My great flight on ANA was made even better by my first-ever sighting of the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) while flying over Norway.
Whimsical: I Saw The Northern Lights On My ANA Flight
While eating dinner a flight attendant came over and told me to take a peak outside my window. I did and was delighted to see glistening shafts of colored light visible in the night sky. It looked as if the lights were dancing through the sky in hues of green and yellow, like I was being wrapped in the arms of a loved one.
Seeing the Northern Lights has been near the top of my travel bucket list for many years. I’ve always had an excuse to avoid it – bad weather or a limited flight schedule to Fairbanks, Alaska.
How fitting that the first time in my life I see aurora borealis is on an airplane at 38,000 feet.
Sadly, no pictures (stock photo above) – all the lights were on in the cabin, creating too great of a glare to take a picture out of the reflective window. But this was the point in the flight when they appeared:
I kept my eyes glued to the window for the next half hour and enjoyed perhaps the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen from an airplane. As we continued east, the lights disappeared and I retuned to the reality of my flight.
I’m hoping (even this winter) to see the Northern Lights from the ground. It’s one of those phenomenon that is just so cool. But I’m happy now to have seen it in-person…and to have seen it from an airplane.
Have you ever seen the Northern Lights from an airplane?
image: @Cardiff_Airport / Twitter