Amy Hope


With so many trips in colder climates, we get lots of questions about what clothing is provided in our winter destinations. During a recent trip to Inari, Finland our Product Manager Amy decided to take some pictures of the clothing we provide to help explain. As the clothing is often not what many people will have worn before, we explain why each item is an important piece of kit for heading out into winter weather.

Kirsty Wood

This is Arctic

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Thursday, 30 January 2020

Next autumn, you have to go north

In many destinations, autumn can often pass by in a blur, somewhere between a desperate cling to summer and dreading the incoming dark and cold nights of winter. In the Arctic, however, it is a season worth celebrating. Autumn here is a landscape bathed in colour, the natural world transforming before your eyes and quite frankly, one of the best places in the world to really experience the spectacular season of change.

Autumn in the Arctic is nature like you’ve never seen it before. It is more than the trees shaking off their summer coats - it is a landscape full of life, gracefully preparing for the oncoming winter. The summer bloom turns into deep and vibrant autumnal shades and just above the breathtaking landscape, you’ll find the Auroras making their sensational return to the skies.

So, take a deep breath of some of the cleanest air in the world, listen to only the sounds of nature and come with us to explore the colourful ground of Arctic Europe in autumn...

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    Experiencing Arctic Autumn

    To reach Arctic Europe you have to travel into the true north to what can often feel like the top of the world.

    Whether you’re standing on the high ground of the Finnish fells or you’re sailing through the Norwegian fjords surrounded by towering carved cliffs, these destinations put you in some of the last remaining wilderness regions of Europe.

    With such pristine environments also comes next to no light pollution which makes ideal conditions for Northern Lights viewing. What’s more, the autumnal equinox has also been scientifically proven to produce some fantastic displays and as the big freeze is yet to set in, often Aurora displays come with the added bonus of seeing them reflected in the still bodies of water below!


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    Where to travel to

    In Finland, you could travel to the Lake Inari region for an ideal reflective surface for the Northern Lights. In Pyhä, you’ll be on the border of the expansive Pyhä-Luosto National Park or you could travel to Saariselkä, where you’ll spend every night in an Aurora Cabin, searching the skies from the comfort of your bed.

    In Norway, you can experience the vibrancy of Tromsø, the ‘Capital of the Arctic’ before travelling to the Lyngen Alps for an exceptional glamping experience in a Crystal Lavvo.

    Whichever location you choose, we have also crafted your itinerary to make the most of the daylight hours in these stunning landscapes. From guided nature walks to RIB boat safaris, you’ll experience everything that Arctic autumn has to offer.

    View all of our Arctic autumn holidays here.

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Joanna Robertson


Our client feedback is exceptionally important to us and nothing makes us happier than hearing about our guest's bucket list moments on their Northern Lights holiday. That's why we were thrilled to hear from Mark and Jacquetta who recently returned from Wilderness Hotel Inari on our Aurora Hunting Adventure trip and by the sounds of it, experienced a holiday of a lifetime...

Joanna Robertson

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Although December didn’t provide the white Christmas that many of us in the UK were perhaps hoping for, we are pleased to say that Lapland didn’t not disappoint on that front. In fact, the snow-covered landscapes of Finnish and Swedish Lapland helped make December another brilliant month for our #AuroraZoneMoments competition!

Joanna Robertson

20 New Northern Lights Trips for 2020

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Monday, 30 December 2019

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Here at The Aurora Zone we think a new decade deserves to be welcomed in with style. That’s why throughout 2019 we worked hard to carefully craft brand new Northern Lights holidays and add new elements to some of our favourite trips. These exciting additions are here to help you tick not just the Aurora from your bucket list, but also some unbelievable Arctic experiences.

So, here are 20 new Northern Lights trips for you to choose from in 2020:

Joanna Robertson

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We’ve got some exciting news! We’ve teamed up with the fantastic Anthropologie to offer you the chance to win the ultimate Christmas gift; a Northern Lights holiday to Inari, Finnish Lapland with us, the original Northern Lights holiday experts – plus a £500 voucher to spend at Anthropologie!

Joanna Robertson

ICEHOTEL® 2019 is open for winter!

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Monday, 16 December 2019

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"A Night at the Theatre", art suite designed by Jonathan Green and Marnie Green 

When the first plans for ICEHOTEL® 2019 were revealed in September, we couldn’t wait to see the finished Art Suites. We are pleased to say that thankfully the wait is officially over!

Joanna Robertson

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Although November was a cold and wet month for most of us in the UK, we are pleased to say that it was another great month for our #AuroraZoneMoments competition!

Mark McFaul

Arctic Bath

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Sweden’s reputation for innovative design just keeps growing, and the newest addition to its list of spectacular accommodation doesn’t disappoint.

Arctic Bath in Swedish Lapland is a wellness hotel with an innovative touch. Built to float on the stunning Lule River during the summer and freeze in place throughout the winter, the hotel offers the ultimate peaceful retreat year-round.

Connected by floating walkways, the circular Arctic Bath features three saunas, a spa treatment room, a hot bath, outdoor and indoor showers and two dressing rooms.

As per Nordic tradition, there is also a cold-water bath for guests to take an icy plunge and add to their wellbeing experience.

Guests can choose to stay in one of the six floating cabins or land-based cabins.

On land, you can make use of the huge glass windows to search the skies for the Auroras and in the floating cabins, you can enjoy a brilliant view from your wooden deck outside.

Learn more on our accommodation page here or scroll to find out more about this innovative design.

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    The Design

    From the same brilliant team behind the spectacular Treehotel, it’s no surprise that Arctic Bath is just as awe-inspiring. Architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi designed the unique structure which is a nod to the floating timber era where felled trees were transported downriver. What’s more, all buildings are built from local wood from the region and the whole experience has been expertly designed so that guests leave a minimal environmental footprint behind.

    Situated in the small village of Harads and on the Lule River which spans 280 miles through Northern Sweden, the surrounding area adds to the serene experience and is a prime location for Northern Lights hunting.

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    Arctic Bath believes in a holistic approach and the four cornerstones of wellness; proper nutrition, regular exercise, peace of mind and care of the face and body.

    Nutrition is covered in the onsite restaurant which features local, pure and sustainable ingredients. Regular exercise can be achieved with the available activities such as snowshoe hiking and yoga. You will find peace of mind in the tranquil surroundings and by making use of the saunas and wellness areas. Finally, take care of your face and body with the available treatments on offer, ranging from massages to facials all using organic skincare.

    Image Credits: Johan Jansson, Daniel Holmgren & Arctic Bath Hotel 


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Joanna Robertson

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The Aurora Borealis - or Northern Lights as they are more commonly known - regularly tops wish lists and much has been written on the topic of Mother Nature’s greatest spectacle. As the UK’s only dedicated Northern Lights hunting holiday company, we spend a lot of time fully researching all things Auroral and not everything we read is always completely accurate. On that basis, here are a few things that we have learned in over a decade of Aurora hunting:

1) Cloud Cover is the Aurora Hunter’s Worst Enemy

Ask any professional Aurora guide or photographer, however, and they will tell you that the number one enemy of Northern Lights hunting is blanket cloud cover. 

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