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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 from you 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 will share insider knowledge of Fairbanks history, Alaskan trivia, and animals that call the region home. 

Once you arrive at your destination, you will spend up to three 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 set-up your tripod 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 bring your own 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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SkyFire In Focus Tours
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.
  • 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
  • Round-trip transportation from your hotel in Fairbanks
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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 3 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

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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.

Reviewed 30 March 2018
Amazing Aurora Dancing!

We took the photography tour on the 18th of March. The forecast said it was cloudy. Mr. Bill drove us out Fairbanks for two hours and found the spot for us. From 11pm to 3 AM, we saw the Aurora on the horizon and took...More

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SIFtour, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Your absolutely welcome and thoroughly enjoyed the time with you all. The Aurora gave us a good show that night...:)

Reviewed 26 March 2018
Photograph the Aurora

Mr Bill is an amazing host. We went on a photography tour to view the northern lights. He really knows the lights and had an excellent place for viewing. And he can help anyone take perfect photos of the lights. It helps if you have...More

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SIFtour, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Aurora adventure with you folks was great. If you are ever in the Northern Lights chasing mood again...come see me.

Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile
Absolutely fantastic! Check it off the bucket list

Phenomenal service by Mr. Bill! Service is his number one priority above all else. Goes the extra mile to find the aurora even in inclement weather conditions. Would recommend him time and time again. Book with SkyFire and you will not be disappointed! It’s a...More

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SIFtour, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

A few extra miles to find the Lights and make new friends along the journey. Please return someday for more Alaskan adventure.

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Any time between the end of August-the first week in April. My suggestion is February-March. So worth the trip
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