For over 20 years we have been taking passengers on our 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 the 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.
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.
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.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
Established in 1979, Omega Breaks was family-owned and managed until becoming part of the JG Travel Group in 2017. The family-friendly approach to customer service remains a core part of the Omega offering.
Omega Breaks specialise in offering a range of exciting London breaks and niche astronomy tours, including our iconic Northern Lights flights.
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