Take a night flight and see the Northern Lights from the air

Passengers are being given a rare opportunity to get an up-close view of the Northern Lights in a series of night flights taking off across the UK from later this month.

One of the world’s most dazzling natural wonders, catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights – also known as Aurora Borealis – is top of many people’s bucket lists.

The magnetic light show is caused when electrically-charged particles from the sun cross into the Earth’s atmosphere. It can be viewed from the UK, depending on light pollution and cloud cover but is seen most consistently from the northern parts of Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia and Russia.

But forget spending hundreds of pounds – and potentially falling foul of ever-changing travel regulations – travelling abroad to view the stunning light show.

A series of special three-hour round trips run by Omega Breaks are scheduled from regional airports including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Gatwick, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle, Bristol and Exeter with prices starting at £229 per person.

The flights are headed by expert astronomer and BBC Sky at Night regular Pete Lawrence, who will give a full commentary of what passengers are seeing from the window for anyone unsure on the difference between the Milky Way and Orion’s Belt.

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To get the best view of the lights, the aeroplane cabin will be made as dark as possible after take-off so that passengers’ eyes can adapt ready to get the best view.

Meanwhile, people will be asked to swap seats at intervals to make sure everyone gets a good view while the experts point out shooting stars and constellations. You even get refreshments on the journey back to the airport – once the lights have been switched back on.

The first Northern Lights trip this year takes place on October 30. Further flights will take place from airports across the UK in November and then into March 2022. View the full list of dates and airports go to the Omega Breaks website.