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Win with #AuroraZoneMoments

Written by Mark McFaul
Friday, 30 November 2018

Win with #AuroraZoneMoments

Share your #AuroraZoneMoments with us for your chance to WIN a case of wine

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At The Aurora Zone, we love seeing your photos from your Northern Lights holiday with us.

From dog sledding and snowmobiling to cross-country skiing and witnessing an amazing Aurora display, seeing our clients have incredible experiences is so rewarding. Now, we want to give you something in return.

Share your best moments with us from your time in the Aurora Zone for a chance to win a case of wine.

How to enter: 

1. Share your best holiday pictures with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages using the hashtag #AuroraZoneMoments and make sure to follow our social media pages too!

2. Make sure your post is not ‘private’ and you’ll be automatically entered into our competition.

3. We will announce winners online each month, so keep an eye on The Aurora Zone Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you experience your #AuroraZoneMoments and we wish you a once-in-a-lifetime Northern Lights holiday with The Aurora Zone.

Good luck!

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Mark McFaul

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If you have been keeping up to date with our blogs then you will remember that we recently mentioned why we love Coronal Holes so much (you can find out more here).

The key thing to note about Coronal Holes is that they are one of the causes of solar winds which, in turn, cause the Northern Lights to appear in our skies. Although less violent than Coronal Mass Ejections (the other source of solar wind), they are more stable. So much so, that they often reappear 27 days after their first appearance on the surface of the sun.

Kirsty Wood

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Whether you are running low on annual leave or you’re simply just pushed for time, we know that not everyone can take a week-long break during the winter. However, trips to see the Northern Lights don’t have to be an extended holiday. In fact, Northern Lights weekend breaks are some of our most-loved trips.

Jono Archer

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The ICEHOTEL® in Sweden is one of the most famous hotels in the world. Now in its 29th year, this season the theme will focus heavily on nature including a forest suite and an underwater world room. You can find out more about the plans for the ICEHOTEL® 2018 here.

Though a stay at the ICEHOTEL® is an experience in itself, there are also several events happening over Christmas and New Year 2018/2019 that will really add to your holiday. What better way to experience this bucket-list destination than during the wonderful festive period? This time of year is so special, even the locals have made it a tradition to visit.

Laura Gay

Coronal Holes – The Basics

As we enter the period of the Solar Cycle when the Sun’s activity wanes, it might be expected that Auroral displays become fewer and further between. After all, it is solar activity some 93 million miles away that powers the Northern Lights in our night skies.

Fortunately, thanks to something called Coronal Holes that is not the case. Even during the deepest trough in solar activity, Coronal Holes ensure that the Northern Lights still appear regularly in the skies just north of the Arctic Circle or, what we call, The Aurora Zone.

Coronal Holes are regions of the Sun that are less dense and cooler than the plasma that surrounds them. Importantly, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, they are regions of “open, unipolar magnetic fields” which allow High-Speed Streams of solar wind to escape into space.

When these solar winds are directed towards the Earth, the particles collide with the gases in our atmosphere creating energy which manifests itself as the Northern Lights.

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Mark McFaul

Good news from space!

Written by Mark McFaul
Friday, 16 November 2018

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If you read our blogs regularly then you will remember that we recently discussed why we really love Coronal Holes (if not you can catch up here). Not only do Coronal Holes produce high-speed streams of Solar Wind which often manifest themselves as the Northern Lights but they also help in predicting Auroral activity too.

Mark McFaul

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If you are like us, then you will probably know the feeling of watching as the excitement builds and builds towards the 25th December before it crashes down again on the 26th- that is of course until the 31st December!

Now, we love a New Year’s party as much as the next person and some of the fireworks displays on offer can be wonderful. However, if you really want to celebrate in style and enjoy a light show like no other then there really is only one thing to do – book yourself a New Year Northern Lights escape!

Kirsty Wood

Kirsty firmly believes that holidays are not just for the summer and loves to make the most out of the winter months too. After working in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Kirsty fell in love with the snow and all the great opportunities to get active that it brings.

One of Kirsty’s most memorable trips took her to Iceland where she was lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.

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