I can finally strike off the Northern lights from my bucket list thanks to Joe from North Star Adventures who significantly increased our chances of Aurora sightings. My wife and I toured with Joe for 4 nights starting March 23 and the best Aurora sightings were on the night of March 25th when the whole sky lit up offering a eye popping spectacle. The Aurora's were so brilliant, vivid and psychedelic that our brains froze!
The unique offering from Joe is that he ferries the group touring with him from one lake to another until viewing conditions improve. The experience was all the more memorable since Joe offered a truly personalized experience keeping all tourists engaged through every night. On all 4 nights Joe sustained the same level of enthusiasm and patience night after night. Our lady driver Dawn was truly sweet and kept us engaged all through the drive. Despite being out in VERY COLD conditions (-20 to -30 C) for 4 hours at a stretch there was never a boring moment thanks to Joe, Dawn and the diverse, enthusiastic and determined tourists from all over the world (Hong Kong, China, Korea, Canada). Thank you Joe for offering tips on night sky photography and taking excellent pictures of us!
The Aurora tour includes timely pick-up and drop-off from Hotel or BnB, staying out for 4-5 hours until viewing conditions improve.
We opted for a package that included 4 nights of Aurora tour, winter clothing rental(Goose Parka, ski pants, snow boots,mitten), snow mobile, dog sledding, airport drop-off and unlimited people pictures. We also rented a tripod from him. Dog sledding and Snow mobile was offered via Beck's Kennel. Snow mobile is meant for 2 people while dog sledding involves 8 people being pulled by 14 skinny dogs across a frozen lake. Exciting indeed.
Joe and his staff added a personal touch in the end when they dropped us off to the airport and handed over a USB with all our pictures in it along with a little post card memento.
No picture can do justice to the beautiful sight of the Aurora Borealis.
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