Ultimate 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. On our Ultimate Northern Lights Photography Tour & Workshop 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 its prime location directly underneath the Auroral Oval make it second to none as a destination for photographing the Northern Lights!

Join us this year on our seven-day lodge based Photography Workshop that will leave you with dazzling images of the Aurora from several different locations around Fairbanks, Alaska.

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, 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!

There will be lots of instruction while we are waiting for the Aurora to come-on and the opportunity to photograph beautiful Alaskan Winter Landscape scenes and to go dog-sledding (included in the price!).

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

Looking for a shorter trip? Check out our Alaska Northern Lights 3 Night / 4 Day workshop.


  • 6 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

Ultimate Northern Lights

7 Days

Price: from $3695 double occupancy

+$500 single occupancy

Deposit: $1000

Fitness Level: Fairly Easy

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary – lunches are on your own in town)

Lodging: 6 nights lodging

Start/End: Fairbanks, Alaska

Open Daily: 6am-6pm MST

*trip difficulty ratings

Trip Details

Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to handle short hikes in the snow at nighttime with sub-arctic conditions.

Group Size
On this trip there will be 10 guests and two photo instructors

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

Most meals are included during the trip dates. Five dinners & six breakfasts included (lunches are on your own)

Fairbanks has the absolute best chance to see the Aurora Borealis due to the highest average of clear skies to dark nights ratio. We time this trip around historically optimal viewing months.

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

Itinerary – Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1 (Travel Day) (D)

Arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska today. We will have an orientation dinner and preliminary instruction on Northern Lights Photography then it’s off for a few hours of rest. We will wake you up just before midnight to head out to one of our favorite locations – a frozen lake surrounded by dark forests for an incredible first night of Northern Lights Photography. We have even rented a private Ice Fisherman’s shack for warming while we are waiting for the lights!

Days 2-6 (B,D)

We’ll spend the next several days 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 7 (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!”

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