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Experience the Northern Lights From a Private Jet in Canada

News Astronomy Airports + Flying
by Eben Diskin Nov 7, 2018

Witnessing the northern lights is not as easy as heading north — the season has to be right, the weather has to be appropriate, you need to be awake and at the right spot, etc. So, to remove the uncertainty of seeing the aurora borealis, Consulta Meta has organized the Aurora 360 Experience, a trip in the Yukon in northern Canada that includes a private flight into and around the “Aurora Oval” — a territory where the lights are strongly visible — on a chartered 737 jet.

Running from February 7th to 11th, 2019, the Aurora 360 Experience is a five-day trip. It will offer the exceptional northern lights flight, as well as a range of activities on the ground, including traditional Yukon dinners, cultural activities, entry to Takhini Hot Springs, and a guided tour of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. There will also be a variety of guest speakers, including astronomer Dr. Phil Plait, William Murtagh (assistant director of the Space Weather, Energy, and Environment Division at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy), and Pierre Paquette (Astronomy Ambassador of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada).

Space aboard the flight is limited, with only 80 seats available. The flight underwent a test run last year, with passengers able to see the lights just nine minutes following takeoff, as well as for three straight hours afterward. If the stunning lights aren’t a big enough incentive, you’ll also be provided with complimentary gin from the local Yukon Brewing company.

As can be expected, tickets for the flight aren’t cheap. The flight alone costs $796, while the entire experience — including all the cultural and culinary activities, and four nights’ lodging in Whitehorse — costs $2,239. To book your spot, reach out via the official website.

H/T: Lonely Planet

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