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.

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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.

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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/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.

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

2020 Price Sheet and Dates
Winter 2020: Monday, Mar 15 - Friday, Mar 20
Spring 2020: Monday, Mar 22 - Friday, Mar 27
Summer 2020: Monday, Sep 13 - Friday, Sep 18
Autumn 2020: Monday, Sep 20 - Friday, Sep 25

Temperature and Clothing

Please read this document about temperature and clothing in March and September in Yellowknife and see our product recommendations. Arctic winter clothing is available for rent for tours in March. Contact for more information.

Photo Equipment Recommendations

Please see our list of recommended photo equipment. You can also watch a series of videos about tripods, cameras, lenses, fisheye lenses, and aurora exposure settings.

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