Alaska Northern Lights

Clear skies, dark nights and prime location make Fairbanks, Alaska one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights. We offer this trip either as an extension to our other September / October Alaska trips or as a standalone photography workshop.

On our three night Alaska Northern Lights photography trip we take you NORTH to one of the absolute BEST locations in the world –  to view and photograph the Aurora Borealis. Fairbanks boasts the clearest night skies in Alaska and it’s prime location directly underneath the Auroral Oval make it second to none as a destination for photographing the Northern Lights!

We time this excursion so that it occurs during the best months of the year to photograph the Aurora. Although predicting the Aurora is fickle at best, statistically September, October & March are the best months overall for viewing the Aurora and photographing this phenomena under clear skies.

On this trip we switch gears and photograph at night while sleeping during the day! Each night after a hearty Alaskan dinner we will head out to search for the Aurora. Evenings are spent at a remote cabin with access to great photographic compositions and so you can quickly return to the cabin and warm-up when the Northern Lights calm down. When the Aurora comes on strong we head out to photograph! After each night’s photography session we head to our nice accommodations and catch-up on sleep during the day in Fairbanks. Our hotel understands the nature of Northern Lights Photography and the rooms are cozy, quiet and quite nice for daytime sleepers!

Please note that we offer several consecutive departures of our Northern Lights Extension is September & October – want to stay longer? You can book more than one session either after another Alaska trip or as a standalone photography workshop – OR join us on our signature Ultimate Northern Lights Photography Tour & Workshop in October & March.

Join us in Alaska and experience the magic of the Aurora Borealis.


  • 3 Full Nights of Incredible Northern Lights Photography
  • Cozy Alaskan Hotel in Fairbanks
  • Clearest Skies in Alaska – Best Time of Year – Far Away from City Lights
  • Photograph the Aurora Borealis with expert photographic instruction
  • Several unique photography locations for epic compositions and variety

Alaska Northern Lights

4 Days

Price: $2495 double occupancy

+$295 single occupancy

Deposit: $1000

Fitness Level: Fairly Easy

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 3 nights lodging

+1 additional night (adds $240) if transferring from Brown Bears of Katmai in the Fall

Start/End: Fairbanks, Alaska

Open Daily: 6am-6pm MST

*trip difficulty ratings

[icegram campaigns="19136"]

Trip Details

Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike with a day-pack.

Group Size
On this trip there will be a maximum of 8 guests and two photo instructors

We will be staying in a great hotel in Fairbanks so you can rest soundly during the day!

Most meals are included during the trip dates (see itinerary)

Fairbanks has the absolute best chance to see the Aurora Borealis due to the highest average of clear skies to dark nights ratio. Autumn temperatures can be somewhat cold in the evenings and warm during the day.

Price Includes
Most meals, ground transportation, warming cabins, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare to/from Fairbanks, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities


Day 0 (Pre-Trip for participants of Brown Bears of Katmai in the Fall) (B,L)

If you are joining our Northern Lights Extension after participating in Brown Bears of Katmai in the Fall you will travel from King Salmon, Alaska to Fairbanks, Alaska (flight not included) today. You will have a room at our hotel in Fairbanks (included). If you are joining our Northern Lights Extension either as a standalone trip or after participating in Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic – there is no “Day 0” as your trip will start on Day One.

Day 1 (D)

We will have an orientation dinner at 6pm at our hotel in Fairbanks. After preliminary instruction on Northern Lights Photography it’s off into the night for an incredible first night of Northern Lights Photography. We have secured several remote cabins in the region for a variety of compositions.

Days 2-3 (B,D)

We’ll spend three full evenings photographing the Northern Lights around Fairbanks. Each night we’ll head out to different locations and photograph the Aurora Borealis! During the day, you can catch up on much needed sleep or explore the town of Fairbanks. Every evening before we head out there will be an instructional session and some time to help improve our photography.

Day 4 (B)

After our final night of shooting the Northern Lights you can book tickets home at any point today.

Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures and more. Due to the nature of wildlife and nature photography we do not guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions regarding wildlife or natural phenomena. 

“Really a great experience. We were able to photography the lights everyday except for one. Russ is a great instructor and host. The hotel is a fantastic place to warm up after a long night out under the stars. A true Alaskan experience!”

Get the Newsletter!

Sign-Up for the Backcountry Journeys Newsletter for updates, new trips, specials and all sorts of Landscape & Wildlife Photography tips & tricks.

Other Recommended Trips