Unique Alaska Northern Lights Tour to Northern Alaska, guided by Alaska photographer, author and guide Laurent Dick
Discover one of the best places in Alaska where you can see the Northern Lights most often and with greatest intensity. Cross the Arctic Circle and explore the Dalton Highway of famed Ice Road Truckers. Stay in one of the quaintest villages in Alaska. Explore the incredible scenery of the Brooks Range along the Dalton Highway. Round off this amazing Alaska winter adventure with a dog mushing experience and a stay at Alaska’s best hot springs.
2015 Tour dates:
March 25 – April 1, 2015 FULL April 2 – April 9, 2015 FULL
2016 Tour dates:
March 22 – March 29, 2016
March 29 – April 5, 2016
8 Days / 7 Nights · From Fairbanks
$2,650 per person (double occupancy), $2,950 per person (single occupancy). A deposit of US$500 is required at time of booking to hold your spot, with balance payment due 120 prior to tour departure.
All inclusive (all accommodations, meals, transportation & activities), airfare to/from Fairbanks not included
Maximum 6 guests
“We so loved our time with you this trip. Traveling up north and seeing the Northern lights was a dream come true, and completely magical. Thanks for sharing your passion for the Alaskan wilderness and your love of adventure. We had a blast!” – Lucy & Susan Yarnell, Washington, D.C. –
- Travel along the Dalton Highway, an almost mythic road that runs for over 400 miles through Arctic wilderness, follow the famous Ice Road Truckers, and explore some of the most dramatic scenery in Alaska
- Cross the Arctic Circle and stay with a local Alaskans in the Brooks Range
- Experience the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and learn how to capture them with your own camera
- Explore magical winter landscapes
- See Arctic Wildlife
- Go dog mushing
- Dip your toes in amazing hot springs
The best time for viewing the Northern Lights in Alaska are fall and spring when there are generally: 1) frequent displays, 2) clear skies, and 3) generally milder weather.
Northern Lights Tour Travel Tip
While the focus of this tour is to see and experience the northern lights, a more crucial decision is what else you want to do when you’re not standing outside in sub-zero temperatures staring up at the night sky. We believe it’s important not to obsessed with the single goal of beholding the aurora, but to see this as just one of many highlights of this winter holiday to Alaska. Stepping into sparkling white landscapes and gorgeous scenery, experiencing authentic Alaska off-the-beaten path and enjoying the solitude and beauty of Alaska wilderness are reasons enough to go. Going dog mushing, visiting an ice museum and experiencing the legendary healing waters of Alaska’s most developed hot springs spa resort are other reasons to embark on this unique journey.
The Alaska Northern Lights Tour met all our expectations and way, way more! Without a doubt, you are the consummate professional who is able to give your clients the best experience possible. We were lucky enough to observe firsthand your complete knowledge of Alaska, your helpfulness with photography, your ability to cook and keep us all healthy, your driving abilities on the most difficult of roads (the Dalton Highway), your talent for staying up all hours of the night while awakening us only when a photographic situation presents itself and best of all, your concern for all your clients’ well-being and satisfaction…the sum total of this is that we were able to have the most incredible experience imaginable. Thank you so much! Take care and we look forward to many future trips with you and Wild Alaska Travel! – Richard and Lori Rothstein, Florida –
Day 1 • Fairbanks – Arrival, transfer to hotel, Welcome dinner
Welcome to Fairbanks and Interior Alaska, the jumping off point for this amazing Alaska winter experience. We will pick you up at Fairbanks International Airport and transfer to your hotel. An orientation followed by the welcome dinner will follow. The next week is all about snowy fun and chasing the magnificent northern lights, and if the conditions are right, you will already head out tonight to view the northern lights in a location away from the city lights with a spectacular and spectacular and breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view. Fairbanks is located under what is called the “Auroral Oval”, a ring-shaped region around the North Pole. The location offers a great balance of occurrence, frequency and activity. Intensity varies from night to night, with the best viewing from late evening through the morning hours.
Day 2 • Fairbanks – Wiseman – Dalton Highway, Yukon River & Arctic Circle Crossing
You head north along the James Dalton Highway, a 414 mile road connecting Deadhorse to the Elliot Highway near the town of Livengood, located approximately 80 miles north of Fairbanks. Made famous by the recent Ice Road Trucker series, it’s considered by many to be one of North America’s most scenic and beautiful wilderness roads.
Also known as the Haul Road, the Dalton Highway is critical to the delivery of material, equipment and supplies to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. You will travel through the boreal forest and north of the Yukon River you will reach a milestone on our trip: the iconic Arctic Circle, an invisible line at the elegant latitude of 66º33′. North of the Arctic Circle is the land of the midnight sun, where the sun never sets during the summer. Soon after crossing the Arctic Circle you will reach the foothills of the Brooks Range, and a couple hours later you will arrive at our oasis in the wilderness in Wiseman, population 13, a historic gold mining community town located in the heart of the Brooks Range. During our nights in Wiseman we will keep a watchful eye for the northern lights. Wiseman is located closed to what scientists describe as the ‘maximum zone close to 67 degrees north’. This makes Wiseman one of the best places in Alaska (and in North America!) where you can see the northern lights most often and with greatest intensity.
Day 3 • Wiseman
Imagine the vivid northern lights bursting across the night sky as you peer over the horizon. Untouched valleys of snow and trees blanketed with their white cover. The moon shining down from above lighting the pathway through the open tundra a s the snow-capped mountains loom in the background letting you know just how vast this grand earth is. You can be a part of this incredible landscape and see the inspiring sights that the Brooks Range has to offer right from the doorstep of your cabin. No city lights, no traffic, no bustle on the city streets bumping elbows with strangers – just pure peace. You will explore the surroundings of Wiseman today. Located on the middle fork of the Koyukuk River, much of Wiseman’s colorful gold rush history is preserved in its buildings.
Day 4 • Wiseman – Northern foothills of the Brooks Range exploration
Today we will drive north along the Dalton Highway and across Atigun Pass (4643 ft.), the only pass in the Brooks Range that is crossed by a road. Atigun Pass also is the northernmost pass in the world that is kept open year-round and the highest year-round pass in Alaska. This area is one of the best for seeing Dall Sheep. We will turn around at Galbraith Lake, on the northern foothills of the Brooks Range. Driving the Dalton is always an adventure. Frommer’s Guide described the Dalton Highway as follows: “The experience of the Dalton Highway for a traveler is so far beyond the ordinary as to require a whole new frame of reference to take it all in. The road is so very long, so remote and free of traffic, and the scenery is so mind-boggling in its grandeur and repetition, that after a time it feels like you’re living in a dream. At some point, you have to swallow and say to yourself, “I guess I didn’t know that much about the world after all.”
Day 5 • Wiseman – Koyukuk Valley exploration
Today you may join us for a walk in the boreal forest or prefer a quiet day curled up with a book in your cozy cabin with a spectacular view. One thing’s for sure: late nights of watching the aurora borealis requires also some rest! The Northern Lights are really one of nature’s great displays: a mysterious, multicoloured show in which the night sky is suddenly lit up with a wondrous glow that twists and swirls like a heavenly lava lamp. Elusive and ethereal, it is one of the great, timeless thrills of travel, a beautiful, shifting dance of nocturnal rainbows that many viewers find a humbling and spiritually uplifting experience.
Day 6 • Wiseman – Chena Hot Springs – Dalton Highway, Chena Hot Springs
We leave our home away from home in Wiseman today and drive back along the Dalton Highway to the Chena Hot Springs. Today your destination is the Chena Hot Springs Resort, internationally known for its natural mineral hot springs and its Aurora Ice Museum, which we will visit in the evening upon our arrival at the hot springs. This facility is kept at a constant 28 degrees F and is operational year round with the same geothermal energy that keeps the resort open for business.
The museum features a gallery and ice bar, overhead chandeliers made of individually carved ice crystals which change color every six seconds mimicking the northern lights, countless sculptures including a gigantic chess set, life sized jousting knights, an ice fireplace and four galleries with varying themes. and prime location for viewing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Here, you can also soak your tried bodies in the legendary healing mineral waters. Not only is this a place where you can enjoy a dip in a natural hot tub (the hot springs source is 165 degrees F), but the resort itself is an excellent example of geothermal energy and sustainable design. The entire resort is powered by the utilization of the 165 degrees hot springs ground water, which flows to a heat exchanger to develop the heating system loop and transformed to electrical power for lighting and power at the resort. There is also a green house where the fruits and vegetables used at the restaurant are grown.
Day 7 • Hot Springs, Dog Mushing Experience & Farewell Dinner
After another dip in the hot springs, the highlight of today is to go dog mushing and experience the thrill of coasting across the snow with a team of friendly Alaska huskies. This experience provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn about sled dogs and why mushing is Alaska’s state sport. You will learn mushing basics combined with the exhilaration of a sled dog ride on snowy trails through the boreal forest. You will be heading back to Fairbanks in the afternoon, drop your bags at your hotel before enjoying your farewell dinner at the Pump House Restaurant, which offers one of the best dining experiences in Fairbanks
Day 8 • Fairbanks – Departures & flights back home
This morning you will bid farewell to Alaska and your travel companions. You return home enchanted by the northern lights and an appreciation for the magic of winter in Alaska that you have discovered on this unique Alaska Northern Lights Tour. You will bring back memories that will last a lifetime.