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Old 02-19-2008, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Greetings Alaskans, I am thrilled to be coming up to Alaska this spring/summer. This may sound like an odd question but here goes. During my trip, I am planning to take a day flight tour from Fairbanks up north of the Arctic Circle to view the Brooks Range and The Gates of The Arctic National Park, returning to Fairbanks that day/evening. There are flights that leave in the early morning and later in the afternoon. Other flights go in the evening. I realize that it is hard to generalize anything to do with weather in a state as huge as Alaska but, are skies generally clearer for maximum views early in the morning, mid-day, or evening? Have any of you taken a flight up over the Arctic Circle? Thank you for any insight or experiences on the subject. Alaska or bust in May!
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Palmer
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Early in the morning is best.
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Haines, AK
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Early in the morning is best.
That or evening. I am sure watching the sun "set" would be beautiful too.
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Heck the sun may not even set in the summer if your up high in an airplane. Thats a tough one to call. Would the lighting be better in the am or pm on the mountains?
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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Just going with the basic observation that as the day heats up, clouds tend to gather. Mornings are usually clearer...all other things being equal.
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Don't plan anything now. When you get here you can play from there. I don't think anyone knows or can guess the weather by then. Don't make plans all around your flight or you will be disappointed on your trip. Focus on other things like the Discovery Boat Tour or Alaskaland Park. Many things to do in the summer. You can goto Santa's House in North Pole and just a little farther down the road is a place called The Knotty Shop, things made out of carved wood. Keep an open mind.
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