Homestead Aurora - A Night of Guided Aurora Watching in Joy, Alaska

• Available Daily 
• August 21– September 18
   Departs at 9:00 pm; returns between 3:30 and 4:30 am. 
   Picked up at hotel.
Includes: Tour, Extra Night Hotel at the Westmark, all transfers.
Meals not included unless specified in Tour.

Note* Due to the schedule of the  Fall Aurora Drive Adventure this Tour would only be available for passengers on our Aug 20 and Sept 3 sailings.
Tour operates as independent tour 


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Tour Summary:

• Meet your friendly, informative Alaskan guide who is certain to make your experience a memorable one.
• Ground tour north on the historic Elliott Highway in the personalized comfort of our tour coaches and vans.
• Cross over Wickersham Dome and enter a remote region where the stars blaze in a pristine winter sky.
• Arrive in the community of Joy, Alaska and experience the warmth and homestead hospitality of the Arctic Circle Trading Post.
• Watch the night skies for nature’s greatest light show, the mysterious Aurora Borealis.

8:00 pm Begin pick-ups at Fairbanks core hotels. 

9:00 pm Depart Fairbanks by coach or van. 

11:30 pm Arrive at the Arctic Circle Trading Post in Joy, Alaska. 
This is your cozy and rustic base for awaiting the northern lights. Hot water and some powdered drinks are available. 
Outhouse restroom facilities available. 

2:00 am Depart Arctic Circle Trading Post for Fairbanks. 
Approx. 3:30-4:30 am Arrive Fairbanks

Return Shuttle: If you are staying in any local Fairbanks core-area hotel, your Homestead Aurora guide will bring you there at the end of the day. 

The above is only intended to provide an approximate tour itinerary. The exact schedule of each tour varies day-to-day and is dictated by the interests of the group and unique events of the day, not by a rigid pre-set itinerary.

It is important that travelers with Northern Alaska Tour Company understand that Alaska’s Arctic is a truly remote wilderness region. Traveling through vast wilderness stretches requires adequate time and preparation. Weather or mechanical factors, albeit infrequent, can result in multi-hour delays. Medical facilities are limited. Limited communication and transportation infrastructure inherently cause evacuation for illness or other emergency situations to take, at the very best, several hours to conduct. For this reason, travelers to this region should be of reasonable health and physical condition.


Northern Alaska Tour Company strives to provide a personalized travel experience. Touring is done in small groups utilizing a 25-passenger tour coach. Occasionally a 10-passenger van is used for smaller groups or special circumstances.

Northern Alaska Tour Company guides are highly-trained Alaskans who are able to share their unique understanding of Alaska with you based on their own personal experiences. We are confident that you will find the level of service provided by your guide to be as high or higher than you have ever before experienced.

There is no running water at the Arctic Circle Trading Post. Restroom facilities are all non-flush, unheated outhouses.

The inside of the vehicle is maintained as a smoke-free environment, as is the Arctic Circle Trading Post. Smoking is allowed outside at the Trading Post.

Guest safety is our foremost priority. Guides are licensed to operate commercial vehicles. Tour vehicles are CB radio and satellite phone equipped.

Gratuities Policy: As with other service industries tips are not required but are used to reward guides for a job well done. Standard tip amounts for a tour range from $10.00-$20.00+ per guest for excellent service.

PLEASE NOTE: Guest safety always takes precedence over convenience. On rare occasions, weather or other uncontrollable circumstances may require alteration/cancellation of a portion or all of the scheduled tour itinerary.

Dress for comfort, not to impress. For many, getting out into the winter boreal forest is a highlight of the day, but temperatures can range from 30° to –40° Fahrenheit, so dress in layers and bring warm coats, snow pants, hats, boots, and mittens.
in the party. Each name provided will appear on an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate.

The tour price includes guided ground tour. Meals are NOT included in the tour price. Guests should plan to bring any food they may need for the night. Hot water is available but there is no facility for cooking or preparing food.

The tour is typically 7 to 8 hours in length. Approximately 3 hours are spent in the tour vehicle. The remaining time is spent based out of the rustic and cozy Arctic Circle Trading Post watching for the Northern Lights. The tour departs Fairbanks at 8:00pm and returns between 3:30 and 4:30am.

Seating configuration in the tour vans is three guests per bench seat, and one guest up front. Guest seating is rotated throughout the tour. Thus, each guest is provided with a variety of different viewing perspectives and the opportunity to interact with others on the tour.