Our Northern Lights Blog

Mark McFaul

Markku Inkila Nellim

The Northern Lights season may be at a close as summer draws nearer, but fear not the Auroras will not be gone forever. In fact, here at The Aurora Zone, we think that the beginning of the Northern Lights season in autumn is a pretty special time of year and arguably one of the best times to go on an Aurora hunting adventure.


Ali Mclean

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Another Aurora hunting season is drawing to a close in Northern Scandinavia. The Northern Lights will still be visible well into April but, during the 24-hour daylight of summer’s Midnight Sun, all an Aurora hunter can do is catch up on lost sleep and long for the darker nights of autumn.


Ali Mclean

March 2018 has been one of the best months for Auroral activity in many a long year, so we did some digging. The upshot of our research is that if you want to see the Northern Lights then some of your best chances are almost certainly around the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.

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Matt Robinson

New Hotels in Finnish Lapland

Written by Matt Robinson
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Finnish Lapland is one of the most naturally beautiful destinations I have visited in my life. During the daytime, the sunlight bathes the frozen tree-covered landscape in the deepest orange colours as the sun skims the horizon. During the evening when the moon is in its full phase, the snow glistens and twinkles; as you walk through the forests it feels like you’re walking through a scene from a winter wonderland postcard.

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Jenni Meikle

My Top 5 Packing Tips for a trip to the Arctic

Written by Jenni Meikle
Thursday, 01 February 2018

Travelling to the Arctic can be daunting, especially when you check the forecast and see that the temperature is around -19°C or lower *shudder*. It is perhaps unsurprising then that our Client Liaison team are repeatedly asked the same questions from concerned clients that are due to travel to the Arctic Circle - “What should we pack?” “What are the best brands for winter clothing?” “What will be provided for us?” “Will we be warm enough?!”

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Matt Robinson

The search for the Northern Lights is quite often described as a ‘hunt’, suggesting the magical lights are akin an elusive, endangered wild animal you’re hoping to catch a quick glimpse off in its natural habitat before it spots you and runs for safety. In my opinion, this isn’t far from the truth.

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Ali Mclean

Here Comes The Sun

Written by Ali Mclean
Wednesday, 10 January 2018

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There’s a bit of a myth perpetuated that it is pitch black north of the Arctic Circle for about six months every year. The truth is that, while the Sun does drop below the horizon for a while (how long depends on how far north you are), there is still residual light.


Allan Cooper

Love is in the air!

Written by Allan Cooper
Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Make a grand gesture this February with a Valentine’s break to search for the most romantic of natural wonders; the spectacular Aurora Borealis!

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Here are our top three picks for your dream Valentines break:


Ali Mclean

Reindeer Family and Me

Written by Ali Mclean
Thursday, 21 December 2017

Here at The Aurora Zone, we’re extremely fond of the Finnish people and especially the Sámi community, who are the indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia. So, imagine our excitement when we heard that BBC Two are doing a one-off boxing day show all about the lifestyle of the Sámi people and their reindeer herding heritage.

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Amy Hope

My night at ICEHOTEL 365®

Written by Amy Hope
Monday, 27 November 2017

During my years at The Aurora Zone, I have been fortunate enough to stay at several snow and ice hotels across Scandinavia and I've always really enjoyed the experience.

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The Aurora Zone was born out of our love of all things wintery. We were already regular visitors to the likes of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland thanks to a fascination with winter activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling and the Scandinavian way of life. Many of our visits coincided with sightings of the Northern Lights and The Aurora Zone was born from a desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with as many people as possible. We have all been held in the Aurora’s thrall and our mission is to do our very best to ensure that our clients can experience that magical moment on their Northern Lights holiday.

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