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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.

Late Night Yurt Dinner and Northern Lights

2. 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.

Healy: Denali Aurora Quest

3. Healy: Denali Aurora Quest

Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a 3-hour guided tour in the Denali area. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomenons, and Alaska is one of the best places in the world for viewing. Get picked up from your Healy area accommodation in a 15-passenger, climate-controlled van. Journey away from the lights of town in search for the Northern Lights. The area around Denali makes an ideal spot for stargazing and catching the sometimes elusive Aurora Borealis. Your Alaskan guide will provide commentary and conversation on the area's unique history, formidable climate, dynamic geography, separate scientific facts and fictional myth as you travel to various spots to get the best view.  At each predetermined viewing area, take an opportunity to step outside and stretch your legs, sip a warm complimentary drink, and learn how the Lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere. This bucket list experience will provide multiple photo opportunities with your local guide providing pointers to really capture the moment. The Northern Lights are visible only during the winter months (September to April) and sightings are not guaranteed.

Fairbanks: Aurora Ice Fishing Tour

4. Fairbanks: Aurora Ice Fishing Tour

Experience ice fishing on a frozen Alaskan lake on an evening excursion complete with transfers from your hotel. Discover your inner fisher as you catch fish in a warm hut, following tips shared by your experienced guide. See if you can spot the Northern Lights in the night sky. 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.

Fairbanks: Private Dog Sledding and Aurora Experience

5. Fairbanks: Private Dog Sledding and Aurora Experience

Explore the beauty and wild side of Alaska on this night tour. Enjoy an evening of adventure, food, and beauty as you embark on the dog sled ride followed by dinner in a Mongolian yurt. Listen to stories of the adventurous life with dogs. Meet your guide, get a quick introduction and hear about the history of the mushing lifestyle. Next, you will head to the husky kennels to meet the beautiful Alaskan Huskies. Learn how to harness and hook up the dogs before taking a ride. Hop aboard your dog sled, get comfortable, sit back, relax, and hold on tight. Then, enjoy a thrilling ride down the beautiful snowy Alaskan landscape. Listen to the jingle bells on your dog's harness as you chase the northern lights. Sit by a cozy wood-heated yurt to warm up after your ride. Enjoy some appetizers such as smoked salmon, buffalo sausages, and Northern Lights hot cocoa. Have fun participating in night photography with a hired photographer. This tour includes three shareable digital images captured by the photographer capturing your time under the Northern Lights. There is a photo package upgrade with high-resolution images and prints available after the tour.

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What people are saying about Fairbanks

It was amazing. We saw literally "everything"! Our tour was supposed to be 14 hours long but ended up being a 20-hour thing due to unfortunate weather conditions. But the tour guide and the other tour members kept us company and it didn't feel like 20 hours at all. We saw sun, rain, snow, sunset, sunrise, and most importantly we saw beautiful dancing auroras on our way back. The driver was very nice and tried all possible ways to get help in the unfortunate weather situation that caught us. We had a perfect Alaskan experience that day. Quick feedback: The tour busses should be equipped with things for different weather conditions (such as chains for snow and other relevant things)

Buckle up and prepare for a bumpy ride. I would recommend sitting towards the front for sure. Towards the back and in the middle you get views of the backs of peoples heads and the windows fogged up quite a bit. Even with that, I still rated it 5 stars because there were a lot of stops for stretching and pictures. It was a fantastic experience overall. Seeing the pipeline, Yukon River, Arctic Circle and wrapping it up with an incredible northern lights viewing were just awesome. You will ask yourself several times “why did I do this” but in the end, you will realize it was worth it!

Before the tour, the team was great about communicating pickup coordination and knowing what to expect. Great guides who gave great info about the lights and knew where to go for optimal chance of viewing. Helped the participants learn to take photos of the night sky using their iPhones or androids. Gave plenty of time at the various stops for viewing the sky.

Tony was awesome! He was very patient with our group and all the photo ops. We stopped at the pipeline, Dalton Hwy sign, several great photo ops, saw 3 bears, a special friend Frank, coyote, and a porcupine. The northern lights did not disappoint. We stopped 2x to take photos...even saw them dancing!

Oh our guide Tony was great he was our picture guy, hostesss with the most, historic facts and the knowledge and love of alaska and can sure drive the Dalton highway