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People are always looking for unique places to spend their vacation. Visitors to Iceland can sleep under the stars and possibly see the famous aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, when they sleep in an inflatable bubble.
The Aurora Bubble Hotel is a clear, inflatable plastic structure created by Icelandic Northern Lights expert Robert Sveinn Robertsson. When he was advising a customer on a Northern Lights expedition, the customer suggested creating a hotel with a clear ceiling so guests could sleep under the Northern Lights. Robertsson followed the suggestion, and the Aurora Bubble Hotel was opened to guests in January.
The hotel is inflated with a noiseless ventilation system. It continuously refreshes the air inside at two to seven times its volume every hour to prevent humidity. A thermostat controls the temperature, keeping the inside of the bubble comfortable, even in the winter. If the bubble gets punctured, it will slowly deflate, but a thin metal frame will support the walls until the bubble can be repaired.
The inside of the bubble has enough space for a full bed, a lamp, and two small suitcases. The bubble does not have a bathroom. Guests can use an outdoor outhouse and shower at the Secret Lagoon, a hot spring powered by a geyser that is located nearby.
During the winter, guests can enjoy the aurora borealis and a sky full of stars. In the summer, they can sleep under the midnight sun surrounded by birds and butterflies.
Privacy is a concern for guests, since the shell of the bubble is clear. Robertsson only shares the location of the bubble with guests after they have made their reservations.
Demand for the bubble has been so high that Robertsson plans to open two more to guests in July. The new bubbles will be large enough for a bed, a table, and two chairs. A new house with a toilet, shower, and kitchen will also open in July.