Northern Lights Deliver a Breathtaking Show During a Dark Alaskan Winter

Northern Lights 2 Kirsty KnittelWe are blessed this year in Alaska with another spectacular showing of the Northern Lights.  Kirsty Knittel, an immensely talented photographer and Kantisha Roadhouse bus driver, captured these images. (See more of Kirsty’s images of Alaska at her website.)

Northern Lights 3 Kirsty KnittelAlso known in the northern hemisphere as the Aurora Borealis, this amazing light show occurs in the far upper and lower latitudes. (In the south, they are called Aurora Australis.) The colorful sky paintings are caused by collisions of energetic charged particles with atoms. The beautiful green tones seen in these photos are the most common colors, but Northern Lights can also play out in reds, pinks, yellows and blues.

Northern Lights 1 Kirsty KnittelFor those of us who live year-round in Alaska, the Northern Lights are a wonderful treat during the winter months. We tip our hats to those hardy travelers who venture up this way during the winter season to witness this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.

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August 24, 2021 National Park Service Announcement
Denali Park Road Closed To All Traffic beyond Mile 42

Due to the unsafe conditions posed by landslide activity the Denali Park Road is closed. The Kantishna Roadhouse is closed for the season. The Kantishna Wilderness Tours bus tour is operating on very limited capacity for tours to Mile 42 through Sept 12.

The Kantishna Roadhouse is an “inholder” business and we must comply with the National Park Service. We are dismayed and saddened that we cannot keep our business open for the remainder of the 2021 season. And, as you can see, we have no choice but to cancel all overnight reservations beginning August 24th and through the end of the season. We will be sending you a cancellation notice and crediting you with a full refund.

Thank you for your understanding. I fully understand that you wanted to be at the Kantishna Roadhouse, rather than reading this and making other plans.

Best Regards,
Marie Monroe, General Manager