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It may still only be October but the first snow has already started to fall in Lapland and winter is well on its way! Here at The Aurora Zone, this news fills us with excitement as in our opinion there is something quite special about chasing after the Northern Lights in spectacular snow-covered landscapes.

However, something that has to be even more special than hunting the Aurora in the snowy Arctic wilderness is the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in your very own winter wonderland on your very own festive Northern Lights adventure!


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Tucked away from the city lights but only a short drive from Rovaniemi airport sits our newest Aurora Zone destination, the Apukka Aurora Borealis Resort.


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December 2018

Written by Mark McFaul
Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Plan your Northern Lights holiday for December 2018!

As soon as the first advent calendar door opens on December 1st, the countdown to Christmas is on!

For many of us, the last month of the year can be quite hectic which makes it a great time to get away from all the busyness and on a Northern Lights holiday. What better way to get into the festive spirit, or even celebrate the big day, than in a dream winter landscape watching as green ribbons of light dance in the dark night sky?

Give the ultimate Christmas present this year with a bucket list holiday in prime Northern Lights territory. Our Aurora Experts are on hand to help you plan your December break, simply click here to contact them today or call on 01670 785012.  

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You might not be surprised that here at The Aurora Zone, we’re passionate about all things Northern Lights. We want to give our clients the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis which is why we’ve dedicated our time to researching the science behind the phenomenon.


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"Haven", art suite created by Jonas Johansson, Jordi Claramunt and, Lukas Petko 

Summer may be drawing to a close but there is plenty to get excited about as winter approaches, not least because Sweden’s world-famous ICEHOTEL® has provided a teaser of what this year’s hotel has to offer for ICEHOTEL® number 29!


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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’). 


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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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