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A holiday out of the ordinary – Astronomy Tours and Holidays

Industry: Tourism/Vacation

There was a time, not long ago, when holidays abroad were mainly taken for the purpose of relaxing in the sunshine, maybe with a little cultural interest. Nothing wrong

UK (PRUnderground) November 20th, 2012

There was a time, not long ago, when holidays abroad were mainly taken for the purpose of relaxing in the sunshine, maybe with a little cultural interest.  Nothing wrong with that, and this type of holiday is still popular today.  But in the last few years there has been a marked increase in the number of specialist holidays available, and it has now become the case that whatever your interest is, whether it be a particular aspect of wildlife, history, geology or local culture, there will probably exist somewhere a tour operator who will specialise in that interest and provide a holiday which includes expert led talks and excursions that were previously only accessible if you were on an academic field trip. And so I have found to be the case with astronomy holidays.

Take for instance a trip that is currently popular – an Iceland Northern Lights tour. The Northern Lights have for a number of years been viewed by delighted tourists from the deck of a cruise ship or whilst on an excursion to Reykjavik.  But these days you can join a tour where the main purpose is to see the Northern Lights with astronomical experts. You are flown to a location specifically selected from which to see the aurora at its best and given evening talks about the science behind the lights. You are shown points of interest in the night sky and the guides are always happy to give advice on a number of astronomical topics from digital photography to pointing out the constellations.

This trip is fun, different and above all you get to see and learn fascinating things along the way.  And you do get to relax, if you want to, when you’re not snowmobiling, dog sledding, visiting waterfalls, etc, etc.

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