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Mark McFaul


Here at The Aurora Zone, there is nothing we want more than for our clients to have the best possible chance of witnessing the Northern Lights. One of the ways we try to optimise your chances is by learning all we can about the underlying science which causes Auroral displays (you can find out more about this on our website under ‘The Science of the Northern Lights’). 

Mark McFaul

There are many great places to go hunting for the Northern Lights but some Aurora enthusiasts don’t realise that it is not just something to be enjoyed in the winter months. In fact, here at The Aurora Zone, we think that most Aurora hunters are missing a trick because we believe that one of the best times to search for the Northern Lights is actually during the autumn season!

‘Autumn is very often overlooked in favour of the winter months but, in my experience, it is one of the very best times to go Aurora hunting. The most spectacular Auroral display I have ever seen occurred in Finnish Lapland during September. I knew full well that those lights were at least 50 miles overhead but, I will never, ever forget involuntarily jumping out the way to dodge volley after volley of multi-coloured spears of light as they plummeted earthwards.’ – Founder and Managing Director of The Aurora Zone, Ali Mclean

Read below for our 10 reasons why you need to experience the Northern Lights in autumn!

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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.

Mark McFaul

Mark is one of the newest members of the Marketing team here at The Aurora Zone. Originally from Somerset in the South West of England, Mark moved to the North East to study at Newcastle University and has been here ever since.

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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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