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Alaska Northern Lights Tour Packages

Alaska Northern Lights Tours The aurora borealis has fascinated man for centuries and is truly a natural wonder no one should miss. Bands of green, red, purple and white streaking across the sky are symbolic of winter nights in the arctic. Our Northern Lights March Tour takes you to one of the best places in Alaska for viewing the aurora: Chena Hot Springs Resort. Chena Hot Springs is a rustic resort nestled in the Chena Hills and has a wonderful outdoor pool that is perfect for watching the aurora streak across the sky. Sixty miles away from Fairbanks, the resort is beyond the interference of the city's lights and even has heated viewing huts on a remote mountain to further enhance the viewing pleasure. Optional activities such as dogmushing, snowmobiling, skiing, hiking and snowshoeing make it the perfect place for a winter getaway. Bettles Lodge located above the Arctic Circle near the Brooks Range. Bettles is the zone of highest aurora activity in Alaska and gives us the best possibilities for spectacular displays.

Our tour also spends time in Fairbanks visiting local museums and galleries. The University of Alaska Museum is a wealth of information about the aurora and Alaskan flora, fauna and culture. One of the highlights of this tour is visiting Ice Art Park and the spectacular World Ice Art Championship. Contestants from all over the world come to Fairbanks in March to match their ice carving skills against each other. Using one ton blocks of crystal clear ice, these contestants carve massive figures of incredible detail and realism.

8 Day Northern Lights / Ice Art Championship Tour Highlights Include :

  • Northern Lights viewing from beautiful Chena Hot Springs and Bettles Lodge
  • Attending the World Ice Art Championships
  • Visiting the University of Alaska Museum.
  • Snow Coach ride for northern lights viewing.
  • Dog mushing
  • Ice Hotel Tour
  • Flights between Fairbanks and Bettles

Tour dates: March 5-12, 2018. $4500pp shared accommodation, single supplement $500.

Itinerary

  • Day One, Monday, Clients arrive in Fairbanks. After dinner we visit Ice Art Park to view the magnificent pieces of carved ice. Lodging ; Marriott Springhill Suites. (D)
  • Day 2, Tuesday, Today is our day to spend visiting the sights of Fairbanks. In the morning we will visit the University of Alaska Museum. In the afternoon we will go dog mushing with Sled Dog Adventures then depart Fairbanks and travel to the Chena Hot Springs Resort. Along the way we will visit the Alyeska Pipeline before heading to the resort and soaking in the hot springs. In the evening we will take a snowcat ride to a remote viewing hut to watch the northern lights play across the sky. Lodging ; CHSR. (B,L,D)
  • Day 3, Wednesday, The Chena Hot Springs Resort is a winter wonderland with numerous activities to occupy our time. Optional activities available as add-ons include dog mushing, horse drawn sleigh rides and snowmobiling. Of course, the hot springs are always there for a relaxing soak. Lodging ; CHSR (B,L,D)
  • Day 4, Thursday, We visit the Ice Hotel today and marvel at the intricate ice sculptures and furniture inside of it. The rest of the day will be spent cross country skiing/snowshoeing enjoying the scenery, taking a dog sled ride or other optional activities. One of our favorite optional activities is a flight to the native village of Beaver on the banks of the Yukon River. Tonight we will have another chance to spend the night gazing at the aurora streaking across the northern sky. Lodging; CHSR(B,L,D)
  • Day 5, Friday Clients return to Fairbanks and catch the flight to Bettles lodge. Lodging; Bettles lodge (B,D)
  • Days 6-7 Saturday and Sunday. Optional activities such as dogmushing, snowmobiling, skiing, hiking and snowshoeing are available. Nights will be spent viewing the aurora. Lodging; Bettles lodge (B,L,D)
  • Day 8, Clients return to Fairbanks.(B)

Tour Includes

  • 1 Snowcat ride for Aurora viewing
  • Ice Art Park Admission
  • UAF Museum Admission
  • Transportation to Chena Hot Springs
  • Ice Hotel admission
  • Flights between Fairbanks and Bettles
  • Lodging and meals as indicated
  • Dog mushing session