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Aurora Northern Lights Photography Workshop & Tour

  • Get personalized aurora borealis photography lessons on this small-group tour
  • Professional photography equipment available to rent
  • You’re served coffee, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, and tea—convenient on cold nights
Aurora Northern Lights Photography Workshop & Tour
From US$269.00
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Aurora Northern Lights Photography Workshop & Tour
From US$269.00
Many tours take travelers to spot the northern lights, but few do so with a photographer and professional grade cameras and equipment. This tour, which takes you to a carefully selected location outside of Fairbanks, does just that. Rent a camera, tripod, lenses, and spend at least three hours taking photos of the lights phenomenon.
What to Expect
The Aurora Borealis, famously known as the Northern Lights, have long captured the imagination of explorers, writers, and visitors to the far northern latitudes near the arctic circle. Caused by the interaction of solar radiation with the Earth's ozone layer, the lights shimmer and radiate a pale green majesty rarely visible outside the cool, dry nights of a northern winter. Now it's your turn to explore these phenomena for yourself.
Your Aurora tour and photography workshop starts at 9:00 p.m. with a pick-up in the Fairbanks-area B&B, Vacation Rental, or Hotel. After meeting your guide and the rest of your group, you will head out of town for a short drive away from the light pollution of Fairbanks and out to the quiet, dry calm of a late fall or winter evening. Along the way, your guide may begin mentoring on camera settings. Or will share insider knowledge of Fairbanks history, Alaskan trivia, and animals that call the region home. 
Once you arrive at your destination, you may spend several hours attempting to capture the beauty of the evening sky. Although hard to predict and not always visible, your guide will help position you for the best opportunities to see and photograph this once in a lifetime view. Along with helping you dial in and position your camera, your guide will teach you methods to maximize your exposure and best utilize the tools at your disposal. If you have the proper DSLR equipment, camera, and tripod, you can learn to capture the best views of the evening the sky. Otherwise, your guide is happy to rent you all the equipment you will need for a successful evening.. He or she will also provide your choice of hot beverage such as hot cocoa, tea, or coffee to keep you warm during cool evening temperatures.
After approximately three hours enjoying a breathtaking canvas of bright stars and evening colors, your guide will return you to Fairbanks for an early morning drop off back at your hotel or rental before 3:00 a.m. within a normal nights activity. Guests should note that if the Aurora comes out later that the tour will most likely go a little longer and your return times might vary depending on the conditions. As well as the distance to find clear conditions can add to the length of our night out.
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Reviews (29)
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Highly recommend!!!

We booked for two nights with Mr. Bill, the weather was bad on our first night so the tour was canceled. Unlike some other tour companies who run their tour no matter what to get your money (which I has experienced with my dog sledding...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2018
Professional photographer with specialized hot chocolate.

I booked the Aurora trip one day before I left Fairbanks, it was my last chance and the weather for that week was not good, it was cloudy and rainy. I booked an aurora viewing lodge earlier and I couldn't see anything that's how I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SkyFire In Focu... T, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

It was a pleasure to have you on another amazing Aurora adventure with SkyFire. Enjoy your photos and memories of your time in Alaska.

Reviewed 10 October 2018
Mind Blown!!! So glad I booked this tour!

I did my research, compared the many Aurora/Photo tour companies in Fairbanks, and booked with Mr. Bill for 3 consecutive nights. Best Decision Ever! Here’s why… 1. I had lots of questions prior to traveling to Alaska, and Bill personally responded to my emails within...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SIFtour, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

Thrilled that your time here with the Aurora was rewarding and successful. Your company and that of your husband was enjoyed for all the nights chasing the lights. Enjoy those photos and memories. I hope to see you both back for more adventures.

Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile
Aurora Photography!

Mr Bill was such a positive and informative guide. He made us feel welcome and safe from the beginning. The drive to the photo shoot locations was fun due to the great conversation and local information. Then Mr Bill gave a great lesson on photography...More

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SIFtour, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

It was my pleasure to enjoy an Aurora adventure with you folks. Enjoy your photos!!

Reviewed 2 April 2018
Nothern Lights hunting with 5

Mr. BIll is an excellent resource for the Northern lights! He was accommodating for our family of 5 and very personable! Mr. Bill was honest with us about the true potential for northern lights viewing and wasn't there to simply take our money. Tours can...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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SIFtour, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Certainly glad that some of the beloved Aurora came out for you all. Hurry back and we will do it again.

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5 April 2018|
Response from Shannon W | Reviewed this property |
Any time between the end of August-the first week in April. My suggestion is February-March. So worth the trip