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9 photos that prove autumn is a great time to search for the Northern Lights

Inari 9 Credit Markku Inkila

You might not be surprised that here at The Aurora Zone, we’re passionate about all things Northern Lights. We want to give our clients the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis which is why we’ve dedicated our time to researching the science behind the phenomenon.

Recently, with the help of two Northern Lights Experts, Professor Christopher T. Russell and Professor Emeritus Robert L. McPherron from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), we’ve scientifically proven what we’ve thought for some time – that autumn is an exceptionally great season to see this amazing display. With milder weather and brilliant colours, not only are you in for some truly special views when you visit Northern Scandinavia, but there’s also the science to show that the Auroras are likely to make an appearance too. That’s why we offer so many autumn holidays to hunt for the Northern Lights.

In layman's terms, the autumnal equinox in late September increases your chances of seeing the Northern Lights because there are more geomagnetic storms. What’s more, there’s also statistically less cloud cover to obstruct your view of the night sky. For the science enthusiasts, make sure you read our blog to learn more about the research behind this, but for everyone else, let these recent pictures from the start of our 2018 season speak for themselves…

1. One of the first displays of the year taken by Timo Halonen in Menesjärvi on 27th August 2018.

Aurora 27 8 18 Credit Timo Halonen

2. Powerful geomagnetic storms cause amazing displays, like this one at Wilderness Hotel Inari in Finnish Lapland, taken 10th September 2018 by Markku Inkila.

Inari 10 Credit Markku Inkila

3. You could view the lights from the comfort of your Aurora accommodation.

Inari 6 Credit Markku Inkila

Wilderness Hotel Inari Aurora Cabins

4. From cosy log cabins

Inari 29 Credit Markku Inkila

Wilderness Hotel Inari Log Cabins Aurora Domes!

Torassieppi 34 Credit Antti Pietikainen

Torassieppi Aurora Dome, Finnish Lapland

6. The views across the unfrozen lakes add to the show, like here in Torassieppi. Taken 9th September 2018 by Antti Pietikainen.

Torassieppi 14 Credit Antti Pietikainen

7. They also show the Aurora twice, as they reflect off the lake below!

Inari 18 Credit Markku Inkila

8. Get away from the cloud cover in milder temperatures.

Menesjarvi 2 25 9 18 Credit Timo Halonen

Menesjarvi, Finnish Lapland

9. But no matter where you go, stand back and take in the views. Taken in Saariselka on 9th September 2018 by Markku Inkila.

Saariselka 3 Credit Markku Inkila

See the evidence for yourself, book your autumn Northern Lights holiday today.

Image credits: Markku Inkila, Timo Halonen, Antti Pietikainen


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