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Hunting the Northern Lights

Air Partner - 22 mar 2018

On March 17th 2018, Air Partner played their part in chartering approximately 150 astronomers and film crew from Cologne to experience the Northern Lights above the airspace in Iceland.

This is the tenth time which Air Partner have had the pleasure of organizing this experience alongside Eclipse Travel. 

During these flights, passengers are able to marvel at the colourful lights from Shetland Islands and Iceland from the comfort of their seat onboard. The flight lasts six hours, where travelers are able to not only enjoy the spectacular view of the polar lights but also the zodiacal light and the Milky Way.

The routes for these journeys are planned out in such a way that the aircraft arrives at 22.00 local time at the airspace near the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. This allows for optimal viewing as typically polar lights reach their greatest intensity between 22.00pm and Midnight.

The polar light extends around the geomagnetic pole, which is located in the north of Greenland and reaches up to the north of Iceland. The polar light is a permanent phenomenon, but unfortunately it is not possible to predict how strong the activity will be on any given night or event before the planned flights.

Operating astronomical flights like this requires specific knowledge, accurate timings and good relations with the airport and the operator. Air Partner care about the details and ensuring an end-to-end experience for our clients. We were able to offer a separate terminal where Eclipse Reisen could greet guests prior to the event with a presentation about the journey before they stepped on-board. Due to Air Partner’s experience, we are one of the few group aircraft charter companies that can work with such complex requirements and that will take on this challenge.

The next available Northern Light flight experience will be in November 2018. Tickets can be booked via


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Photography - Wilfred Bongartz 2018