Discover Alaska’s natural beauty on the hunt for the Northern Lights.

The aurora borealis occurs when highly charged electrons from solar winds interact with elements in the earth's atmosphere, and on this Alaskan adventure you’ll be heading out in the middle of the night to find this natural phenomenon. Enjoy the natural wilderness and rugged terrain of Talkeetna and Denali National Park as you fill your days spotting moose, wolves, bears and caribou. When it all gets too much, take a dip in the calming, soothing waters of the Chena Hot Springs. Haven’t had enough wildlife? Stroll with some reindeer in Fairbanks.


Start
Anchorage, United States
Finish
Fairbanks, United States
Country
United States
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer, Festivals and Events
Code
SBKF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why we love this trip

  • The aurora borealis is the best lightshow on Earth, and one most people will never see. This trip is your exclusive ticket, and completely worth the cold snap and late nights

  • Experience the magic of a remote Alaskan winter, as you stew in outdoor hot springs with snow falling around you

  • Take a guided snowshoe hike through the hushed taiga forests of Denali National Park. Pass frozen lakes, witness rangers patrolling on dogsleds and stay on the lookout for caribou in the wild

  • They may not fly, but a walk through frozen boreal woods with frolicking reindeer evokes everything you remember about Christmas

Is this trip right for you?

  • Alaska in February and March is very cold and also dark. Expect below freezing temperatures and a sunrise as late as 8 am. Please make sure that you have adequate clothing for these conditions, including a coat, boots, hat, scarf, gloves and thermals.

  • This trip includes a couple of active activities, such as a snowshoe hike in Denali and a walk with reindeer in Fairbanks. While these are not particularly strenuous, you'll probably enjoy them more if you have a moderate level of fitness.

  • As a weather event, the aurora is not guaranteed. You have a very good chance of seeing it, but if the weather is overcast during your visit it's possible it won't happen. Please be patient and prepared for some late nights, early mornings and even some middle of the night wake-ups.

Itinerary

Welcome to Anchorage, Alaska, in the USA. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. If you arrive early into Anchorage, take some time to explore the city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Today leave Anchorage behind and drive to Talkeetna, which should take just over two hours. At the turn of the 20th century, Talkeetna was an important gold-mining centre. Today it retains much of its early Alaskan flavour and is home to an artistic, outdoorsy community. Explore dirt streets lined with log cabins, roadhouses and clapboard storefronts, and take a walk down Main Street, the only paved road in town.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Dog Kennel Tour - USD20
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Hit the old Denali Highway this morning. Passing through unspoilt wilderness, keep an eye out for caribou and other wildlife. Total driving time today will take around five hours. On arrival, take an optional flight over Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, before spending the night inside the park.
Accommodation
  • Bed and breakfast (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Denali National Park
Optional Activities
  • Mt. McKinley scenic flight - USD350
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Denali National Park is home to diverse wildlife including wolves, caribou, Dall sheep and eagles. Today take a snowshoe hike through the park, keeping an eye out for these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Enjoy the peacefulness of the surrounding taiga forest and views of the high alpine tundra. Your evening is then free to relax.
Accommodation
  • Bed and breakfast (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Snowshoe Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today drive to Chena Hot Springs Resort, where you'll be staying for the next two nights. Unwind in the natural hot springs before heading out in the evening in a snow cat vehicle to search for the aurora with your guide. The lights are caused by the collision of electrically charged particles from the sun's atmosphere with gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere. If the weather conditions are right, enjoy a light show like you've never seen before.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Snow Cat Aurora Viewing Tour
  • Hot Springs
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today spend a free day in and around Chena Hot Springs. Hop between the various indoor and outdoor geothermal pools, which are believed to have healing qualities. Visit the Aurora Ice Museum, which features sculptures created by world champion ice carvers Steve and Helen Brice. After touring the museum, indulge in an appletini at the Aurora Ice Bar.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aurora Ice Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Transfer to Fairbanks today, where you'll be able to walk with reindeer. The family-run reindeer ranch is located in a birch grove at the base of Moose Mountain. Stroll through the boreal forest of the Goldstream Valley, learning about the reindeer and the natural history of the area from your guide. You'll be accompanied by the reindeer, as they walk freely beside you in the snow.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • World Ice Art Championships
  • Reindeer Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today your Alaskan Northern Lights adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned and you're free to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Bed and breakfast (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Lodge (1 night), Resort (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Denali National Park
  • Snowshoe Hike
  • Snow Cat Aurora Viewing Tour
  • Hot Springs
  • Aurora Ice Museum
  • World Ice Art Championships
  • Reindeer Walk

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip
2. In 2016 this trip had the code SSKF

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