Swirling northern lights

March 5-11, 2022

**See itinerary below.

Why Take This Photo Tour With Us?

*The tour is scheduled when the aurora is strongest, and when this part of Alaska has its clearest skies.
*No place in the world is more reliable for being able to photograph the aurora.
*Never have to ride in a vehicle more than an hour.

*Stay in a backcountry lodge where we can step outside and photograph--so you can head in and warm up whenever you like, and it has good food!
*Our lodge has a variety of scenery to include with the aurora.
*We include the Ice Museum and the World Ice Art Championships.

Even a weak Northern Lights display is a magical sight as impossible patterns of neon green and magenta are painted across the night sky. Sometimes the lights dance across the sky in waves. Sometimes they fall down in curtains, and it's never the same twice. The area around Fairbanks, Alaska is one of the best places in the world to see the aurora, and early March is the best time of the year--the skies are clearer and the aurora more dependable. It's the ideal time to experience this wonder of nature, and we'll be doing so in a couple of picturesque locations, including 3 nights at Chena Hot Springs.

It takes about eight minutes for the charged particles of the solar wind to speed across the emptiness between the sun and our planet. When these particles strike the gigantic magnet that is the Earth, an incredible reaction begins at both poles of the magnet. Electrons are energized and photons of light emitted from various atoms in our atmosphere. The colors of that light, and how far from the poles that reaction spreads, depend on the amount of energy the sun is sending our way.
Aurora borealis
Northern lights
This spectacular phenomenon is something every nature lover should see at least once in their lifetime, and no matter what wonders are witnessed around the globe, the aurora will always rank near the top of that list. A photographer could point in the same place shot after shot and never take the same image twice. We look forward to sharing this spectacle with you.

During the days, participants will have to choose between a variety of activities, including photographing winter scenics and activities--enjoying the World Ice Art Championships, dogsledding, cross-country skiing and relaxing in a hot spring. The nights are reserved for the Northern Lights.
Northern lights
Chena Ice Museum
Snowy Chena River


Day 1: Everyone will have arrived the day before, most likely, and be staying at the Best Western Chena Landing. We’ll let you sleep in if you like. Breakfast at the motel. You may want to go across the street to Fred Meyers and purchase some snacks or drinks for future days. This is also a good chance to check out your cold weather gear. We’ll be picked up around noon and head to Chena Hot Springs for the next 5 nights. After getting settled, we’ll gather for aurora photography instruction. We will be checking for the aurora throughout the night and we’ll wake you when it comes. You can check too if you would like—the more eyes the better. Photograph as long as we can. Breakfast and dinner are included, but no lunch, hence the snacks you may want to bring along, although there is a full service restaurant and snack bar on site. Coffee, tea, etc. are available all day/night. You can wander around the property and photograph during the day.
Day 2-5: One day we will have a tour of the Ice Museum, and entrance to the hot springs is included with your room. There are also free tours of their greenhouse and generating system. You can also purchase other activities on your own—dog sledding, dog kennel tour, flight seeing, snow shoes, etc. Each day you can go to breakfast anytime. We’ll have dinner together as a group.
Day 6: Last chance to look around Chena. Pick up at noon, head back to Fairbanks and to the Best Western. Early dinner and then head to the World Ice Art Championships—we’ll go at night when the sculptures are lit up. Photograph as long as you can.
Day 7: Head to the airport at your convenience.


Deposit: $500

Airport: Fairbanks, Alaska (FAI)

Tour Cost Includes: Transportation, breakfast, dinner, snacks, water, lodging, critique and instruction as needed.