$290 / person
Enter the legendary Arctic Circle and search for the elusive Northern Lights with this evening tour out of Fairbanks, Alaska. This laid-back van excursion into the Alaskan Tundra is sure to be a favorite for you and your fam READ MORE...
$220 / person
Hot springs, ice sculptures, and Aurora Borealis viewing: a true Interior Alaskan trifecta! This tour includes roundtrip transportation to Chena Hot Springs Resort, entrance to the Aurora Ice Museum, and excellent opportuniti READ MORE...
What are the best Fairbanks Northern Lights tours?
The best Northern Lights tours are:
Where is the best place to view the Alaska Northern Lights?
Fairbanks, Alaska is considered the best place in the United States to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), though you can also see them from Denali. The Fairbanks Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour and Denali Aurora Quest are our most popular tours in each port.
What is the best time of year to view the Northern Lights?
The best time of year to view the Northern Lights in Alaska is August through April, when there is less daylight, though they occur in all four seasons.
How much time should I spend chasing the Northern Lights?
Weather conditions can affect whether or not the Northern Lights are visible, but Alaska visitors who spend 3 nights in Fairbanks looking for them have a 90% chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Planning to spend 5-7 days in Fairbanks will help ensure you see the majestic phenomenon.
What else should I expect?
Chasing the Northern Lights is a quest for night owls. Most tours operate between 10pm and 3 am. Plan to stay up late, sleep in late (which is easy to do because there isn’t a lot of daylight in the winter), and then spend your afternoon on one of our awesome Fairbanks tours before you take off on your quest for the night.
If you're chasing the Northern lights from Denali, you can read our guide to find more things to do in Denali National Park.
What should I wear on my Northern Lights tour?
We recommend wearing layers, a weatherproof outer coat, comfortable shoes and sunglasses.
What is the best way to get to Fairbanks to see the Northern Lights?
You can get to Fairbanks by plane, car, or (in some months) train.
Fly: There are commercial flights from Anchorage and a few other US cities in the lower 48 states, like Seattle, that fly to Fairbanks.
Road Trip: You can drive up to Fairbanks. People often depart from Anchorage and make this journey part of a multiple day road trip.
Train Tour: There are a few trains that operate until September, bridging the tail-end of the summer cruise season and the early fall season for Northern Lights viewing. In August or September, you can take the Denali Star train from Anchorage to Fairbanks (and back) to view a Northern Lights tour. (View all Alaska Railroad and Denali Star Train routes.) For a longer journey, there is 7-night National Parks by Rail train tour.
Anything else I should plan for my trip?
If you’re adding on a Northern Lights journey to your Alaskan Cruise in August or September, we have a huge collection of shore excursions to keep you busy.
If you’re driving or flying into Anchorage, check out our Anchorage Tours and Denali Tours to add-on to the beginning or end of your journey. You can go dog sledding, try an ATV tour in Denali National Park, or go exploring in Anchorage. View all our Alaska Northern Light tours.