Noted by Iceland Air’s Stopover magazine as one of Anchorage’s “Hidden Hot Spots,” this is the city’s longest-running northern lights photography tour.

As our nights get darker, the aurora borealis becomes visible. Learn how to photograph the northern lights among mountains, coastal landscapes, and boreal forest. An Alaskan, professional photographer instructor/guide will transport you to a variety of locations that are optimal for aurora viewing. Non-photographer guests are welcome. If you don’t have a camera, still enjoy the northern lights with a hot beverage under a blanket and have your picture taken with these dancing lights!

Running Tour When Conditions are Best

Viewing the northern lights is never guaranteed, but Alaska Photo Treks monitors both cloud and aurora forecast conditions to determine when is the best time to run the tour. Each day, they update a Today’s Aurora Report to provide forecast and indicate whether the tour is running.

Alaska Photo Treks offers a variety of locations that are optimal for aurora viewing

Alaska Photo Treks offers a variety of locations that are optimal for aurora viewing

Add-on Sunset Photo Safari Option

Enjoy a 20% discount when packaging this tour with one other tour. You will receive a discount code upon booking.

Other Offerings from Alaska Photo Treks

The Anchorage Aurora Quest is just one nighttime option available during the off-summer months. You should also consider the Alaska Nightscapes tour for a mixture of street and scenic photography to explore different nighttime photography opportunities.

Departures are based on sunset, which is constantly changing at this latitude. Departure times for each week is posted on their website.

Anchorage Aurora Quest  (1:59)
Carl Johnson

Carl Johnson

Being in the wilderness allows me to slow down, to better notice the world around us, to better connect with nature and produce better images.
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What to Bring

  • Camera equipment: Camera, charged battery, at least 4GB memory card
  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good traction
  • Warm jacket
  • Snow & wind proof outer shell
  • Hat and gloves

Getting There

Departs from Log Cabin Visitor Info Center
546 West 4th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501

Transportation is provided from Stewart’s Photo Shop (or hotel pickup may be arranged).

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season Aug 7 - May 10
Duration 6 hrs
Rates Anchorage Aurora Quest // $249 | Tour begins after nautical twilight, time depending on conditions
4-Day Pass // $475 | Good for four consecutive days
Rate Notes Please see Alaska Photo Treks for specific departure times, as they vary due to sunset times.

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Anchorage Aurora Quest