Join us on an epic Aurora chasing journey spanning from Anchorage to Fairbanks!
Our Alaskan Aurora Experts have a combined 70+ years of experience to help you create the Private Northern Lights Journey.
Your private journey is customized around the Aurora forecast; we’ll travel to the most strategic location(s) for Northern Lights viewing.
Our Alaska Northern Lights Journeys are offered in Single-Day and Multi-Day custom itineraries; we help our guests build an incredible itinerary, accommodating their level of interest in seeing the Northern Lights.
We recommend our guests have about 2-3 nights of availability for Single-Night Journeys and 4+ nights of availability for Multi-Day Journeys.
Our Muti-Day Journeys enjoy a diversity of Winter Alaskan actives by day and Aurora chasing journeys by night. We’ll ensure your itinerary accommodates a modified sleep schedule for your comfort!
Our Alaska Northern Lights Journeys are offered primarily during the most strategic times of each month; we favor chasing the Aurora when we have between 0%-70% moon illumination.
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Named for the Roman goddess of dawn, the aurora is a captivating display of light in the night sky. The aurora borealis — also called the northern lights — occur at the northern pole. Occasionally, space weather interacting with Earth can cause auroras to extend even further away from the poles. These colorful lights are constantly changing shape and intensity, from dim and scattered to bright enough to read by. The dancing lights of the aurora provide spectacular views from the ground.
The Sun continuously produces a solar wind, made of charged particles that flow outward into the solar system. When the solar wind reaches Earth’s magnetic field, it can cause magnetic reconnection, an explosive process that allows charged particles from space to accelerate into the atmosphere.
Earth’s tear-shaped magnetic field — called the magnetosphere — continuously oscillates and responds to the changing intensity of the solar wind. The solar wind particles funnel around to the long tail of the magnetosphere, where they become trapped. When magnetic reconnection occurs, the particles are accelerated toward Earth’s poles. Along the way, particles can collide with atoms and molecules in Earth’s upper atmosphere, an interaction that provides the atoms with extra energy which is released as a burst of light. These interactions continue at lower and lower altitudes until all the incoming energy is lost. When we see the glowing aurora, we are watching a billion individual collisions, lighting up the magnetic field lines of Earth.
– Brian Dunbar, National Aeronautics and Space Administration