Northern Lights - Evening Excursions

The Aurora Borealis, or as it's 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 since the second series which launched in February 2014. He also 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.


Travel Options


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Holiday Highlights

  • Pre-flight presentation by expert astronomer Pete Lawrence
  • 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

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02/12/2018 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £280.00 Book Now
03/12/2018 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
08/12/2018 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
01/02/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £265.00 Book Now
03/02/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
05/02/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £280.00 Book Now
08/02/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £280.00 Book Now
25/02/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
26/02/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
27/02/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
28/02/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
01/03/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
03/03/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
07/03/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
08/03/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £240.00 Book Now
09/03/2019 Day excursion, no accommodation needed, UK £280.00 Book Now
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.

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. Light refreshments are served en-route back to the airport.

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

A Note on Aurora photography

We appreciate that many passengers will wish to photograph the Northern Lights, should they be visible, however, we regret to advise that unless your camera is quite sophisticated the results may be very disappointing and many cameras will simply not be able to image the aurora.

The only cameras that are typically able to achieve success are those which can be set to manual mode and offer multi-second exposure times. Digital SLR cameras are ideal. A 50mm or shorter focal length lens is recommended. The camera will need to be set to a high ISO (1600 or higher). The lens will need to be set to manual focus, pre-focused at infinity and fully opened (lowest f-stop). Exposure times typically range from 5–20 seconds.

Video cameras, iPads, iPhones and other camera phones are generally unable to image the aurora.
Our expert astronomers bring the relevant equipment on-board and with over 250 flights worth of experience have developed techniques to take good photographs of the aurora. These images will be available to download free of charge for non–commercial use via www.auroraflights.co.uk after each flight. Photo prints are also available for purchase.

We would therefore recommend for the majority of passengers to leave the photography to our experts and simply enjoy the trip.

No flash photography, rangefinder lights or illuminated review screens are allowed during the period of darkness on the flight as this disturbs the night vision of your fellow passengers. Before or after cabin darkness you are, of course, welcome to take photographs.


*For Norwich Airport, an Airport Development Fee (ADF) charge of £10 per person is payable locally at the airport by the passenger.

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.