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Northern Norwegian highlights

Whilst Joanna Lumley may have focused on the Northern Lights, Alexander explores further and delves into some of the other unique highlights of the Arctic regions, discovering some of the daylight delights on offer in the Aurora Zone.

In episode one Alexander begins in the stunning landscape of the Lofoten Islands, a destination famed throughout the world and made famous by his predecessor, Joanna. Whilst we do not send our guests through a marine training programme here, we help you to witness it as its very best.

Ice swimming in Tromsø may not be for everyone but this city has so much to offer visitors. Our holidays here combine time to explore the rich heritage of this cosmopolitan base before taking you out to the wonderful wilderness and the fjords and mountains beyond, dog sledding, cultural encounters with the Sámi people, whale watching and of course some serious Aurora hunting are just some of the activities you can enjoy here.

Further east of Tromsø is Kirkenes, a real frontier town, close to the border with Russia. Famous for three things, its Snowhotel, its Northern Lights record and its magnificent king crab – if you think lobster is the pinnacle of all seafood then wait until you try king crab!

Our holidays to Kirkenes enable you to enjoy all of the above.

Sweden’s coolest accommodation?

As part of the inaugural episode the series visits the world famous ICEHOTEL® in Sweden, a place which appears on many a bucket list. This is the original and arguably the most ornate and spectacular of the snow villages and igloo hotels on offer but, as Alexander notes in the book which accompanies the series, the ICEHOTEL® infrastructure is more commercial than some similar experiences. This does not however in any way detract from the sheer spectacle of the place and once you are inside your room, it’s still an unforgettable place to stay or at least to visit.

If however, you fancy a night in a cold room but in a more intimate or untouched setting then we have numerous options dotted around the Arctic to deliver just that. Torassieppi Winter Village is a popular option in Finland as is the wonderful Snow Hotel in Kirkenes, which is on the outskirts of the incredible frontier town. The Igloo Hotel in Alta enjoys a delightful setting in the Norwegian countryside.

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The Aurora Zone was born from a desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with our clients. We’ve explored the destinations, researched the science, and fallen in love with the Scandinavian way of life. It’s our mission to pass this knowledge on to you, providing you with the very best chance of experiencing the magic for yourself on your Northern Lights holiday.

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