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8 Best Spots in Alaska to See the Northern Lights

Vinam Pachkhede Aug 21, 2019
Witnessing the shimmering, majestic lights dancing in the night sky over the glacier is a sight to behold. Grab the opportunity and travel to Alaska’s nearby areas. Make sure you plan your trip from mid September to late April.

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Located just below the Aurora Oval, it is the best place to gaze at the Northern Lights. Hike up to the Murphy, Ester Dome, Chena Hot Springs.

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Denali National Park

Witness the auroras from Denali (Mount McKinley), the highest peak in North America with the least light pollution.

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The time Auroras are visible here, coincides with the 2-week long Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Since the town is isolated, you will find a spot quickly.


Watch the shimmering light bands aboard a cruise sailing in the sea where the lights perfectly compliment the waterline of the sea.


Although the most under-rated place, Coldfoot is (like Fairbanks) located at the Aurora Oval, offering one of the best views of the Northern Lights.

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Just look out of your window to grab the rewarding view of lights floating above the frozen sea.


Even though it’s not a popular place to spot the solar flares. A guided tour will turn your odds into even. Also, this place offers the view for free.


Drive outside this south-central city of Alaska and you’ll see the lights a bit lower on the horizon.

Tips to Remember

  • Check Geophysical website(s) for the weather update and the ideal time beforehand.
  • As the weather conditions are extreme, make sure you keep yourself bundled up and warm.