Alaska is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights, or aurora borealis, dancing overhead. Caused by supercharged solar particles colliding with the earth's atmosphere, these ethereal streamers of green, white, purple, blue, and even red light draw awestruck travelers from all over the world. The best time to see the northern lights in Alaska is from late August through April, and your best chances of seeing them are in the Interior, Arctic, and Southcentral regions. The Fairbanks area is one of the best places to base your northern lights adventure due to its auroral activity, hours of darkness in winter, and the wide range tours and activities focused on viewing the aurora borealis in Alaska.
Keep an eye on the statewide aurora forecast and the Fairbanks aurora tracker to monitor aurora activity for the next several days. Or better yet, join a guided northern lights tour and let the experts take you to the best northern lights viewing destinations in Alaska. On these tours, you’ll be spirited away from light pollution for the best possible views of the aurora, and most tours provide access to cabins or warming huts and plenty of hot chocolate and cider to keep you comfortable. Some tours include other activities like dog mushing, snowshoeing, or snowmachining, and photographers can join trips that are specifically geared towards northern lights photography.
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