Spectacular Sky Dancing With The Northern Lights
Horacio Llorens, one of the world’s best acro-paragliders, combines his passion for flying with the beautiful Northern Lights.
In 14 years of professional paragliding, the Spanish flyer has flown around the world, but a trip to Norway earlier this month to chase the Aurora Borealis was something he said, “ I couldn’t turn down”.
It wasn't easy, snow storms, bad visibility and frozen wires kept him waiting in -15°C, (5°F) temperatures and because he flew above the water, he wore a wetsuit under his flying outfit in case he had to land on the nearly frozen water.
“I’ve found out that flying at night is difficult, especially this far north and during the winter,” he explained. “Tromsø was different from everything I’m used to. It was cold and dark, the wind was strong, and I was surrounded by water. So every decision was important.”
And even though the Norwegian city is a favourable location to see Northern Lights, the bright, dancing beams were elusive. “Aurora is very shy,” he laughed. “I’ve asked her out many times, but every time she was a no show.
And when if finally all came together he said, “It felt fantastic. I’m very fortunate to have had this opportunity and to have this as a job. I will definitely come back to Tromsø, but the next time will be during the summer!”
Horacio uses the latest technology. Until recently, the moving images of Aurora Borealis could only be recorded in high quality by making time lapses. New light sensitive cameras have changed the game, and Dancing with Aurora is the first high quality clip showing the Northern Light combined with action sports.
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