I personally guide Aurora Borealis Photography Tours for customers staying in the town of Delta Junction, located approximately 95 miles southeast of Fairbanks along the Richardson Highway. My service area also includes the Lodge at Black Rapids, located another 38 miles south of Delta Junction in the mountains of the Alaska Range. The areas surrounding Delta Junction and the Lodge are some of the best places in Alaska to photograph the aurora due to their beautiful scenery, high latitude, and lack of light pollution. Clients can also enjoy other local activities during their stay including hiking, snowshoeing, ice fishing, dog mushing, flightseeing, exploring ice caves, and more!
All of my clients receive a private experience viewing and photographing the aurora with flexible options available to suit their needs and budget. After I pick you up at your lodging establishment, the tour schedule and itinerary revolves 100% around you. My tours are best suited for serious photographers who want more control over their shots as well as clients who desire a private experience viewing the aurora with their friends and families. I've been photographing the aurora since 2012 and have guided aurora photography tours since 2017. As a professional outdoor photographer, I focus on creating artistic aurora images and I will help you achieve any shots you have in mind—even if that requires venturing miles off the highway on foot. (See my aurora borealis gallery.) If conditions permit I will take your portrait under the aurora (included in tour cost), or show you how to take your own!
Unlike other aurora tour operators, I offer strategically priced tour options that allow you to shift your tour date in case of cloudy weather or a poor aurora forecast as well as book additional tours at discounted rates during your stay. This increases your chance of photographing the best aurora display possible during your trip without having to book multiple tours at full price in advance to guarantee availability. I also offer discounts when you combine your tour with guided landscape photography, hiking, or snowshoeing adventures, including ice cave treks!
See the Aurora Borealis Photography Tours FAQ for more tour details, policies, and advice for planning your trip, including clothing and photography equipment recommendations. Photographers should review my free aurora photography guide How To Artistically Photograph The Aurora. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Every tour is private and booked on a first-come, first-served basis. You're in charge of where we go and how long we stay out! It is recommended you book your tour before your lodging to ensure tour availability will exist. You can check the calendar on the booking page or contact me for current availability.
A base rate is charged for the first person in your group, while additional members of your group are charged based on whether they are a photographer or a non-photographer. My private tour rates can be thousands of dollars cheaper than comparable private tours in Fairbanks, while groups as small as two people may find my rates even cheaper than some non-private tours!
Maximum group size: 6. Please inquire for larger groups. Additional people can be added to your tour at the listed rates after booking up to the maximum of 6.
All tours are NON-REFUNDABLE. Tours may be canceled due to severe weather or unsafe travel conditions, but not for cloudy weather, snow, or cold temperatures. If a tour is canceled, guests are provided a full refund or the option to shift their tour without charge to another date during their stay if availability exists. See the Aurora Borealis Photography Tours FAQ for full details. Trip insurance is recommended for guests who are not able to complete their tour due to illness, travel delays, or other qualifying reasons.
Tour rates start at $450 for a single person. Additional photographers in your group are charged $125 each and non-photographers $50 each.
Guests may purchase additional tours at a fixed discounted rate of $300 per night if availability exists anytime during their stay, regardless of the number of people in their group.
Booking in advance is the only way to guarantee tour availability. Guests who book in advance may increase their chance of experiencing favorable viewing conditions during their first tour by extending their tour window for $100 per additional night. Guests can then shift their tour date within the window after they arrive to coincide with the optimal weather/aurora forecast, and they also have the option to book additional tours after their first tour is completed at a discounted rate of $200 per night during the rest of the window, availability guaranteed. If you book a tour in advance but do not reserve a multi-night window, there will be a $100 fee to shift your tour date, and availability on alternate dates will not be guaranteed.
Example: A family of four with one photographer could reserve a single night for their tour at a rate of $600, but they choose to reserve a three-night window for an extra $200 ($800 total) to increase their chance of seeing a good aurora display. Conditions are great on two of the three nights and they decide to book an extra tour during their window for an extra $200 ($1000 total). A single, non-private Fairbanks tour could cost this family as much as $1200 and would not offer the same flexibility.
I recognize the risk and expense involved in booking an aurora photography tour in advance. While the aurora sometimes fails to appear or impress, I offer clients the options & discounts above to optimize their chances of seeing a good aurora display. I also offer steep discounts to clients who wish to combine their Aurora Borealis Photography Tour with guided hiking, snowshoeing, or landscape photography. Please contact me for more info!