A Spanish acrobatic paraglider pilot, Horacio Llorens has been dreaming about seeing the Northern Lights from the sky.
He decided to launch himself into an amazing night flight above Trømso in Norway. Since the Aurora Borealis is most visible in winter, it was a challenge to fly in cold temperatures. He had to wear a wetsuit and heated gloves in order to battle sub-zero temperatures (-15 degrees). Most of his flight was done above the waters of the Arctic sea. In case, something went wrong, the wetsuit would help him avoid the possibility of hypothermia.
Along with a powerful paramotor, which gave him the chance to climb and fly through the Northern Lights, Llorens carried battery-powered spotlights to light up his rig against the night sky.
The Lights are visible to the eye, but can hardly be captured on camera. For that reason, they had to use new, ultra-sensitive camera technology to show Llorens’ flight under the lights in real time.
Predicting the Northern Lights is an inexact science. “She’s shy. I asked her to dance many times, and she took a while to show up – but when she did, she was a beauty,” he said in a statement released by Red Bull.