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My wife and I are talking about planning a trip to see them, or try to see them sometime as a vacation.

I know that they have seen them on Mt. Washington here in the NE but since we're not allowed to stay on the mountain, unless we volunteered and were accepted and were lucky enough, but that's a lot of variables.

Then I know people say you can see them on Lake Superior, which is awesome but if it were up to there or AK then I think my wife is def. up for AK omre than Lake Superior in the winter.

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Just read this the other day ...

http://www.nbcnews.com/travel....7660242


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Hikingff77

Fairbanks.

I wouldn't (and don't) recommend Chena Hot Springs. You want to have wheels, and be more mobile; rather that at the dead end of a long road, Fairbanks provides a multitude of options for directions of travel; watch the weather, look for wherever the skies will be clear, and drive that direction.

A 3 part article;


all you need to know about photographing the Northern Lights.


(A downloadable pdf of the entire thing at the end of the section 3)

What to wear.

I've heard different things on whether the aurora will be great after this year or not - it seems everyone agrees this winter is the "peak" of the cycle; but some researchers predict it'll decline sharply, and for quite a long "low" spell. Others say, like the article CajunHiker linked to, that the next few years should still be good.

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Another option for seeing northern lights is Sweden.  One can take a train to say Abisko National Park from Stockholm and enjoy the park.  I have been there in summer and it was a great place to visit.  The cost to get to Fairbanks from Atlanta was more than the cost to fly to Stockholm. Sweden Northern Lights

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Churchill, Manitoba. It is near the magnetic pole so even small aurora are right overhead, it's a nice train ride, and around the end of October you are almost sure to see polar bears.

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Churchill, Manitoba. It is near the magnetic pole so even small aurora are right overhead, it's a nice train ride, and around the end of October you are almost sure to see polar bears.

Unless you are part of some tour group, getting a hotel room (or any room) in Churchill is very, very difficult that time of year (Oct-Nov). I would hazzard a guess that a rental car would be equally tough. That place is an absolute zoo during polar bear season.

As far as the train ... DON'T! The itinerary that VIA Rail will post is way off because it often gets delayed by a lot of weird issues. We boarded the train at Thompson, and figured we'd be in Churchill about 12 to 13 hours after it should have left Thompson (if my memory serves me). We didn't roll into Churchill until about 26 hours after the train was supposed to leave Thompson. People who were on the train from Winnipeg were on that thing for 48 hours at least. Not a lot of fun when you have nothing but a cramped seat. We bagged the train idea back to Thompson and sprung for plane tickets instead. Made an expensive trip even more so (our most expensive vacation ever - and that's saying something!).

Also, there were only northern lights for just one night while we were there (8 day trip). Hit & miss for sure. Unless your primary trip goal is polar bears, I'd opt for AK over Churchill.


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Thanks for all the information.

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Here's a link showing aurora forecasts:
http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/NorthAmerica/


Here's the previous level 5 or greater aurora (it was back in July) and where it was visible:
http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/NorthAmerica/2012/07/15


The big green band is where you can see it overhead and the thin green line shows where you can see it low on the horizon.
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