Sleeping in the Aurora Bubble Hotel Iceland
Updates (thanks to Ronald Sam): There will be no more Bubble Rental from January 2018. The only option is to join their Tour + Bubble and the cost is: Price is ISK 59.900 per person (around USD 555 / Euro 527 per person). So sad!
Imagine falling asleep to a view like that.
Those who know me will realise that I’m not someone who likes to splurge on expensive accommodations like hotels. For me, an accommodation while travelling is simply a place to sleep. I mean you want to be out exploring the whole day instead of cooping yourself in a very nice hotel right? After all how often do we make use of the fringe facilities like the hotel pool or gym when we are travelling.
As long as it’s clean, safe, has decent wifi (modern day woes), and in a good location, the value for money option is always better.
It was largely the same for Iceland. Hostels and Airbnbs were the majority of our accommodation because they made a lot more sense than hotels cost wise. Not to mention that accommodation in general is super expensive in Iceland.
But when we chanced across the Aurora Bubble Iceland Hotel, we knew that we had to sleep in it. Currently priced at ISK24,900 (S$273/€176) a night, the Aurora Bubble Iceland is quite a good deal for two. Although it was roughly twice the price of a private double room in the hostel, we couldn’t miss the chance of sleeping under the stars with hopes of seeing the auroras. Experiences are always worth paying for.
There was also the added lure that the hotel was literally new. In fact, we were the first people to sleep in it! :P
Strategically located on a farm near the small town of Reykholt (which is along The Golden Circle route), the Aurora Bubble is perfect for watching the night sky and northern lights. Think zero light pollution and away from people, yet close enough to the owners of the farm if you need anything.
Essentially, the Aurora Bubble is simply an insulated bubble with a big comfy bed inside. In terms of privacy, there isn’t much of an issue because you are mostly surrounded by trees. There’s a toilet nearby, but don’t expect room or concierge service. The television is the night sky, which is really all the entertainment you need!
The Aurora Bubble in the day. Air from the compressor keeps you warm and the Bubble inflated.
Super comfy bed with tons of pillows and soft blankets.
There’s not much space for luggage, but the double compartment keeps the Bubble inflated and gives you a spot for your shoes. We kept our luggage in the car and only brought along a day bag with essentials.
Lights turned on.
Lights turned off.
I remember playing with the camera outside when @cheriesyw turned off the lights and immediately exclaimed “OMG you’ve got to see this.” Picture getting ready for bed and switching off the lights, only to turn on the stars as they light up brightly in the sky. No words can describe that feeling. It almost feels like you are playing god, turning the stars on and off at the flick of a switch.
It was pretty hard to sleep that night because it was simply too beautiful. Hands down this was the best accommodation experience I’ve ever had in my life.
For the adventurous, this is a 5 million star hotel experience. We’re glad we managed to check this off our bucket list.
Seeing the auroras for the second time just outside our Bubble.
Cosy view from above
There is currently only one Bubble, so book early if you can because it’s getting more popular by the day.
Aurora Floating Tours Iceland
The creative folks running The Aurora Bubble also run floating tours from Reykjavik to The Secret Lagoon in Fludir nearby.
Think floating in a 38 degree celsius hot spring, with the stars or auroras above you. There is soft music from the underwater speakers, a floating kit to keep you afloat, and even a masseuse to give you a short relaxing massage. The tour ends with a taste of some Icelandic “delicacies” prepared using the natural geothermal heat from the area.
I can only imagine how shiok/enjoyable it would be to feel warm while it’s freezing outside. Life would feel perfect just floating and looking at stars with relaxing music in the background.
Do note that this only runs in winter from 1 Sept to 15 Apr. Tours cost ISK29,500 (S$324/€208) per pax, which in my opinion is a little expensive.