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The Aurora Chasers, Fairbanks

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  • The weather was so cloudy all week, the week we came up to Fairbanks, Alaska. My family went to Alaska so my brother, who suffers from CHD (Congenital Heart Disease) and Epilepsy was able to have...  more »
  • I was a solo traveler and ended up having an amazing time. Ronn and Marketa really went all out to make the experience as memorable as possible. Even though we didn't have the best Aurora night, we...  more »
  • Ronn & Marketa were amazing in terms of chasing the Aurora's. We arrived in Fairbanks with a very bad weather and clouds all over the place. Ronn & Marketa picked us up from the Candlewood suites and....  more »
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  • I scheduled a tour in April with Ronn and Marketa for Sept. 27, 2019. I had no way of knowing I had chosen the best night of the season! Ronn and Marketa were absolutely amazing with their knowledge, comfortable van, large viewing screen, ability to get each of our cameras set up in the van by seeing it on the screen and following his instructions, teaching us far more about the Aurora Borealis than I could possibly read online, and all the while keeping great attitudes and fun personalities! There’s no sitting and waiting for the lights to dance. They’ll find them and take you to the spot! We drove 1.5 hrs away from Fairbanks to find the most magnificent lights! My friend and I were in Alaska for 8 nights and this was by far our favorite experience. Do not hesitate to book with The Aurora Chasers! I can’t recommend them enough! Plus, you’ll receive a souvenir mug of the best hot chocolate around and they’ll email a personal picture of you in front of the Aurora (if visible that night!) the next day. Don’t wait! Book now! They only do this 4 months out of the year!
  • We were out with Ron and Marketa last night and they were wonderful teachers and coaches with endless patience. The Aurora was not outstanding but with their help we were able to take some memorable pix. They are real professionals and really know what they are doing.
  • Very disappointed Yes they were very professional however to pay big money and not see the northern lights very disappointing I totally understand its all weather permitting however to pay Big dollars $500 aud to drive around all night very disappointing didnt even get to take one photo. Dont bank on them coming out. Better to do a tour like chena hot springs and aurora and if the aurora doesnt come out at least you get something else for your money. Feel if they dont come out with the chasers should be given at least half your money back.
  • Went out with Ronn and Marketa this weekend and, if you’re trying to shoot the aurora in Fairbanks, these are the guys to go with. They’re just the nicest people but it’s their knowledge of the aurora, the tools they use to improve the likelihood that you’ll see the lights and their expertise in what it will take to get the right shots with your specific lens and camera that set them apart from the pack. They walk you through exactly how to set your camera up to capture the best photos - including some advice that honestly isn’t all that intuitive and some settings that I have never dig into my cameras menus to set before...I felt like I came away understanding my camera better, and how often can you say that? They tracking multiple different data sources to figure out the beat location to shoot from...they don’t just drive to the same place every night - they try to understand where the best experience can be captured and take you there. Cannot recommend these guys highly enough. I didn’t get the photos I wanted this weekend as the elements just didn’t cooperate but I learned a huge amount and won’t hesitate to use them again when I come back for another shot at capturing the Aurora.
  • We were on a 4 night visit to Fairbanks last week and after not having encountered any auroras the first three nights, we decided to book the relatively pricey tour with Ron and Marketa’s tour company. And Boy were we not disappointed. KNOWLEDGEABLE- These two are extremely knowledgeable (they share more than a decade’s worth of aurora chasing experience between them) but they also went above and beyond to ensure the guests were comfortable and that we all got the best photos possible.They seemed to have loved nerding out with the group talking about how, when and what causes auroras (in detail). I learn so much not only about Auroras in the region by also what other regions they occur in and why that happens. PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP- Their camera workshop was so much better than I ever expected. They gave out detailed instructions on what setting to have (and how to get there), how to set up the camera and kept dropping tiny knowledge tid-bits throughout the night to improve our experience. Any issues with the camera set up was dealt one-one with either Ron or Marketa (really appreciated this!) so no one felt left behind. AURORA VIEWING- When it came down to the auroras, these two were able to pinpoint the timing of the occurrence and the directions to expect the auroras with an impressive degree of accuracy. They used multiple apps, real-time satellite readings and live-web-cams to keep us posted on the chances (they won’t lie if the aurora chances are looking slim). They ensured we were well-prepared for the evening after having sent us a detailed email around what to bring and wear for the night and suggestions around what cameras/lenses to have. Our tri-pods were all set-up at the location they drove us out to and when the auroras came about, we were ready! They did several small things like making us hot-chocolate/coffee, keeping the van (heat) running throughout the night, checking our lenses multiple times to ensure there wasn’t frost forming and cleaning it if need be that truly made their tour company worth the price. CONCLUSION: Be assured, if the probability of encountering the northern lights (which changes from night to night) during your visit is high, these two will ensure you see them 100%. Thoroughly impressed and highly recommended for anyone wanting to witness the auroras while learning about them. Even though the auroras weren’t as vivid as we’d have hoped on the night of our tour, we still walked away completely satisfied.

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