Chasing the Aurora in Fairbanks Alaska

Chasing the Aurora in Alaska was far from easy but absolutely worth it. I have seen the Aurora, also known as the Northern Lights, a couple of times now and each time has been more magical than the last. Put this on your bucket list, friends!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her experience chasing the aurora in Fairbanks Alaska and staying at the Borealis Basecamp.

At first, you will likely think you’re just looking at clouds, but if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse while it’s storming, you’ll see hues of greens and blues. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Clear sky nights are essential for optimum viewing.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her experience chasing the aurora in Fairbanks Alaska and staying at the Borealis Basecamp.

As a self-appointed, semi-professional Aurora chaser (lol), I’ve put together a short list of things you’ll need, along with some helpful tips I’ve collected that should help you for your adventure!

  • A good camera! Joel shot these photos on a Sony A7riii
  • Warm clothes – you might be out there for a while
  • A great attitude – again, you might be out there a while!
  • Soft Serve News Aurora tracking website 
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her experience chasing the aurora in Fairbanks Alaska and staying at the Borealis Basecamp.

In Fairbanks the Aurora season is from about the first of September through to the end of April. While there is never any guarantee, we were told that it would be visible in Fairbanks an average of four out of five nights when the sky is clear and dark enough. Luckily the Aurora also seems to follow Joel wherever he goes, so we lucked out!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her experience chasing the aurora in Fairbanks Alaska and staying at the Borealis Basecamp.

You can watch me chasing the aurora in my Trip to Fairbanks, Alaska vlog below or on YouTube for better quality.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her experience chasing the aurora in Fairbanks Alaska and staying at the Borealis Basecamp.

You may also like My Stay at the Borealis Basecamp – Fairbanks, Alaska.

Chasing the Aurora – Tips for Success!

TIP #1- Soft Serve News is a website that you can use to track the aurora. Using satellite, the site is the most reliable aurora tracker and Joel recommends it. It updates frequently with real time Borealis predictions of the storm’s intensity using a KP measuring system. Essentially, the higher the KP the more visible it is to the naked eye. For Alaska, Joel and I operated around a 4 or 5… which is really good! When it’s at a level 3 or 4 you can see it quite clearly with your own eyes, but anything lower and you likely wont.

TIP #2 – If you plan to see the Aurora at its best, don’t plan on sleeping! Joel and I have found that not only are they pretty scattered, but they just get better throughout the night. So don’t fall asleep and miss them.  They’re worth it… I promise!  

TIP #3- For best viewing of the lights be as far away from the city as possible. We stayed at the Borealis Basecamp and it was the most amazing place just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. You stay in these adorable clear-roofed igloos that make for a perfect view for the Northern Lights. You can actually watch them from the comfort of your own bed!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her experience chasing the aurora in Fairbanks Alaska and staying at the Borealis Basecamp.

A huge thanks to Joel Schat for joining me on this trip and capturing the Aurora!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her experience chasing the aurora in Fairbanks Alaska and staying at the Borealis Basecamp.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her experience chasing the aurora in Fairbanks Alaska and staying at the Borealis Basecamp.

I have some photos of chasing the Aurora from our recent trip to Northern Norway.

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  1. Deborah wrote:

    This is beautiful! I’ve always wanted to see an aurora!

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply
  2. Alex wrote:

    Holy gorgeous! I saw some of these on your Instagram a bit ago and loved them. I can’t believe how gorgeous it is and it looked like you had an amazing time. I cannot wait to travel here!

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply
  3. Le wrote:

    Every time I see photos of the Nothern Lights, I regret not going to Iceland this past
    Christmas. I know you’re in Alaska, but It is definitely on my list for this year to see the northern lights!

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply
  4. Maru Conti wrote:
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  5. sophia lu wrote:

    omg…. i cant…these photos are so gorgeous…seriously kudos to your photographer friend who captured this natural phenomenon!

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  6. WOW this looks like MAGIC! I LOVE the colors!!!

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply
  7. Tara Liston Fuller wrote:

    gosh, this takes my breath away. i’ve been wanting to see this in person, I imagine it was dazzling!

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply
  8. Wow this is so beautiful! This is definitely on my bucket list!

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  9. I had the chance to see the Northern Lights when I was younger In Vermont! It was so gorgeous!
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

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  10. Taylor Mead wrote:

    These photos are unbelievable! I can only image how breathtaking it was in person! Definitely something on my bucket list 🙂

    xx, Taylor || Generation Tay (www.tayloramead.com)

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply
  11. Sydney Power wrote:

    What a great place to view the northern lights! I love when we get to see them on the island!

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply
  12. Oh my gosh I’m dying to do this! These pictures are incredible!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply