Amy Walkington-Gray

Amy originates from Yorkshire and being the youngest child of an active family had a great childhood climbing trees and making homemade assault courses for herself and the family Labradors. She nearly could have been an Aussie as her travel-inspired parents almost got a £10 passage to Australia.

Through early adulthood she spent five years living on the Iberian Peninsula and further to that three years travelling the world before finally committing to settling down in Newcastle and being a proper grown-up! After several managerial roles in hospitality and tourism she arrived at The Aurora Zone as Sales Manager.

Her most memorable travel experience so far with the Aurora Zone  was arriving at Jeris after a long road trip and heading down to the lake to her first experience of a smoke wood sauna. She couldn’t believe how alive she felt afterwards although that may have had something to do with jumping through the ice hole of the frozen lake!

Her favourite destination of the moment is Menesjärvi, she loves its picture-perfect setting down by the lake and it’s truly remote feel. This is also enhanced by the wonderful hosts, Anne and Timo. She particularly loves chatting with Timo about his ‘winter stockpiling’ – from cloudberries to the local white fish to firewood – she is inspired how they live in cohesion with the land and its seasons, in an area that is covered in snow for the majority of the year.

Her best bit of aurora hunting advice would be make sure you take some rest during the day so that you can be comfortably awake at night as nature doesn’t work to a timetable!  Like anything in life you get out what you put in – so be prepared to be up late. She always takes an afternoon nap to ensure that she is raring to go when it is aurora hunting time. 

Favourite Experiences

• Experiencing her first smoke sauna followed by an icy invigorating dip in Lake Jeris
• Visiting the remote 'outpost' at Galdotieva for the best reindeer fillet & chips ever!
• Catching (and eating!) her first fish whilst ice fishing in Luosto
• Curling up in front of the fire in her log cabin one afternoon at Luosto after one too many Finlandia raspberry vodkas and awaking several hours later to the most amazing Aurora dancing across the sky
• Helping the mushers to feed 15 of the cutest husky puppies at Harriniva

Places visited

Finland: Harriniva, Jeris, Kittila, Luosto, Kakslauttanen, Menesjärvi, Nellim, Galdotieva, Torassieppi

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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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