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Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome

Fairbanks, United States
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


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
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.
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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.
Duration: 300 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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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!
We went one night and saw...
, 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.
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.
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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