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Is the Fly /Arctic Circle Trip Worth the Expense?

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Is the Fly /Arctic Circle Trip Worth the Expense?

Is there any possibility of seeing the Northern Lights on the evening trip in late August? How does this tour compare to the Fly/Drive option? Any help will be deeply appreciated. I want to go, my traveling companion is not convinced.

Healy, Alaska
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1. Re: Is the Fly /Arctic Circle Trip Worth the Expense?

any time it is finally getting dark, there is a chance of northern lights, but you don't need to fly to the Arctic circle to see them. :)

Bristol, Connecticut
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2. Re: Is the Fly /Arctic Circle Trip Worth the Expense?

Your chance of seeing the Northern Lights in late August are not good at all and as you travel north the less darkness you will have at that time of year. In Bettles there is about 2 more hours of daylight than there is in Anchorage in late August, about 18 hours of daylight in Bettles, give or take a few minutes depending on when you come. The sun is leaving very quickly at that time of year at a rate of about 5 minutes a day. I would not do the trip if your goal is to see the Northern Lights. I think you would have a good or better chance of seeing them in Denali or maybe Fairbanks.

I have never done the trip so I can't comment on it but I have driven the Haul Rd and the scenery was breathtaking.

Edited: 6:34 pm, April 22, 2011
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3. Re: Is the Fly /Arctic Circle Trip Worth the Expense?

Thanks. How about flying round trip. Is the scenery worth the price. Would it be better to take the flight to Mt McKinley fromTalkeetna. I would like to make at least one flight during my two weeks in Alaska.

4. Re: Is the Fly /Arctic Circle Trip Worth the Expense?

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