Festivals and events in the Arctic Circle are just a few ways to spend March days waiting for the aurora borealis at night.
With longer days and gradually rising temperatures, spring is a great time to head out on a trip to see the Northern Lights. Although there are wonderful events happening all month in the Arctic Circle, the new moon on March 17 is an especially great time to visit.
Since strong moonlight is amplified by snow (especially if you're taking long-exposure shots on a camera), the lack of a moon can help travelers spot, and photograph, faint auroras.
There's another reason to aim for the middle or end of this month, too. March 17 brings with it the vernal equinox, and for reasons astronomers don't fully understand, the Northern Lights tend to be a little stronger at this time of year.
Of course, if you're traveling all the way to the northernmost latitudes for your chance at seeing the Northern Lights, you might as well check out some of the region's other unusual happenings. From reindeer races to snow-sculpture festivals, these are the 15 places you want to be a trip to see the auroras this March.