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Fairbanks, United States
Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Watch the Northern Lights from Murphy Dome, one of the best viewing spots around Fairbanks. During your tour, your guide shares informative commentary about the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis) and other natural wonders of Alaska. Hear about the history of the former Air Force Station on Murphy Dome, and keep warm with complimentary hot beverages and snacks. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Fairbanks.
  • Northern Lights tour to Murphy Dome, from Fairbanks
  • Enjoy great views of the Northern Lights from Murphy Dome
  • Watch the spectacular natural light show in Alaska
  • Includes complimentary hot beverages and snacks
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Hotel/port pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The first pick up time will start at 10:30 pm. Please contact us 24 to 48 hours before tour to get your exact pick up time.
If you are staying with Alaska-Wildlife-Cabin-and-Hostels, you can jump right into our vans before tour begins.

We can pick you up from any address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. If you do not see your address in the hotel list but it is in the city limits, please leave the address in the comment section.

If you are staying outside the city limits, we can meet you at the Walmart parking lot in Fairbanks.

Departure Time

10:30 PM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

After pickup from your Fairbanks hotel, leave the city behind as you travel in a comfortable van to Murphy Dome, located 20 miles (32km) northwest of Fairbanks. Murphy Dome reaches an elevation of 2,930 feet (728 meters) and hosts a former Air Force Station that is now used as a long distance radar station.

From this height, far from the city lights, you can view the Northern Lights as they dance across the sky with breathtaking colors. Take photographs and enjoy the natural light show shimmer in the skies of Alaska.

While waiting for the Northern Lights to appear, you can stay warm in the van and sip a hot beverage accompanied by light snacks.

At the end of your tour, your guide returns you to your Fairbanks hotel.
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Murphy Dome
Join us on our tour to one of the most famous Northern Lights viewing spots in and around, located north northwest of Fairbanks, Murphy Dome. Today Murphy Dome Air Force Station (elevation 2930 feet) is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station. We will leave the city lights behind us in our spacious vans ensuring each guests comfort. Highlights: Travel to Murphy Dome (20 miles west north-west of Fairbanks, was once an Air Force Station, today still in use as a Long Distance Radar Station) Murphy Dome climbs to 2.930 feet (880 meter) above sea level View the breathtaking Northern Lights dance across the sky (360 degree view) Enjoy the opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights for everlasting memories Note: We cannot guarantee the Northern Lights sightings. It is a natural phenomena, which is difficult to predict and impossible to control. Please also note, that the Murphy dome is not a building. This also means that there are no restroom facilities available.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear appropriate warm winter clothes
  • We provide hot drinks during the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • There are no restroom facilities available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Wildlife Guide LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome.
What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome.

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, Oct 2021
Did not see the northern lights but had a great time with Alexia. She did everything possible to experience the waiting moment and looking for ways to help us see and understand.
Excellent tour guide!
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide for our Aurora viewing at the Murlhy Dome in Fairbanks, Dave was so great. He was very knowledgeable especially talking about the Northern Lights. From our hotel where he picked us up, he explained to us how the northern lights came to be. He entertained questions from our group. He gave us ample of time gazing at the sky for the northern lights. Fortunately for us, the lights showed up to us that night. He even instructed us how to take a better picture of the lights. He also volunteered his camera to take pictures of us. He was good and highly recommended for your tour in Fairbanks especially the Northern Lights.
Better than I imagine!
, Oct 2021
Road conditions prevented us from going to Murphy Dome, but our guide took us to an amazing spot on the river. The lights emerged around 1:15am, and they were fabulous!
Great trip
, Oct 2021
The lights were amazing. Once in a lifetime trip. Our guide Lizzy was awesome. She helped everyone get the pictures they wanted
Words cannot express how impressed we were
, Sep 2021
We came to Fairbanks for the sole purpose of experiencing the northern lights. We arrived on Sunday night and we had no luck Monday nor Tuesday nights. This left Wednesday night and our tour to the Murphy Dome as our final hopes in fulfilling our goal of partaking in this experience. Our tour guide, Nate, picked up right on time. He made sure all of us in the van were comfortable and could hear him on the PA system. He warned us ahead of time there may be other people there and they may have lights on, which would break the etiquette of viewing the lights. When we arrived to the Murphy Dome, it was like right on cue; we caught the very beginning of the light show. Nate provided hot chocolate (which was very much needed this night as it was freezing cold) and snacks for us, and allowed us to sit in the van to warm up as needed. We experienced a show unlike any other we have ever seen. Nate showed those of us who weren’t sure how to capture this beautiful spectacle on our phones how to do so. We had an amazing time there and when we were all kind of tired of this spot, Nate took us to another location he knew of for more of the “show”. I do not do reviews. I go places, I partake in the experience, and I either enjoy it or don’t, but I keep it to myself. This experience was extraordinary, Nate was an excellent guide on our journey, and everything was very professional and, well, fun. If you ever have the opportunity to go on this venture, I would very much recommend this company to book this through, and ask for Nate to guide you on this amazing journey.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello David, We are very glad that you got to see such a beautiful northern lights show and that you got to take pictures home with you. We wish you well on your future adventures and we thank you for this wonderful review. Your AWG Team
1 traveler found this review helpful
One of the best Northern Lights Tours in Fairbanks!
, Sep 2021
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area, the Northern Lights, and best ways to capture them! She even had hot chocolate for us to have while we were up at Murphy Dome!
2 travelers found this review helpful
Saw the Lights!!
, Sep 2021
Seeing the northern lights was one of the reasons we came to Alaska and we did see them on this tour. Our tour guide, Clark, worked very hard to ensure we did. Also very informative!!
Spectacular show of...
, Sep 2021
Spectacular show of northern lights guide was very helpful incredible experience right from hotel pickup to drop off
2 travelers found this review helpful
Go see the Aurora Borealis. AMAZING!!
, Mar 2021
Driver was personable and helpful. We had an amazing show that night, we were lucky! He did all he could to keep us comfortable and the mood up in the temperatures.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Mar 2021
Long drive without success finding the northern lights. The driver tried hard. But disappointing. Why schedule in such conditions? It’s a rip off.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
We are sorry you were disappointed, the weather doesn't always cooperate. Cloud conditions are unpredictable as well as the aurora display.

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