Another one for the bucket list.
I recently experienced what may have been the best sleep of my life in a highly unlikely place.
On a recent trip to Iceland, my travel buddy and I decided to spend the night in a bubble in the middle of a forest in Iceland. It turned out to be one of the coolest things I've ever done.
The 5 Million Star Hotel has eight bubble rooms on land owned by a couple of friendly farmers — we met Sigga, and she was ready with local suggestions and information on our bubble. The unusual property is incredibly private: They don't give out the exact address until you book your stay.
Each bubble on this property is named after a woman in the farmers' family. Our bubble goes by Astra.
Driving up to the property, we caught glimpses of some of the bubbles on the edge of the woods, but they're mostly concealed by trees — and Iceland's frequent snow and rainfall. The bubbles are located far enough away from the main farm that you don't feel watched, but close enough to know that help is near if you need it.
Each bubble has a bed, nightstand, space heater, sheets and comforter, outlets for recharging devices, a lamp, and plenty of space for a backpack or two. The bubble is made from a sturdy transparent plastic, making it easy to watch the sky change color as it gets later.
If you're looking for the perfect place to catch the Northern Lights, this is it, thanks to a lack of light pollution and the quiet location. (Watching the Northern Lights from bed is as dreamy as it sounds.)
In addition to the bubbles — for the record, you can't see the others from your bed — there is also a service house with a kitchen, bathroom, showers, and dining area.
Maybe it was the view, maybe it was the quiet, but it was one of the best nights of sleep I've ever had and I woke up ready to chase waterfalls, snap photos, and hike up hills. I thought I was going to be put off by being exposed to nature all night — nothing to see here, aside from my gaping snore face — but it didn't bother me one bit. That could be attributed to the fact that Iceland is one of the safest places in the world.
If you're looking to explore the surrounding area, The 5 Million Star Hotel also offers tour packages along with accommodation. A one-night stay in a bubble starts around $270, and tour packages begin at $555.