Alaska
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Our most recommended Alaska Winter Tours

Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner, & Northern Lights

1. Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner, & Northern Lights

Experience the beauty and wild side of Alaska. Yanking on their lines and ready to run, your dog team will be anxious to carry you away from your Fairbanks accommodation to this spectacular viewing of the Northern Lights. Most of the sled ride takes place in an open area so should the Aurora begin early you will have a thrilling view of the sky from the dogsled. The Aurora Borealis is one of the planet's most breathtaking phenomena. In Alaska, a land that stays dark for most of the winter, these spectacular lights bring the sky to life with other-worldly colors that shimmer and dance across the sky. The yurt is only a short drive from Fairbanks but far from the obstructing glare of city lights. Be treated to a hearty midnight dinner in an off-the-grid yurt.  Stay warm with hot drinks and lively conversation in the comfort of your yurt while waiting for the Aurora. The large north-facing windows of your yurt offer the perfect Aurora viewing opportunity. However, should you decide to go outside for photographs or a full view of the sky, you will need to dress in warm layers.

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From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

2. From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

The Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet and on this night tour, you will have the chance to see these marvels of nature for yourself. Your evening begins at 5:00 PM when you will be collected from your accommodation in Fairbanks and head approximately 60 miles (100 kilometers) to the Chena Resort. Here you will first have a chance to cool off (before heating up) in the spectacular Ice Museum. This building, built entirely out of ice, boasts a full Ice Bar and chandeliers built painstakingly out of hand-crafted ice.  At 10:00 PM, you can soak your cares away in the warm and inviting Chena Hot Springs. You'll be pleased to know that the resort makes use of the first low-temperature binary geothermal power plant built in Alaska and is working on several alternative energy projects, including production and use of hydrogen and vegetable oil for fuel. The resort is conducting collaborative experiments in greenhouse production of vegetables with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. All in all, the resort is absolutely beautiful and you will soak in its natural springs for two hours. By 12:00 midnight, you can begin to look out for the Northern Lights. Soon, if you are lucky, the Aurora Borealis will appear. This natural light display is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms high in the atmosphere. The result is a breathtaking display of light that can be bright enough to read a newspaper by. Around 2:00 AM, depart back to Fairbanks and arrive around 4:00 AM. The night will surely be one you will never forget.

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Fairbanks: Chena River Day Mushing Adventure Tour

3. Fairbanks: Chena River Day Mushing Adventure Tour

Get an authentic taste of the “Last Frontier” on this mushing tour experience in Fairbanks. Meet the dogs and experience the excitement with them as they power down a snowy trail. Visit the Chena River and take unbeatable photos. Start your experience getting to know your group of adventurers in an authentic Mongolian yurt warmed by a cozy wood stove. Once geared up for the elements (some winter gear provided), step outside to be introduced to your canine team. Learn about handling the huskies and how to harness and hook up a team, then take off into the snow. Mush amongst snow-capped black spruce down to the Chena River for a quick break to let the dogs roll around in the deep snow. Take advantage of beautiful sun-drenched photo opportunities with your fellow adventurers before returning back to the Mongolian yurt to warm up from the trail and get an opportunity to purchase souvenirs to remember the adventure.

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Fairbanks: Dog Sledding and Mushing Experience

4. Fairbanks: Dog Sledding and Mushing Experience

Enjoy an unforgettable experience of dog sledding Alaskan Huskies in Fairbanks. Listen to a local guide and musher talk about their four-legged family members, who are raised as puppies and cared for by this elite team. Take in the beautiful scenery while gliding across the snowy Alaskan landscape and experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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Alaskan Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis Lodges

5. Alaskan Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis Lodges

Book a visit to one of these luxurious Fairbanks lodges for a stunning view of Aurora Borealis. The viewing night begins right at the Fairbanks accommodation where guests marvel at the beauty of the Northern Lights from the comfort of these cozy lodges. Guests are picked up and transported to one of the best viewing lodges in the Fairbanks, Alaska area. The lodge is carefully selected to ensure that guests can gaze upon the Northern Lights with ease. Trust the experts to provide you with an incredible vantage point for spying the famous phenomenon. Outside of Fairbanks and away from the city lights, these wide open areas ensure a perfect way to take in Alaska's winter sky. Enjoy the sights from inside the lodge, or even step outside to snap some photographs of the brilliant sky.

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Fairbanks: Guided Ice Fishing Tour

6. Fairbanks: Guided Ice Fishing Tour

Experience a memorable day of ice fishing in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness, as you fish in the cozy environment of a heated cabin. Benefit from all of the equipment you will need for a fun day of fishing, as well as expert tips on how to catch and pull in a fish from the water. Keep yourself warm with complimentary hot cocoa and reindeer sausages to grill in the cabin. Enjoy the fruit of your labor as you eat the fish you have caught, and relax in the knowledge that the guide service practices sustainable fishing methods.

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1-Hour Winter Dog Mushing & Sledding in Alaska

7. 1-Hour Winter Dog Mushing & Sledding in Alaska

Your 1-hour dog mushing adventure begins right at your Fairbanks accommodation. You don't need to plan how to get here; get picked up and dropped off at your Fairbanks hotel. Today it is a fascinating sport and hobby. But it was once the only means of transportation through the snowy lands of old time Alaska. Break away and mush into the twilight of the Alaskan wilderness. Experience the thrill, enjoy the landscape and feel those dogs work as they whisk you at surprising speeds, pulling on the leash of the dog sled.

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Fairbanks: Snowmobile Tour with Gear, Snacks, & Drinks

8. Fairbanks: Snowmobile Tour with Gear, Snacks, & Drinks

Glide through the Alaska forest on a snowmobile and get the rare chance to experience Alaska in the winter on this adventurous trip in Fairbanks. Enjoy snacks, coffee, tea, and snow gear. Drive solo in your own snowmobile or ride with a passenger.  There’s no better way to explore the one-of-a-kind adventure land of Alaska than on a snowmobile. On this tour, you’ll get to ride in a Ski-Doo Grand Touring Snowmobile with heated driver and passenger handgrips, electric start, reverse, and an environmentally friendly 4-stroke engine. Gear up in a helmet, goggles, gloves, boots, and more, then venture out into the snow-covered wild. See birch groves intermixed with aspen and encounter black spruce trees followed by white spruce. Watch the sun at noon just above the horizon and enjoy the remarkable sight that the low angle of the sun creates. Ride under a blue sky that you might not have known could ever be so blue.

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Late Night Yurt Dinner and Northern Lights

9. Late Night Yurt Dinner and Northern Lights

Experience the beauty and wild side of Alaska. Spend a night away from Fairbanks and savor a home-cooked cabin dinner before feasting your eyes on the infamous Northern Lights. The aurora borealis is one of the planet's most breathtaking phenomena. In Alaska, a land that stays dark for most of the winter, these spectacular lights bring the sky to life with other-worldly colors that shimmer and dance across the sky. Your yurt is only a short drive from Fairbanks, but far enough to avoid the obstructive glare of city lights. Stay warm with hot drinks and lively conversation in the comfort of your cabin while waiting for the aurora. The huge north-facing windows of the cabin offer the perfect viewing opportunity. However, should you decide to go outside for photographs or a full view of the sky, wear layers to keep warm.

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Fairbanks: Aurora Ice Fishing Tour

10. Fairbanks: Aurora Ice Fishing Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Fairbanks and let a local guide take you on a relaxing ice fishing tour. Enjoy a scenic drive to the premier ice fishing spots on selected lakes in the Fairbanks area. Learn the ancient skill of ice fishing from an experienced guide who has been using their successful techniques for many decades. Sit on a beautiful frozen lake and enjoy the clean air and peaceful natural surroundings of Alaska while keeping a lookout for the aurora.

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What people are saying about Alaska

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 13 reviews

We enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very friendly and positive, took us to his favorite spot where the view of Aurora Borealis was really spectacular. He even took pictures for us as not all cameras are friendly to take night shots. We highly recommend Healy Denali Aurora Quest tour to all.

An amazing experience we will never forget. You get to see incredible views of the the whole area that just aren't possible from the ground. The flight itself was great, but the landing on a glacier was even better. Well worth the money. So happy we did it.

Our tour guide, Joe made the experience. His stories were so much fun and kept us entertained and engaged. Ask him to tell you his moose story…you’ll love it!! Thanks, Joe for making our experience so much fun.

Jordan was a great guide. We had a KP index of 1 and we still able to see the Northern Lights. Jordan moved to different areas to make sure we were able to see them. Thank you Jordan!

The service was excellent and the people were nice the dogs were calm friendly. Highly recommend this to everyone