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An ideal time to travel
Ask any native Laplander about their favourite time of year and the vast majority will say March and April and the arguments for travelling in the spring are compelling.
The improving weather brings warmer temperatures and clearer skies, the days grow longer and longer and the snow base is excellent. It's no surprise that many Scandinavians living in the southern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway choose to head north during March and April......local knowledge is a wonderful thing!About Spring
Early-spring in the Arctic is absolutely wonderful. During the day, ice blue skies stretch endlessly away over the lakes and forests of Finland, the mountains of Sweden, the fjords of Norway and any number of glacial features in Iceland. The landscapes are often bathed in that crisp, clear light that you only get on a perfect winter's day. The temperatures improve as March grows older and the improving weather is very often associated with clearer skies which improve the chances of seeing the Northern Lights considerably.
Importantly from the Aurora hunter's point of view, it is often said that the period around the spring equinox (around 21 March) brings greater solar activity which results in a greater frequency of Auroral displays. Couple that with clearer skies and you begin to understand why March and very early-April are possibly amongst the best times to chase the Northern Lights.
The down side?
Tricky! How do you come up with disadvantages when there aren't any? It could be argued that the longer daylight hours mean that there is less chance of seeing the Aurora but this is really only the case in very late March and into April when the daylight hours lengthen by almost ten minutes per day. Then, you have to be up pretty late waiting for darkness to fall and the Aurora to become visible but other than that, we couldn't recommend this time of year highly enough.