Charter Flight to Fairbanks Aurora BorealisTake a private charter flight to Fairbanks, Alaska and witness one of the state’s most awe-inspiring natural displays — the Aurora Borealis (also called the Northern Lights). More than 250,000 people make the trip every year in hopes of catching this vibrant light show, flipping and waving through the Alaska night sky.

Curtains of colored light form the Aurora Borealis about 60 or 70 miles above the earth’s surface (10 times higher than your charter jet flies). The upper atmosphere gleams with red, green, blue, violet, yellow, and if you’re lucky, bold red lights. Caused by charged atoms colliding with one another, the light’s color is determined by how high the atoms collide in the atmosphere. Most people who catch a glimpse of the Aurora will see yellow and green strands, occasionally joined by less active colors.

The Aurora Borealis can be observed anywhere above 60 degrees north latitude, but the lights are most active and bright within the “auroral oval” at 65 degrees latitude. This makes Fairbanks, Alaska, the state’s second-largest city, the ideal location to skywatch.

The Aurora Borealis comes in waves — some nights you’ll see it, and other nights you won’t. This means an Aurora Borealis Jet Charter should be planned carefully. According to the Fairbanks Visitors Bureau, if you take a charter flight to Fairbanks and stay for three nights, you have an 80 percent chance of seeing the lights. A single display often lasts 10 to 15 minutes, and is most often seen from late evening through the early morning hours.

Because Aurora activity correlates with sunspot activity, the best years to observe the Northern Lights come in 11-year cycles. Every time activity reaches its maximum, that peak in activity lasts about four to five years. Since the last peak began in 2012, now is the ideal time to take an Aurora Borealis Jet Charter. The lights are active year-round, but they can only be seen when the night sky is dark enough, so the best months for viewing are generally from late August through early April, especially during the autumn and spring equinoxes in September/October and March/April.

The best hours for seeing the Aurora Borealis are late night or early morning when the sky is clear and moonless. There are two ways to catch it — stay up all night (wearing warm clothes) or request a “Northern Lights wake-up call”, offered by many Alaska hotels to alert guests when the lights appear.

When you take a charter flight to Fairbanks, you can even choose to watch for the lights while lounging in an outdoor hot pool. One of the most popular lodgings in Fairbanks is the Chena Hot Springs Resort, where you can soak in 100-year-old natural hot springs. Additional available activities at the resort include dog sled rides, therapeutic massage, horseback riding, snowmobiling, ATV tours and more. The Aurora Borealis Lodge and the Fairbanks Princess Lodge are also popular places to stay with those who take a charter flight to Fairbanks.

Known as the “Golden Heart City” for the kindness of its 32,000 people, Fairbanks offers travelers a friendly, invigorating city with plenty of attractions to fill your days while waiting for the colorful night lights. Fairbanks is an old gold rush boomtown, home to historical sites like the Alaska Highway, mining hotspots, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, military bases, and the University of Alaska.

Taking a Charter Flight to Fairbanks

Every day, domestic flights land directly into the Fairbanks International Airport (FAI), which is located only six miles away from downtown Fairbanks. Stratos Jet Charters can arrange both your flight and your ground transportation to your final destination. The airport has plenty of shuttles, rental cars, taxis and buses waiting to take you to the perfect spot for viewing the Northern Lights.

Stratos Jet Charters has access to highly-experienced flight crews and more than 5,000 luxury aircraft that meet the most rigorous standards of air charter safety. Our team provides the highest level of aircraft flexibility and guarantees a private charter aircraft with as little as four hours’ notice. Adding to these advantages, our full-service concierge will ensure that your air charter experience meets and exceeds your highest expectations.

Stratos Jet Charters is ready to arrange your private charter flight to Fairbanks, Alaska for the Aurora Borealis, as well as all other domestic and international events and destinations. Our team of agents is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to arrange your next flight. Call us at 877-481-6897 and start planning your private charter flight to Fairbanks!