ABOUT THE AURORA

 

When is the best time to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights?

The aurora is always up there. Sometimes it cannot be seen because of unclear skies, rain, snow or sunlight. The aurora can be seen most frequently at night between August-May from 10PM-3AM, and dark nights provide better opportunities than light days to view them.

In addition, Fairbanks, Alaska’s very cold weather tends to produce clearer skies. For your viewing pleasure, Chena Hot Springs Resort provides a special “aurora wake up call” for guests staying in the Moose Lodge, since most aurora “shows” are more visible during that time frame.

Chena Hot Springs Resort is world renown for being one of the best places on Earth to see the northern lights. It is located under the most active band of northern lights, it is away from the light pollution of city lights, and the skies over Chena are clear more often than those over Fairbanks, 60 miles away.

Your best bet is to take a nap before or after dinner and wake up around 10PM. Hang out in the Activity Center with other Aurora chasers and stay up until 3AM! As soon as the Aurora comes out, folks hanging out in the Activity Center will be flocking outside to get their first look at this phenomenon. It makes for a very exciting evening!

Chena Hot Springs Resort is world renown for being one of the best places on Earth to see the northern lights. It is located under the most active band of northern lights, it is away from the light pollution of city lights, and the skies over Chena are clear more often than those over Fairbanks, 60 miles away.

When booking your stay at the Resort, it’s best to stay at least three nights to have the best opportunity to see them. Auroral intensity varies from night to night and throughout the night. The best viewing tends to be late evening to early morning hours and a slight tendency for more Auroras in the spring and fall.

Viewing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis has been listed as one of the "top 100 things to do before you die" by the Travel Channel and in a survey of Japanese, it was listed as one of the top ten things they wanted to see on Earth, (second only to viewing the Pyramids).

Locals will tell you that one of the best experiences one can have is sitting in the soothing natural hot springs rock lake at Chena Hot Springs Resort and watching the lights dance above your head!

To get an Auroral Forecast from the Geophysical Institute at the UAF click here.