Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

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.

With milder temperates, the unfrozen lakes providing a reflective surface for the Auroras above and the wonderful autumnal colours that envelop the landscape, autumn is simply stunning. 

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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Hiking

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Take a walk on the wild side

Hiking features during many of our autumn Aurora Zone holidays. As an activity it allows our guests to witness the dazzling autumn colours of Lapland and enjoy the forest and fell scenery of the national parks at close quarters.

Lapland in the autumn is a stunning multitude of colours, as the leaves turn to an array of red, gold, yellow and brown whilst the sky is often blue and cloudless before the first snowfalls in October and November. There is much to see on autumn hikes and you are more than likely to come across wandering reindeer who forage the forest floor for mushrooms and berries.

Some of our hikes will also introduce you to one of the other important animals of Lapland – the husky. Despite the lack of snow, Autumn remains an important time for the dogs, who will be involved in the safaris in the winter season, as they will begin to train in the autumn months. Hiking is an important part of this training programme and you will get to help with their exercise.

Each hiking activity is in the company of expert local guides who will point out the flora and fauna along the way. The guides are extremely passionate about the nature here and you will learn all about what makes the spectacular surroundings so special.

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Thanks for booking a small group holiday

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Congratulations on making the preliminary booking for your Northern Lights holiday with The Aurora Zone!

The details you submitted are with one of our Aurora Experts and they will be in touch with you shortly via phone or email to confirm your booking. Please keep an eye on your spam as sometimes our responses end up there initially. All bookings are subject to availability and are not finalised until you have received confirmation from our team. Please do not make any additional travel arrangements until we have confirmed that you are able to do so.

Once all details are confirmed we will take the deposit payment over the phone. This can be paid using either a debit or credit card.

If you have any questions in the meantime then our Aurora Experts are available on 01670 785 012 and our opening times can be viewed here.

Many thanks,

The Aurora Zone Team


Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

Thanks for booking a tailor made holiday

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Congratulations on making the preliminary booking for your Northern Lights holiday with The Aurora Zone!

The details you submitted are with one of our Aurora Experts and they will be in touch with you shortly via phone or email to confirm your booking. Please keep an eye on your spam as sometimes our responses end up there initially. All bookings are subject to availability and are not finalised until you have received confirmation from our team. Please do not make any additional travel arrangements until we have confirmed that you are able to do so.

Once all details are confirmed we will take the deposit payment over the phone. This can be paid using either a debit or credit card.

If you have any questions in the meantime then our Aurora Experts are available on 01670 785 012 and our opening times can be viewed here.

Many thanks,

The Aurora Zone Team


Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

Thanks for making an enquiry

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Thank you for enquiring with The Aurora Zone.

Using our unique Aurora hunting formula all our holidays are specifically designed to give you the best chance of seeing Mother Nature’s greatest wonder; the Aurora Borealis.

One of our Aurora Experts will be in touch soon to discuss your travel plans (please keep an eye on your spam as sometimes our responses end up there initially). If you would like to discuss your holiday over the phone, please contact a member of our team on +44(0)1670 785 012. To view our opening hours, please click here.

We look forward to helping you arrange your perfect Aurora holiday.


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