The Aurora Zone Blog

Our rep Katrina tells us about her first Northern Lights season

Amy Hope

Friday, 28 February 2014

Katrina- Aurora Zone rep

Here at The Aurora Zone, we know how important it is to have someone on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have during your holiday. For this Northern Lights season, the lovely Katrina has been our rep in the resorts of Harriniva and Jeris in Finnish Lapland. So we thought we’d catch up with her to find out how her first winter in the Arctic went.


What inspired you to become an Aurora Zone rep?

I love working in the Arctic and it is a great perk to be able to regularly witness the Northern Lights. I was also very aware of The Aurora Zone; the high quality holidays and the fantastic itineraries that you offer, and I wanted to be part of delivering those holidays to the highest standard.


So cold even your eye lashes freeze!

What’s your top tip for people searching for the Northern Lights? 

My top tip for searching for the Northern Lights is never give up. If the sky is clear you do have a chance but sometimes you may have to stay out all night. Some people get disheartened if they don’t see them on the first night of their holiday but it’s always best to keep an open mind.

My first Northern Lights experience was amazing

Tell us about your first Northern Lights experience

My first experience of the Northern Lights was amazing. It started off as a green arc and then the Aurora started dancing across the sky and tinges of pink started coming through. It was a mesmerising experience.

Northern Lights

What are two interesting things about the Northern Lights that the average person doesn't know?

It’s interesting how dogs bark and howl when the Northern Lights appear. It must be just as exciting for them! Also I never knew that a good camera can pick up all of the different colours of the Northern Lights even when they are not visible to the naked eye.

It's interesting how dogs bark when the Northern Lights appear!

What was your favourite way of searching for the Northern Lights?

I really enjoy speeding across frozen lakes by snowmobile and waiting for the Northern Lights to make an appearance.

Snowmobiling is a great way to search for the Northern Lights

What’s your most memorable moment from your experience as a rep for The Aurora Zone?

After a few unsuccessful nights of Northern Lights hunting with one of the ‘Harriniva Northern Lights Quest’ groups, things were not looking too promising and the forecast for the last night was ‘very cloudy’. On the final night one of the ladies in the group was celebrating her 50th birthday and so we all shared a cake. As the whole restaurant sang happy birthday, I told her to make a wish and everyone agreed she should wish for the Northern Lights which she did. Later that evening we saw a lovely Northern Lights display and everyone agreed it was down to her wish!


When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

The best time to see the Northern Lights is when the sky is dark and clear enough so that you can see the stars. The Northern Lights are very unpredictable; some nights it will be cloudy and the clouds will only part for a few minutes and a fantastic Northern Lights display will appear.

Watching the Northern Lights

What’s the one thing you cannot travel without?

I never travel without my Kindle, as I really enjoy reading!

Reindeer at Harriniva

What have you learnt from your experience as an Aurora Zone rep?

Some people don’t realise the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and you are never guaranteed to see them. You can however improve your chances of seeing them by visiting the Auroral Zone. Both Jeris and Harriniva are located in the Auroral Zone and based on my experience the Northern Lights frequently make an appearance in the night sky.


What’s the funniest or weirdest cultural idiosyncrasy you’ve either witnessed or experienced?

Finns are crazy! On a regular basis Finnish people get naked in the sauna and then roll about in the snow or swim in the frozen lake. After a winter in Lapland I did brave the snow and take a dip in the frozen lake straight after the sauna. I guess you have to embrace different cultures and traditions, when visiting different parts of the world!

Embracing new cultures


Read 5449 times Last modified on Tuesday, 09 March 2021

Get an expert opinion

The Aurora Zone was born from a desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with our clients. We’ve explored the destinations, researched the science, and fallen in love with the Scandinavian way of life. It’s our mission to pass this knowledge on to you, providing you with the very best chance of experiencing the magic for yourself on your Northern Lights holiday.

  • Specialist

    Aurora knowledge and experience

    Unique holidays, in the very best destinations

    Expert guides – exceptional local knowledge

    Advice and guidance every step of the way

  • Comprehensive

    We include more in our holidays than any other Aurora operator

    Price Comparison guarantee

    No ‘from’ prices, everything you see is included in the price

    No hidden extras

  • Independent

    Proudly Independent

    The original and still the only dedicated UK Northern Lights tour operator

    Personal, hands-on service

    Fair and sustainable work ethos

  • Trusted

    ATOL and ABTA Financial protection available

    Over 20 years’ experience

    Our customers rate us 4.9/5 stars

    Award-Winning: Best Travel Company to Northern Europe 2023