Alaska Aurora Borealis Photo Workshop

Feb 15-22, 2025 - Sold Out!

Feb 23 - Mar 2, 2025 - Sold Out!

Experience Alaska's winter beauty as the mysterious Northern Lights dance across the skies and golden light illuminates the snowy landscapes. Our journey will take us far above the Arctic Circle in pursuit of the aurora borealis, stunning scenery, dramatic mountains, and arctic wildlife. And there's more - you will gaze in awe at a stunning ice cave, spend a day with dog mushers, and admire the sculptures at the World Ice Championships! With a max group size of 6 participants and 2 instructors, you'll get tons of individual attention and the numerous benefits of having your own vehicle door.

Tuition

  • $5950
  • Includes all Lodging & Transportation

Max Group Size

  • 3 Students per Instructor
  • Max 6 Students

Instructor(s)

  • Nickolas Warner
  • 2nd TBA
Alaska Aurora Borealis Photo Workshop Northern Lights Winter

Highlights

  • Journey well above the Arctic Circle where we'll be directly under the auroral band for best Northern Lights viewing!  Workshop dates are timed for dark skies with little to no moon interference.
  • Experience the dramatic snow-covered landscapes of North Central Alaska. Low sun angles throughout the day will produce rich colors and warm light.
  • Gaze in awe inside a spectacular ice cave, shimmering with the most amazing ice crystals!
  • Small group of only 6 students with 2 pro instructors will ensure plenty of individual attention and comfort.
  • Lead instructor Nickolas Warner has been guiding aurora tours in Northern Alaska for over 10 years. Count on us to get you to the best spots!
  • Improve your photography skills with both in-field instruction and digital darkroom training.
  • Workshop includes all transportation and lodging along with a dog-mushing experience.
Alaska Aurora Borealis Photo Workshop Winter Northern Lights

Itinerary

The itinerary may be subject to change due to the unpredictability of Arctic weather. We will make every effort to optimize our shooting conditions no matter what the weather throws at us.  On clear nights we will be out looking for the aurora.

  • Day 1: Meet at 6PM in Fairbanks, Alaska for a mandatory introductory session and meet and greet. If aurora activity looks promising, we'll head out for a quick shoot after dark.
  • Day 2: We are up early this morning for our ice cave adventure! Equipped with snow shoes, we hike to the foot of the glacier and gaze in awe at the incredible ice formations inside.  We spend several hours photographing before making our way back to the vehicle.  After dinner and a short rest break, we take advantage of clear skies and head out to capture the amazing Aurora Borealis!
  • Day 3:  After breakfast, we head out for a day of fun and adventure with the dog mushers!  We'll see some beautiful scenery and have a blast playing with the puppies! Depending on conditions, we may be able to check out the World Ice Art Championships, where we'll wander amongst the stunning sculptures and watch the artists at work.  We head out again in the evening to photograph the Northern Lights.
  • Day 4: The Aurora put on quite a show the night before and so we catch up on some much needed sleep this morning.  After breakfast, we begin our journey into the far north, taking lots of photos along the way and stopping for wildlife sightings.  After checking into our hotel, we shoot sunset and aurora at a place well known for frost-covered trees!
  • Day 5: We hit the road and journey well north of the Arctic Circle. After lunch, we photograph a number of spectacular mountains and rugged landscapes. After a warm dinner, we venture out for Aurora photography at some of our favorite locations.
  • Day 6:  Today we explore many areas to the North and experience the mighty Brooks Range!  We even find some great wildlife shooting opportunities with the caribou.  A fresh coat of snow makes the landscape sparkle and come to life in the beautiful low-angle light. The forecast looks promising, so after dinner we chase the Northern Lights.
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Alaska Ice Cave Photo Workshop Winter
Alaska Aurora Photo Workshop

Itinerary, cont.

  • Day 7: It's time to start heading south again.  After a quick breakfast, we hit the road hoping for a spectacular sunrise along the way. We stay one more night at the place known for frost-covered trees. We shoot sunset at a scenic overlook and then cross our fingers for good aurora activity on our final night.
  • Day 8:  This is our last day together.  After a sunrise shoot, we enjoy breakfast before making our way back to Fairbanks.  The workshop will conclude by 1:00PM, allowing you the option of either staying one more night in Fairbanks or catching a late evening flight back home.
Alaska Aurora Borealis Photo Workshop Nickolas

Logistics

  • Plan to arrive in Fairbanks no later than 5PM on the first day. The orientation session begins at 6PM.
  • Mild to moderate hiking is required to reach some locations. For the ice cave day, the hiking will be more strenuous (max of 2-3 miles).  We will have snowshoes for all participants on the ice cave day.
  • Winter weather is unpredictable in Alaska and temperatures can be very cold.  We will email you a list of personal items and recommended clothing a few months before the trip.
  • Lodging in the arctic is very expensive and in short supply.  When we are outside of Fairbanks, two hotel nights will not have en-suite bathrooms.  There will be shared mens/women's restrooms with showers in the hallway.  All other nights will have private en-suite bathrooms.
  • Food is not included in the workshop fee.  We will be stopping for meals at either stores or restaurants during our journey.
  • There is no need for you to rent a car.  The hotel will provide free shuttle service to/from the Fairbanks International Airport.  Once you are with us, we will provide all transportation for the workshop.
  • Due to the high costs of operating in the Arctic, we are unable to offer the 10% Loyalty Program Discount.
  • We highly recommend Travel Insurance to cover any non-refundable fees or medical coverage during the workshop.
Ice Cave Alaska Photo Workshop
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Alaska Aurora Borealis Photo Workshop Northern Lights Winter

Pricing - 8 Days

$5950/person + Tax 

 

Trip Includes:

  • 7 Nights Double Occupancy Lodging. Single Occupancy is available for an additional $950
  • Small group photography guiding and instruction throughout the trip.
  • Dog Mushing Experience
  • Ground Transportation in two 4x4 winter-equipped SUV's with 3 clients per vehicle.
  • Snowshoes for the Ice Cave Day.
  • World Ice Championship Tickets
  • Post-processing and image critique sessions.
  • Pre-Workshop Zoom Meeting

 

Trip Does NOT Include:

  • Flights to/from Alaska.
  • Meals, beverages, and snacks.
  • Alcohol
  • Instructor Gratuities

 

A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot.  You will be sent a payment link for the remaining balance approximately 90 days before the workshop.  Due to the high costs of operating in the Arctic in Winter, we are unable to offer the 10% Loyalty Program Discount on this trip. See the full Terms and Conditions.

Recommended Camera Gear

  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
  • Fast wide angle lens in the 14-35mm range. We recommend a lens that is f/2.8 or faster for night photography.
  • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
  • Telephoto lenses will come in handy for landscape compression and wildlife encounters.
  • Circular polarizer filters (optional).
  • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
  • Remote cord for your camera.
  • Camera backpack you can use to transport your gear.
  • Drone camera for aerial photography (optional).
  • Laptop if you wish to backup or edit your photos.

Personal Gear List

  • Lots of warm clothes!  We will email a recommended packing list with many more details. We will also hold a pre-workshop zoom meeting with all participants.
  • Microspikes are recommended for walking on slick surfaces.
  • Warm, waterproof winter boots.
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen
  • Thermos for hot beverages
Alaska Aurora Borealis Photo Workshop Winter Northern Lights
Alaska Aurora Borealis Photo Workshop
Nickolas Warner Alaska

Nickolas Warner

Photography Instructor

Nickolas Warner is an award-winning photographer with recognition by the Epson Pano Awards, International Landscape Photographer of the Year, and Outdoor Photographer. He has a particular interest in extreme and unusual locations.  His travels have taken him to some fascinating locations, but the American Southwest is his favorite place to photograph.

Nickolas spent the past decade guiding in Alaska, where he provided instruction on photographing the aurora borealis, and shared his knowledge of the far north’s rugged terrain and resilient wildlife.

When not guiding, Nickolas enjoys long distance hiking and extended backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas.

Artist's Statement: "The more one travels, the more one sees how small our world is. Landscape photography is often an idyllic vision of nature that stretches the truth. While most of my photos are taken in the wilderness, the reality is that modernity and progress has shrunk the wild into small islands of untouched land, flanked on all sides by development and exploitation. Before becoming a full-time photographer, I pursued a career in sustainability. While I've since changed directions, I still have a strong sense of urgency to protect nature and keep the wild wild. I hope my photos can inspire others to explore and let our world be untamed."

See Nickolas' portfolio: Nickolas Warner Photography