It's really a miracle to see and always disappoints – and if you look at the famous Northern Lights with the naked eye, you'll have memories for a lifetime, he says Advanced Content Writer Abby Ruston,
I was lucky enough to travel to Iceland with my husband last year. At the top of our list of activities we could do in our (self-organized) mini-three-night break was the Aurora Borealis. Although it is not always guaranteed to see them, weather conditions allow you to increase your chances at certain times of the year.
And when we arrived in front of our hotel in Reykjavik on a snowy February evening, we were immediately greeted by something that can only be described as a whisper of dancing green smoke in the clear sky.
At one point we were confused about what it could be, and we realized that we actually saw "the lights". We knew it would be a great trip.
Only two nights later, we decided to venture into the darkness of a landscaped park and parked to wait for him. It was a cloudy evening just after 10pm and the Northern Lights tracking app did not give us any hope.
With no time on our side, it was worth the app's predicted "10 percent chance" to at least try it. After half an hour of small talk and neck pain, as I looked at the windshield, I was almost asleep when I saw a hint of green through the clouds.
It's something that instantly makes you sit upright and make your heart beat wildly as you say aloud, "Is that the lights?"
We got out of the car quickly and both looked up expectantly. As the clouds parted, we both clearly saw a rippling green curve that stretched across the sky and then formed a zig-zag in Harry Potter style.
We actually saw the Aurora Borealis and you also have the chance to start a new drive from Humberside Airport!
The magical three-hour night flight will take you across the clouds to give you a unique view of the iconic light show. The trip, organized by Omega Holidays, says the aircraft cabin is as dark as possible to give every passenger the best chance of seeing the breathtaking spectacle.
By flying to the northern edge of British airspace at an altitude of 35,000 to 40,000 feet (6.6 to 7.6 miles), they can position the aircraft within sight of the location where the Aurora is normally located.
Astronomers will also be on board to explain the phenomenon, and light refreshments will be offered aboard the plane. The trip also included a pre-flight presentation by astronomer Pete Lawrence, a regular on the BBC's Sky at Night program, which featured on Star Gazing Live.
Omega Holidays says, "Each flight is preceded by two illustrated briefings held by our experienced astronomers, who are either held at the airport itself or at a nearby hotel for a total of one hour.
"A lecture will describe how the flight will proceed and which main sights will be visible from the aircraft window." The other lecture illustrates how and why the aurora is happening and ends with a forecast of our chances to see an ad on our flight – although we should emphasize that what is actually visible can be completely different from the prognosis!
"After the briefing we drive to the departure area of the airport.
"On the way to the north, there are light refreshments right after the start.
"About 25 minutes before we reach our breakpoint, the cabin is made as dark as possible, so our eyes can adjust to the darkness to best see the night sky."
To give everyone the opportunity to see the lights, passengers are asked several times to change places for the best view.
The Humberside Northern Lights excursion will take place on Tuesday, February 13, making it the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Prices start at £ 220, just visit www.omegabreaks.com to book.