This was one of the most fun and cool adventures I've ever done, and I've done some pretty epic adventures all over the world! For starters, it's intimate (max 8 people) and Ronn and Marketa are locals that will take you to their secret spots in the wilderness and avoid the popular viewing spots that the more commercial group tour places go.
If you are a budding photographer or just want to learn how to take decent pictures with that decent camera you bought for capturing memories, this is so much the way to go. They will help you with all the education you need to set your camera optimally for Auroras and the conditions of the night that you are out and you'll also learn basics that you can use in other applications. They also give a wonderful talk about the science of the Auroras that is really informative and interesting. Also you can very affordably rent any and all equipment from their referral camera shop and Ronn also rents tripods. If I go back, I will actually rent a high end camera and lens (I rented just an Aurora lens by Ronn's recommendation on this trip) and save myself the hassle of hauling my camera. Plus I'll be able to rent a much higher end camera than I own and the rental fees were extremely reasonable. I was pretty much a total newbie to a manual camera and thanks to Ronn I took away some amazing photos on both nights and now have a decent basic understanding of my camera and photography.
If you are not a photographer or are with friends who are, no worries. You can go hiking in the quiet Alaskan forest if you want (which is awesome!), or hang out in the warmth of the Mercedes Sprinter van while you wait for the Auroras to come out. I will definitely go out with them again if I go back to Fairbanks.
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