Northern Lights - Evening Excursions

The Aurora Borealis, or as its more commonly known, the Northern Lights, is a natural light show resulting from an interaction between the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun. The Aurora’s appearance can vary from a weak glow to a breathtaking, sky-filling spectacle, and even though the best views may be had from ground level, visibility can be hampered by surrounding light pollution, bad weather or an inconveniently cloudy night.

We are delighted that once again our main guest astronomer for these excursions will be Pete Lawrence. A Northern Lights favourite, Pete appeared regularly in the first series of the BBC’s long-running Sky at Night programme as their observing expert, and is now being seen on our screens as one of the main presenters on the second series which launched in February 2014. He recently featured in the incredibly popular BBC Star Gazing Live series and is highly regarded as a world-class astrophotographer.

Joining Pete on Omega’s expert astronomy team will be Nigel Bradbury, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an active amateur astronomer for over 40 years who has joined many of our previous Northern Lights flights. Nigel was also outdoor 'live' commentator on the Total Solar Eclipse in 2006, in Belek, Southern Turkey.

Another one our experts is Dr Lee Sproats, who has appeared on the BBC Sky at Night programme too, speaking about the Halley's Comet return from (his then) backyard observatory and was on the live Giotto spacecraft Halley encounter broadcast from the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Lee has also spent time working in the physics department at the University of Surrey.


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Holiday Highlights

  • Pre-flight presentation by our expert astronomers
  • Flight excursion (approximately 3-3 ½ hours, depending on the departure airport location)
  • Services of astronomers on board
  • Light refreshments on board
  • All airport taxes
  • Services of an Omega Holidays tour manager

No accommodation

As this is a day trip there is no accommodation provided for this break.

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 - though we should emphasise that what actually proves to be visible might be completely different from the forecast! After the briefing we proceed to the airport departure lounge for the flight.

Light refreshments are provided soon after take-off as we travel northwards. About 25 minutes before we reach our holding point the cabin is made as dark as possible, allowing time for our 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 passengers’ night vision.

In order to give all passengers an equal chance of viewing the aurora from a window seat, everyone is required to rotate seats with the other passengers in their row of three (or two, as is typical from Edinburgh or Glasgow) seats. Please be aware that this needs to be done in virtual total darkness. Instruction will be given when it is time to swap seats, and this is normally repeated several times to ensure that everyone gets a chance to see what’s being described outside.

If any passenger would like sole use of a row of two or three seats, or if a party of two would like sole use of a row of three seats, this can be requested for an additional charge.

The Northern Lights flights really are a unique and special experience.

Regrettably Omega Holidays cannot be held responsible for the non-appearance of Pete Lawrence or any of the other named astronomers and no refunds will be given in this event. A suitably qualified astronomer would be provided as a replacement in such circumstances.

You will also need to take a form of photographic ID to travel on this experience. 

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11/02/2018 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £220.00 Please Call
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