Contemplating the Northern Lights from a panoramic glass igloo or taking a nap in a cozy cabin near the Arctic Circle? Strolling on a frozen lake or relaxing in a sauna nestled in the quiet of a snowy forest? If you’ve always dreamed of spending your holidays at the North Pole, you can now find accommodation on Airbnb to fulfill this unique desire. The housing rental platform has selected some of the most coveted places by winter getaway enthusiasts, offering unique destinations for solo adventurers, couples, or groups for an unforgettable journey. Here are some of the most popular destinations for disconnecting and experiencing the icy cold of Antarctica in complete comfort.
A Lapland Chalet in Kittilä, Finland
For a family holiday at the North Pole, these four rooms in a well-equipped chalet in Lapland, in Levi, Finland’s largest ski resort, come highly recommended. Just 200 meters from the slopes and a 10-minute drive from the village, the house features a spacious open-plan kitchen-living room with large windows to enjoy the magnificent view. The house includes a private sauna and an outdoor hot tub heated by a wood fire. The property’s outdoor area includes a barbecue space, front and rear patios, two balconies, and a locked ski storage.
Light in the Night: A Glass Igloo in Sweden
This eco-friendly luxury igloo suite in Jokkmokk, Sweden, accommodates two people, immersing guests in a warm and cozy atmosphere, ideal for enjoying the Arctic nature, Northern Lights, and the clear, starry sky reflected in the ice. Outside, you can engage in various outdoor activities such as skiing and fishing. A floating terrace allows you to take a dip since the cold doesn’t seem to scare you. Hiking or biking on trails through the pristine nature of the Arctic Circle welcomes you with open arms.
A Cabin in the Woods in Fairbanks, USA
This authentic cabin overlooks the city of Fairbanks’ Creamer’s Field Waterfowl Refuge, nestled in the tranquility of the woods. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, it is located 7 kilometers from the center of Fairbanks. With its 30,000 inhabitants, this small American town is the epicenter of an unusual cultural phenomenon, dry-cabin living, meaning living in a housing unit without running water or amenities, offered here in a soft version. There is a television, and upstairs, a large bedroom with a small sofa and enough space for a child’s bed. Outside, there is a shower and a grill. Spartan but original.
An Escape in a Lava Field in Reykjahlíð, Iceland
Aska is part of Hlíð Ferðaþjónusta, an accommodation complex located on the northern shore of Lake Mývatn, just next to the airport, in the middle of an ancient lava field, with a fantastic view of the lake. You can spend the night with your sleeping bag in one of the mini-cottages or on a B&B basis. Electricity and free hot showers are available to all guests. It is also possible to rent bicycles: hiking and cycling routes are available on-site. A scenic 37 km route circles the lake, perfect for long walks.
A Waterfront Cottage in Vestvågøy, Norway
This cottage, located 10 minutes by car from Leknes and the airport, offers the unique charm of the Lofoten Islands. Recently built, it is located by the sea, and its view is breathtaking. It can accommodate seven people and includes a dining room, a living room, a sauna, and a kitchen. Morstund, an old fishing village, is only a few kilometers away. Hiking trails cross Middagstinden: Unstad is also the perfect place for surfing, with Haukland-Uttakleiv ranking among the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Three Elegant Apartments in Akureyri, Iceland
Here are three remarkable architectural apartments in northern Iceland: the Villa Lola, located in Vaðlaheiði, a 10-minute drive from Akureyri. Activities include horseback riding, heated swimming pool, golf, fishing, or visiting the Troll Peninsula, just below the Arctic Circle. Alpine skiing or cross-country skiing with a view of the fjord is an incredible and must-have experience. Visiting waterfalls, husky sledding, or fishing on the frozen lake are also must-try activities.
A Dry-Cabin on a Farm in Fairbanks, USA
This wonderful dry-cabin is nestled on a farm 7 minutes from Fairbanks and 5 minutes from Fox in Alaska. It has no electricity, and lighting is provided by lanterns. There is no plumbing either, but the autonomous water system has proven itself. The wood stove stays lit for the coldest nights. It is the perfect place to relax while contemplating the surrounding hills and streams, even taking a dip in the cedar hot tub. Stays include hikes and night photography classes.
A Design Chalet in Salangen, Norway
This construction, once a stable, has been transformed into a dwelling. Staying in this place means living a part of the owners’ history, thanks to the perfect mix of unique Scandinavian design furniture and eclectic elements inherited from their ancestors. The chalet is equipped with everything you’ll need, as well as bicycles and fishing rods. The owner worked in the furniture and design industry for years. The large windows are beautiful, and the attention to every detail for an environmentally friendly stay is commendable, for a comfortable and refined experience.