The weeks around the Spring Equinox have been proven to deliver enhanced geomagnetic activity in our atmosphere (see Russell-McPherron effect) and thus far, March 2019 has been no exception.
If previous years are anything to go by, Auroral displays will continue to grace the skies of Northern Scandinavia up to and beyond the Equinox on 22 March 19. We still have some late availability and you could be witnessing skyscapes like these from Menesjärvi in Northern Finland which were captured just a few days ago by our friend Timo Halonen.
Here’s why March is a great time to search for the Aurora Borealis:
- Heightened Geomagnetic Activity due to Equinox Cracks
- Clearer skies (Aurora hunters hate cloud cover!)
- Warmer temperatures (March is the warmest of the winter months for Aurora hunting)
- Longer daylight hours – the Lapland light is spellbinding at this time of year
- The snow lies deep, allowing great activities such as dog sledding
- This is when the Finns, Swedes and Norwegians head north in their own countries (and they should know).
It’s not too late to catch Mother Nature’s greatest wonder before 24 hours of daylight render it invisible until late August. Here are a few suggestions as to where you might travel in late-March.
1. Saariselkä - Northern Lights Village - Tailor Made
2. Nangu - Northern Lights Short Break
3. Muotka - Fellside Auroras
4. Torassieppi - Lakeside Auroras
5. Muotka - Northern Lights Adventure
*Terms and Conditons apply, please see website for details.
Image Credits: Timo Halonen, Matt Robinson, Northern Lights Village Saariselkä & Antti Pietikainen