At Mount Logan Ecolodge, you'll experience the Northern Lights directly from our doorstep!
Our staff will set the stage for the best Northern Lights viewing experience you can possibly imagine.
When you choose to stay at Mount Logan Ecolodge during the Northern Lights Season, rest assured that we are dedicated to providing you with exceptional experiences while watching this natural phenomenon. We closely monitor the forecasts and when they indicate favorable conditions, we take every measure to ensure that your viewing experience is both enjoyable and comfortable. Not only will you have the opportunity to marvel at the beauty of the night sky and its wonders, but you will also relish the outdoor atmosphere of the Lodge.
To keep you warm and cozy, we will arrange a delightful setup. A crackling fire will be prepared, accompanied by comfortable chairs and snug blankets. We will also take care of your beverage needs by starting the coffee brewing, boiling water for tea or hot chocolate. Additionally, we will stock the smores section, so you can savor the sweet and satisfying pleasure of this outdoor treat. Rest assured, there’s no better way to experience the splendor of the Yukon than sitting outside at our lodge.
The Dancing Lights... What are they?
The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are a mesmerizing natural phenomenon that has fascinated people for centuries. These beautiful dancing waves of light illuminate the night sky and create a breathtaking spectacle. The name “aurora borealis” originated from the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek god of the north wind, Boreas.
The formation of the northern lights begins with the sun ejecting charged particles from its upper atmosphere, creating what is known as the solar wind. When these particles collide with Earth’s ionosphere, the aurora is born. Earth’s magnetic field plays a crucial role in redirecting these particles towards the poles. As the particles interact with the atmosphere, they deposit energy, causing it to fluoresce and giving rise to the vibrant colors of the aurora.
The specific colors observed in the northern lights are determined by the chemical composition of Earth’s atmosphere. Different atoms and molecules emit their own unique set of colors when they absorb and radiate light. For example, nitrogen molecules produce a red hue, while oxygen molecules contribute to the green color commonly seen in auroras.
The intensity and frequency of the northern lights vary over time due to the sun’s activity cycle, which lasts approximately 11 years. During periods of heightened solar activity, Earth may experience vast storms that bombard our planet with a tremendous amount of energy. These are the times when the northern lights are at their brightest and most frequent. The last solar maximum occurred in 2014, and the next one is expected around 2025.
When is it the right time to see the Northern Lights?
To witness the northern lights, it is best to travel to regions with long winter nights between September and April. During this time, the darkness of the sky allows for optimal viewing conditions. However, it’s important to consider moon phases and weather conditions as a bright full moon or cloudy skies can hinder visibility. To enhance your chances of seeing the aurora, you can monitor aurora forecasts provided by institutions like the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute and NOAA. Additionally, NASA’s aurora page offers valuable information and resources to further explore and learn about the northern lights.
The northern lights are a true testament to the beauty and wonder of our natural world, captivating the imagination of all who have the privilege to witness them