Travel to Alaska with a Reliable Friend: The Old Farmer’s Almanac!

Fairbanks Alaska, in winter. photo by Andrew Dier.
Fairbanks Alaska, in winter. photo by Andrew Dier.

Join the Almanac and renowned astronomer Bob Berman on a 6-day, 5-night Alaska tour to view the aurora borealis in all its glory.

Is there a better travel companion than the “original calendar of the heavens” to observe one the great wonders of the universe? The Old Farmer’s Almanac—North America’s oldest continuously published periodical, best known for its weather forecasts and astronomical information—has partnered with renowned astronomer Bob Berman to help readers and sky watchers experience the beauty and spectacle of the aurora borealis in the wilds of Alaska!

This 6-day, 5-night Old Farmer’s Almanac Northern Lights Tour is the chance of a lifetime, packed with special events, stunning destinations, fascinating people, exhilarating adventure, and spectacular sights. The adventure begins in Fairbanks, Alaska, on February 24, 2014, where you will begin not only to learn about the incredible, glowing “fire of the sky,” but also to become immersed in the distinctive history, culture, and art of Alaska.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been watching the skies for over 200 years, and, like our readers, we’re fascinated and amazed by the aurora borealis—a phenomenon that’s as old as time itself, but actually came to be named not long before the Almanac began,” says Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The term “aurora borealis”—after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora—was coined by Galileo Galilei in 1619. The Old Farmer’s Almanac began publication in 1792.

Stillman adds: “This tour is a natural for The Old Farmer’s Almanac. For generations, we’ve been lighting up the curiosity of sky watchers and astronomy buffs; now we want our readers to join us to experience the majesty of the northern lights in Alaska, which is one of the best places in the world to view the aurora borealis.” Stillman, along with Publisher Sherin Pierce, will be on hand with more than a little of the Almanac’s perennial wit and wisdom to share with guests.

During The Old Farmer’s Almanac Northern Lights Tour, not only will you be able to view the aurora borealis from several of the best and most beautiful locations in the world, but also you’ll be caught up in the beauty and adventure of Alaska: Take a ride on a dogsled. Climb to the top of a mountain to take in a stunning sunset. Visit the twinkling ice world that is the Fairbanks ice-carving show. Roam through the innovative “green” city of Chena. Also included in the tour is the rare opportunity to learn basic watercolor painting techniques from professional artist and teacher Jacqueline Rogers. You should still bring your camera, but what better way to capture a once-in-a-lifetime trip?

All of this is only the tip of the iceberg! For more information about the tour, including registration and pricing details, please visit: