It’s one of the most stunning natural events in the world, and now, for the first time ever in Canada, you can see the northern lights from above.
Tourism Yukon, the Yukon Astronomical Society and Air North have partnered together to give customers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the northern lights from an airplane in the Yukon. That’s right — passengers on the Aurora 360 charter flight will get to witness the Northern Lights at 36,000 feet above the ground.
The experience will give 78 passengers an optimal viewing experience on board Air North’s flight. Depending on weather conditions, the flight will leave from Whitehorse on either November 24 or 25, with the flight time to be determined at a later date.
At the moment, there are three different flight packages available for the trip, starting at $950 per passenger.
The first package includes airfare for the flight only, with no additional travel accommodations. In the mood for a luxurious trip too? Air North is offering a longer vacation package, which includes three nights in a Whitehorse hotel, as well as the flight, for a total cost of $1,200. For those travelling from Western Canada, round-trip flights to and from Whitehorse are available, plus the Aurora 360 flight, and will cost each person a total of $1,635.
Customers who purchase tickets will also be invited to a private event featuring guest speakers and live entertainment at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse.
“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, the global marketing manager at Tourism Yukon.
“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,” said Anthony Gucciardo, the President of the Yukon Astronomical Society, in a press release. “This flight will take patrons to the area of greatest aurora activity… which changes dynamically according to how the solar wind is flowing on any particular night.”
So if you’re willing to spend a thousand bucks on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, make sure to bring your camera!