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Photo courtesy of Brad Josephs

Photo courtesy of Brad Josephs

Alaska Expeditions

Photo courtesy of Brad Josephs

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ALASKA AURORA BOREALIS pictures from the March 2012 expedition.




This year, travel with The Planetary Society as we explore:
Come see the Greatest Light Show on Earth!
March 15-21, 2018

Alaska Aurora Borealis
March 10-16, 2011 Group

Dear Friends:

We invite you to join us as we explore the great beauty of Alaska in winter, and see the famed Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, the greatest light show on Earth!

Alaska Map

We will gather in Anchorage, Alaska, to begin our adventure. After our welcome in Anchorage, we’ll drive along the Chugach Mountains to Seward, near Kenai Fjords National Park. Here we will visit the Alaska Sea Life Center to see sea otters, seabirds, and a profusion of Alaska marine life. We will see Alaska’s major land mammals including grizzlies, moose, and muskox.

The following day we will explore historic Talkeetna and then take the classic train journey from Talkeetna to Fairbanks, passing North America’s tallest and most awesome mountain, 20,320-foot Denali en route.

We will arrive in Fairbanks to enjoy the annual winter World of Ice Art Festival and learn about the Aurora Borealis at a scientific institute as we discover the delights of Fairbanks and the night skies.Alaska Expedition

Our visits will include the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which was established to study the Aurora and its effects. These studies have continued from the International Geophysical Year in 1957-58 and are conducted in both polar areas. They have added greatly to understanding the unique interactions between the Sun and Earth in the polar regions.

In Fairbanks we will go to two of the best locations in the evening to look at the Aurora Borealis: Mt. Aurora and Creamer’s Field. In these remote locations, we will enjoy hospitality in rustic lodges while viewing the Aurora.

You will have afternoons to discover other delights of this snowy wonderland. We’ll see sled dogs and the local Curling Club will demonstrate this popular winter sport. We’ll also visit the Poker Flat Research Range which launches rockets to study the Aurora Borealis.

Leading this expedition will be a popular Betchart
naturalist Bob Nansen, who has led numerous Eclipse,
Antarctica, and Aurora expeditions for Planetary Society
over the last 18 years.


We invite travelers with an appetite for adventure and discovery to explore the day and night winter wonderland of our 49th state this winter!


Bille Nye Planetary Society
The Science Guy®

$2,995 + air.

Brochure (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)

From one of our travelers:

Dear Bob:
Thank you for leading the wonderful Alaska Aurora Borealis trip. It was my first time travel to Alaska in winter. I enjoyed everything we did and best of all that we saw the Aurora.

My photography skill is at pre-school level. Many thanks to Denis for his instructions by helping me utilize my camera. So I tried to shoot some Aurora photos during our trip. I do not have a wide angle lens, so I could only captur partial images of the Aurora we saw in the night sky.

To share the Alaska photos with my family, I made two short videos and uploaded them on YouTube. If you are interested and have time, please use the following URLs to view them:

(Anchorage to Fairbanks) March 2009
Part 1 & Part 2

With Best Regards,
Sujen Sun




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