It’s no secret that Alaska is one of the best places to see northern lights. Travelers come from all over the world to see Sitka’s northern lights dance across the sky. Luckily, when staying at Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge, you’ll be located near the best spots for northern lights viewing. Before you speed off to catch the Aurora Borealis, set yourself up for success for our staff’s following tips. 

Best Time to See Northern Lights in Alaska

The best time to see northern lights is usually mid-September and late April. But the northern lights viewing peak is in March because of the long nights. On an average night, there’s plenty of activity in the sky around midnight, give or take an hour. You’ll also be more successful the further north you travel. There are northern lights activity trackers for you to be in the best position for gazing into the sky.

Northern Lights Forecast

The most accurate forecast in Alaska comes from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, located in Fairbanks. They announce a nightly Aurora forecast along with their 28-day prediction. Another excellent reference for the northern lights forecast in Alaska is The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.) The NOAA utilizes a Space Weather Prediction Center to predict short-term northern lights activity. 

Where to See Northern Lights in Alaska

Auroras can be seen throughout Alaska, but it’s crucial to pick a location far away from light. Large cities, such as Sitka and Jeaneu, produce a large amount of light from businesses, schools, and homes. Some popular sites for northern lights viewing in Sitka are Gavan Hill, Mount Edgecumbe, Back Beach, and Lance Drive. 

Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge

After taking in the magical northern lights in Alaska, head back to our lodge for a good night’s sleep. You’ll need your rest for reeling in your lunker the next morning! Our guided fishing trips kick-off at the crack of dawn and run for 10 hours. However, if you’re looking for a shorter fishing trip, opt for a self-guided journey through Sitka Sound. Since bait and tackle are included, your Sitka fishing trip couldn’t be more relaxed! To learn more information about northern lights in Alaska and our fishing trips, talk to Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge’s staff at 907-290-7030.