Alaska Northern Lights

When in Alaska, stay longer.

Backcountry Journeys has a number of photo tour itineraries that take us to Alaska, which is a pretty darn far off place for most of us to reach. Exciting visits to see and photograph the Brown bears of Katmai National Park, as well as the Polar bears way up near the Beaufort Sea happily lure us north to the Last Frontier. Come to think of it, getting to Alaska is something that for many of us might happen just once in a lifetime.

So, if your travels should take you to Alaska for a photo opportunity with Backcountry Journeys, why not extend your time, and expand your adventures in the 49th State, by adding a workshop focused wholly on capturing the Northern Lights?

We’d like to remind everyone of our exciting Alaskan Northern Lights workshops that are scheduled to follow our autumn Brown Bears of Katmai, as well as our Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic photo tours making it seamless for folks booked on either of those tours to add Alaskan Northern Lights.

The below Alaskan Northern Lights dates can be booked in a number of different ways.

  • Already booked on a Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic or Brown Bears of Katmai tour? Book a set of dates (or two) that immediately follow as an extension to your trip.
  • Not booked on a Bears tour, and only really interested in Northern Lights? These dates are bookable as a stand-alone tour, or you could combine dates so as to spend more time photographing the Lights.

Not to be forgotten are our traditional full-length Northern Lights tour. Be sure to check out the dates for our Ultimate Northern Lights tours, which run in March and October.

No matter which suits you best, you can be assured that taking part in any of these tours you’ll be put in the best position to find and photograph the Northern Lights. We’ll photograph the Northern Lights from in-and-around Fairbanks, which boasts the clearest night skies in Alaska. Fairbanks is also located directly underneath the Auroral Oval which makes it second to none as a destination for photographing the Northern Lights.

Alaska Northern Lights
Lodge-based Photo Workshop
4 Days / from $2,495

Sept 13th to 16th, 2020
Sept 15th to 18th, 2020
Sept 16th to 19th, 2020
Sept 21st to 24th, 2020
Oct 3rd to 6th, 2020
Oct 6th to 9th, 2020

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Kenton Krueger








Kenton Krueger grew up and spent the first 33 years of his life in the corn country of Omaha, Nebraska. After studying aviation at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Aviation Institute, he “conned” his way into the newsroom at the award-winning Omaha World-Herald where for 3+ years he wrote and photographed news articles on a variety of topics such as community events, travel and even mixed martial arts for the sports department. Yet something was missing. While on backpacking trips to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon National Parks in the mid-2000’s he was quick to realize that the wildlands of the western United States stoked a fire in his heart as nothing else could. This realization led to relocation to Flagstaff, Arizona, and he hasn’t looked back. He has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, newspaper photographer, and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.