Northern Lights

When & Where to Maximize Your Probability of Viewing Them

The most reliable chances to see Alaska’s northern lights (also known as the Aurora Borealis) are in Fairbanks, and above the Arctic Circle. The aurora belt in Alaska’s great Interior and Arctic regions is among the most active in the world, and there are few other places on earth so suited for an Aurora Borealis vacation.

While there are no guarantees that the northern lights show will happen on any particular night, Northern Lights trips are typically best made in late fall and winter/early spring, though they can be seen throughout the winter months on nights with clear skies. If you visit Alaska in November, December or January, you will experience a very short period of daylight providing a unique experience in the high northern hemisphere.  In February and March, there are longer daylight hours for you to enjoy with evenings that still offer maximum viewing chances. No Alaska bucket list is complete without experiencing Alaska’s Northern Lights!

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Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $169 / per person

Travel to Denali on a fall or winter adventure! The narrated tour departs from Fairbanks and travels south through the Tanana Valley along the Parks Highway. Your guide will share... Read more.

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Duration: 5 Days
Starting at: $919 / per person

Experience some of Alaska’s best winter activities in both Anchorage and Fairbanks.  Begin your tour with day trip from Anchorage on a guided tour along the Turnagain Arm, one... Read more.

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Duration: 11 Days
Starting at: $2869 / per person

Visit Alaska to discover the beauty and magic of winter on this extended 11 day “Ultimate Alaska Winter Wonderland” vacation! This unique journey from Fairbanks includes... Read more.

Duration: 9 Days
Starting at: $1759 / per person

Enjoy Alaska’s best resorts and best winter outdoor activities and travel through spectacular winter scenery on the Alaska Railroad. At the Alyeska Resort, located 40 miles... Read more.

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $1140 / per person

Bettles Lodge is a remote and beautiful Alaska wilderness lodge, rustic in style yet modern in terms of its facility, built originally in 1948 and located 35 miles north of the Arctic... Read more.

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $4193 / per person

Winterlake Lodge is situated in a wilderness setting south of Denali National Park, northwest of Anchorage. Located on the National Historic Iditarod Trail, the lodge is in a... Read more.