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Question: what is the first rule of Aurora hunting?

Answer: escape any artificial light pollution.

According to www.travelyukon.com, the Yukon “covers more area than Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands combined.”

From the same source, we also know that the population of the entire Yukon Territory is a meagre 38,000 people of whom nearly 30,000 live in Whitehorse. That leaves a huge amount of empty space where the night skies are unsullied by the sodium glare created by human occupation.

By a happy coincidence, the Yukon also happens to be right in the heart of North America’s Auroral zone. Indeed, there can be few places on the planet where this happy marriage of dark skies and geomagnetic activity is so pronounced.

The one drawback for those of us here in Europe is that the Yukon might be described as “a bit of a hike”. That is why we’ve spent a lot of time making sure that our itineraries include the absolute best of this vast territory as well as enhancing your Aurora viewing opportunities.

In our opinion, the very best way to do a Yukon trip is to add on a stay in Vancouver at the end. The contrast between endless wilderness and the sophisticated city could hardly be more marked and we heartily recommend the combination to anyone.

 

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Wilderness and dark skies

There are two main centres of population in the Yukon, Whitehorse (Pop. 30,000) and Dawson City (don’t laugh……Pop. 1,375). Between the two lies a whole bunch of nothing except wild nature and the mighty Yukon River (a lot of rivers are said to be “mighty”; the Yukon genuinely deserves the title). North of Dawson is largely unpopulated wilderness with some of the most spectacular landscapes and the darkest skies you’ll find anywhere in the world.

During the brief autumn, the landscape changes from lush green to all those soft colours we associate with September and October. If you are averse to the cold then this is the time to travel in search of the Aurora before the cold and snow of winter arrive in earnest.

Winter brings the big freeze. Even the winding Yukon is stilled as it turns to ice and the landscapes are draped in a blanket of snow for months on end. It’s the perfect time for combining Aurora hunting with the likes of dog sledding and snowmobiling. We’d particularly recommend late February and March because, while the snow still lies deep, the bitter depths of winter are finally beginning to recede. There is also evidence that solar activity increases in the weeks around the March equinox which might just enhance those Aurora viewing opportunities.

Space, space and more space...

The Yukon is all about space, space which is begging to be explored. Our holidays in this vast territory are designed to show you the two population centres of Whitehorse and Dawson but mostly illustrate that this is wilderness and, with such huge tracts of land between towns, there is virtually no light pollution making the Yukon, ideal Aurora viewing country.

Whitehorse doesn’t look like much as you fly in but dig deeper and there’s a thriving café culture. We particularly love the superb Alpine Bakery on Alexander Street and the fabulous Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters on Quartz Road (serving the best cup of Joe in North America) to name but two of the many highlights.

The gold rush only lasted a few years but its legacy remains entrenched in Dawson City. Dawson is everything you would expect from a frontier town. Buildings retain their fin de 19th siècle facades, the bars are still saloons, and boardwalks, rather than paving stones, line the roads.

Travelling north on the Dempster Highway (of Ice Road Truckers fame and the only road in Canada to cross the Arctic Circle) is the best way to experience the spectacular Yukon landscapes. Our guided journey on the highway affords unforgettable views of Tombstone mountain range.

While Aurora viewing is high on the agenda, it’s also important to try some daytime activities like dog sledding and snowmobiling, two thrilling ways to explore the Yukon.

Naturally, our Yukon trips always include Aurora watching and our local partners have some excellent camps set up (including an Aurora Yurt) where you can keep warm while waiting for the show to materialise.


Image credits: Arctic Range Adventures Ltd, Robert Postma, JonathanTucker & Yukon Government

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Canada, the second largest country on earth, is synonymous with vast untouched wilderness, wildlife such as caribou, moose and bear, spectacular mountain ranges, wide rivers, expansive lakes, winter sports such as skiing, snowmobiling and husky sledding and, of course, the Northern Lights.

Each of these characteristics is particularly evident in the Yukon, Canada's most north-westerly province, the region where our Aurora Zone holidays are based. Here the open landscape and minimal light pollution make it a Northern Lights Mecca.

Both our Yukon holidays, start in or near Whitehorse, a vibrant city that sits on a curve of the Mighty Yukon with the hills rising steeply around it.

On our Northern Lights in the Yukon trip, you will stay at the Northern Lights Resort and Spa set within 160 acres of private land deep in the wilderness. Our Aurora Hunters of the Yukon tour includes four-hours spent in an Aurora Yurt, away from the lights of Whitehorse – both options make for ideal Aurora viewing.

From Whitehorse, you will travel to Dawson Creek where visitors gain a sense of what life must have been like for those early prospectors who made these remote outposts their home during the 19th-century Gold Rush.

A tour along the Dempster Highway, stopping at the Tombstone viewpoint overlooking the North Klondike River Valley to appreciate the dramatic, jagged peaks of the Tombstone mountain range and the sheer vastness of the landscape is also included on our tours.

With husky safaris, snowmobiling and guided Aurora hunts included, the Yukon makes a wonderful holiday destination.

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Your words...

Seeing the Northern Lights was amazing - (we had) a knock on the door at 3 am because the Aurora was moving - but getting up and getting dressed was worth it!! The activity that we enjoyed the most was dog sledding.

Patricia and Edward Slaughter
Travelled 29th January 2017

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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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