Alaskan Northern Lights

Where to See the Northern Lights in Alaska

Northern LightsThe Northern Lights are curtains of colored light in the upper atmosphere, caused by magnetic disturbances from the sun collide with atoms there. Technically known as an “aurora” (the North Pole aurora is called the aurora borealis), the Northern Lights give off colors that include red, green, blue, and violet, and a single display can last 10 to 15 minutes. The Northern Lights can be seen to some extent anywhere above 60 degrees north latitude. At 65 degrees, Fairbanks is within the so-called “aurora oval,” the area where Northern Lights occur most often and are brightest.

Denali, at 63 degrees north, is also a good spot to view the Northern Lights. Other Alaska places are far enough north for good for viewing, but are hard to get to and offer fewer accommodations. The next-best options are Nome (64 degrees) and Anchorage (61 degrees). However, the Northern Lights can sometimes be seen as far south as Juneau or Sitka.

When to See the Northern Lights in Alaska

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Viewing the Northern Lights in Fairbanks

Viewing the Northern Lights in Fairbanks Welcome to Fairbanks, Alaska one of the best places on earth for experiencing the beautiful and mysterious northern lights. Bright, energetic curtains of yellow, green, red or even purple light brighten Fairbanks night skies regularly. Fairbanks is situated within[…]

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