Air North, Yukon’s Airline, in partnership with the Yukon Astronomical Society and Tourism Yukon, recently welcomed guests from around the world on its inaugural aurora viewing flight, the first of its kind in North America.
On November 24, 2017, 91 enthusiasts watched the stunning aurora borealis from the skies, 36,000 feet above the Yukon. Taking off and returning to Whitehorse International Airport, the flight circled over the communities of Watson Lake, Old Crow and Dawson City in pursuit of the best northern lights.
On board were Yukon Astronomical Society Past President Anthony Gucciardo, Dr. Christa van Laerhoven, an astrophysicist, and professional photographer Neil Zeller, all of whom interacted with guests on board to help describe the dark sky phenomena and to give photography tips to capture the spectacle.
All guests were welcomed to a pre-flight gala at Whitehorse’s Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, featuring exceptional Yukon-inspired food, beverage, and traditional First Nation and contemporary dance performances.
The inaugural aurora viewing flight was a remarkable achievement for Air North and its partners. The company is currently considering options for future aurora flight offerings.
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Watch a timelapse video of the flight
Air North's Aurora 360 Flight to the Lights from Neil Zeller on Vimeo.