Canada launches first ever charter flight to watch Northern Lights from above

Sep 18 2017, 9:22 pm

Seeing the Northern Lights on the ground is an unforgettable experience. But now, there’s a chance to see the natural phenomenon from 36,000 feet in the air.

For the first time ever in Canada, Tourism Yukon and the Yukon Astronomical Society have partnered up with Air North to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the Northern Lights on a private, chartered flight.

The flight will take adventure seekers to new heights, viewing the spectacular aurora in the Yukon sky.

“This new aurora flight offering will capture the hearts and imaginations of travellers from everywhere, and we are incredibly excited to be part of the group pioneering a new kind of aurora tourism,” said Robin Anderson of Tourism Yukon in a release. “It is yet another incredible Larger than Life experience that is only available in the Yukon.

A chartered flight from Whitehorse will take place on either November 24 or 25 pending the aurora forecast. Pending final flight route, travellers will receive a certificate from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, stating that they have crossed the Arctic Circle.

“One of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis in the northern hemisphere is in the Yukon,” said Anthony Gucciardo, president of the Yukon Astronomical Society. “This flight will allow guests to see the northern lights from within the auroral oval, meaning the area with the highest probability of seeing the northern lights. This flight will take patrons to the area of greatest aurora activity, right under the auroral oval, which changes dynamically according to how the solar wind is flowing on any particular night.”

The flight is limited to just 78 passengers, airtime will be between two and three hours, and flights start at $950 through Air North.

“The northern lights is a Yukon treasure,” said Ben Ryan, Chief Commercial Officer for Air North. “With hints of neon colour, and then a jagged burst of green, flight-goers will be transfixed by the shimmering Aurora Borealis.”

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