Northern Lights Flights Day Excursion

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For over 20 years Omega Breaks has been taking passengers on their flight excursions in search of the Aurora Borealis, or as it’s more commonly known, the Northern Lights. This natural light show resulting from an interaction between the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun is a bucket list must for many and our flight excursions are perhaps the easiest and most affordable way to see this natural phenomenon.

The Aurora’s appearance can vary from a weak glow to a breathtaking, sky-filling display, 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. However our flight excursions endeavour to eliminate these factors, aiming to improve chances of viewing this spectacle.

In addition to searching for the Northern Lights, this excursion also includes fascinating, exclusive pre-flight presentations with our expert team of astronomers who will provide you with a wealth of information about the wonders of the night sky. Throughout the flight, our astronomers will also give expert commentary on the many wonders you will see, from the Milky Way to Orion’s Belt. Away from light pollution, this is perhaps the most vibrant you will ever see some of the more famous constellations.

We are delighted that once again our main guest astronomer for these excursions will be Pete Lawrence. Pete has appeared regularly on the BBC’s long-running Sky at Night programme and is highly regarded as a world-class astrophotographer. Joining Pete will be either Nigel Bradbury or Dr Lee Sproats. Nigel is 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. Dr Lee Sproats has appeared on the BBC Sky at Night programme too and has also spent time working in the physics department at the University of Surrey.

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Trip Highlights

  • Exclusive pre-flight presentations by our expert astronomers
  • Flight excursion in search of the Northern Lights with expert night-sky commentary (approximately 3-3 ½ hours, depending on the departure airport location)**** - ATOL protected
  • Services of astronomers on board
  • Light refreshments on board
  • All airport taxes
  • Services of an Omega Breaks tour manager

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02/11/2019 Do not use - Web Making own Way,Flying from Edinburgh £249 £N/A Book Now
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Itinerary

Our evening begins with two illustrated briefings given by our expert astronomers. These will be held either at the airport itself or in a nearby hotel and in total will last for around one hour. The informative, exclusive talks will describe how the flight will operate, the main sights that will be visible out of the plane window, how and why the aurora happens and of course, the much anticipated forecast of our chance of seeing a Northern Lights display on the flight*! After the briefing we proceed to the airport departure lounge to board our flight.

After take-off, approximately 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**.  And then with expert commentary, our search for the Northern Lights begins and we take in the majesty of the night sky. From a shooting star to an iconic constellation, there is plenty to admire, all with the help of the expert astronomy team.

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). 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.

After our night sky observation, the cabin lights will be switched back on and light refreshments will be served as we travel back to the airport, reflecting on this unique and special experience.

*Please note: what is actually visible during the flight may differ from the forecast.

** 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.

Helpful Information

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.

***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.

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.

Regrettably Omega Holidays cannot be held responsible for the non-appearance of any named astronomers and no refunds will be given in this event. However a suitably qualified astronomer will be provided as a replacement in such circumstances. Please note as the Northern Lights is a natural phenomenon, we cannot guarantee a successful sighting.

****Air package holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. The final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. Terms and conditions apply. Errors and omissions excepted. Please visit our website for details. Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double/twin room.

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