We went to Cold Foot (population 13 according to the 2000 census) for five nights to see the Aurora. Cold Foot is 248 miles
north of Fairbanks on the Dalton Highway and about 75 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It is away from city lights and for
reasons not fully understood is a great place to see the Aurora.
We were in Cold Foot for five nights. The first night was cloudy. The next night was mostly cloudy, but we got up at 3:30 a.m.
and found a break and were the first to have a good aurora sighting in Coldfoot. The next three nights were clear and the
views were spectacular. On the last night the aurora formed bands completely across the sky. These were not Northern Lights
as they were right over us! The lights danced across the sky and even provided us reds and yellows as well as the usual
The buildings in the pictures are the modular lodging and related structures as well as the lights of truckers stopping at the
truck stop in Cold Foot. These pictures were taken with a $220 point and shoot camera using a 30 second exposure.
As the last night continued the aurora became more outrageous. I began to show red and yellow as well as green. Note the
moon in the picture below.
Eventually the Aurora filled the whole sky and then began dancing furiously over the whole sky. With a 30 second exposure
time, I could not catch all the stunning curtain dancing effects.