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 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 most meals.


Meet Your Guide

Dr. José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer, science communicator, experimental photographer, and visual artist 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.


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/or Dale Baskin. View our photo album and read our Digital Photography Review article.
  • • 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 (Winter tours.)
  • • You can rent Arctic clothing for Winter tours or purchase this recommended gear for Winter and Summer/Fall tours.
  • • Fat bike tour (September tours).
  • • All ground transportation.
  • • Breakfast everyday and two dinners.
  • • Five-night lodging. To facilitate travel schedules, additional nights of accommodation are available.
  • • A bilingual (English and Spanish) tour leader.
  • • Gift bag including a Yellowknife aurora print.

Tour Rates and Dates

For additional information view our brochure or download it.

Winter 2019: Monday, Mar 4 - Friday, Mar 9 — SOLD OUT!
Summer 2019 No. 1: Sunday, Sept 15 - Friday, Sept 20 — Price information
Summer 2019 No. 2: Sunday, Sept 22 - Friday, Sept 27 with special guests The SnapChick and Dale Baskin, Editor at DPReview — Price information

Temperature and Clothing

In September, nighttime temperatures drop to about 32 F (0 C) while in March they drop to about -15 F (-26 C). Arctic winter clothing is available for rent. However, if you would like to purchase and bring your own apparel, we recommend these products we own and use in March and September.

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