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Aurora Alerts

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An Aurora hunting aid

With the Northern Lights being a natural phenomenon they can of course not be predicted or guaranteed so you also need to be lucky of course.

As a tool to aid your hard work a lot of our accommodation options use Aurora alerts and they are becoming increasingly popular as an Aurora hunting device.

They vary between accommodations but generally consist of a mobile phone which receives a text message should the Northern Lights be spotted. When you do get a text it is of course time to put your warm clothes on and head outdoors to keep a watch on the sky.

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How are they are used?

At our accommodation options in Nellim and Muotka as well as Jeris and Harriniva mobile phones are issued and used as Aurora alerts. The staff at these locations will keep watch on the sky and issue a text should the Aurora be sighted.

In Luosto, where some of our more leisurely trips are based, mobile phones are also used and the staff will also keep watch. They take full advantage of the nearby Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory which alerts the hotel when an Aurora is possible and, if conditions are favourable in Luosto, the alert will be sent to guests.

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Whilst of course our local staff and guides will make every effort to alert you to a potential Aurora should the solar activity and weather conditions look like they are in your favour, we would advise you to never rely solely on these devices and be sure to keep a close watch on the sky. The conditions change very quickly and of course the alerts are only operations until a certain time (please confirm with your hotel, exactly when this is on arrival). 

Some of the best advice we can give is to befriend those in your group and use team work to help you enjoy a successful Aurora viewing by taking it in turns to keep watch and being sure to wake up your newfound friends should the lights be spotted.

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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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