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Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome

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Fairbanks, United States
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
  • Northern Lights tour to Murphy Dome, from Fairbanks
  • Enjoy great views of the Northern Lights from Murphy Dome
  • Watch the spectacular natural light show in Alaska
  • Includes complimentary hot beverages and snacks
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The first pick up time will start at 10:30 pm. Please contact us 24 to 48 hours before tour to get your exact pick up time.
If you are staying with Alaska-Wildlife-Cabin-and-Hostels, you can jump right into our vans before tour begins.

We can pick you up from any address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. If you do not see your address in the hotel list but it is in the city limits, please leave the address in the comment section.

If you are staying outside the city limits, we can meet you at the Walmart parking lot in Fairbanks.

Departure Time

10:30 PM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

After pickup from your Fairbanks hotel, leave the city behind as you travel in a comfortable van to Murphy Dome, located 20 miles (32km) northwest of Fairbanks. Murphy Dome reaches an elevation of 2,930 feet (728 meters) and hosts a former Air Force Station that is now used as a long distance radar station.

From this height, far from the city lights, you can view the Northern Lights as they dance across the sky with breathtaking colors. Take photographs and enjoy the natural light show shimmer in the skies of Alaska.

While waiting for the Northern Lights to appear, you can stay warm in the van and sip a hot beverage accompanied by light snacks.

At the end of your tour, your guide returns you to your Fairbanks hotel.
Itinerary
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Fairbanks
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Murphy Dome
Join us on our tour to one of the most famous Northern Lights viewing spots in and around, located north northwest of Fairbanks, Murphy Dome. Today Murphy Dome Air Force Station (elevation 2930 feet) is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station. We will leave the city lights behind us in our spacious vans ensuring each guests comfort. Highlights: Travel to Murphy Dome (20 miles west north-west of Fairbanks, was once an Air Force Station, today still in use as a Long Distance Radar Station) Murphy Dome climbs to 2.930 feet (880 meter) above sea level View the breathtaking Northern Lights dance across the sky (360 degree view) Enjoy the opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights for everlasting memories Note: We cannot guarantee the Northern Lights sightings. It is a natural phenomena, which is difficult to predict and impossible to control. Please also note, that the Murphy dome is not a building. This also means that there are no restroom facilities available.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear appropriate warm winter clothes
  • We provide hot drinks during the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • There are no restroom facilities available
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Wildlife Guide LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Don't rely on a mobile phone camera, they are usually not good enough to capture anything of the lights." See review

Reviews

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Nothing to see
Justin_T
, Oct 2020
We could not really see the Northern Lights on our trip. Just a little haze through the clouds, even though we were there for hours until 3am. I recommend that if you want to see them, you should go to Denali and stay there for a few days instead of Fairbanks as Fairbanks is a really small town and has nothing to do. We were not offered any sort of refund either after asking. I know that it is not their fault as it was due to weather but it was not what I expected. At least we know now and will be going to Denali next time as we can even go hiking there.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
The Aurora is a combination of several factors -- all natural and all beyond our ability to control or predict with 100% accuracy. Have you ever noticed how often a weather forecast is 100% reliable? Aurora bottom line: There is no perfect place, no perfect dates, and no experts. However, there are those occasions (in the far northern and southern latitudes) where the weather is kind, the solar radiation is optimal, and the phase of the moon cooperates -- these are worth waiting for and worth every effort! Hope you are more successful on your next attempt. Alaska will be waiting for you.
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Wonderful tour
Savanah_Z
, Sep 2020
Lovely tour guide showered us with snacks and treats. Unfortunately we weren’t able to see the lights due to cloud coverage but the experience was nothing less than comfortable and relaxing.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
So happy you enjoyed your tour. Thank you.
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Aurora arrived
KRR
, Feb 2020
We had a great host. He was very knowledgeable and kept us informed about possibilities. We did get to see the Aurora about 30 minutes before we were due to return. It was cold and windy but great 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Good to hear! Glad you enjoyed your Tour. Thanks.
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Northern Lights Tour
Michael H
, Sep 2019
A great tour. Our Guide Joe picked us up on time and gave us a great talk about the Lights. Murphy’s Dome was a great viewing spot. Fantastic light show!
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We went one night and saw...
rob.gillett
, Dec 2017
We went one night and saw spectacular views of the northern lights. The people were very helpful there. Make sure you have a good camera and that you know how to use it properly. Don't rely on a mobile phone camera, they are usually not good enough to capture anything of the lights.
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We drove for a good distance out of...
Garnet M
, Apr 2017
We drove for a good distance out of town to find the dark skies but finally parked below a cell tower that had 3 bright red lights. With the longer exposures for the aurora the snow appeared bright red. When he parked the van he made the effort to back in so when I asked the direction to look for the aurora he said it would be behind us. Not sure why he would park so the action would be to our back. Around 2:30 AM we were all packed up and ready to leave when the aurora displayed a very beautiful band of color. Too bad it was directly behind the cell tower! At one point some other people walked out in our field of view to set up taking their pictures. I mentioned that to our guide and he basically told me to just deal with it. I walked out to those guys and politely explained to them and the immediately pulled back in line to set up. The tour description said there would be snacks and drinks. None were offered to me. When we started back down I asked if there was any water and our guide offered the bottle he had frozen to keep in his cooler. Fortunately for me it was thawed ... All I can say about this tour is we did see the aurora and he did get us safely there and back. I'll add a photo after posting but basically I didn't use anything I captured from this tour because of the red snow.
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Perfect trip since we saw a...
Brett H
, Feb 2017
Perfect trip since we saw a spectacular northern lights show. The driver said we hit it just right evidently the past few nights were not good for viewing. The driver was excellent....he had a lot of Alaskan experience and had a ton of really cool stories. Excellent knowledge of Murphy Dome. We also so saw some Moose. Plus if you don't have a lot of time in Fairbanks this 4 to 5 hour tour works perfect....versus the 14 hour tour I am going on today up to the Arctic circle....can't wait..
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