JF Salgado's

Borealis Science & Photo Tour

About Our Tours

Join us on a subarctic adventure! Spend five nights viewing the Northern Lights, enjoying outdoor activities, and experiencing the culture of the First Nation people of the Northwest Territories (NWT) of Canada. Our tours are led by astronomer and photographer Dr. José Francisco Salgado and include nightly aurora viewing trips to the boreal forest, cultural field trips, aurora photography instruction, educational activities, hotel accommodations, local ground transportation, breakfast, and some meals.

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Meet Your Guide

Dr. José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer, science communicator, experimental photographer, and visual artists who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. Dr. Salgado has spent years photo-documenting the natural world, the darkest night skies in remote locations, and astronomical observatories around the world. His scientific visuals have been featured in documentaries produced for the History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic channels.

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Our Science & Photo Tours

Join Dr. Salgado in the field for an unforgettable experience!

Tour Activities

  • • Aurora viewing from scenic locations along the Ingraham Trail in Yellowknife, NWT. Hot beverages and snacks are provided on site.
  • • A presentation about the science behind the auroras given by astronomer Dr. José Francisco Salgado.
  • • Souvenir photos of you and your group in front of the auroras taken by a professional photographer.
  • • Instruction on photographing the Northern Lights by professional photograhers José Francisco Salgado and Dale Baskin. View our photo album
  • • A visit to a Dene First Nation community to learn about their way of life — storytelling, history and legends, try samples of traditional foods.
  • • A daytime hike to beautiful Cameron Falls.
  • • Guided tour of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.
  • • Visit to Bush Pilots Monument in Old Town for a panoramic view of Yellowknife.
  • • Driving on ice roads and snowshoeing, dog sledding or snow mobiling (March tours. Arctic clothing is available for rent.)
  • • Additional hiking, canoe or bike tour (September tours).)
  • • All ground transportation.
  • • Breakfast everyday and three (out of five) dinners.
  • • Five-night stay at Capital Suites. To facilitate travel schedules, a pre-tour night of accommodation is available at an additional cost.
  • • A bilingual (English and Spanish) tour leader.
  • • Gift bag including a Yellowknife aurora print.

Tour Rates

$2,099 (USD) per person for 5 nights based on double occupancy in a standard room at Capital Suites Yellowknife. The rate for one person based on single occupancy is $2,299. Reduced rates are also available for 3 and 4 people staying in a two-bedroom suite. Please contact us for special rates and details. Tour participants are responsible for their air travel.

Auroras are visible from Yellowknife almost every night as long as the skies are clear. In case of cloudy days, we have designed our tours to be 5 nights long to maximize the probability of seeing auroras. We have also planned daytime activities to take advantage of what Yellowknife and its surroundings have to offer.

Upcoming Tours

Our tour groups of approximately 20 people are led by two guides including Dr. Salgado. We are currently taking reservations for the following sessions:

Sept 2017 #1: Sunday, Sept 17 - Friday, Sep 22
Sept 2017 #2: Sunday, Sept 24 - Friday, Sep 29
Mar 2018 #1: Sunday, Mar 4 - Friday, Mar 9
Mar 2018 #2: Sunday, Mar 11 - Friday, Mar 16

Note: In September, nighttime temperatures drop to about 30 F (-1 C) while in March they drop to about -14 F (-26 C). Arctic winter clothing is available for rent.

For additional information please write to us at jf@jfsalgado.com or call 630-886-6443