Aurora Borealis Photo Tour in Alaska’s Arctic

with professional photographer and guide Patrick Endres

Join professional photographer and guide, Patrick Endres on a photographic quest for the aurora borealis in the scenic Brooks Range mountains of Alaska’s Arctic. Learn all you need to know to capture your own photos of this amazing phenomenon.

  • $3,900 USD – all inclusive

  • 8 days, 6 in the field

  • Group size: 6 people

  • Access by vehicle

  • 2017 Dates: March 18-25, 2017 (Full)

Your Guide:

Patrick Endres is a long time Alaskan, working professional photographer and guide, and has extensive experience traveling all over Alaska – specifically the Arctic. He has trekked, photographed and explored Alaska’s Arctic for three decades, and collectively have logged thousands of miles driving the Dalton Highway. He has guided aurora tours in Alaska’s Arctic for more than 17 years.

After a multi-decade photography career, Patrick is one of Alaska’s most published nature photographers. He is recognized for his extensive imagery of Alaska’s natural world, and his landscape work is defined by a strong blend of technical and creative excellence. In 2003 Patrick was included in the World’s Top Landscape Photographers.

Based in Fairbanks, Alaska, Patrick has guided photographers for more than two decades and enjoys teaching in-the-field image capture techniques combined with insightful post production instruction in Lightroom. Patrick shares the secrets of successful aurora photography in his definitive eBook tutorial: How to Photograph the Northern Lights. His work has been featured in numerous books and magazines and his photos have appeared in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, USA Today, Natural History Magazine, National Geographic Adventurer, National Wildlife Magazine, Outside, and many other publications.

Phone: 907.750.4065

  • Length: 8 Days
  • Cost: $3900
  • Participants: Group size 6 people
  • Dates:
    • March 18-25, 2017
  • Destination: Fairbanks – Brooks Range – Fairbanks
  • Physical Requirements: Good to excellent condition
  • Mental Requirements: A flexible and positive attitude
  • Degree of Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
  • Degree of Weather Difficulty: Moderate to Extreme
  • Agility: Good (traveling on uneven terrain in the dark)
  • Activities: Forays of walking/hiking in boots, fully clad in winter gear, on uneven terrain in dark, cold, snowy and possibly icy conditions.
  • Photography Skill Level: Beginner to Professional
  • Weather Conditions: Potentially extreme cold, snow, wind (-10 to -30 below at night, but a warm cabin or vehicle is always nearby for warm up sessions.)
  • Transportation: Vehicle
  • Accommodations: Hotel in Fairbanks, rustic, but comfortable cabins in the Brooks Range with shared bathrooms.
  • Guide: Patrick Endres
  • Instruction: Introduction to aurora photography and photography in cold weather presentations. Extensive in-the-field instruction. Daytime workshop sessions on processing aurora photos in Lightroom, creative composition, long exposure technique, etc.

This trip is all inclusive, you land in Fairbanks and put your wallet away, save for personal gift items or an excursion option outside of the described itinerary. The tour focuses on photographing the northern lights in Alaska’s Arctic. Although there is no guarantee to see the aurora, all of the previous March aurora trips have had success. From both a weather and solar activity perspective, March is statistically the best moth. As an accomplished professional photographer, guide, and veteran of Alaska travel, my goal is to safely lead and instruct you in some amazing photography experiences, and share with you the great wonders of Alaska that I enjoy so much.

Itinerary Summary

  • day 1: Arrive Fairbanks, welcome dinner and orientation
  • day 2: Drive north to the Brooks Range
  • nights 2-6: Night Shift: Northern lights photography in the Brooks Range 9 p.m. to 4-5 a.m.
  • day 7: Return drive to Fairbanks and farewell dinner
  • day 8: Fly home

Skill sets vary among the participants ranging from beginners to professional photographers. Successful aurora photography requires both clear skies and solar activity. It is not reliably predictable. For this reason, a flexible and opportunistic attitude is essential. While an opportunistic approach is best, the goal is to be awake on a clear night and outside from approximately 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (A warm vehicle or cabin will always be nearby for warm-up breaks whenever necessary). Afternoon instructional sessions will include lectures and presentations by Patrick on post production work on RAW files, file management, creativity, night time photography, etc.


  • Fairbanks: Private single rooms at a Fairbanks Hotel for the first and last night of the trip.
  • Brooks Range: Clean and comfortable rooms in rustic and cozy log cabins, complete with a hot showers and tasty home cooked meals.
  • After space confirmation, a non-refundable $500 deposit per person by credit card secures booking.
  • Payment Schedule:
    • 1) Oct 30th, 1st half $1700
    • 2) Dec 15th, balance $1700
  • Payment Methods:
    • CHECK: (Note: checks must be issued in US Dollars. Foreign transaction and/or electronic wire fees may apply)
      • Alaskaphotographics
        2923 Moose Mountain Road
        Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
  • Cancellations, excluding the $500 deposit are refundable until December 1st. Refunds for cancellations after December 1st are not guaranteed. For this reason, and for medical emergencies, we strongly recommend trip insurance. If we can fill the space with another booking we will refund the payments (minus small fees for booking changes with our vendors).
  • You will be sent a trip confirmation packet a few months before the trip departure date. This will include a detailed itinerary, gear and clothing recommendations, and a copy of Patrick’s eBook: How to Photograph the Northern Lights.

Included in the Price:

  • Airport transfer in Fairbanks, provided by the hotel.
  • All accommodations during the 8 day tour.
  • All meals from welcome dinner to departing breakfast.
  • All vehicle transportation on the trip.

Not Included in the Price:

  • Flights to and from Fairbanks to your home destination.
  • Additional days in Fairbanks before or after the trip.
  • Money for personal or souvenir items. (Cash and/or credit cards).

Gear and Equipment

Specific photography gear items and clothing recommended for this excursion will be discussed in detail in the trip literature following booking.

Instruction and Teaching

I provide extensive assistance throughout the trip covering all aspects of photography. Most of the learning happens in the field, but there will be afternoon workshops discussing digital file management, and more specifically, beginning and advanced sessions in Adobe Lightroom on how to best optimize RAW files of the northern lights.