Doing the inner passage cruise is it possible to see the northern lights or does this happen further north?
In June is it necessary to bring a winter coat, does it get pretty cold when going through glacier bay etc? Someone I know said they went the end of June and she was freezing, had a heavy winter coat, sweaters etc.
I appreciate everyones advice on this board it really helps especially if your are a first timer to Alaska.
Aureola is quite different from the aurora :o) - when the auroras are active you can see them much further south, even (although rarely) into California.
Myjogs: Don't bring a heavy coat - bring layers!!! T-Shirt, Sweatshirt, Windbreaker, raincoat - that sort of thing. Gloves and warm hat are a good idea.
Weather can vary drastically. The first time we went to Alaska we brought our heaviest coats are ended up lugging them around -never again!
Nope not a chance of Northern Lights in June. But I have seen them end of August and in Sept several times. And no, leave the winter coat at home. Bring a lightweight lined jacket, knit hat , gloves and layers. Rain gear too.
For clairfication- it's the Inside Passage, not "inner".
A long cheap Walmart poncho will do. I don't go all out myself and mix and match what I have on hand. You do however need 2 pair of walking shoes, consider giving them a spray of waterproofer, pick up a can at Walmart. A "trick" my mother taught me for damp shoes, loosely pack them with a hand town- to the toes. The wicking action speeds drying, usually in a day real damp shoes are dry.