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Northern Lights Tours in Alaska

Northern Lights Tours in Alaska

A natural light show that rivals any manmade fireworks display, the Northern Lights are a top reason to visit Alaska. Although the colorful light show can be difficult to track down, here’s how to get your chance at seeing the sky glow this winter.

When to Go

You can see the Aurora Borealis in Alaska between September and April, with peak viewing season during the winter months. Bundle up and be prepared to stay up late, as the lights usually glow in the middle of the night when the sky is darkest and the Arctic night is the coldest—typically between midnight and 4am.

Where to Go

Although auroras have been seen all over Alaska, we recommend Fairbanks as the best place to use as a home base. Located in the region known as the "aurora oval," the area around the city (away from the city lights) usually has clear skies, has had the most consistent sightings in the state, and offers a number of Northern Lights tours.

How to Go

There are lots of ways to see this spectacular natural phenomenon. Take part in a Northern Lights photography workshop, search the night sky from the famed Murphy Dome, or make a stop at the Chena Hot Springs before going out with a tour guide for an Aurora viewing.

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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

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Go far off the beaten track on this small-group tour that takes you along one of the world's most isolated roads. Travel into the Alaskan wilderness along the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to the edge of the Arctic Circle. On the way back, keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$225.00
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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

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Pair aurora borealis with spa treatments and you get a northern lights experience like no other. This night trip from Fairbanks takes you to Chena Hot Springs Resort for an exciting but relaxing array of activities. Discover eye-popping sculptures at the on-site Aurora Ice Museum, and then unwind in the resort’s legendary mineral water baths. When the conditions are right, a guide takes your small group to the best locations to watch for the ethereal northern lights, with warm beverages in hand.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
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Northern Lights Viewing including Dinner and 1-Hour Dog Sledding

Northern Lights Viewing including Dinner and 1-Hour Dog Sledding

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Treat yourself to the complete Alaskan experience: A team of happy hounds speeds you through snowy scenery and then you’re whisked off to an off-the-grid cabin for a delicious home-cooked meal. Learn what it takes to lead a team of dogs before hopping on a sled for an hour-long run. After dinner, face the cabin’s large north-facing windows and marvel at aurora borealis, while savoring a warm beverage.
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  • 6 hours
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Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome
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Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome

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Watch the Northern Lights from Murphy Dome, one of the best viewing spots around Fairbanks. During your tour, your guide shares informative commentary about the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis) and other natural wonders of Alaska. Hear about the history of the former Air Force Station on Murphy Dome, and keep warm with complimentary hot beverages and snacks. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Fairbanks.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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Northern Lights Murphy Dome Viewing in Fairbanks
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Northern Lights Murphy Dome Viewing in Fairbanks

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Capture the photos of the Northern Lights that you have been dreaming of on this guided night trip to the Murphy Dome from Fairbanks. One of the tallest peaks in the region, Murphy Dome provides one of the best vantage points to witness the Aurora Borealis. Watch the night sky blaze with color while savoring a hot beverage. Hotel transport included.
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  • 5 hours
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Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Trip from Fairbanks
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Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Trip from Fairbanks

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How many people can say they’ve crossed the Arctic Circle? Experience the landscapes of a lifetime on this full-day guided trip from Fairbanks and see the Northern Lights. Journey through Alaskan wilderness aboard comfortable transport, and take a stroll along the Yukon River. On a high plateau of Finger Mountain, spot wildlife such as foxes, moose and bears. On the way back, witness the splendor of Aurora Borealis.
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  • 14 hours
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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Night Tour from Fairbanks
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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Night Tour from Fairbanks

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This guided night trip to Chena Hot Springs from Fairbanks gives you a bit of everything: hot, cold and the marvelous. Begin with a tour of the Fairbanks Ice Museum and marvel at its hand-sculpted ice bar and chandeliers. At a charming resort, slip into thermal pools of water that soothe your sore muscles. Relaxed, gear up for a midnight viewing of the surreal Northern Lights at one of the best locations to witness this natural phenomenon.
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  • 11 hours
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Individual Aurora Northern Lights Photography Workshop & Tour

Individual Aurora Northern Lights Photography Workshop & Tour

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Many tours take travelers to spot the northern lights, but few do so with a photographer and professional grade cameras and equipment. This tour, which takes you to a carefully selected location outside of Fairbanks, does just that. Rent a camera, tripod, lenses, and spend at least three hours taking photos of the lights phenomenon.
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  • 6 hours
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Northern Lights Lodge Viewing in Fairbanks
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Northern Lights Lodge Viewing in Fairbanks

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Witness the magical phenomenon of the Northern Lights from inside a warm lodge located far from city lights. An informative guide explains the science behind the dancing lights streaming across the night sky. Bring along your camera and capture this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hotel transport from Fairbanks included.
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  • 5 hours
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Northern Lights Experience and Cabin Dinner
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Northern Lights Experience and Cabin Dinner

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Experience the wonder of the Northern Lights and indulge in a home-cooked meal in one night on this outing from Fairbanks. A driver takes you to an off-the-grid Alaskan cabin for dinner where you can enjoy the lively company of others. Then, face the large north-facing windows of the cabin and witness the splendor of aurora borealis, with a warm beverage in hand.
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  • 5 hours
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