An important 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 onboard 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 http://www.auroraflights.co.uk after each flight, typically within 10-14 days. 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.
**Due to the Aurora Borealis being a natural phenomenon, we can not 100% guarantee any sightings. However, in the 20 years of delivering these flights, we have achieved an over-80% success rate.
Regrettably, Omega Breaks 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.