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Northern Lights Tours in Alaska

By Viator, July 2017

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A natural light show that rivals any manmade fireworks display, the Northern Lights are a top reason to visit Alaska. Although the colorful light show can be difficult to track down, here’s how to get your chance at seeing the sky glow this winter.

When to Go
You can see the Aurora Borealis in Alaska between September and April, with peak viewing season during the winter months. Bundle up and be prepared to stay up late, as the lights usually glow in the middle of the night when the sky is darkest and the Arctic night is the coldest—typically between midnight and 4am.

Where to Go
Although auroras have been seen all over Alaska, we recommend Fairbanks as the best place to use as a home base. Located in the region known as the "aurora oval," the area around the city (away from the city lights) usually has clear skies, has had the most consistent sightings in the state, and offers a number of Northern Lights tours.

How to Go
There are lots of ways to see this spectacular natural phenomenon. Take part in a Northern Lights photography workshop, search the night sky from the famed Murphy Dome, or make a stop at the Chena Hot Springs before going out with a tour guide for an Aurora viewing.

Tours & Tickets

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Northern Lights Viewing including Dinner and 1-Hour Dog Sledding, Fairbanks, null
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Northern Lights Viewing including Dinner and 1-Hour Dog Sledding

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Join us for a combination tour of 2 great Alaskan experiences: the magic of the Northern Lights and the thrill of dog-sledding. Complete the experience with a ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $275.00
Northern Lights Overnight Tour with Dog Sledding, Anchorage, Night Tours
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Northern Lights Overnight Tour with Dog Sledding

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Do as Alaskans do on this overnight northern lights and dog sledding adventure!  We'll start with a twighlight dog sled ride, and as evening falls in ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $649.00
Aurora Northern Lights Photography Workshop & Tour, Fairbanks, Multi-day Tours
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Aurora Northern Lights Photography Workshop & Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Learn to photograph or enjoy viewing the Northern Lights during this six hour photography workshop outside of Fairbanks. Explore Alaska at night with the help ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $269.00
Northern Lights Experience and Cabin Dinner, Fairbanks, Night Tours
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Northern Lights Experience and Cabin Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

In this special tour, enjoy a home-cooked dinner at on off-the-grid Alaskan cabin, followed by an incredible viewing of the Aurora Borealis from Fairbanks.

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $180.00
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Dining Experiences
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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Discover the ethereal beauty of Alaska’s famous celestial display, impressive ice sculptures and the state’s ancient healing waters on an evening trip from ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Night Tours
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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Travel along one of the world’s most isolated roads from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle on this memorable 14-hour tour through the Alaskan wilderness. In the ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $225.00
Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Nature & Wildlife
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Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

On this full-day trip from Fairbanks, you'll acquire plenty of bragging rights for friends back home as you cross the Arctic Circle and (hopefully) see the ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Night Tour from Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Day Trips
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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Night Tour from Fairbanks

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Travel with expert guides in comfortable transportation and relax in the famous Chena Hot Springs. Be amazed by the Fairbanks Ice Museum's handcrafted ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Northern Lights Lodge Viewing in Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Night Tours
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Northern Lights Lodge Viewing in Fairbanks

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Enjoy incredible views of the Northern Lights from the comfort of a lodge. Watch the Aurora Borealis while staying warm inside the lodge or venture outside to ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Northern Lights Murphy Dome Viewing in Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Night Tours
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Northern Lights Murphy Dome Viewing in Fairbanks

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Join us for a tour to Murphy Dome, one of the best Aurora Borealis viewing points near Fairbanks. Marvel at the beauty of the dancing Northern Lights and ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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