Alaska Nightscapes

For this nighttime photo tour, you will embark on a journey through the photographic night life in the Anchorage area. You will be transported around the city and into nearby Chugach State Park, Turnagain Arm and beyond to shoot a variety of enchanting subjects, from “street” photography to the night sky. The Alaska Nightscapes tour is a celebration of our long nights for those who want to broaden their photographic experience and explore the creative fun of nighttime photography. You will explore a variety of nighttime techniques from light painting to portraiture and star trails photography. Most of these techniques are not suitable for smartphone photography. Departure times vary according to the conclusion of nautical twilight. The itinerary is flexible to adapt to what nocturnal opportunities are available. This is not an aurora borealis tour, but the opportunity to photograph the northern lights may be a part of the tour depending on conditions. Throughout the tour, you’ll be offered creative and technical support by your Alaska Photo Treks guide. It’s a great way to see the sights while honing your photography skills. Book it at the start of your Alaska trip and you will be prepared for what the Alaska night sky offers!

Aug 15 – Apr 12 | Daily | 4 Hrs | From Hotel or other designated location

If you want a dedicated northern lights photo tour, come explore with us on the Anchorage Aurora Quest!

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Departure Times

Duration is 4-hours, with departure at approximately the conclusion of nautical twilight to make the most of this nighttime photo tour. Due to the constantly changing sunset times at this latitude, departures are adjusted in 15 or 30-minute increments throughout the times of year when it is dark enough.

Aug 15-22:  11:45p
Aug 23-31:  11:30p
Sep 1-8 – 11:00p
Sep 9-16 – 10:15p
Sep 17-24 – 9:45p
Sep 25-Oct 1 – 9:15p
Oct 2-9 – 9:00p
Oct 10-17 – 8:30p
Oct 18-25 – 8:15p
Oct 26-Nov 1 – 7:45p
Nov 2-9 – 6:30p
Nov 10-17 – 6:15p
Nov 18-25 – 6:00p
Nov 26-Dec 2 – 5:45p
Dec 3-10 – 5:45p
Dec 11-18 – 5:30p
Dec 19-26 – 5:30p
Dec 27-Jan 2 – 5:45p
Jan 3-10 – 6:00p
Jan 11-18 – 6:00p
Jan 19-27 – 6:15p
Jan 28-Feb 3 – 6:45p
Feb 4-10 – 7:00p
Feb 11-18 – 7:15p
Feb 19-26 – 7:30p
Feb 27-Mar 4 – 7:45p
Mar 5-12 – 8:15p
Mar 13-20 – 9:30p
Mar 21-28 – 10:00p
Mar 29-Apr 4 10:15p
Apr 5-12 – 10:45p


This is a moderate activity which may involve walking short distances up and downhill, on stairs and uneven terrain. Weather conditions may range from rain, wind, and snow, and temperatures from-10°F [-23 °C] to 50°F [10°C]. This Anchorage photo tour departs in all weather [barring a weather advisory)].


  • Creative and technical photography instruction is offered by your professional, local guide.
  • Natural history narrative en route.
  • Tripods are available for loan.
  • Light snacks and hot drinks.


CAMERA GEAR [recommended, but point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras are also welcome!]

  • Camera with manual settings
  • Lens[es] ranging in focal length from at least 14mm to 200mm
  • Fully charged battery [preferably at least 2]
  • At least 16GB memory card
  • Sturdy Tripod [we have a limited number to loan]
  • Remote shutter release or cable shutter release

Photography equipment rental is available upon request.


  • Layers including short sleeve shirt, fleece jacket, and wind/waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes with good tread
  • Headlamp

Booking Policies & Liability Waiver

Payment is confirmation your acceptance of Alaska Photo Treks Booking Policies and Liability Waiver. Please read carefully.

bull moose with big antlers standing on mountain in anchorage at sunset - anchorage photo tour