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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 USD 269.00
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6 Hour Tour including transportation to and from locations, hot beverages, and mentored photography lessons. Camera rentals are available. Contact tour operator for details and reservations.
From USD 269.00
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15 Passenger Van, 4x4 Truck: When only one or two quests books Pickup included
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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.
Reviews (34)
1 - 5 of 31 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Absolutely Amazing! Book Now!

I am ever so grateful that we stumbled across SkyFire for the Aurora viewing! Bill is an absolute gem and the best Aurora guide that we could've asked for. We were originally scheduled to go on a night where the cloud coverage was heavy and...More

Thank Renee M
Reviewed 5 days ago
We froze but saw the lights: Great Service

We reserved our tour about two months in advance and had no issues with the reservation process. About a week before our tour date, Mr. Bill contacted me to finalize pick up plans and equipment needs. There were three in my party, two of us...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BD4mm
SIFtour, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Excellent review and I can only hope you return for more Alaska adventure with the services offered here. Definitely the coldest night to date for this season. Enjoy the photos

Reviewed 6 days ago
Awesome experience and great tour!

Being able to see and experience the Aurora Borealis in person has always been a bucket list items of ours, and with Mr. Bill and Skyfire Tours we were able to check that off. We had a great time and really glad with our decision...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Eamuscatuli84
SIFtour, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our Aurora adventure and cannot wait for your return. Enjoy your photos and memories and I will save a seat for our next adventure.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AMAZING Experience! The Best!

Mr.Bill helped make my Northern Lights dreams come true! He is very professional , helpful, and kind. Book with him you will not regret it! If you want to learn to take great pictures of the Aurora, or just want a portrait with Aurora, or...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank oereyes1
SIFtour, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It was a pleasure to have you on another awesome Aurora experience. Enjoy your photos and hurry back for more.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent customer service

We reserved one night with Mr. Bill; we barely got a glimpse and a few photos of the Aurora. We were happy, but Mr. Bill wasn’t about to allow us to leave with such an experience so he scheduled another night for us during our...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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SkyFire In Focu... T, Owner at SkyFire In Focus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It was my pleasure to spend not just one night but two. The company was great and yes..the Aurora did give you a glimpse of its majesty. Enjoy your memories and photos for a lifetime.

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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