Try not to overdo it, though: as darkness comes fairly late at this time of year, you’ll need to be an energetic night owl for the four concerted Northern Lights hunts (on foot, by minibus, by snowmobile and in husky sleds). Unlike other ‘stand and stare’ Northern Lights specialists, The Aurora Zone uses a mixture of local knowledge and geophysical forecasts to locate the best places to see the Lights on a nightly basis, and then chases them down – a proactive method to ensure guests see as much celestial cinema as possible.
Accommodation is in Hotel Kittila, a small (37-room) establishment with comfy bedrooms, WiFi and two saunas, as well as an excellent restaurant serving Lappish and international dishes. Local reindeer and salmon dishes are especially excellent for keeping you well insulated against the Arctic conditions outside. Kittila itself is a welcoming, simple town located deep surrounded by vast arctic wildernesses, and happily free of light polution – the Aurora-hunter’
But book early. As 2013 is bringing the Solar Maximum – a period of time when the Northern Lights will be at their most vivid – The Aurora Zone has already seen many of its tours near or completely sell out.
Departing 29 March, the trip costs £1,745 pp including flights (London), all transfers, five nights’ full board, winter clothing, all guiding and most activities. Call The Aurora Zone on 01670 785 012 (www.theaurorazone.com)
ENDS – 19 December 2012
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The Aurora Zone is a brand of Activities Abroad. The company has been arranging Northern Lights tours for ten years. The Aurora Zone was created to highlight the innovative concept of Aurora-hunting, and to promote the fact that the next couple of seasons may offer the greatest opportunity to see the Northern Lights until 2030.