Northern Lights of Yellowknife
5 days / 4 nights
Nights of viewing
Where it goes
When to go
December - April
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Winter aurora in the Northwest Territories
See the Northern Lights in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories and a top location for aurora viewing. You have four nights to catch nature’s spectacular light show! During the day, bundle up and explore the city on guided winter tours. There are opportunities to go dogsledding or snowmobiling, learn about Indigenous cultures, and discover the history of Yellowknife.
Three Northern Lights viewing experiences
Explore the beautiful winter landscape around Yellowknife
Activity options include dogsledding, snowmobiling, and net pulling
Top experiences and features
Three aurora viewing experiences
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Frequently Asked Questions
Although Yellowknife, and the Northwest Territories in general, is a fantastic spot for Northern Lights viewing, the lights aren’t visible every night. Your chances are high over a three- or four-night stay, but because this is nature, nothing is guaranteed.
Yes! In spite of its cold and snowy reputation, Canada is one of the world’s best destinations for winter sports and activities, from downhill skiing and heli-skiing (invented in Canada), to dog sledding and snowshoeing. Canada is also one of the top places on the planet to see the Northern Lights, with best viewing between November and March.
The easiest way to get to Yellowknife is by plane. There are direct flights to Yellowknife from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto.
Our vacations are not typically escorted. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary but rather have the freedom of independent travel.
This allows you, with the help of our travel experts, to personalize your trip to suit your interests, timeframe, and budget. We’ll guide you through the process and provide the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities tailored to your taste.
An exception to this is our Northern Lights vacations in Churchill. These are hosted trips. On these trips, you will be with the same group for each day of your trip and have a daily activity schedule. A local guide will be with you and almost all meals are included.
We partner with a number of hotels and accommodation providers across the country that offer a variety of service levels and unique experiences. Northern Lights vacations include stays in small cities and remote locations, so there is not the same amount of choice as there would be in bigger cities. Choosing accommodation is based on local availability and personal preference.
Our Northern Lights trips can accommodate children, but there may be a minimum age for some day tours. Winter clothing rentals may be harder to obtain for some ages. It’s important to note that Northern Lights viewing happens late at night, so it may be tiring for some children. Please ask one of our Vacation Advisors for your options.
As Northern Lights viewing experiences take place at night, there is plenty of time in the day for other activities. Tour and activity options depend on the season and the location. In the winter, go dogsledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or ice fishing. In the fall, go hiking, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing. There are opportunities to learn about local culture and history too.
The Northern Lights are most commonly a greenish-yellow hue, though they can appear pink, red, blue and even violet.
You can photograph the Northern Lights, but you will need a tripod and preferably a DSLR camera where you can control the shutter speed. A wide angle lens is also recommended to capture their full scope.
Either winter or fall is the best season for viewing the Northern Lights in Canada. During these seasons, there are extended periods of darkness.
Arrive in Yellowknife
Travel into the spectacular Northwest Territories. Land in the capital city of Yellowknife. An area with deep cultural roots and a diverse landscape, Yellowknife sits on the shores of Great Slave Lake.
- Transfer from Yellowknife Airport YZF to Downtown
- Winter Clothing Rental
Yellowknife is a vibrant city with many festivals and events throughout the year. The city gained its name from the copper tools made and traded by the Dene First Nation. Explore the public street art during the day, then wait for tonight's natural art to appear in the night sky.
- Net Pulling Tour and Lunch
- Yellowknife City Tour
- Indigenous Storytelling Tour of the Prince of Wales Heritage Museum
- Ice Road Tour
- Aurora Viewing at Aurora Village
This evening, you are taken to the Aurora Village to view the stunning Northern Lights. Located away from the city lights, the village is the perfect setting for Northern Lights viewing. Enjoy the warm teepees, nightly entertainment, photo assistance, and hot beverages.
Winter wonders of the Northwest Territories
Choose an outdoor activity and explore the winter landscape around Yellowknife.
- Yellowknife Snowmobile Tour
- Traditional Dogsled Ride
- Scenic Tour with Hike
- Aurora Viewing at Aurora Village
Yellowknife day at leisure
Spend one final day on the North Shore of Great Slave Lake. Venture out to the visitor centre to collect your above-the-60th-parallel visitor certificate, or enjoy a hangar tour from Buffalo Airways if you are an Ice Pilots TV show fan (Tues-Fri).
- Aurora Hunting Tour
Depart from Yellowknife
All too soon, your Northern Lights vacation comes to an end upon arrival at Yellowknife Airport.
- Transfer to Yellowknife Airport
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Located in downtown Yellowknife, the Explorer Hotel has comfortable rooms and thoughtful amenities. There is a polar bear exhibit in the lobby and an on-site restaurant and lounge.
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Explore another city
Before you travel to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, take the time to visit another Canadian city. You could explore Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver.
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