for full size images of domes, lounge (barn), jacuzzi area and tipi

Bring wonderful photo memories home

Photo Classes
With our Award-Winning photographer Adrien Mauduit from Night Lights Films
Watching the Northern Lights is a wonderful experience. If you have a dream of learning or taking great pictures home with you on the memory card, then it is possible to attend one of the most amazing photo courses that no other locations can offer.

Our award-winning photographer, Adrien Mauduit, from Night Lights Films, will teach you the basics to take amazing pictures of the night sky. This is a highly recommended course for anyone wishing to understand how to photograph at night

Apartments / Services

Experience the Northern Lights here at our small family driven resort - the Aurora Borealis Observatory
One of few places where you can enjoy the aurora directly from the apartment window. No need to go chasing the lights as you are on location
Panoramic View
All of our apartments have panoramic view towards the spectacular “Aurora Dance”.
High Speed WiFi
We have fiber cable (high speed internet, 500/500) in all the apartments.
Bathroom
High standard bathroom equipped with hairdryer in all apartments.
Fully equipped kitchen
All of our apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, with a Nespresso coffee machine and a water boiler. The Nespresso capsules and tea is included in the apartment price.
Family Option
Traveling as a family? We have a convertible sofa bed for the children in the living room. Normally we allow maximum three people per apartment, but we allow four people when you travel with kids (2 adults + 2 children)
Selfie under the aurora / Photo Workshops
If you want a photo under the aurora as a memory our guide, Adrien will make this happen - At least as long as weather play along with us. You can also book a photo workshop 
Breakfast Included
In our barn you get a simple breakfast (no warm dishes) We normally open the breakfast around 9am. Some nights when there is high aurora activity breakfast open later so you get enough sleep
Dinner
In the town of Finnsnes you will find several good restaurants. Daily transportation to the city where you can either eat at the restaurant or take the food back to the apartment.
Included Activities / Warm Clothing
Skiing (cross-country), Snowshoeing and sledding in a toboggan run is always included. We prepare our own slopes and this is suitable for everyone. Borrow coveralls and sleds for free.
Shuttle service 
Our shuttle cars will take you to the city for shopping and other activities. Shuttle times vary from day to day depending on activities / weather..
APARTMENT PRICE PER NIGHT FROM
USD 462 per night
We charge from 4200 NOK, usd price is a estimate, currency exchange update 19/02-18
PRICE INCLUDES
Breakfast
Free access to jacuzzi area / tipi / lounge etc
Borrow warm coverall in case you travel light
You will be notified when the aurora appears - never miss action
Shuttle service at fixed times to get to the city centre for shopping etc
Activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, sledding (toboggan) and reindeer feeding
Pickup at bus terminal (Best Silsand) if you arrive to (BDU) or at the boat terminal if you come from Tromsø
Transportation back to bus / boat terminal on departure day also included
PS: Remember that you are already on location so no need to book extra aurora chase

* check in after 15.00 (when we are fully booked) - You can of course come stay in the glass domes / waiting areas if you arrive early

We are located on Senja Island - Norway

Far north of the Arctic Circle lies Senja, the fairytale island, where the majestic Northern Light and beautiful nature is located.
Senja is Norway’s second largest island, close to Tromsø City and only five hours from spectacular Lofoten.

You are welcomed by an impressive blend of sea, mountains and beaches. The coast of the island has sculptural mountains and colourful fishing villages in sheltered coves.
The nature is full of contrasts depending on the season, with the midnight sun and the Northern Light.

How to get here

AIRPORTS
Travel to Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL) from your destination. From Oslo Airport you can travel to Bardufoss Airport (BDU) or Tromsø Airport (TOS). We recommend that you travel to Bardufoss Airport with Norwegian Airlines since it is closer to the hotel.
BARDUFOSS AIRPORT TRANSFER
If you arrive at Bardufoss Airport, take the shuttle bus to the bus terminal. There is one shuttle bus for every arrival and you buy your ticket on the bus. We will pick you up at the bus terminal, which is included in the price. This is a 1 hour and 15 minute drive.
TROMSØ AIRPORT TRANSFER
If you arrive in Tromsø you can also easily arrange a tour with the express boat going from Tromsø to Finnsnes. This is a very easy solution and a very scenic route. We will then pick up (included) at the boat terminal in Finnsnes.

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