My wife and I just returned from a stay at ABL. We spent five nights (we REALLY wanted to see the aurora!). We were not disappointed, seeing the lights on three of five nights, the last being the most spectacular.
The lodge is perfectly situated for viewing the aurora. While you can see it from your room, through large north-facing windows, you will want to be outside so that you can see the full sky. On one evening the lights were directly overhead.
Mok and his family are perfect hosts. So accommodating. His radio setup ensures that you will not sleep through a night of lights.
My wife and I did our own tracking of the local radar and aurora forecast, even when the weather was not good. You only need a small break in the clouds to see the aurora if it is bright that night.
Mok also has wifi available in the lodge, so it was easy to check weather, e-mails, etc. We have Verizon and did not have mobile phone service at the lodge, but this was not a problem since we could get on the Internet.
The room was perfect. Two large beds, a nice couch, dining table, full kitchen, bathroom.
One note about photographing the aurora. You will have best results if you are using a digital camera that permits you to adjust the shutter speed and ISO (all DSLRs should permit this; point-and-shoot cameras and cell phones may not). On an average night the aurora is somewhat faint. While your eyes can see the lovely movement and shapes you may not see all of the color but your camera will. I attached one of the more impressive pictures from our viewing.
All in all, this was a magical trip. We chose to visit in September when the weather was warmer than during the winter and saw some lovely fall color. If you visit, say hi from David and Darcy in Chicago!
- Also Known As:
- Aurora Borealis Hotel Fairbanks
- Aurora Borealis Lodge Fairbanks, Alaska