When is the best time to see the Northern Lights in Alaska?
Picture this scenario: you’ve booked an Alaskan cruise with us, CruiseExperts.com and you’re aboard Celebrity Cruises luxurious Solstice. All of the sudden you look up at the sky and see this unbelievable burst of greenish-yellow, blue and even bright red in the atmosphere. This gorgeous light show is what is known as the Aurora Borealis or more commonly referred to as the Northern Lights.
Few people ever have the opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis, but you can when you take an Alaska cruise during certain times of the year. The sky needs to be dark in order to see the lights and during the peak of the summer it can stay light up to 20 hours a day.
That is why, if you’re booking an Alaska cruise with us to see the Northern Lights, we advise you to do so in May or September. In early May the sun sets between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and in September anywhere between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. This time is also when the weather is mild and the skies are clearest.
However, don’t expect the Northern Lights to appear the minute there’s no more sunlight. You’re more likely to see these illuminations approximately one-and-a-half hours after sunset. More specifically auroral activity is likely to take place between 12:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. in September and May. If you can stay awake, head out onto the deck of your luxury Alaska cruise liner at 2:30 a.m., as this could very well be the best time to see the Aurora Borealis.
Of course, this is simply meant to be as a guide when booking your trip to Alaska. Whether you reserve your vacation for September, May or July, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time. If you have any questions, contact us at 888-804-CRUISE or visit our website, www.CruiseExperts.com.