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Best Vacation Rentals for Seeing the Northern Lights

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For many, a trip to see the Northern Lights is a major bucket-list item. Also called the aurora borealis, this spectacular natural light show only happens in the Northern Hemisphere and at certain times of the year. For a trip you'll never forget, we rounded up the best vacation rentals on Airbnb and Vrbo where you can witness this majestic quirk of nature.

Prices and availability are subject to change.

Related: 15 Best Places to See the Northern Lights on a Budget

Alaskan Getaway
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Alaskan Getaway

Fairbanks, Alaska
Sleeps:
 4
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Eight minutes away from the Fairbanks Airport and 3 miles away from the University of Fairbanks is this gem of a cabin. Along with minimal light pollution (perfect for peeping the Northern Lights), you can look forward to walking/biking trails, a surrounding forest of spruce, birch and aspen trees, and even a small greenhouse where you can take your morning coffee in perfect serenity.

Alaskan Getaway | A Closer Look
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Alaskan Getaway | A Closer Look

Inside, there's a fully stocked kitchen, laundry capabilities, winter gear, a deck and grill, and full Wi-Fi and cable. For all the comforts of home in the Alaskan wilderness, this is a perfect location. Don't forget about the nearby skiing.

The Lap (land) of Luxury
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The Lap (land) of Luxury

Ranua, Finland
Sleeps:
 8
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Nestled next to Lapland's Simojoki River, the palatial Wikkelä Villa will make you feel like Nordic royalty. With four bedrooms and 1½ baths, the doors and windows of this beautiful space are all made of glass to amplify natural light and offer views of the forest, the river, and of course, the aurora borealis.

The Lap (land) of Luxury | A Closer Look
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The Lap (land) of Luxury | A Closer Look

While it certainly will be cold outside, you'll be warm and relaxed inside, thanks to a modern Finnish sauna, a luxury jacuzzi, and a traditional Finnish wooden beach sauna. Did we mention the fireplace? After you use the equipment like snowmobiles, the boat, and snowshoes, head inside for some serious self-care.

Related: 20 Best Winter Home Rentals in America

Le Petit Chalet
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Le Petit Chalet

Whitehorse, Canada
Sleeps:
 3
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Built in 2016, this tiny house nestled in the Annie Lake Mountain is near snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, fishing and more. It's just a 5-minute walk away from Alayuk Ranch, known for its spectacular wilderness tours and activities. If you've ever wanted to take a dog-sled run under the Northern Lights, here's your chance.

Le Petit Chalet | A Closer Look
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Le Petit Chalet | A Closer Look

The rental offers a lofted queen bed, a kitchen with all the necessary gear, and stunning views of the Yukon. Enjoy your breakfast outside on the deck and take in the glory and serenity of Canada's famed wilderness.

Related: 20 Stunning RV Camping Destinations Across Canada

Norwegian Seahouse Among the Fjords | A Closer Look
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Norwegian Seahouse Among the Fjords

Hennes, Norway
Sleeps:
 10
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If you're looking to really get away from it all, this home is really remote. It requires a three-hour bus ride from the airport or a charter boat ride. Located by Møysalen National Park, this is the perfect spot for a group of nature lovers making a pilgrimage to the Northern Lights.

Norwegian Seahouse Among the Fjords | A Closer Look
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Norwegian Seahouse Among the Fjords | A Closer Look

Located on a quay, this rental offers some unique opportunities. Go fishing in the fjord, hike, ski, enjoy the mountainous landscape, or rent a boat. You can count on plenty of quiet and nature at this home.

Related: The Most Remote Vacation Rentals Around the World

Swedish Lakeside Cottage
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Swedish Lakeside Cottage

Luleå, Sweden
Sleeps: 
3
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Looking for something that's close to amenities but feels remote? This little loft-style getaway is a 5-minute drive from the city of Luleå and a 20-minute bus journey from the airport. There are hiking and skiing trails near the house and the Gammelstad Church Town on the UNESCO list is a 20-minute drive away

Swedish Lakeside Cottage | A Closer Look
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Swedish Lakeside Cottage | A Closer Look

Amenities include a dishwasher, washing machine, heated floors, antique furniture, a new, stocked kitchen, and a waterside sauna. Perfect for the nature lover who doesn't necessarily want to trek through a forest to their stay. And, if you go during the winter for the Northern Lights, you may just have some moose or reindeer visitors from the nearby forest.

Related: Best Ski-In/Ski-Out Vacation Rentals

A Piece of Icelandic Heaven
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A Piece of Icelandic Heaven

Búðardalur, Iceland
Sleeps:
 4
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Designed in the style of old Icelandic cottages, this cottage sits in the middle of a sprawling valley surrounded by sublime mountains. If you visit between November and April, you'll need a car with four-wheel drive and studded tires to make the 80-mile journey from Reykjavik. But, if you're willing to make the journey, you'll be rewarded with something spectacular.

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A Piece of Icelandic Heaven | A Closer Look

Though the Northern Lights don't appear all year (they start to show up here near the end of August), you'll find year-round beauty in this remote cottage in Western Iceland. You may be visited by animal friends, such as sheep (June-October), horses (June-December) or even an arctic fox (year-round).  Nearby, you'll find great hiking, waterfalls, and bird watching at neighboring fjords. Little details like a modern wood stove, a sleeping attic, and sweeping views of the tundra make this a space you'll never forget. And, as a perhaps surprising bonus, the Wi-Fi is said to be excellent.

Related: Here's How to Visit Iceland Without Spending a Fortune

Riverside Alaskan Retreat
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Riverside Alaskan Retreat

Fairbanks, Alaska
Sleeps:
 6
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Alaska's Northern Lights season runs mid-September to late April, peaking in March. This 2,500-square-foot luxury townhouse offers views of the Chena River and plenty of space. Bonus: This is another home that doesn't require a car — it's easy to use Uber to get around in this central location.

Riverside Alaskan Retreat | A Closer Look
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Riverside Alaskan Retreat | A Closer Look

Outside, you'll find river views, fire pits and comfortable seating. Inside, the master suite offers a luxurious shower. If this is for a romantic getaway, you can even add on the "Romance Package" to have roses, chocolates, and wine waiting.

 

Oma and Opa's Cabin
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Oma and Opa's Cabin

Whitehorse, Canada
Sleeps:
 4
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This may technically be a tiny house, but it sure makes good use of the space that it has. Located in the Yukon, this newly built cabin is clean, cozy, has zero light pollution for premium Northern Lights viewing, and is near both Takhini Hot Springs and historic Lake Laberge.

Oma and Opa's Cabin | A Closer Look
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Oma and Opa's Cabin | A Closer Look

Though the cabin is remote, it's certainly got plenty to offer. The kitchen is equipped with double-induction cooktops, a microwave, electric kettle, toaster, coffee press, under-counter refrigerator, pots and pans, dishes and flatware, and dish-washing supplies. There are also heated floors and beautiful views of the Miners Range. You can plan on plenty of hiking nearby.

Related: 25 Coolest Tiny Home Rentals

Pine Cabin Not Too Far from the Arctic
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Pine Cabin Not Too Far From the Arctic

Sodankyla, Finland
Sleeps:
 8
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Located 90 minutes north of the Arctic Circle, this cabin is made of dead standing pine trees, called silver grey Kelo logs. When the dense trees in this area die, the frigid climate shrinks the wood into a hard, strong material. Luckily, given its location, this type of wood is also excellent insulation from the cold outdoors.

Pine Cabin Not Too Far from the Arctic | A Closer Look
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Pine Cabin Not Too Far From the Arctic | A Closer Look

This rental also offers a large kitchen, cozy living areas, nearby ski slopes, and a sauna. There's also a large tub, a nearby convenience store, and beautiful forest views. Also nearby: an amethyst mine, husky sleigh rides, and reindeer sleigh rides.

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 Sunny Luxury Cottage
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Sunny Luxury Cottage

Akureyri, Iceland
Sleeps:
 8
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Less than a 10-minute drive from Iceland's "Capital of the North," Akureyri, is this pristine and picturesque cabin, which, depending on when you go, offers views of the Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun. There's also skiing in nearby Hlidarfjall, plus a coffee house within walking distance.

Sunny Luxury Cottage | A Closer Look
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Sunny Luxury Cottage | A Closer Look

The cottage itself has two comfortable bedrooms and a spacious loft, accessible by ladder. You'll also find a spacious kitchen, fireplace, and hot tub.

The Rustic Seaside Home
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The Rustic Seaside Home

Dåfjord, Norway
Sleeps: 
9
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In Norway, the Northern Lights are called the "Northlight," the season of which starts in mid-September and lasts until Mid-April in this location. This stunning seaside home in the countryside (one hour from the city of Tromsø) offers stunning views, plus plenty of recreation.

The Rustic Seaside Home | A Closer Look
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The Rustic Seaside Home | A Closer Look

The home is cozy, tranquil, and much of it has been recently renovated. Amenities include a wood sauna (seating 5), saltwater hot tub (seating 6-8), a huge outdoor deck with a fireplace and barbecue, plus several boats. The basement includes a yoga/training-studio, table tennis, and a laundry machine. In the summer, you can take guided mountain hikes, and in the winter, there's ice fishing and snowshoe hikes.

Related: The Prettiest Floating Cabins Around the World

Cozy Cabin with Lake Views
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Cozy Cabin with Lake Views

Medalfellsvatn, Iceland
Sleeps:
 10
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To get to the lake Medalfellsvatn and this dreamy cabin, it's just a 35-minute drive from Reykjavik. Visitors will find offers panoramic lake and mountain views, plenty of room for guests, and only a 10-minute walk to a restaurant and bar that also has a small shop for food and beverages.

Cozy Cabin with Lake Views | A Closer Look
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Cozy Cabin with Lake Views | A Closer Look

If you're looking to see the Northern Lights with a crowd, this is an excellent space. Depending on the size of your party, you may spill over into the separate guesthouse (also cozy). The property features a hot tub, barbecue grill, a wrap-around deck, and comfy accommodations.

Related: Rentals for Large Groups That Don't Want to Stay in the Same House

Sustainable Summer Cabin
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Sustainable Summer Cabin

Laugarvatn, Iceland
Sleeps: 
6
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Nestled in the middle of the famous Golden Circle Route, this unique home was designed "to reflect the Icelandic landscape and complement the small vegetation of moss and trees in the old lava-field" and is warmed year-round by geothermal water running through pipes in the floor. Nearby, there are plenty of sights such as Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and the Gullfoss waterfall.

Sustainable Summer Cabin
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Sustainable Summer Cabin | A Closer Look

While this home is wonderful for everyone, it's especially lovely for those with children — it's equipped with toys and a playroom, a high chair, crib, slide and swings, a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, and even children's dishes. There's even a playground on the property. For the grownups, there's outside dining on the back deck, plenty of natural light, a glass roof for stargazing, and an outdoor hot tub.

Related: A-Frame Cabins That Are Perfect for Fall Getaways

No-Frills Lakeside Cottage
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No-Frills Lakeside Cottage

Kiruna, Sweden
Sleeps:
4
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If Wi-Fi and running water are important to you, look elsewhere. But, if you're craving an honest-to-goodness getaway, this little gem is a find. It's 6 miles from the famous Icehotel (or 1 mile over the ice in the winter), 9 miles from the city center, and perfect for peaceful nature exploration.

No-Frills Lakeside Cottage | A Closer Look
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No-Frills Lakeside Cottage | A Closer Look

While there's no shower, there is a sauna for rent. The property is clean and close to the lake, where you can swim in the summer or ice fish in the winter. The views are stunning. Commune with the reindeer at this unique little Swedish home.

Lofted Lakeside Retreat
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Lofted Lakeside Retreat

Bodø, Norway
Sleeps:
 2
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This mother-in-law apartment on Lake Soløyvatnet is right outside the township of Bodø — about a 15-minute drive away. This little home has much to offer solo travelers and couples who are craving nature, but would enjoy a bit of time in a small city with a thriving arts scene.

Lofted Lakeside Retreat | A Closer Look
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Lofted Lakeside Retreat | A Closer Look

Inside, you'll find a wood burning stove, gigantic windows, a full kitchen, and some serious hygge. Along with seasonal views of the Northern Lights, you may even befriend local sea eagles, foxes, or moose. The nearby lake offers beautiful views as well.

Oceanfront Home Amidst Lava Fields
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Oceanfront Home Amidst Lava Fields

Arnarstapi, Iceland
Sleeps
: 6
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For the lover of solitude and surreal landscapes, this home is perfect. Tucked near Snæfellsjökull, a 700,000-year-old glacier-capped stratovolcano, is this two bedroom home with 1.5 baths and views of Iceland's otherworldly landscape.

Oceanfront Home Amidst Lava Fields
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Oceanfront Home Amidst Lava Fields | A Closer Look

The home comes with a fully equipped kitchen, and for any accompanying children, there are toys, crayons, and even a small playground on the property. Each bedroom has a large closet, reading lights and bedroom table. You'll also have access to a gas grill, chairs, table and a hammock for outside use.

For the Nature Lover Traveling Light
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For the Nature Lover Traveling Light

Ólafsvík, Iceland
Sleeps:
 2
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If you're a couple or solo traveler who doesn't need a lot of space, this oceanside room in Iceland is perfect. Discover nearby Snaefellsnes National Park, fish, boat, and explore the peninsula from modern comfort.

For the Nature Lover Traveling Light
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For the Nature Lover Traveling Light | A Closer Look

Though the bathroom and kitchen are shared with the other rooms in the home, the space is clean and comfortable. The kitchen is fully equipped, and there's Wi-Fi if you need to do some work (at least you'll have ocean views if you do!).

All-Seasons Cottage on Lake Superior
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All-Seasons Cottage on Lake Superior

Neebing, Canada
Sleeps:
 4
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Some 25 minutes south of Thunder Bay and an hour north of the U.S. border is this charming modern home with lovely views on the lake. Fall asleep while being soothed by the sound of the waves crashing into the shoreline.

All-Seasons Cottage on Lake Superior | A Closer Look
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All-Seasons Cottage on Lake Superior | A Closer Look

Inside, there are two private bedrooms and all the comforts of home. There's an all-seasons hot tub/spa, and if you're in the mood to veg in between jaunts into nature, there's a flat-screen TV with satellite access. Enjoy the fire pit, coffee on the deck, cooking on the barbecue, and breathtaking views.

Cozy Cabin with a Creek
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Cozy Cabin with a Creek

Arnarstapi, Iceland
Sleeps:
 5
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Off the Arnarstapi coastline and nestled into the base of Snæfellsjökull glacier is this quaint cabin. Not only is there a creek on the property, but the deck offers ocean views.

Cozy Cabin with a Creek | A Closer Look
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Cozy Cabin with a Creek | A Closer Look

Inside, there are two bedrooms and a sleeping loft, plus a spacious kitchen and a modern bathroom. To take full advantage of those views, plan on spending lots of time on the deck — there's a gas grill, an all-seasons hot tub, and plenty of room.

Secluded Mountain Getaway
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Secluded Mountain Getaway

Grundarfjörður, Iceland
Sleeps:
 6
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For the artist or writer looking for inspiration, there's this lovely secluded spot on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. With views of nearby Mount Kirkjufell and plenty of peace and quiet, it's the perfect place for recharging and relaxing. Bonus for fans of HBO's Game of Thrones: the mountain was pictured in the series. You're also within walking distance of Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.

Related: 26 Stunning 'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Worth Visiting

Secluded Mountain Getaway
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Secluded Mountain Getaway | A Closer Look

The home offers a playground, hot tub, gas grill and beautiful scenery. The Wi-Fi is strong, the beds are plentiful, and there's a modern well-stocked kitchen and really anything you could need on your quest to see the aurora borealis. There's also an additional property you can rent if your group is large

Norwegian Retreat
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Norwegian Retreat

Balsfjord, Norway
Sleeps:
 4
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A little over 20 miles away from the town of Tromsø is this terraced home for those looking to get away from it all. The home is rather secluded and offers great views of Malangsfjord. The nearby Malangen Resort offers boat rentals and winter dog-sledding adventures if you're looking for some more outdoors fun.

Norwegian Retreat | A Closer Look
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Norwegian Retreat | A Closer Look

Along with the home's sauna, you'll find a TV lounge, dining room, a functional kitchen, a bathroom, and two bedrooms. Enjoy your breakfast or a barbecue on the terrace as you await the majestic light show.

Cozy Winter Wonderland Cabin
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Cozy Winter Wonderland Cabin

Saariselka, Finland
Sleeps: 
4
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This property is actually made up of three nearly identical cabins a little over 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle. This is one of the few Northern Lights rentals where you don't really need a car — you'll find a supermarket, shops, restaurants, safari offices, slopes, a toboggan run, and ski tracks all within walking distance. If you'd like, you can even visit "Santa's Village" some 6 miles away.

Cozy Winter Wonderland Cabin | A Closer Look
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Cozy Winter Wonderland Cabin | A Closer Look

Inside each cabin, guests will find an open plan kitchen-lounge area, a log burning fireplace, plus a private sauna next to each shower. There's also free Wi-Fi. There's a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights just outside the cabin if you go at the right time of year, but you can also go on Northern Light hunting tours atop nearby mountains.

 Fisherman's Cottage | A Closer Look
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Fisherman's Cottage

Grundarfjörður, Iceland
Sleeps:
 7
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Boy meets girl. Boy is a fisherman. Boy and girl start a great little Airbnb in Iceland. Tale as old as time. This lovely spot, hosted by Gréta and her husband, Lárus, a fisherman, offers stunning ocean views as well as views of nearby Mount Kirkjufell.

 Fisherman's Cottage | A Closer Look
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Fisherman's Cottage | A Closer Look

Along with plenty of sleeping room and comfortable amenities, the home offers a hot tub (shared with the family upstairs) from which you can take in the views and even wait for the Northern Lights. The home is also equipped with a crib for visitors traveling with a baby.

Reindeer's Paradise
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Reindeer's Paradise

Inari, Finland
Sleeps:
 4
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Off of Lake Muddus, visitors will find this lovely little Lapland cabin. Surrounded by forest, lakes, reindeer, and silence, it's a perfect spot to take in beauty and forget about the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Reindeer's Paradise
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Reindeer's Paradise | A Closer Look

This home offers one bedroom and one bathroom, but with plenty of additional sleeping space (such as a futon) and it comes with its own sauna. There's Wi-Fi inside and plenty of great recreational options available, such as snowshoeing. 

Seaside Getaway
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Seaside Getaway

Malangen, Norway
Sleeps
: 5
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After a drive of less than an hour from the Tromsø airport, guests will find this warm, charming cabin. There's plenty of skiing and hiking nearby, and you may even make friends with the local wildlife. Though you will need a car (and one with four-wheel-drive if it's winter), there's plenty to see and do nearby. The nearest grocery store is just a 7 minute drive away.

Seaside Getaway | A Closer Look
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Seaside Getaway | A Closer Look

The home has three bedrooms, and an assortment of sleeping options — three double beds, a bunk bed, and two twin beds. There's a washing machine, a spacious dining room, a lounge area, and even a fire pit.