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November and December

While December gets less daylight, it is very often said that early-November is the darkest time of year because there is generally less snow cover to reflect the light. November isn't always the prettiest time of year in the north but the combination of darkness and the proximity to the autumnal equinox mean that the Aurora can very often be seen at their best.

Late November and December bring the big freeze and heavy snowfall which creates the sort of Narnia-like landscapes that you only ever see on Christmas cards. Of course, snow clouds can obscure the Northern Lights but the extended darkness enhances your chances of seeing the Aurora – remember, you can't see them during daylight hours.

The snow usually lies crisp and deep and reasonably even from mid-November onwards which is ideal for all the exciting winter activities and also enhances the Northern Lights chasing options – evening snowmobile safari anybody?

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For a few weeks in December the sun doesn't appear above the horizon and this brings a remarkable phenomenon which the locals call "Blue Time". From about 10am until 2pm, the land is enveloped in a grey/blue light that is neither day nor night and could be described as being almost ethereal.

It is notoriously difficult to predict when the first heavy snows of winter will arrive so in early November it is very difficult to determine exactly which activities will be available. November and December bring colder weather and shorter days although it is often said that cold nights yield more Northern Lights as do longer hours of darkness so perhaps we should count these things as a blessing.

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January and February

In early January most places in the Aurora Zone welcome back the sun that bathes the landscape in a pinkish glow,  a remarkable sight to behold. Temperatures in January can be very cold, especially at night when you are searching for the Aurora, but we’ll make sure you are very well wrapped up and, it has to be said that being outside during the first month of the year feels like a genuine adventure.

It is an oft held belief that January's colder weather brings more Auroral displays so it's worth braving those sub-zero temperatures.

February often brings slightly warmer temperatures and a lot of accumulated snow which lies very deep and creates the perfect winter playground. The chances of seeing the Northern Lights are good during either of the two months and getting away to a drier and frankly more pristine environment is a great post-New Year tonic.

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January is a great time to travel if you want to avoid other tourists as it is not considered to be the peak winter month. As a result, prices are often lower but all the activities including Aurora hunting will be in full swing.

February in the UK is depressing, dark, wet, windy and cold. Contrast that with the Arctic where it will still be very cold but instead of rain, the precipitation falls as fresh, dry snow. February is probably the most popular time to travel into the Auroral Zone as it is the perfect time to combine daytime activities with evening hunts for the Northern Lights.

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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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