Wow, what a first day out at the Mount Aurora Lodge!
Located 30-40 mins from Fairbanks the lodge has sweeping views over the surrounding valleys from its hillside perch.
Housed in a converted gold miners dormitory the rustic, warm lodge has an open plan lounge/sitting/dining area that is just perfect for lounging around and gazing out at the sweeping views.
Dinner was a fabulous surprise of a fresh leafy salad, some succulent scallops and delicious Alaskan King Crab legs with a side of asparagus and baked jacket potato. All washed down with a couple of glasses of Pinot Grigio.
Although there is always some doubt as to whether you’ll see anything at all on any given night, it is a total luxury to be able to head off to bed with the knowledge that there’s a staff member on overnight aurora watch who’ll come and wake you up whenever there’s action. To be honest I was absolutely exhausted and was pretty excited at the thought of a good night sleep, however just as I was drifting off came the hurried knock on the door – it was on, there was an aurora happening! Not wanting to miss a minute I don’t think I’ve ever gotten dressed in so many layers of cold weather gear so quickly in my life.
I raced out to the front of the lodge and there it was streaming across the sky! Standing there, totally gobsmacked, I didn’t quite know where to look or to point my camera – it was everywhere.
Dancing across the sky so gracefully the view changed with every passing minute, radiating an ethereal majestic beauty.
This was a truly special experience that has sparked my desire to spend more time photographing this incredible natural phenomenon.