2025 Arctic Adventure: Alaska Northern Lights Tour

February 19th - 24th, 2025 | Coldfoot, Alaska


Arctic Adventure: Alaska Northern Lights Photo Tour

with Joe Garza & Nick Selway



Northern Lights in Alaska North of the Arctic Circle with Light Chasing Photo Tours Arctic Adventure

Embark on a mesmerizing photography tour to witness the enchanting Northern Lights above the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Capture the breathtaking dance of vibrant colors in the night sky as you explore the remote and pristine landscapes of this unique region. Let us take care of the logistics and driving so you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the Aurora Borealis and let your camera capture the magic of this natural phenomenon.

We will take you 55 miles north of the Arctic Circle to the legendary Coldfoot Camp which will be our base for this workshop. During the day we'll see the incredible views of the Brooks Range along the Dalton Highway and over Atigun Pass. At night, we'll make sure you're in the right place at the right time to see the Northern Lights dance overhead - from when the action starts in the night until the early morning hours. This is a no-holds-barred bucket list adventure to get you to the lights in one of the most amazing settings on the planet.

Although predicting the northern lights can be finicky, February and March are considered to be the best months for viewing these breathtaking natural wonders. While there can be no guarantees when it comes to seeing the Northern Lights and getting clear skies, Joe and Nick have years of experience of finding the lights and clear skies most, if not all, nights of the workshop. However, Mother Nature is the boss and always has the last say.

This is the bucket list adventure you've been waiting for and it will fill up quickly! Check out the information below and secure your spot today!


Workshop Information | Arctic Adventure Northern Lights

The night sky is filled with colors of red, green and yellow as the northern lights shine in the sky. The Alaska pipeline overhead runs across the landscape.
'Over the Line' | Alaska Pipeline | Brooks Range

Dates: Feb 19 - 24, 2025

Group Size: Limited to 6 people

Cost: $5,800.00 double occupancy only

Deposit: 50% deposit due at the time of registration which can be completed at the bottom of this page.

Included: Lodging, Permits, Guiding, Photography Instruction, Transportation, GPS Communication Device for emergency purposes.

Not Included: Airfare, meals, gratuities for instructors.

Booking: The workshop will need to be paid in full 90 days prior to the day the workshop begins. Refunds are not available after the 90 day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.


Workshop Instructors | Alaska Northern Lights Tour

Northern Lights rainbow over the snow covered Alaska mountains of Atigun Pass

Led by Joe Garza and Nick Selway, this incredible Light Chasing Photo Tours Workshop is one you don't want to miss. Both Joe and Nick are professional landscape and nature photographers with years of experience leading workshops and helping individuals at all levels enhance their photography skills. (See bios below)

Joe and Nick create a relaxed, fun environment where you feel comfortable asking questions about your camera gear, settings, techniques, and composition so you can bring your photography skills to the next level. Workshops are a great opportunity to learn as the guided photography tour will bring you right to the best locations and sites so you can focus on your photography and taking in the breathtaking views that will surround you. We hope you'll sign up so we can hit the ground with you in one of our upcoming workshops! Feel free to contact Joe directly with any questions.


Arctic Adventure: Alaska Northern Lights Tour Highlights

On this bucket list adventure our stops will include these stunning locations for you to capture amazing images:

Photo of group in front of the Arctic Circle sign in Alaska in winter.
2024 Arctic Adventure Tour
  • Northern Lights
  • Arctic Circle
  • The famous Dalton Highway (Ice Road Truckers)
  • Coldfoot Camp
  • Wiseman, Alaska
  • Brooks Range
  • Atigun Pass
  • Wildlife that may include caribou, moose, lynx, and musk oxen



Workshop Schedule | Arctic Circle Northern Lights Tour

Snowy Trees along the Dalton Highway on the way to the Brooks Range north of the arctic circle

February 19: Check in to the Westmark Hotel, Fairbanks, AK and meet in the lobby at 5pm to kick off our workshop. Well take time to introduce ourselves to everyone and answer any questions. Then we'll head out for dinner together before our adventure begins the next morning.

February 20: We'll meet in the lobby at 7:30 am with all your gear and check out of your room. We'll head out to breakfast and then head north toward Coldfoot. We'll stop for views of the frost covered trees and other landscape views along with any wildlife we might see. We'll arrive at Coldfoot and check into our rooms. Dinner will be at The Trucker's Cafe at Coldfoot Camp and then we'll head out for our first night of viewing Northern Lights!

February 21, 22, 23: Activities these days will be determined by weather and the forecast for the Aurora Borealis. We'll go where we have clear skies at night and capture landscapes during the day along with wildlife.

Depending on the weather, each night we could drive up to 200 miles one way to find clear skies just to put everyone in the right spot to capture the aurora. Each night we could possibly be out until sunrise the next morning capturing the Northern Lights. Prepare for very long nights, little sleep and extremely cold temperatures ranging for -40F to 30F.

Photo of the Alaskan pipeline from Atigun Pass north of the arctic circle.

February 24: We'll meet for breakfast at 8am and then start our drive back to Fairbanks. We should be back to Fairbanks around 5pm and will say our goodbyes as we end the tour.

Throughout the tour, Joe and Nick create a relaxed, fun, and enjoyable atmosphere for an incredible experience. You will have fun while you gain confidence in taking your photography skills to the next level.


Lodging, Travel & Transportation | Coldfoot, AK | Arctic Adventure

Coldfoot Camp as seen from the air
Aerial view of Coldfoot Camp (https://www.coldfootcamp.com/stay)

Lodging for our first night of the workshop will be at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks Alaska and will be double occupancy. You do not need to make a hotel reservation. We will reserve your room for you and send you a reservation number for your room prior to the workshop.

Lodging four the remaining four nights will be in Coldfoot at the Slate Creek Inn. This is not your typical hotel stay. The Inn was established to house workers who traveled to Alaska to build the pipeline. Made of trailers, it has been refurbished and redecorated, but still remains rustic. Each cozy room has two twin beds, and a private bathroom with a shower. All rooms will be double occupancy due to limited availability.

Amenities include the onsite restaurant and the Frozen Foot Saloon which offers beer and wine. There is no WiFi and cell service is typically available but can vary by carrier.

Accomodations at Coldfoot Camp
Slate Creek Inn Accommodations (https://www.coldfootcamp.com/stay)

Travel: Plan to arrive in Fairbanks and be ready to check in at 3pm on February 19th. The Westmark Hotel is 4.5 miles away from the airport so you would need to take a cab or Uber to and from. We will return to Fairbanks by 5pm on February 24th so plan your departing flight accordingly.

Transportation: We will be renting a very comfortable sprinter van to take everyone from the hotel, up to Coldfoot, and to our shooting locations each night. You only need to book transportation to and from the airport.

If you prefer more modern accommodations while experiencing the Northern Lights, check out our Alaska Northern Lights Photo Tour based out of Fairbanks.


Difficulty of Workshop and Recommended Gear

Some areas will require short hikes thru mountain terrains with some mild elevation gains less than 150 ft. Our shooting areas will give you the most remote breathtaking views to enhance your experience. The following clothing and equipment are recommended.

Collage of images of nothern lights in Alaska over mountains.
  • Snow Hiking boots we recommend Sorel boots or equivalent to,
  • Warm base layers top and bottom
  • Snow jackets
  • Warm hoodies
  • Snow pants
  • Beanies, gloves, face mask covering
  • Wool socks
  • Headlamp
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Make sure you always bring water and some snacks for the nights.

Recommend Camera Gear

Caribou in snow covered Alaska Mountains north of the arctic circle

Depending on how bright the Northern Lights are on any given night we will be doing long exposures anywhere from 5 sec to 25 sec also make sure you have a cable release for you camera!

  • DSLR or mirrorless or camera
  • Lenses: 16-35mm, 20mm Prime, 24-70mm, 70-200mm
  • Solid tripod with a ball head
  • Remote shutter release
  • Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for daytime exposures)
  • Extra batteries; at least 3 full batteries charged every night
  • Memory Cards
  • Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc.

Instruction Provided During the Alaska Northern Lights Workshop Includes:

Aurora Borealis dance in the sky above the mountains on Atigun Pass in Alaska
  • A guided photography tour of Alaska including Northern Lights, The Brooks Range, Atigun Pass, Alaska Landscapes
  • Long exposures night time photography
  • Shooting in manual mode (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field)
  • Lens selection for composition and lighting
  • Creating stunning compositions (rule of thirds and simplicity)
  • Finding foreground elements
  • Capturing grand landscape photos
  • Creating intimate, abstract images
  • Creating panoramic images
  • Filters - how and when to use them
  • Focus stacking, bracketing, histogram usage




CANCELLATION POLICY

The workshop must be paid in full 90 days prior to the day the workshop starts. Client cancellations prior to 90 days before the workshop will be eligible for a full refund or transfer of funds paid to another workshop. Refunds are not available after the 90 day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. If a cancellation does occur, participants may either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel expenses and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance to cover such costs.


THE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

JOE GARZA

Joe Garza | Alaksa Northern Lights Photography Workshop Instructor

Born and raised in Westland, Michigan, Joe has always had a passion for photography. It started while serving in the United States Navy in the early 90's when his travels brought him all over the world. He was able to turn his passion into his profession and continues to focus on bringing you amazing images through his collection of images from National Parks, Hawaii, and the U.S. from the east coast lighthouses, Colorado mountains, and canyons and deserts across the southwest. Joe resides in Madison, Wisconsin with with his 3 children.




NICK SELWAY

Nick Selway | Light Chasing Photo Tours Instructor

Born and raised in Lake Stevens, Washington along the Northern Cascade Mountains, he grew a profound appreciation for the natural world at a young age. He spent his childhood traveling and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family as his love for mother nature grew. He has been photographing for the last 18 years. He'd lived in Kailua Kona, Big Island of Hawaii for the last 14 years where he ran 2 photography galleries "Lava Light Galleries" and did photo tours to the volcano and around the island. In 2018 Nick moved with his beautiful wife Sarah Buzzetti and embarked on a new journey his lifelong dream by opening his very own photography gallery on June 1st, 2018 located on main street in Breckenridge, Colorado. He currently travels up to 150 days a year photographing mother nature’s beauty and teaching a variety of photography workshops.