Map of Alaska Winter Family Holiday including United States Of America

Welcome the family to a winter wonderland

See the best of icy Alaska in the winter on this family-focused adventure from Fairbanks. Get ready to chase the Northern Lights, explore virtually untouched natural wonders and maybe even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus along the way. This 5-day adventure through Alaska is perfect for families looking for a change of scenery in one of the world’s most stunning winter wonderlands. Explore America’s northernmost reaches as you take in spectacular scenic viewpoints from lakeside to mountaintop, vist the 'North Pole', and take to the snow for a dog sledding experience alongside adorable huskies. And, when you’re ready to warm up, chill out in Chena’s natural hot springs. This is an adventure full of family time you’ll never forget.


Start
Fairbanks, United States
Finish
Fairbanks, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Family
Code
SSFA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 4, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Learn what mushing means, plus spot adorable baby huskies on a thrill-seeking dog sledding experience deep in the Alaskan Wilderness.

  • Make magical holiday memories with a visit to where it’s Christmas every day – Santa Claus’s house in the Alaskan North Pole, with a chance to make reindeer friends.

  • There are few more unforgettable natural sights (and on this trip you’ll see a bunch) than the Aurora Borealis. Get the local expertise on the best places to see the Northern Lights.

  • It's not just the kids that will be amazed at the wacky world of ice on display at the Aurora Ice Museum, and you'll appreciate a soak in Chena’s natural hot springs for some well-earned relaxation time.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a winter trip so you must have the appropriate footwear and clothing. Bring warm clothing with you, including base layers, a warm hat, gloves and a thick coat, as well as a rain jacket and waterproof shoes.

  • Weather is unpredictable in Alaska, especially in the winter, so we may need to make itinerary changes to keep the group safe and well at all times. If this occurs, we will do our best to find comparable activities and experiences.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. Despite rigorous planning and research, new itineraries can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a welcome surprise, but every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that is what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Alaska! Fairbanks lies almost at the heart of Alaska, and you're free to relax in your comfortable hotel or explore the wintery downtown before an important welcome meeting this evening at 5pm, where you'll meet your leader and group. Get used to the common phenomenon of icefog here – it can get as cold as -50° Fahrenheit! Today’s highlight is a journey to chase and hopefully photograph the Aurora Borealis around Fairbanks. The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most amazing and memorable natural wonders, and your guides will use innovative technology to predict the best Aurora viewing conditions and find the best place to try and spot it. You might be holed up in a rustic cabin or hop in a van to escape the clouds and find the Aurora. The colours of the lights are more vibrant through a camera, so your guides will give everyone tips on how to take the perfect photo.
Accommodation
  • Pike's Waterfront Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fairbanks - Northern Lights Viewing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details for each member of your family. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
This morning take the family for a relaxing soak in the natural waters of the nearby Chena Hot Springs resort. Chena’s water is used by people throughout Alaska, the Lower 48 states, and international visitors and dignitaries from every corner of the globe. The hot springs’ recorded history dates to the early 1900s, but there’s evidence indigenous people used the water before that as well. The resort was officially formed back during the gold rush, when weary gold miners discovered that soaking in the warm waters helped their aching bodies after a day of digging. This afternoon you’ll visit the Aurora Ice Museum, which was created using over 1000 tons of ice and snow, all harvested at Chena. The museum is filled with ice sculptures, a polar bear bedroom and even a snowball fight area, and stays a cool 25° Fahrenheit (-7° Celsius) inside all year-round. Depending on the conditions today and your success yesterday, there’ll be another chance to wrap up warm and view the Northern Lights, with your guide helping the kids understand this amazing phenomenon.
Accommodation
  • Pike's Waterfront Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fairbanks - Chena Hot Springs (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Fairbanks - Aurora Ice Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is no normal day, because straight after breakfast you’ll be driving up to the local North Pole to visit Santa Claus’s house! Here it’s Christmas every day, so let the kids experience the magic of the holiday in this festive fairyland, with the chance to see inside Santa’s house, complete with an incredible range of Christmas decorations and toys. But that’s not all the Christmas miracles – just like the song, next it’s time to join in some reindeer games with a reindeer walk through the birch forest! Led by a native Alaskan you’ll walk alongside your new furry friends, while learning about the adaptations that make reindeer ideal for Arctic living. After the hour-long walk, head inside to learn a bit more about reindeer while enjoying homemade cookies and drinks. Return to Fairbanks and have the rest of the day at your leisure. Your leader will be able to provide recommendations on what to do and where you could eat, so be sure to ask them.
Accommodation
  • Pike's Waterfront Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fairbanks - Santa Claus House
  • Fairbanks - Walk with the Reindeer Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you’ll take part in an iconic Alaskan sport – dog sledding. Yes, you heard right! You’ll ride – or as the sledders call it, ‘mush’ – on real racing trails north of Anchorage and meet real Iditarod racing dogs. Keep an ear out for your local guide explaining how to train and steer the dogs, plus some fun stories along the trail. The kids will love it and it’s a way to enjoy the quiet of the Alaskan winter wilderness landscape that you only get on a dog sled. When you arrive back at the kennel, see the great facilities provided for your furry friends, and perhaps even meet some adorable husky puppies! Tonight, celebrate the end of this winter wonder by sharing magical stories from your time at the North Pole and racing through the wilderness with huskies, then maybe get together for one final group dinner.
Accommodation
  • Pike's Waterfront Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fairbanks - Dog Sledding
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for the family today, you are free to say your goodbyes to your group leader and family friends and leave the accommodation, either continuing your own Alaskan adventure or beginning your homebound journey. If you would like to spend more time in Fairbanks, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts

Transport

Private minivan

Accommodation

Lodge (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Fairbanks - Northern Lights Viewing
  • Fairbanks - Chena Hot Springs (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Fairbanks - Aurora Ice Museum
  • Fairbanks - Santa Claus House
  • Fairbanks - Walk with the Reindeer Experience
  • Fairbanks - Dog Sledding

Dates & availability

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Important notes

From 01 September 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips will be required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Excludes Australia, New Zealand and Cook Islands tours. Read details here.

FAMILY TRIPS: Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

AGE: Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old

DISCOUNT: A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 17 years of age at time of travel.

MINIMUM NUMBERS
This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients booked and confirmed in order to depart

WINTER TRIP
It is sure going to be cold on this trip so consider the weather when visiting this magical part of the world

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