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March 16 - 22,2017

Aurora Borealis with Sky Photographer Dennis Mammana

Join MWT Associates, Inc. and night-sky photographer Dennis Mammana, for a Northern Lights adventure of a lifetime to Alaska. Interacting with primarily oxygen and nitrogen atoms, the solar wind excites electrons which then give off an associated glow, treasured by aurora photographers and seekers from around the world. This interaction happens in rings around Earth’s northern and southern poles, primarily around the 65 ̊ latitudes. Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs sit right on this line and have some of the best opportunity for aurora viewing.

During the daytime hours, when the aurora is not visible, we’ll explore the area and will have an opportunity to participate in winter sports and learn of the ties to the gold rush history.

Aurora Borealis March 2014

Moonlight Aurora

Your Alaska Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip air from Seattle, Washington, to Fairbanks, Alaska
  • 3 nights at La Quinta Lodge
  • 3 nights at Chena Hot Springs
  • All Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Hosted by popular night sky photographer, Dennis Mammana
  • Sightseeing as included in itinerary
    • Fairbanks city tour
    • Skiland Lodge Aurora watch
    • University of Alaska Museum
    • Pipeline photo stop
    • Nightly Aurora Watch
    • Ice Sculpting Festival

Aurora Borealis Itinerary
Thursday, March 16, 2017 • Fairbanks, Alaska
Upon arrival in Fairbanks, will be met and transferred to your La Quinta Lodge. Meet lecturer and sky photographer, Dennis Mammana, at our Welcome Dinner
Photo © Michael Fairbanks
Friday, March 17, 2017 • Fairbanks
This morning after breakfast, Dennis will present a photographic talk on how to shoot the Aurora Borealis. Following will be lunch at the hotel then a tour of Fairbanks, which will include visiting the University of Alaska Museum.   
Saturday, March 18, 2017 • Fairbanks – Chena Hot Springs Resort
Today we will visit downtown Fairbanks and some of the local artisan shops and lunch at a must-see Fairbanks institution before driving out to Chena Hot Springs Resort. Discovered in 1905 by prospectors, the hot springs are located in a 40 square mile geothermal resource area. The water flows out of the springs at 156 degrees Fahrenheit and must be cooled before bathers step into the rejuvenating mineral bath. Late night viewing of the aurora borealis.
Photo © Michael Fairbanks
Sunday, March 19, 2017 • Chena Hot Springs Resort
This afternoon, Dennis will discuss post-processing your images in “the digital dark-room”. Throughout the day, take advantage of the steaming pools to recharge for another night’s aurora viewing, or, sign-up for any of the activities offered at the resort.
Monday, March 20, 2017 • Chena Hot Springs Resort
Another day to relax in the pools, go for a hike or look into one of Chena’s activities around the resort. Sign up early for popular dog sled rides, the very popular dog kennel tour, have an apple martini in the Ice Museum or even take a flight across the Arctic Circle to an Alaskan hunting village. In the evening, Chena offers snow coach tours to the top of a nearby peak for sunset and aurora viewing.
Photo © Michael Fairbanks
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 • Chena Hot Springs Resort – Fairbanks
Morning at leisure but there are many activities at Chena to enjoy: dog sled ride, snowmobiles, ice-skating., spa or horse drawn sleigh ride. Aurora watch tonight.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 • Fairbanks – Homeward
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight homeward.
Photo © Michael Fairbanks