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Northern Lights viewing from the sky

Pre-flight illustrated presentation by guest astronomers

Departures from Edinburgh, Glasgow & Manchester

Milky Way viewing

The celestial lightshow known as the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is the sort of spectacle that defies description, leaves jaws dropping and, if not life-changing, is at least life affirming.

The problem is that this interaction between the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun can be an elusive phenomenon. Surrounding light pollution, bad weather or an inconvenient cloudy night can all ruin the show.

Sometimes your best chance of seeing the majesty of the Northern Lights means getting above the clouds. Today’s Big Deal offers just that, with a sightseeing flight offering the opportunity to get up close and personal with this celestial miracle.

The sky at night

These flights, provided by Omega Breaks, head to the northern edge of British airspace, near the Shetlands, where there is negligible light pollution. At a height of 35,000-40,000 ft, you are above any rain or cloud that could impede your viewings. Your chances of a memorable viewing are enhanced considerably.

The Big Deal offers evening flights for one person, with a choice of departure from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Manchester. The experience lasts around six hours and thirty minutes, beginning from 6pm, and starting with an illustrated presentation at the airport from expert astronomers before you board. You are in the air for around three to three and a half hours, depending on the departure airport. Light refreshments are served on board.

Flight details

Flights depart from Edinburgh Airport on 8th December 2018, Glasgow International Airport on 3rd February 2019 and Manchester Airport on 1st March 2019. The flights are scheduled to allow the best opportunity to see the Lights in their full glory. The dates coincide with darker times in the Moon’s phases, so that the glow of the Moon does not reduce the visibility of the Lights.

With the cabin lights dimmed, passengers are rewarded with a stunning view of the stars and constellations, and, apart from the Lights themselves, the views of the Milky Way are also breathtaking.

Celestial glory

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and there are no cast-iron guarantees you will witness their full glory. The chances are very good though. Between 2008 and 2016 there was a good display of the Aurora Borealis on 84% of the flights.

To ensure the best conditions for viewing, the cabin is maintained in darkness for 25 minutes before arrival at the holding point, to allow eyes to adjust. To ensure everyone gets a fair chance to see the Lights, you are asked to swap seats several times during the viewing period.

Star spotting

This Northern Lights flight would be the ideal gift for any enthusiastic astronomer or Northern Lights aficionado. Soar above the clouds to experience the glory of this natural spectacle.

Important Information

Valid on date chosen only.

The Big Deal is option 1 for 1 person to have a seat on a Northern Lights flight on Saturday 8th December 2018 from Edinburgh Airport.

Option 1 bookings must be confirmed by 24th November 2018.

Option 2 is for 1 person to have a seat on a Northern Lights flight on Sunday 3rd February 2019 from Glasgow International Airport.

Option 2 bookings must be confirmed by 20th January 2019.

Option 3 is for 1 person to have a seat on a Northern Lights flight on Friday 1st March 2019 from Manchester Airport.

Option 3 bookings must be confirmed by 15th February 2019.

Experience will last approximately 6 hours 30 minutes including a 60 minute pre-flight illustrated presentation. Flight will last approximately 3-3.5 hours.

Members should meet at airport at 6pm. 

Suitable for over 12 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Members should bring a form of photographic personal identification such as passport or driving licence. 

Although at this time no changes are expected, Omega Breaks reserve the right to amend any of the flight times or departure dates, if required.

Please note: The Northern Lights are natural phenomena which cannot be guaranteed to occur during the flight, although they have been visible on many previous outings. Omega Breaks’ guest astronomer advises at least an 80% chance of a sighting.

Members will be required to rotate seats so that everyone will be in a window seat at various times throughout the flight. In order to give all passengers an equal opportunity to see the lights, please advise Omega Breaks when booking if you or any of your guests have a disability which will preclude swapping seats easily. Suitable seats in such instances are available, but are limited in number.

The dimming of lights may mean an almost total black out and a very dark cabin. Cabin and aircraft navigation light intensity is at the sole discretion of the captain. 

Purchases are non-refundable once booked. 

Email vouchers must be surrendered for redemption; please print your email and bring along with you to avoid disappointment.

Operated by Just Go! Holidays Ltd trading as Omega Breaks, ATOL No.10889. Prices correct at the time of publication, but subject to fluctuation and availability. Final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. Terms & conditions apply, prices per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

Images used for illustrative purposes only.

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