Seeing the northern lights is often the culmination of a few factors coming together at once: Darkness, clear skies, an active aurora forecast, and a northern setting. This aurora viewing tour puts a few of those in place. It starts with a pickup in Fairbanks, and then a narrated driving tour out of town to the north. The route winds west of the White Mountains and through groves of scraggly spruce, their profiles dark against the night sky.
Northern lights are known to dazzle above this quaint outpost.
After arriving at the Arctic Circle Trading Post in Joy, Alaska, guests unload and eagerly await a light show that will hopefully soon come. The northern lights are known to dazzle above this quaint outpost. Inside it's warm and welcoming. And outside it's beautifully quiet. In the cold air frost glitters, matching the stunning stars above.
When the Aurora Borealis comes, it often starts as a faint wisp like a thin cloud. Other times they ripple down as though a curtain had been dropped. They may appear static, like paint on a canvas. And other times they move and flutter with colors fading in and out. After a few hours under the dancing Arctic sky, this guided aurora tour concludes with a return drive to Fairbanks.
The Homestead Aurora tour includes about three total hours on the road between Fairbanks and Joy and about four hours of potential aurora viewing.
What to Bring
Dress in layers and wear warm winter boots. Bring a winter jacket, snow pants, hat, scarf, and gloves or mittens. Wind resistant layers are highly recommended. No food is provided on the tour, so plan to bring snacks and drinks if needed.
The Arctic Circle Trading Post does not have running water. Guests can expect that restroom facilities after leaving Fairbanks are unheated outhouses.
Transfers & Meeting Points
The tour operator picks up guests from most Fairbanks area hotels.
Rates & Dates
Here are the rates and operating dates for this product. Remember, we have a lowest price guarantee for nearly everything we sell.
|2/1/23 (W) to 4/21/23 (F)2/1/23 (W) to 4/21/23 (F)||Adult: $119.00||Child: $119.00|
|The rates above are subject to change without notice.|
Departure times and locations are listed below. Click on a link for an interactive map.
|Depart: 9:00 PM||Location: Northern Alaska Tours Office|
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- Price $119
- Duration 7 Hours
- Departs 9:00 PM
- Operating Dates Daily from 2/1/2023 to 4/21/2023
- Activity Level Active
- Narrated driving tour to Joy, Alaska.
- Prime aurora location away from city lights.
- Three to four hours of potential aurora viewing.
- Cozy home base to warm up.