Anchorage Aurora Quest - Northern Lights Photo Tour

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Anchorage, USA

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This is the longest-running northern lights photo tour in the Anchorage area. Highlighted by Iceland Air's Stopover magazine as one of Anchorage's "Hidden Hot Spots" in its Spring 2019 issue (page 64), this tour is designed to maximize fun and opportunity with the aurora borealis.

We provide a free 3-day forecast service that includes both the aurora borealis and weather forecast. This tour increases your chance of aurora viewing success by allowing you to reserve as many nights as you like [space available] and only finalizing payment 48 hours in advance under the Reserve Now & Pay Later system. We pick you up at your accommodations and take you on a nocturnal adventure to witness the magical lights rippling over snowy peaks and dancing across dark waters. It's a great option for business travelers to Alaska during August to early May. This tour accommodates serious photographers to sightseers. Photographic instruction and aurora portraits are provided for those who desire.



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Average 4.50 out of 5 stars based on 10 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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pulmcc, Jan 2022 Verified
We got the 4-night pass with Alaska Photo Treks and ended up going out 3 nights. You will get picked up and dropped off at your hotel each time you go out. The website has a 3-day prediction of the likelihood of going out and you receive an email mid afternoon the day of confirming whether or not there will be a trip that night. Your destination is dependent on where clouds are forecast to be ABSENT, as it doesn't matter how strong the aurora is if there is a barrier preventing viewing.We left Anchorage feeling fulfilled in terms of seeing the aurora. We saw it on every trip, with each one being better than the one before. Our first night was a small glimpse and not visible to my naked eye. The next night was better, and the final night was like a 4th of July fireworks display. If your goal is to see aurora, you have to give yourself enough time. You can't expect to go out on two successive nights and expect to see it, which I think is why many people return home disappointed. By giving ourselves a week, we maximized our chances and we left satisfied (we never went out on successive nights). It's important to choose a tour that travels. Do not lock yourself in to a fixed location because if that location has cloud cover, you will see nothing that night whereas a location 50 miles away could have prime viewing. As stated above, a key benefit of this tour is that they look to see where cloud cover is and where it won't be, and they go to the latter. I think that is critical to you achieving your goal of seeing aurora.Thank you Carl and Amber for a trip that we will remember forever.
Xiang_F, Dec 2021 Verified
The guide/driver took the group to a few places. it is a bit cloudy at the beginning but much more clearer after that. The guide has prepared good photo shooting equipment that can monitor the aurora outside remotely with us waiting in the car instead of freezing out (so cold). The guide took some good photos for us and the aurora and airdropped to our phone. So glad joining this trip otherwise our phone can never take such good photos.
Anne F, Dec 2021 Verified
5-5. This was at the top of my bucket list! Glen our tour guide was awesome! He knew just where to go to see the northern lights and we did! The night sky was breathtaking! Glen took his time to educate me on the best ways to photograph the aurora! He took spectacular photos of the aurora and each of us on the tour and shared them all with us. I highly recommend this tour!
John_K, Dec 2021 Verified
What a wonderful experience we had last night seeing the Northern Lights! Our guide, Glenn, was great - he was able to find a location where we could see the lights. He was very friendly and helpful, and he took some great photos that he shared with everyone. Making our booking was easy, and Jody was great in communicating with us.
DayTrip24883359694, Nov 2021 Verified
Amazing tour. Ben and Amber were great. They were very knowledgeable about the northern lights and the area. Plus, they give you a little photography lesson at the same time! Super helpful. I highly recommend.
Theodore E, Nov 2021 Verified
We took this tour two nights in a row. Ben was knowledgeable and very considerate with every guest. He took us where we needed to be to see the lights with great care to show his skill and caring that everyone on the tour was completely satisfied. The lights were magnificent and the experience tremendous. Thank you for this glorious opportunity to see the very best show in the sky.
Sarah_W, Oct 2021 Verified
Carl made this experience great. We had to go to a couple places but he knew where to take us to ensure we saw the lights. Took pictures and shared them with the group.
Andrew, Oct 2021 Verified
It was a great tour with good locations to see the lights, they helped set up your cameras so you could take pictures as well as took a portrait of you with their camera!
Carlos_S, Nov 2021 Verified
Nothing, other the tour guide is polite. We didn't see the northern lights not any single of it. I hope they should reschedule us to do the hunting again since it costs us a lot for this tour which is so promising that we will be able to see it. Unfortunately we didn't see anything of it. Please give us even half of the refund or reschedule as even today to see the northern lights it was so disappointing.
Linda_M, Oct 2021 Verified
Unfortunately my booking was cancelled as the moon and aura wasn’t in our favor. I wasn’t able to reschedule since my trip was ending. I gave average rate because the site was easy to use and I was contacted early enough to make other plans. Waiting for my refund to go through now.

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