You'll never forget the first time you see the
aurora borealis, or northern lights. The sky lights up with
other-worldly colors: green, white, red, pink, purple and blue, and
they shimmer and dance across the sky. Here in Alaska we are fortunate
to see the northern lights often, once the skies are dark enough in
the fall, and continuing through spring. In fact, the area of interior
Alaska, from Denali, north to
Fairbanks and Fort Yukon, is perhaps the
best place on earth to watch the aurora. Unfortunately for most
visitors to Alaska, seeing the northern lights is not something that
many people get to do, because most of our guests come in the summer,
and the skies here in Alaska don't get dark enough to see the aurora.
However, for the savvy traveler and the hearty souls, seeing the
northern lights in Alaska can be done with just a little planning.
The best time to see the northern lights is
late February through the end of March. This is prime time
because the skies are generally clear, and get dark at night.
After the first of April, the length of the days prevent skies
from getting dark enough to see the northern lights well.
By May 1, the skies do not get completely dark at all. The
next best time to see northern lights is late August - October.
This is the time most visitors see the northern lights, because
the weather is mild and guests don't have to brave winter
Alaska Vacation Store has put together
specials for fall northern lights viewing and spring northern
lights viewing for people who want to see the Aurora Borealis.
We've chosen special tours and lodging options that allow guests
to spend the night in locations away from city lights and with
great chances to see the aurora. We've also planned your days so
that you get to enjoy the best of Alaskan attractions at the
Fall Northern Lights Package
Northern Lights Package
Other winter tours:
Fjords National Park |
Wrangell St. Elias NP
Flight Seeing |
Glacier Tours |
National Park Tours |
Northern Lights Tours |
Wildlife Tours |
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