Our Expert Team

The Aurora Zone – Our Team of Northern Lights Enthusiasts

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 Lappish way of life generally.

Many of our visits coincided with sightings of the Northern Lights and witnessing them as they dance across the northern skies is just one of those wonderful lifetime moments. We are based in Northumberland, England and whilst we can occasionally see the Aurora Borealis from parts of the coast near where we work, we assure you that nothing compares to standing on a frozen lake in a remote part of Northern Scandinavia and watching the lights up close and personal.

That is what drives us on here at The Aurora Zone, that desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with as many people as possible. Just about everybody at The Aurora Zone from the Managing Director to the Marketing team to the Administration team have 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 too.

 

Ali McLean

Ali is Chairman of the board, but rarely forgets to remind us that he founded the UK's first ever Northern Lights holiday brand. Behind his self-promoting braggadocio is a genuine pride that The Aurora Zone has been responsible for helping thousands of people tick the Northern Lights off their bucket list. 

Amy Hope

Amy is the Managing Director of The Aurora Zone, having worked here since she was a university placement student. She’s grown up with the company and has been at The Aurora Zone from the very beginning. 

Dawn Kitson

Dawn was born and raised in a quiet village in Warwickshire and had not seen much of the world until an impromptu gap year kick-started her love of travel. She has been lucky enough to travel all over the world, but it was during her time on our sales team and as Sales Manager, that she experienced some truly once in a lifetime adventures.

Jono Archer

Working within the Product and Operations Department, Jono helps to create new and exciting holidays for The Aurora Zone, as well as managing existing ones. Jono's most memorable travel experience is a snowy morning in December, in the heart of the Norwegian fjords.

Abbey Drury

Abbey is originally from Durham but is now a student at Northumbria University in Newcastle, studying psychology and criminology, and has a passion for travel and exploring new cities alongside embracing different cultures.

Abel Fenwick

An enthusiastic Scandiphile and questionable Swedish speaker, Abel is an aspiring Iceland resident who is delighted to have joined the Aurora Zone’s team. Between graduating with a BA in English Literature and a two-year stint as a Covid tester, she has been lucky enough to visit Iceland four times. Need advice on the best place to grab a snack before a bus tour? Drop her a line. 

Alex Charlton

Born in beautiful Surrey, Alex grew up surrounded by activities and adventure which encouraged her to pursue her passion for Adventure Education at University.  Since then, Alex has worked all over the world within the travel industry and joined The Aurora Zone team in March 2017.

Allan Cooper

Since studying Architecture at Newcastle University, Allan has taken every chance to explore the wonders of the world, taking him from Egypt to the Cayman Islands and from Indonesia to the UAE. Since joining The Aurora Zone, Allan has had the opportunity to experience the winter paradise of Northern Finland, which opened his eyes to a completely different type of travel.

Andy Marshall

Brought up in Northumberland, Andy developed an early love for the outdoors, travel and adventure.  He then pursued his passion and began a career in travel, later joining The Aurora Zone expert team to help those with a wish to see the Northern Lights.

Craig Dunning

Originally from Hartlepool, in the North East of England, Craig moved a short while up the road to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for University, where he completed an undergraduate degree in Journalism, Media and Culture. University kick-started his love of Marketing, as well as a desire to remain in the city of Newcastle.

Graham Hughes

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.

Jade McKay

Jade is the newest member of the Customer Service team here at The Aurora Zone and feels very fortunate to be able to pursue her dream job within the travel industry. Having always been a lover of the night sky, Jade shares the passion and excitement of our clients for wanting to see the Northern Lights – in fact it’s top of her bucket list too!

Lauren Wiggett

Lauren is one of the sales team here at The Aurora Zone and was extremely excited to join the company as it has always been a dream of hers to witness the elusive yet spectacular Northern Lights for herself.

Sue McDonald

Sue was on a skiing holiday in France when she received a text from her brother, Ali, founder of Activities Abroad, asking if she would like to come into the office – ‘just for a few hours’ - to ‘help out’. 14 years later, she is still there, ‘helping out’ as a full-time Marketing Partnership Manager!

Jo Robertson

Having grown up as a member of a very active family, Jo now lives on her husband’s family farm in Northumberland where she can indulge her passion for ‘The Great Outdoors’. Having been on active holidays throughout her life, The Aurora Zone is the ideal place for her. 

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    Unique holidays, in the very best destinations

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    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

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    Proudly Independent

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

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    Fair and sustainable work ethos

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    Over 16 years’ experience