Discover the Northern Lights by air
Discover the Northern Lights in the most unique way – by air! In an approx. 3-hour flight, passengers will learn all about the Aurora Borealis and get a presentation from a professional astronomer on board.
The experience includes a pre-flight presentation by expert astronomer Pete Lawrence*, presenter of BBC’s Sky at Night, the services of professional astronomers as well as light refreshments on board.
Departs from Newquay Airport on 9th March 2019.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience is not to be missed, and makes a great gift for a loved one.
As the sun sets, you’ll take off from a selected airport and head towards Iceland, in search of the Aurora Borealis’ spectacular light show.
Our main guest astronomer for these excursions is 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.
What Happens on the Day?
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. Refreshments are served en-route back to the airport.