The Northern Lights

“Awe-inspiring, magical, breathtaking, spellbinding, mesmerising”, these are a few of the words used by our clients to describe the Aurora Borealis or – as they are more commonly called – the Northern Lights. In fact, no amount of words or, indeed, images could ever do real justice to the Aurora. It is, to my mind, one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena – if not the most spectacular – and it’s hardly surprising that it’s on so many people’s wish-list.

The very first time I witnessed them for myself I was literally speechless. I just lay, silent in the snow, captivated by this truly amazing spectacle unfolding before my eyes. The only noises that I could hear were the faint sound of a reindeer bell tinkling in the distance and the sound of the my own breathing. It was a wonderful experience and one that will live with me for a lifetime. Since then I have been fortunate enough to have seen the ‘Spirits in the Sky’ many times and I think that it’s fair to say that I’ve become somewhat addicted to them. The beautiful thing is that they are always different. Sometimes they come in spirals, at other times as ribbons or bands, always varying in speed, colour and intensity. In order to fully appreciate the magnificence of this natural light display it simply has to be experienced first- hand and, believe me, it’s something that’s well worth braving the elements for.

On behalf of the Nature Pilots team, we very much look forward to welcoming you on one of our Northern Lights and Arctic Nature adventures. In the meantime, we sincerely hope that you’ll enjoy your visit to the website.

Andy Keen

Director, Nature Pilots

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Assisting the BBC

“Andy Keen is an affable chap who I met whilst directing a film about the Aurora Borealis for BBC’s Learning programme ‘Little Stargazing’. We chose Andy to be our ‘on-screen’ guide due to his experience and local knowledge of the Northern Lights. He couldn’t have been more helpful to us in our endeavours, setting up authentic indigenous outdoor experiences for the children and their fathers in addition to hunting out the lights. It was a real adventure and one of the best filming experiences I’ve had – which went on to be nominated for a BAFTA. Andy is a warm, approachable and friendly person who has a genuine enthusiasm for life and the natural world. He loves what he does and it shows. Get ready for some jaw dropping moments that you won’t forget in a hurry.”

Janine Finlay,

Freelance Director, BBC Scotland