Alaska's Interior

Interior Alaska, traditional home to the Athabascan people, contains the highest mountains in the United States and some of the longest rivers. Interior Alaska’s uplands tend to be fairly dry, protected from storms and rain by the towering Alaska Range. It also has the most temperature variation of any region in Alaska, including temperature shifts as much as 30°F in one day! Bring your sunscreen – Interior Alaska is home to the Midnight Sun in summer. Summer high temperatures occasionally reach 100°F, although mid-70s are more typical. Winter temperatures tend to stay below 0°F in winter, with a light layer of snow on the ground starting in October.

Fairbanks – the Golden Heart of the Interior – has nearly 22 hours of daylight at the peak of summer, decreasing to just more than 3.5 hours of daylight on the shortest day of the year. Due to the amount of daylight, mid-August through late-April are peak months for viewing the northern lights.


Average temperature for The Interior

Average temperature by month in Alaska's Interior
Average Temperature by Month
Month Low High
Jan -18° F 0° F
Feb -15° F 8° F
Mar 0° F 24° F
Apr 20° F 42° F
May 38° F 60° F
Jun 48° F 70° F
Jul 52° F 72° F
Aug 48° F 68° F
Sep 38° F 55° F
Oct 18° F 32° F
Nov -4° F 12° F
Dec -15° F 0° F

Sunlight hours by month for The Interior

Average sunlight hours in Alaska's Interior
Hours of Daylight by Month
Month Hrs of Light
Jan 6
Feb 8
Mar 12
Apr 14
May 18
Jun 20
Jul 19
Aug 17
Sep 14
Oct 10
Nov 7
Dec 5

Proper Clothing for The Interior

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  • Short sleeved shirt, shorts

    Short Sleeved
    Shirt, Shorts

  • Long sleeved shirt, jeans / slacks
    Long Sleeved
    Shirt, Pants

    Sleeved
    Shirt,
    Pants
  • Warm hat and gloves
    Warm Hat
    and Gloves
    Warm
    Hat
    and Gloves
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
    Comfortable
    Walking Shoes
    Comfortable
    Walking
    Shoes
  • Waterproof boots

    Waterproof
    Boots

  • Insulated boots

    Insulated
    Boots

  • Long underwear

    Long
    Underwear

  • Windbreaker or jacket

    Windbreaker
    or Jacket

  • Wool sweater or fiberfill vest
    Wool Sweater
    or Fiberfill Vest
    Wool Sweater or
    Fiberfill Vest
  • Winter coat

    Winter
    Coat

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