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September's Aurora

The Aurora chasing season starts in earnest in September which can be an absolutely wonderful time to travel. The Finns call their short autumn “Ruska” a word which quite beautifully evokes imagery of the burnished reds, browns, yellows and golds. It is said that “Ruska” starts at 9 am on the 9th of September every year and lasts just a few short weeks but during this time, the Finnish forests and fells, the Swedish mountains and the steep-sided Norwegian fjords are all embellished by the colours of autumn.

If you don’t fancy the sub-zero temperatures associated with Northern Scandinavia in the middle of winter then September is the best time to go Aurora hunting. The temperatures will be starting to fall but remain comfortable, especially at night when you will be out and about hunting Lady Aurora.

What’s more, you may get to see the Aurora twice as it reflects in the waters of the lakes and rivers – something that wouldn’t happen when winter’s big freeze comes along. The autumn equinox in late September is known to produce more geomagnetic storms and amazing Northern Lights, and the favourable weather also usually means there is less cloud cover too.

Though snow activities are ruled out in the autumn, there are plenty of other options to fill the daylight hours. Walking and trekking, reindeer encounters, hiking with huskies, cultural visits, boat trips, museums and more depending on your chosen location.

Northern Lights displays in October

October shares many of the same advantages as September; warmer weather, clearer skies and fewer visitors.

Most of the leaves will have fallen and the landscape becomes a dramatic surrounding that may start to be covered with a light covering of frost. We have seen early snowfall at this time but there won’t be enough for any snow-based activities. However, IcelandNorwaySweden and Finland all provide many other opportunities for you to explore the amazing scenery including hiking, wildlife encounters and museum visits.

The lakes and rivers will still be unfrozen in October so you can make the most of this on a boat trip. They also provide even better views if you see the Northern Lights reflected in their open waters.

As the UK’s dedicated Northern Lights holiday company, we’re passionate about providing our clients with the best chance of seeing the lights for themselves and as autumn continues to deliver amazing displays, we’ve designed a range of holidays for this time of year. View our autumn holidays here.

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The Aurora Zone was born from a desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with our clients. We’ve explored the destinations, researched the science, and fallen in love with the Scandinavian way of life. It’s our mission to pass this knowledge on to you, providing you with the very best chance of experiencing the magic for yourself on your Northern Lights holiday.

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