Northern Lights (Aurora) Alaska Photography Tours and Workshops
Join us on a Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Alaska photo tours and workshops.
This tour is led by World Re-Known Professional Astro-Photographer John Chumack and Professional Nature Photographer John Slonina. This trip always sells out. It was covered by NASA, Spaceweather.com, Universe Today, Alaska News, Space.com, EScience other media.
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, has mystified people down through scientists, poets, and lay persons alike. Written records of so-called "Great Auroral Displays" date back more than two thousand years. The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular natural displays on the planet.
Try to imagine the most colorful, textured sunset you've ever seen, then send it swirling and pulsing across an otherwise clear and starry sky. Maybe add some faint outlines of mountains on the horizon and a hooting owl or a howling wolf for ambiance.
Greater Fairbanks is one of the best places on earth for experiencing the beautiful and mysterious northern lights. Fairbanks is situated within a ring-shaped region around the North Pole called the Aurora Oval. This location provides a terrific balance of occurrence, frequency and activity. Plus, our continental climate offers many more clear nights than you would find in a coastal area.
John Chumack watches the sunspots almost everyday year round so he has experience looking for unusual vs normal activity. This is a huge aid in predicting activity. We will also be monitoring the latest reports and predictions on the weather and solar wind.
These magical lights are just one of the many things we have planned on this trip. This trip is scheduled to coincide with the new moon. This is one of the darkest nights of the month. The will enhancing the strength of the aurora which makes for some breathtaking images. While no one can ever say with certainty exactly when and where the aurora borealis display might occur we are at one of the best spots in the world at one of the best time of year
This time of year has several other advantages. It has the highest percentage of clear days. It is near the Spring Equinoxes when the tilt of the earth's magnetic field mixes with the Sun magnetic fields. The Aurora combined with the snow makes some incredible foregrounds and backgrounds. The snow reflects and ambient and Aurora Light. What more could you ask for.
Please note we can't guarantee you see the aurora but obviously the odds are as good as it can get with this area, time of year, and the new moon etc. We got really lucky as we have had the aurora every trip and almost every night. We actually had a several people on our photo workshop that went to different locations like Iceland and Churchill and were unsuccessful because of high cloud cover or the wrong time of year.
Fairbanks has been an aurora destination for decades,” said Luke Hopkins, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor, “With a high degree of successful sightings, visitors from all over the world come to Fairbanks each and every year to see spectacular northern lights displays. Our clear, dark nights and global position under the ‘Auroral Oval’ make this one of the best places on earth to see the aurora borealis.”
We will drive to different locations to view the northern lights outside of the city lights. It is also very nice to have many different backgrounds to add variety to your pictures.
To Register and Get More info please visit our website and click on the Photo Tours Link
When: March 28- April 4, 2022
Included: hotel, instruction, snow coach fees, ice museum admission. The hotel is double occupancy and you can get your own room for a single supplement fee for $300
One of the hotels is World Famous Chena Hot Springs which is sold out for the next 3-4 years in the winter.
Transportation to and from hotel in Fairbanks. No need to rent a car.