Inflight Polar Lights

Polar Lights

Polar Lights | Northern Atlantic | 2017

Last night it happened again. During my crossing of the Northern Atlantic on a Delta flight from Portland to Amsterdam I was blessed with another of nature’s most magic light shows, the Aurea Borealis.

Please excuse that the photographs I took with my little Ricoh GR II are not the sharpest. I took the photos out of a slightly shaking airplane with 6 seconds shutter speed and ISO 3200, the camera resting on a book I put onto the pillow I stuffed between seat and window. All I could do. But I wanted to share the magic of that moment.

I was consciously looking for the Northern Lights, as a fellow blogger currently on the ground in Norway captured them the night before. So I made sure I had a window seat on the left side, facing north. And then it was just a matter of waiting (and not falling asleep). And I got indeed lucky! More than enough compensation for the stress of a 4 day US trip.

Polar Lights

Polar Lights | Northern Atlantic |2017

Polar Lights

Polar Lights | Northern Atlantic | 2017

Have a splendid weekend!


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  1. Truly magic! I cannot believe I missed these (I flew the day before from Boston to Munich). The thought – seeing inflight polar lights- never crossed my mind. Too bad! But I am wiser. Now. For the next time. Thanks for sharing. They are beautiful (the lights and your pics).

    By the way – 4 weeks ago I was in Nürnberg for the first time. Since I was there for business I had little time to explore your city but I liked what I saw and will come back with more time and only for pleasure. 😁

    Have a wonderful sunday!


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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Annett. I keep fingers crossed that you see them next time on a night flight!

      Next time you make it to Nuremberg let me know. It would be nice to meet a fellow blogger for a coffee 🙂

      Have a great week! Marcus

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  2. You are a lucky man, Marcus. This is really special indeed and the images are spectacular and fabulous captured under the special circumstances. Have a great and sunny weekend.

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  3. Super! Ich freu mich für dich das du deine zweiten Nordlichter gesehen hast! Meine Aurora-app hatte für Mittwoch bis morgen super viel Nordlichtaktivität vorausgesagt. Leider ist es seit gestern bewölkt in Norwegen!

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