Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions about the Aurora Borealis often asked by guests at Aurora Borealis Lodge and Northern Lights viewing tours.

Q. What are my odds of seeing the aurora?

Two key factors determine if you’ll see the auroras or not.  Weather & solar activity.  We could have the biggest aurora of the year, but if it’s completely cloudy, you will not see it.  Conversely, we could have a completely clear sky with brilliant stars, but if the aurora itself is not happening, then obviously, you won’t see it.  That said, weather is usually the bigger determinant.  From our location on Cleary Summit, there is about a 90% chance of seeing some form of aurora on a clear/partly clear night.

Q. When is the best time to come?   

We operate based on aurora viewing, so there is a good chance of viewing anytime between mid-August & mid-April.  January – April tend to have more clear nights per month (20 days) than in October/November (17 days), but at the same time, it’s not a HUGE difference.  We often tell guests to plan on coming based on what you’d want to do during the daytime.  E.g., if you want to dog sled, then December – March is best.  If you want to enjoy the fall colors, go hiking, or avoid the cold, then late August to mid-September is the time.  I also tell folks to come when it’s most convenient for them, such as children’s school break, your work schedule, have to use up airline miles by a certain date, etc.