Northern Lights Evening Flight Excursions30 June 2017
See the Northern Lights on a short accessible flight from the UK
The aurora borealis, or as more commonly known, the Northern Lights, is an interaction between the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun which creates an amazing natural light show which is deemed to be one of the most beautiful natural occurrences in the world.
Departing from many destinations in the UK, you can experience the stunning northern lights on an accessible short evening flight. The flight itself will last between three to four hours and it will go to the edge of British airspace and around 7 miles high, above the clouds which should give the best view of this natural wonder of the world. The reason for this, is to eliminate some of the factors that may stop you from seeing the northern lights from the ground - such as bad weather, clouds, light pollution etc...
The flight veers way up north near the Shetland Islands and at the most likely point of seeing the vibrant neon skies during the flight, inside of the cabin will be made as dark as possible to give you maximum visibility of the aurora borealis. The dates of the flights are to coincide with darker times in the Moon's phases too – although very beautiful in its own right, the Moon is a source of natural light pollution and its presence can reduce the aurora's visibility.
Before the Flight
Every flight is preceded by two illustrated briefings given by our expert astronomers which are held either at the airport itself or in a nearby hotel, and in total these last for around one hour. One talk describes how the flight will operate and the main sights that will be visible out of the plane window. The other talk illustrates how and why the aurora happens and this concludes with a forecast of our chance of seeing a display on our flight.
What Happens on Board?
Light refreshments are provided soon after take-off and about 25 minutes before the holding point, the cabin is made as dark as possible, allowing time for your eyes to adapt to the darkness for optimal viewing of the night sky. During the period of darkness the cabin toilets will be temporarily taken out of service for safety reasons and to prevent the internal light inside each toilet from disturbing night vision.
Dates & Airports
12 November 2017 - Gatwick
13 February 2018 - Humberside
15 March 2018 - Bournemouth
7 March 2018 - Birmingham
17 March 2018 - Bristol
18 March 2018 - Stansted
There are more dates and departure airports available, however the ones mentioned above have the briefings on site at the departure airport. On other days, you may be required to travel between the pre-flight briefing and departure. Please contact us for more information.
Call - 0871 222 4939
Email - [email protected]
Please Note - We cannot guarantee you will see the aurora on this flight, however everything is done to optimise your chances to do so and there is an 85-90% chance of seeing a good display of the aurora.
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