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If you don’t fancy the sub-zero temperatures associated with Northern Scandinavia in the middle of winter then September is the best time to go Aurora hunting. The temperatures will be starting to fall but remain comfortable especially at night when you will be out and about hunting Lady Aurora.

Additionally, if you time it right, September brings wonderful autumn colours, the weather is generally better than in winter and, a huge and often unexpected bonus, is that the Aurora is often reflected in the waters of lakes and rivers, something which doesn’t happen when winter’s big freeze comes along...

This usually means that there is less of the Aurora hunter’s worst enemy, cloud cover, and hence there is a greater chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

Many people associate the likes of Norway and Sweden with winter activities such as dog sledding or snowmobiling. These activities are not available in September because the winter snow is highly unlikely to have started falling so snow based activities are ruled out. However, plenty of options exist to fill the daylight hours including walking and trekking, reindeer encounters, hiking with huskies, cultural visits, boat trips, museums and more depending on your chosen location.


October shares many of the same advantages as September, warmer weather, clearer skies and fewer visitors are all attractive propositions. 

The snow doesn’t usually start falling heavily until November so snow based activities are not available during October. However, if you travel to somewhere like Iceland then your days can be filled with any number of activities and excursions designed to show off what is an amazing island. 

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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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    We include more in our holidays than any other Aurora operator

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