Minus 20C feels a lot more seductive than it sounds when you're watching the Northern Lights from the comfort of this cosy lodge in Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitsbergen.

High in the Arctic, just 560 miles from the North Pole, this is the land of the polar bear, husky-sledding - look how many there are to choose from in the dog yard - and one of the best places to see the Aurora.

Stuffed with Arctic artifacts, from polar bear skins to whale bones, 16-room Trappers is the perfect base for adventurous couples.

Take a snowmobile across glaciers and frozen lakes to Trappers' sister property, Isfjord Radio.

This former radio station is now a luxury hotel, with comfy rooms, exceptional Norwegian cuisine (fresh fish, delicious smoked salmon and cured meats) as well as a sauna.

A remarkable find in a beautiful wilderness.

WOW FACTOR: The glass-roofed 'Cognac Loft' at Trappers, where you can curl up with a drink and watch the Northern Lights in the sky above.

FLIGHT TIME: 5 hours.

GO: Steppes Travel www.steppestravel.co.uk offers four nights (two nights at Trappers Hotel, B&B, and two nights at Isfjord Radio, full board) from £2,475 per person. Includes flights and hire of snowmobiles.