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How to Plan an Alaska Vacation to See the Northern Lights

Few experiences compare to watching Alaska's Northern Lights dance across the night sky. Like a ballet of light, whirling bands of light radiate the sky with color and movement. No night show is ever the same. [caption id="attachment_21156" align="aligncenter" width="887"] Northern Lights viewing from Fairbanks, Alaska[/caption] The Northern...

Alaska’s Northern Lights: Myths, Legends, and Science

Winter in Alaska is an exceptionally noteworthy experience. As temperatures drop and daylight dwindles to just a few hours a day, out of the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, a green glow begins to blanket evening-to-morning landscapes. Large ribbons of light materialize in the sky, stretching...

When and Where to See the Northern Lights in Alaska

While there’s a certain mystical quality behind Alaska’s awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights form in Alaska as a result of bands of incredible illumination that actually have much more to do with magnetism than with magic. And believe it or not, their activity is...

The Northern Lights: Why Do We See This Strange But Beautiful Phenomenon?

Special Guest Blog by Dr. Melanie Windridge, author of Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights What are the Northern Lights? The swirling arcs of the Aurora Borealis or "the Northern Lights" that we see are actually billions of oxygen and nitrogen atoms being struck by charged...

When Will I See the Northern Lights in Alaska?

The northern lights are among Alaska’s biggest and brightest, exciting and elusive attractions. To experience the northern lights is something you will never forget, but it isn’t always easy to time things right. It’s worth the effort, however, because these are one of nature’s greatest...