• Northern Lights


Alaska's Northern Lights

Lights that dance in the night sky

See the amazing Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, as you journey across Alaska. These incredible displays of colour from yellow-green to red, blue and purple patterns is best seen during the winter months and occurs some 60 or 70 miles above the earth's surface. While this natural light show takes place year-round, the summer's near-constant daylight makes for difficult viewing. Many hotels in Alaska will offer northern lights wake-up calls upon request so you don't miss out.

As towns and cities produce lots of light that interferes with aurora viewing, head out of town for clear, dark skies. Fairbanks and far north regions are considered the best of Alaska for northern lights viewing, although it is still possible to view this amazing phenomenon from Anchorage and other cities. Of course, there is no guarantee when the aurora will be out as it is like the weather, variable; prime viewing is therefore best accompanied by cloudless and moonless skies during the hours surrounding midnight. Plan to spend a few days to witness these beautiful dancing displays in the night sky.