The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is one of those acts of nature that is as humbling as it is beautiful. Alaska is one of the best places in the world to see them. So if you’re headed there, read these tips for catching sight of those swirling, greenish curtains in the sky.
Just like if you were stargazing, the best nights are when it’s as dark as possible. Because summer months in Alaska have few hours of darkness (if any), you’ll want to avoid that season. Midwinter, though, can have harsh weather—therefore, September and March are the best months to try and see the Aurora Borealis. Of course, you won’t want to be near a city because of its artificial lights, and cloudy days will also ruin your chances. So get out of town, check the weather forecast, and hope that the Northern Lights (which still aren’t exactly regular or predictable) will be waiting for you to spot.