Aurora Viewing
Alaska's Northern Lights

Aurora Viewing

World-class northern lights

Wiseman is situated directly underneath the auroral belt, resulting in visible aurora approximately 250 nights out of the year, making it a world-class aurora viewing and photography destination.

The Aurora Borealis

Aurora borealis viewed from the Arctic Getaway in Wiseman, Alaska.

There are several reasons to choose Wiseman as your aurora viewing and photography destination. First of all, it is situated directly underneath the auroral belt, resulting in aurora viewing approximately 250 nights out of the year if the skies are clear. Since it is so far north, even the slightest presence of the aurora in the night sky is often visible from this location when it might not be in locations further south. And secondly, the dramatic and beautiful scenic mountain landscapes are a magnificent backdrop. This is why photographers enjoy this location so much. Not to mention, you can step out your cabin door and view the northern lights swirl overhead. No need to drive anywhere!

Viewing the Aurora takes luck and patience! You need clear skies and aurora activity (which varies greatly). Some nights you can see it all night, some nights not at all, some nights for five minutes, some nights it comes and goes … Although great colorful displays are common, often there is ‘only’ a green streak across the sky. Look up and enjoy.

Wiseman is situated directly under the aurora belt, making the location optimal for aurora viewing. Illustration © www.AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com

Aurora over the town of Wiseman.

 

When is the Aurora Visble

If the skies are clear and the conditions favorable, the aurora may be seen from the end of August until early April; the sun-filled summer months of May through August never get dark enough to see the northern lights.

Aurora borealis viewed from the Arctic Getaway in Wiseman, Alaska. Photo by Amy J Johnson

Aurora borealis over the Koyukuk River adjacent to the Arctic Getaway in Wiseman, Alaska. Photo by Amy J Johnson

 

How long to stay

To maximize your experience and increase your chances for Aurora viewing and photography, we recommend staying more than one night.

Aurora Photography

How to Photograph the Northern Lights eBook.

northern lights ebookThis wonderfully illustrated 300-page PDF eBook is a comprehensive and thorough guide that will equip you with the information necessary to capture your own photos of the northern lights. By Patrick J Endres and Neal Brown.

Aurora Forecasts

The University of Alaska has a great website explains the science behind the aurora and provides short term and long term forecast for aurora activity.

uaf aurora forecasts

Distinctive Aurora Art

Aurora photographer Amy J Johnson offers Alaska aurora inspired gifts

distinctive alaska aurora art

Aurora Photography Tours

Join Alaska photographer, naturalist, and guide, Hugh Rose, on a custom guided photo tour of the Northern Lights

Guided aurora photo tour

Aurora borealis photo gallery

Aurora Photos copyright Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com