When to See the Northern Lights in Alaska

Best time to See the Northern Lights in Alaska

Northern LightsBy the time you get far enough north to see the Northern Lights more reliably, you’ve entered the area of perpetual twilight from late April through September. Seasonal cloudiness is also worst in August.

What’s the best time to see the Northern Lights?
September 22 or March 22, on a new moon night, very late at night or early in the morning, a “perfect storm” that may not occur very often nor match your travel plans.

These characteristics may help you decide when to make your trip to see the Northern Lights:

  • Most frequent around the spring and fall equinoxes (September 22 and March 22)
  • Most active late at night or early in the morning
  • Most intense from December to March when nights are longer, the sky clearer and darker. This is also the coldest part of the year, reaching as low as -40 F.
  • Brighter during the new moon.