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Harriniva

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Tuesday, 16 June 2015

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Swedish Lapland

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Tuesday, 16 June 2015

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Spring

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Monday, 11 May 2015

A surprisingly special season for Aurora hunting

When most travellers think of heading to the Arctic in search of the Northern Lights, they picture the cold depths of winter. Though November through to February is a special time to visit our Aurora Zone destinations, we don’t want you to dismiss just how wonderful spring is in this region, and in particular, how great a season it is for Northern Lights hunting!

When in Lapland…

As the saying goes ‘when in Rome’, and it was this ethos that first attracted us to the idea of spring in the Arctic. When we discovered that even the locals travel to our Aurora Zone destinations in spring, we knew they were onto something.

With the improving weather, warmer temperatures, clearer skies and longer days, it’s no surprise that many Scandinavians living in the southern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway choose to head north during March and April. That’s not to mention the excellent snow coverage at this time of year that makes for a brilliant base for all those bucket list winter activities…local knowledge really is a wonderful thing!

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Winter

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Monday, 11 May 2015

Snowy days and Aurora filled nights

Winters are long in Northern Scandinavia but the locals embrace it like no other season and, rather than cowering inside, you'll find them outside enjoying snow-based activities such as dog sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and more.

There is a perception that the Arctic Circle is constantly pitch black for months on end but nothing could be further from the truth. It is true that the sun disappears below the horizon for a few days or weeks depending on how far north you venture but, there is always plenty of residual light reflected by the snow.

In late December and early January, when the sun doesn't rise, the land is bathed in a blue/grey light which the locals call "Blue Time". It is almost spooky, certainly ethereal and creates a genuine sense of being somewhere very different indeed. Once February arrives the days really begin to lengthen and by the end of March, it becomes almost tangible as the daylight increases by almost 10 minutes daily. In March, the days are far, far longer than they are here in the UK or Europe.

Winter is a great time to travel if you enjoy stunning landscapes and activities that are very different from anything we have at home. Winter is a time when you can freely tick items off your bucket list: Dog sledding? Done. Slept in an ice hotel? Done. Seen the Northern Lights? Done.

Most importantly, winter brings dark, dark skies which highlight billions of stars and, of course, the Aurora Borealis. To stand on a frozen lake in the middle of nowhere and watch the heavens turn above your head is an amazing, almost spiritual experience, it's something more again when the Aurora is blazing across the Arctic firmament.

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Autumn

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Monday, 11 May 2015

Autumn and the Northern Lights - too often overlooked

The autumnal colours in Northern Scandinavia are an impressive spectacle in their own right. However, the prospect of seeing the Aurora Borealis dancing above them is just one of the reasons we’re passionate about proving to our clients that autumn is a magical time to visit.

Whilst the Northern Lights occur all year round in IcelandNorwaySweden and Finland, the phenomenon isn’t visible in the summer months because there is too much daylight, rendering it invisible to the naked eye. Not surprisingly, Aurora addicts in these parts of the world spend the entire summer longing for the darker skies of autumn to return.

The dark skies and photogenic backdrop of autumn is not the only reason we encourage our clients to visit these destinations in autumn, there is also a high chance of seeing the Northern Lights and we’ve got the science to prove it…

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Katharina was lucky enough to travel to Sweden, which was her first winter adventure since she’s started working for The Aurora Zone and also her first visit to Swedish Lapland. Prepared with her new, warm winter clothes, the adventure could begin.  Katharina was really excited to see the Northern Lights, as everyone told her how amazing and beautiful they are.

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Like most British people Graham was convinced that winter is not a pleasant time of year, but if working for the Aurora Zone has taught him one thing it is that there are better winters out there and you do not have to travel far to find countries and people who embrace everything it brings.

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Thanks for booking a small group holiday

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Congratulations on making your preliminary booking with The Aurora Zone.

Once your Aurora Expert has finalised all of the details and emailed you with a formal quote, they will then give you a call in order to take your deposit. All bookings are subject to availability and are not finalised until you have received final confirmation from our team. Please do not make any additional travel arrangements until informed that you are able to do so.

We aim to contact you within two working days. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact us on 01670 785012. Our opening hours can be found here.

Thank you for your booking!


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Thanks for booking a tailor made holiday

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Congratulations on making your preliminary booking with The Aurora Zone.

Once your Travel Expert has finalised all of the details and emailed you with a formal quote, they will then give you a call in order to take your deposit. Our standard deposit amount is £400 per person and the final balance is payable within nine weeks of departure.

All bookings are subject to availability and are not finalised until you have received final confirmation from our team. Please do not make any additional travel arrangements until informed that you are able to do so.

We aim to contact you within two working days. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact us on 01670 785012. Our opening hours can be found here.

Thank you for your booking!


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Thanks for making an enquiry

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Thank you for contacting Aurora Zone. Your enquiry form has been submitted and one of our Aurora Zone experts will get back to you shortly. We aim to answer all enquiries within two working days. 
 
If the matter is urgent then please call us on 01670 785 012. Please click here for details of our opening hours.

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