Posted on August 8th, 2023
Ah, the Northern Lights – Mother Nature's very own theatrical performance in the sky!
The allure of the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis, is undeniable. It's a celestial dance of colors, a cosmic ballet choreographed by nature itself, painting the Alaskan night skies with ethereal hues of green, pink, and violet.
It's no surprise that witnessing this natural marvel tops countless bucket lists. But as mesmerizing as they are, the Northern Lights remain elusive to many, often raising questions.
When exactly is the best time to see northern lights in Alaska? Where should you position yourself for the best views? And how can you capture this magic in a photograph?
Before we dive into the best time of year to see northern lights, let’s indulge in a bit of cosmic wonderment. These mesmerizing lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a result of charged particles from the sun colliding with the Earth's atmosphere. The outcome? A brilliant display of colors, dancing and shimmering across the night sky.
Now, the best time to see northern lights is undeniably during the long, dark nights of winter. The ideal window stretches from late September to early April. You may wonder why such a broad window? Well, while the lights are active throughout the year, it's the darkness of Alaskan winters that provides the perfect canvas.
Alright, so you've got your dates set. Now, where's the best place to see northern lights? Alaska is vast, but here are a few prime spots:
Let’s face it, viewing the Northern Lights isn't just about picking a time and place. Here are some pro tips to enhance your experience:
But why go at it alone? For those of you eager to capture the Northern Lights in all their glory, consider joining us on a Guided Photography Tour. Not only will you be at the best spots, but you'll also get expert advice on how to best capture the lights with your camera. After all, there's nothing like a perfectly shot photograph to make your memories everlasting.
Witnessing the Northern Lights is truly a bucket-list experience. And while Alaska offers some of the best views in the world, knowing the best time to visit Alaska and the ideal locations can make all the difference.
If you’re looking to make this dream a reality, and especially if you’re keen on photographing the spectacle, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We at Capture Wild Alaska are here to make your Northern Lights adventure an unforgettable one. Give us a ring at (907) 799-7876 or shoot us an email at [email protected].
Until then, clear skies and happy viewing!
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