5 Days, 4 Nights – 1 Night Fairbanks, 3 Nights Wiseman, Alaska. 24-28 September 2018 (5 participants max)
Update 14 Sep 2017- Only 3 Spots Remaining!
While most trips to see the aurora borealis occur during the late winter, when the landscape is covered in snow, this trip shatters that mould. In late September, the last gold aspen and birch leaves still cling to the hillsides of Interior Alaska. While the first winter snow, or termination dust, is reaching the mountains of the Alaska and Brooks Ranges, winter has yet to really settle in. Daytime temperatures can warm into the 40s and 50s, while evening temperatures tend to be just a few degrees below freezing.This is a unique opportunity to see and photograph the northern lights when there is still open water on the lakes and rivers to provide reflections.
We will meet in Fairbanks for dinner and a night chasing the aurora, and enjoying a campfire on my 10 acre property in the forest north of Fairbanks. The following morning (after a sleeping in a bit) we will hit the road for the six hour drive from Fairbanks to Wiseman, stopping for images along the way. Once in Wiseman we will have two full days, and three nights to experience and explore the remote Brooks Range. During the day we will look for wildlife and make images of the dramatic mountain landscape surrounding the historic community of Wiseman. In the evenings, we will spend late nights chasing the lights. We will cook and eat our meals family-style during our stay in the arctic. The final day we will make the trip back from Wiseman down the Dalton Highway and back to Fairbanks.
While we will have great opportunities to shoot the northern lights, like any natural phenomenon, there are no guarantees. Weather, solar, and geomagnetic activity all play a role on the abundance and brightness of the aurora. I encourage all participants to keep an open mind and embrace whatever nature thows at us. There are opportunities for wonderful photography in the remote landscape of the Brooks Range, regardless of the weather. Flexibility and an open mind are mandatory!
When not photographing, we will emphasize learning about the art of photography through discussions of technique, post-processing methods, and critique sessions of the images we are making. A digital projector will be available to assist in the sharing and discussion of images.
24 September: Meet in Fairbanks, Opening dinner, Campfire/aurora photography until around 1am. Night in local hotel.
25 September: Drive from Fairbanks to Wiseman, Alaska. Evening aurora shoot.
26 September. Wiseman and surroundings, aurora photography in the evening.
27 September: Wiseman and surroundings, final chance to photograph the aurora borealis
28 September: Wiseman to Fairbanks. Fly home, or additional travel on your own.
All meals, lodging, and transportation from opening dinner on 24 September to return to Fairbanks on afternoon of 28 September.
$2,500 per person.
Add On Days?
Day trips from Fairbanks may be arranged for additional aurora photography, or south to Denali National Park, where there is the possibility of photographing wildlife including rutting bull moose. (Additional costs apply).