The morning of March 20th is marked by one of nature’s grandest sights – a total eclipse of the Sun. Such events happen when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow down onto a portion of the Earth’s surface. Unfortunately, the shadow’s track is narrow, so to see the full eclipse you’ll need to travel north to either Svalbard or the Faroe Islands. That has not deterred veteran eclipse chasers who booked up flights and hotels years ago, but the rest of us who will be stuck with a partial eclipse should not be too discouraged. While nothing compares to the magnificence of a total eclipse, a partial eclipse, too, is full of interest and the timing of this one should ensure that it is enjoyed by many.
The closer to totality one is, the more of the Sun’s disc will cover the Moon. In Aberdeen, for example, an eclipse, which begins at 8.32am, will peak at 9.37am with more than 93 per cent of the Sun obscured, whereas those as far south as London will make do with 84 per cent eclipse. In both cases, the show is over by 10.45.
To guarantee you have the best possible vantage point to witness this memorable experience, travel aboard either Marco Polo, Azores or Magellan (on her maiden voyage!) that, as part of their Solar Eclipse and Northern Lights itineraries, will cruise to the Faroe Islands and position themselves so that passengers enjoy the best position to view the solar eclipse.