What's that thing you're looking at? Oh, you know, only the coolest hotel you've ever seen in your entire life. Wait, that's a hotel? Yeah, and not only that, but you get to see the Northern Lights during your stay. Alright, color us interested.
There are actually several places in Europe where you can sleep in a bubble, but not all of them come with the promise of the Northern Lights. That's where the 5 Million Star Hotel gets its notoriety, because not only are you sleeping amongst the beautiful scenery in Iceland, you get to watch the Lights illuminate the sky as you drift off to sleep. And that sounds like a dream come true.
The time that you go is important. If you miss the lights and go in the summer, you'll still get to sleep in the forests of Iceland, which sounds just casually like the ultimate adventure. But if you go between September and March, you'll get to do it while watching the aurora borealis play across the scenery. Their website says they can't completely guarantee that the lights will be visible, "but if they show up you will have a magical night."
So, what's included in your stay? When you're living in a bubble, you don't exactly have WiFi or a TV. Not that you need those things, considering the view. In your bubble, you get a lamp, a double bed, and outlets. Alright, those things are nice, but where do we shower? Or, you know, do our business?
Not far from your bubble hotel, there's a service house. In this cozy little cabin you'll be able to shower, use the restroom and use the kitchen. Food isn't included, so you have to bring your own. But coffee is free, so that's always a nice touch.
The service house also offers you a place to eat. Keeping with the bubble theme, it's full of open windows, so you can still enjoy the view. The service house comes with Wifi. You can book any of five bubbles at the 5 Million Star Hotel: Una, Asta, Thorunn, Valdis or Maria. All are recommended for two adults, although kids are welcomed as well.
Looks just a little bit chilly, doesn't it? Not to worry. Your bubble will keep you warm. "The bubble has a heating system with thermostat so the bubble stays warm all winter," says the website. So you can turn the heat up or down in your bubble to your heart's content without having to worry about the snow outside.
The bubble is kept inflated by a noiseless ventilation system. So it's kind of like you're inside a big, see-through bounce house without the really loud motor going and with a billion stars to look at. That's basically every child's dream, right?
So how much is staying in this little slice, or bubble, of heaven going to cost you? It's about $275 per night, which is less than some fancy hotels where the view is basically just another hotel, and not the Northern Lights. So when you think of it that way, this place is actually a steal.
To get to the hotel, you have to drive the Golden Circle. Which isn't actually a bad thing at all. It's a ridiculously beautiful, scenic drive through the countryside with places to stop and watch geysers, go snorkelling and even eat in a greenhouse. Do we even need to go to the bubble hotel at all?
This particular view is the route along the Þingvellir National Park. The roads are steep, and it's recommended that before driving you check the weather to make sure it's not closed. But if it's open, it's a must-add to your itinerary on the way to the bubble hotels.
Honestly, what's stopping you from booking your flight right now? Tell your pesky job that you need a week's vacation, stat. Because what could possibly be more relaxing than staring up at the Northern Lights while nestled cozily in bed? Nothing, that's what. Nothing's more relaxing than that.
The founder's name is Robert Robertsson. The website describes that he's been working as an entrepreneur for over 23 years in various different fields, but now he's settled down into bubble hotels. That job description probably takes a little explaining at the average cocktail party.
The website also has a convenient FAQ section for anyone looking to book their trip to the bubble hotels. They post last minute cancellations on Facebook for anyone looking to be spontaneous, go to Iceland and take a vacation in a bubble. Restaurants are just about an eight minute drive away.
Can you imagine stumbling upon one of these things and not knowing what it was? You might think you found a UFO. But now that you know what it is, it's gotta go on the bucket list. Northern Lights, we're coming for you.