*NEW Northern Lights Holiday for 2015 / 2016*
With many guides and internationally renowned photographers preferring Aurora during a full-moon, Arctic travel experts, Off the Map Travel, have this week launched a new Northern Lights holiday experience to marvel at the spectacular Northern Lights under the Arctic moonlight.
The Moonlight Aurora experience was created by Aurora travel experts to give guests an alternative experience in hunting the Northern Lights. Contrary to popular belief, many Aurora experts, from leading guides to world class photographers, believe that the full-moon enhances the Northern Lights rather than detracting from it.
Jonny Cooper, Director of Off the Map Travel and Northern Lights travel expert said;
“In our experience, a full-moon only affects really weak Aurora, and then only when the moon is directly behind it. For me, a good full-moon can add a different dimension to experiencing and photographing the Aurora. I love it and am more likely to spend the night looking skyward under the glow of a full-moon.”
Rather than the moon, the thing that Aurora hunters fear the most is thick cloud cover. Off the Map Travel have therefore planned the Moonlight Aurora experience in Bjorkliden and Abisko, Northern Sweden, which, due to its surrounding mountains, has special weather patterns that deliver more clear nights than other areas across the region.
Off the Map Travel’s Jonny Cooper continues;
“The Arctic moon is a spectacular sight in its own right and gives guests a superb focal point when hunting for the Northern Lights to enjoy the Arctic by moonlight.”
Many photographers saying that they actually prefer to capture the Aurora when there’s a full-moon. Chad Blakely, world class Aurora photographer and owner of Lights over Lapland, added;
“I love photographing Aurora in moonlight as it gives pictures a completely different feel by lightening the foreground, and instead of the pitch black background, the moonlight gives the sky a rich blue colour which compliments the green of the Aurora. Moonlit Aurora are spectacular – I love them.”
The Moonlight Aurora experience is designed to also give guests the chance to enjoy many of the Arctic winter activities under the full-moon and hopefully under spectacular Northern Lights displays.
A four night Moonlight Aurora adventure to Bjorkliden and Abisko in Northern Sweden with Off the Map Travel (www.offthemap.travel) costs from £1749 per person, excluding flights, based on two sharing. This includes transfers, four nights in a spectacular 4* hotel on a full board basis, a private specialist guide, avisit to the ICEHOTEL, private Lights over Lapland moonlight photography tour, dog sledding as the moon rises, visit to the Aurora Sky Station, Snowmobile tour, guided moonlit snowshoe walk, Norway fjord trip and Ice fishing and cooking under the moon.