The Aurora Festival is a weekend event which has been designed for those with an interest in the night sky to not only hunt for, but learn about and celebrate everything to do with the Northern Lights – from its creation, to how it has shaped life across the globe.

Thought to be the first ever festival

dedicated to the Northern Lights!

 With a packed itinerary created by Aurora travel experts at Off the Map Travel, there has been plenty of time set aside to gaze skyward to marvel at the spectacular star filled night sky and, hopefully, vivid Aurora. As part of your evening activities, world renowned Aurora photographer, Chad Blakely, will also teach you how to photograph the Aurora leaving you with a memento of your time at the festival. 

Hosted in Bjorkliden, Northern Sweden, from
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th, January 2016

With evening excursions dedicated to experiencing the Northern Lights, the day will bring together some of the best minds in Space Physics, Aurora Forecasting, Space Tourism, Aurora Photography and Arctic Adventure for talks, experiments and Aurora based activities to help guests really understand the Northern Lights.

 Experts already confirmed to speak at the event include:

Alexander Biebricher, Space Physicist (NAROM): Alexander is a physicist, teacher and science communicator at the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education and Spaceship Aurora at the Andøya Space Center in Norway. After 10 years in research, his focus has shifted towards science outreach.

Chad Blakley, world renowned Aurora Photographer (Lights Over Lapland): Formerly a professional photographer in the US, Chad moved to Abisko a spent thousands of hours outside photographing the star-filled skies, turning his passion into a business, Lights Over Lapland.

Robert Svendsen, Aurora Tourisum (Spaceship Aurora): A manager of the Spaceship Auora – an activity center linked to Andøya Space Center, Robert has been involved in using innovative experiments and visual aids to teach guests about the Northern lights, get more knowledge of the origin and effect on our planet, and how the Northern lights are reflected in Scandinavian history and culture.

Anders Bergwall, Arctic Expert (Arctic Guides): Founder of Arctic Guides, Anders is one of the first internationally certified UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guides in Sweden, and is one of the founders of the Swedish mountain guide organisation, SBO. Anders will be taking guests on a polar adventure.


Also involved are leaders in Aurora forecasting joining via video conference to help teach guests about Aurora forecasting; the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (Optical Auroral Research Group) in Kiruna helping guests get a deeper understanding behind the Aurora; and government advisors on Space Tourism to show how close we are to ‘package holidays’ into our upper atmosphere and beyond. 

A three day two night trip to The Aurora Festival in Bijorkliden, Northern Sweden, with Off the Map Travel ( costs from £899, not including flights. This includes full board accommodation in four star accommodation; a welcome (invite only) reception, expert talks throughout the weekend with world class speakers; an excursion to Sweden’s highest mountain lodge; an expert Aurora photography course; an Arctic and Sami experience at the Aurora Village. Additional nights and activities can be added at an additional cost. 

The first 10 guests will also receive a £150 per person discount when they book. 

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