Fairbanks' renowned aurora viewing lures people from all over the world during “Aurora Season” from August 21 to April 21. Fairbanks' location is ideal for northern lights viewing because it is under the “Auroral Oval”—a ring-shaped zone over the far north where aurora activity is concentrated. Additionally, low precipitation in Fairbanks contributes to consistently clear nights. All combined these variables make the Fairbanks region an outstanding destination for possible aurora viewing.
There are many different ways you can hunt for the aurora. You can drive to a nearby vantage point and wait for them to appear, you can view them from a heated “aurorium” cabin or lodge, see them on a dog sled adventure, on a snow cat tour, via a trip part way up the Dalton Highway or even on a flight above the Arctic Circle. Ask your accommodation’s front desk if they offer a wake-up call when the northern lights are out. No guarantees, but the longer you’re here, the better your chances of seeing a great light show. Once you've spotted the aurora, stop by the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center for your personalized Aurora Certificate.
I saw the northern lights for the first time in Fairbanks and literally teared up—huge green and violet curtains pulsating and swirling across the sky. I couldn't believe how vibrant and fast they were.