Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 23, 2017
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Go towards the light

If you’re in Canada’s or Europe’s north this winter — we’re talking the Yukon, the Northwest Territories or Scandinavia — do like the Friendly Giant and look up, look waaay up. According to an expert at the US’s National Center for Atmospheric Research, the northern lights will be at its brightest “solar maximum” — a solar cycle that takes about 11 years — since 1958. Spaceport Sweden must know this and we assume that that’s why the company is launching a Northern Lights flight experience beginning January 15, 2012 and continuing on February 5, 12 and 19. It’ll begin at the town of Jukkasjärvi’s 47-room Ice Hotel with a short presentation on the natural phenomenon, then continue 12 kilometres away at Sweden’s northernmost airport, Kiruna, where an airplane with nine seats, each with a window, will take passengers above the clouds to ogle the breathtaking lights. The flight is about one hour. To book a flight (about $650) or a flight and overnight (with dinner and breakfast) at the Ice Hotel ($1275): icehotel.com.

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