An Unforgettable Trip
What makes a stargazing trip to a dark-sky site so enjoyable? It connects you with the universe—nature on a grand scale. For many, there is great pleasure in simply standing beneath a dark, crystal-clear sky, gazing up and out into the cosmos. Far from city lights, the night sky shines with a light show of its own, a show highlighted by the naked-eye spectacle of the glowing Milky Way.
With stargazing, there is no need to rush; it’s a very tranquil pastime. Given the hectic pace of modern life, it’s extremely pleasant to be able to just kick back, relax, and connect with the universe—and with yourself. You’ll also connect with other, like-minded travelers who share your interest in the night sky. Our stargazing trips are small-group tours, and you’ll quickly become friends with your fellow stargazers, some of whom are repeat travelers.
You don’t need to know a thing about the night sky. Our trip astronomer will introduce you to the heavens, point out some of the finest sights, and help you get the best out of any equipment we have with us. No need to bring a telescope, though if you have binoculars, do take them.
From Costa Rica—the dark-sky site that we travel to most often—the Milky Way, our galactic home in the universe, is prominent. In spring, beautiful sky sights such as Crux (the Southern Cross), the brilliant Jewel Box star cluster, the pretty Eta Carinae nebula, the magnificent Omega Centauri globular star cluster, and the Large Magellanic Cloud (a neighboring galaxy) are in view at various times of the night.
Our stargazing trips to Iceland (and occasionally Norway) are a little different, as we’re there primarily in search of the aurora borealis, the northern lights. Here, the northern sky dominates, but because we go in early autumn, the intriguing winter stars rise late each evening, including the pretty Pleiades star cluster, the Orion nebula, numerous open star clusters, and more bright stars than are visible during any other season.
While we’re outside stargazing, we may be favored with an occasional unexpected sighting. A sporadic meteor might flash across the heavens, or we may spot a number of artificial satellites as they orbit Earth. Even the International Space Station might put in an appearance.