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Fairbanks in End of Nov/beginning of Dec

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Fairbanks in End of Nov/beginning of Dec

Hi all..

Really need some help.

I am planning a 4 days trip to Fairbanks in the end of Nov/beginning of Dec. The main purpose of this trip will be seeing the Northern Lights. I do understand that I am taking my chances here. But I am willing to take the chance.

Can anyone help me out and let me know where should I stay and how are my chances to able to see the Northern Light during that period of time?


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1. Re: Fairbanks in End of Nov/beginning of Dec

It is anyone's guess as to how likely it is that you'll see the northern lights. Three factors go into making it possible . . . (1) solar activity, (2) clear skies and (3) darkness.

The only given is #3.

As to where to stay, there are some specialty lodges that are rather remote and pricey . . . or you can stay in town and drive out of the city *if* you're fortunate enough to have visible aurora activity.

I would suggest you have alternative plans for activities and sightseeing on the chance that there are no northern lights to view during your time in Fairbanks.

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2. Re: Fairbanks in End of Nov/beginning of Dec

Check out the Top Questions on the Fairbanks forum (on the right-hand side on regular browsers). There are a few threads that cover where to stay, where to drive to and view the Lights if you stay in town and they are dim, but viewable and what other things you can do while you are there.

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3. Re: Fairbanks in End of Nov/beginning of Dec

I've stayed at Aurora Borealis Lodge in 3/2011 and 2/2012 (staying again 1/2013). The lodge is located 20 miles north of Fairbanks on Cleary summit and offers wonderful views.

They only have four rooms, but I'd give them a call. They also offer nightly round-trip shuttle service from hotels in Fairbanks for an evening of Aurora viewing, solar activity and weather conditions permitting.


Good luck!

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4. Re: Fairbanks in End of Nov/beginning of Dec

I too highly recommend staying on Cleary Summit. One of the best locations.

But, if at all possible, add days. Myself, I don't consider less than 2 weeks. DAILY check the aurora prediction website. I never recommend any of the "tours" recommended above, stuck on their timeframe. It is FAR superior to have your own transportation.

Another hot spot for unobstructive viewing is Chena Hot Springs, also used to be some B&B;s with some great views between Fairbanks and Chena.

You will have to be very lucky with only 4 days, and having other plans and activities is great advice offered above.

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