Beautiful Aurora Borealis backdrop for paraglider in Trømso

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Horacio Llorens battled sub-zero conditions for dream flight.

Spanish acro-paraglider Horacio Llorens combated cold and windy conditions in 2016 when he became the first person to perform a free flight in front of the Northern Lights in Trømso, Norway.

Here is all you need to know:

– Llorens was forced to battle -15 degree temperatures on the ground and 60kph winds during his night flight below the Aurora Borealis.

– The legendary acro pilot donned a wetsuit and battery-heated gloves – powered up his paramotor – while battery-powered spotlights lit up his rig against the night sky.

– The heated gloves kept his fingers warm enough for fine control over the throttle after his flatland launch into the night flight.

– Ultra-sensitive camera technology was used in order to capture Llorens flying under the lights in real-time, rather than in timelapse, which had previously been the only way to capture the phenomenon.

– Llorens was forced to wait more than two weeks to ensure conditions were perfect. He said of the Northern Lights: “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!”

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