You don't have to go on an expensive expedition through the Norwegian fjords to see the northern lights. The visa-free expanses of the Arctic are at your service. Together with the largest Russian hotel chain AZIMUT Hotels, we have compiled a list of destinations to meet the mesmerizing miracle of nature.


Ride a reindeer sled, go to Teriberka and admire the monumentality of the ship cemetery on the shores of the Barents Sea, stop by Khibiny – only a small part of the activities that await discerning tourists in the Murmansk region, in addition to the main purpose of the trip. In the Murmansk region, the northern lights appear as early as September. You can observe it until the end of March, and the chances of catching the mysterious glow even in the city center are high. The doors of the AZIMUT City Hotel Murmansk are always open for guests of the region. A hotel building with more than half a century of history – the highest in the Arctic Circle. The hotel windows offer an unforgettable panoramic view of the city and the Kola Bay.


The main point of attraction for northern lights hunters in the Sakha Republic – the village of Oymyakon, which is called the “Pole of Cold”. In the winter months, the temperature here can drop to -60°C, but in the cold the air is especially clear and there is less chance of cloudiness. There are no hotels in Oymyakon, so you will have to arrange accommodations in advance with local residents. If such  option seems too adventurous, stay in comfort at the AZIMUT Hotel Yakutsk in the center of the Yakut capital. Here, a frozen traveler can warm up in a sauna or a jacuzzi, and taste delicious local cuisine in the hotel restaurant.

You can also observe aurora borealis in the vicinity of Mirny. You can relax after an outing in nature in a cozy room at the AZIMUT Hotel Mirny in the very center of the capital of the diamond region. And dinner at the Northern Lights restaurant will be a wonderful thematic end to the trip.

Whatever destination you choose for your winter travel, at AZIMUT Hotels you can always count on high standards of service and a comfortable room. And seeing the northern lights with your own eyes guarantees an unforgettable experience. Have a nice trip!