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Come see the Greatest Light Show on Earth!
ALASKA AURORA BOREALIS
March 10-16, 2011

Dear Friends:

We invite you to join us in 2011, as we explore the great beauty of Alaska in winter, and see the famed Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, the greatest light show on Earth!

We will gather in Anchorage, Alaska, to begin our adventure, situated at the head of the Cook Strait and at the foot of the Chugach Mountains, whose spectacular peaks define the coast of Alaska. After our welcome in Anchorage, we will drive through spectacular mountains to Seward, near Kenai Fjords National Park. Here we’ll visit the Alaska Sea Life Center to see sea otters, seabirds, and a profusion of Alaska marine life. We will look at Alaska’s major land mammals including grizzlies, moose, and muskox.

The following day we will travel on the classic train journey from Anchorage to Fairbanks, passing North America’s tallest and most awesome mountain, 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley en route.

We will arrive in Fairbanks to enjoy the annual winter World of Ice Art Festival and learn about the Aurora Borealis at a scientific institute as we discover the delights of Fairbanks and the night skies. The Fairbanks region is just south of the Aurora Oval and is a great vantage point to observe this magnificent phenomenon.

Our visits will include the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which was established to study the Aurora and its effects. These studies have continued from the International Geophysical Year in
1957-58 to the present time and are conducted in both polar areas. They have added greatly to understanding the unique interactions between the Sun and Earth in the polar regions.

In Fairbanks we will stay at the comfortable Sophie Station Hotel and will go to the very best locations in the evening to look at the Aurora Borealis: Mt. Aurora, Creamer’s Field, and the new Aurora-viewing facility at Alpencrest Observatory. In these remote locations, we will continue to learn about the Aurora and enjoy hospitality in rustic lodges while viewing the Aurora.

You will have afternoons to discover other delights of this snowy wonderland. We will see sled dogs and learn about the art of mushing, and the local Curling Club will demonstrate this popular winter sport. We will also visit the Poker Flat Research Range which launches rockets to study the Aurora Borealis.

We invite travelers with an appetite for adventure and discovery to explore the day and night winter wonderland
of our 49th state this winter!

Sincerely,
Dr. Louis Friedman
Executive Director

$2,795 + air.

Brochure (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)

From one of our travelers:

Dear Bob:
Thank you for leading the wonderful Alaska Aurora Borealis trip. It was my first time travel to Alaska in winter. I enjoyed everything we did and best of all that we saw the Aurora.

My photography skill is at pre-school level. Many thanks to Denis for his instructions by helping me utilize my camera. So I tried to shoot some Aurora photos during our trip. I do not have a wide angle lens, so I could only captur partial images of the Aurora we saw in the night sky.

To share the Alaska photos with my family, I made two short videos and uploaded them on YouTube. If you are interested and have time, please use the following URLs to view them:

ALASKA AURORA BOREALIS
(Anchorage to Fairbanks) March 2009
Part 1 & Part 2

With Best Regards,
Sujen Sun

 

 

 

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