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March and the Northern Lights……a marriage made in the heavens

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We’ve touted March as a great time to hunt for the Northern Lights until we are blue in the face. This is because there is very good scientific reasoning to support our assertion that March is the best of the winter months for witnessing the Aurora Borealis.

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.

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Korpikartano aurora 7.3.2019 b

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

Special offer - SAVE up to £170pp on March departure dates*

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View our tailor made Northern Lights holiday to Saariselkä here


2. Nangu - Northern Lights Short Break

Special offer - SAVE £100pp when you book a March or April 2019 departure before 23rd March 2019*

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View our Northern Lights short break to Nangu here


3. Muotka - Fellside Auroras

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View our Fellside Auroras holiday here


4. Torassieppi - Lakeside Auroras

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View our Lakeside Auroras holiday here


5. Muotka - Northern Lights Adventure

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View our Northern Lights Adventure to Muotka here


*Terms and Conditons apply, please see website for details.

Image Credits: Timo Halonen, Matt Robinson, Northern Lights Village Saariselkä & Antti Pietikainen

Read 2757 times Last modified on Wednesday, 27 March 2019

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