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NORTHERN LIGHTS VIEWING VACATION EXPERIENCES

The most reliable chances to see the northern lights (also known as the Aurora Borealis) are from Fairbanks, and above the Arctic Circle. The aurora belt in Alaska's great Interior and Arctic regions is among the most active in the world, and there few other places on earth so suited for an Aurora Borealis vacation. While there is no guarantee, Northern Lights trips are typically best made in late fall and winter/early spring, though they can be seen throughout the winter months on nights with clear skies. If you come in November, December or January you experience short day light hours which provides a unique experience in the high northern hemisphere.  In February and March there are longer daylight hours for you to enjoy more of the snow covered landscapes with evenings that still offer maximum viewing chances. No Alaska adventure is complete without experiencing the Northern Lights! 

Fairbanks Northern Lights Viewing Tour
You will be transferred 30 - 45 minutes from your hotel to a prime Aurora viewing destination away from the city lights. We recommend that you dress warmly for this tour, so you may view the Northern Lights from the outdoors. If you become cold, you can warm up inside. Hot beverages and roundtrip transportation are included. Your driver will return you to your hotel around 2:30H. A 2-person minimum is required for the tour to operate. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Reserved tour date may change due to weather, Aurora activity, or other considerations, even after the tour has been confirmed. You will be consulted regarding any changes.

Season: August 21 - October 10, 2015 and November 1, 2015 - April 10, 2016
Departure Time: between 10:00pm and 11:00pm (between 22:00 and 23:00H)
Duration: approx. 4 to 4.5 hours including transfer time


Price: USD 115 per person (2 or more) /USD 230 for single
Fairbanks Northern Lights Viewing Tour

You will be transferred 30 - 45 minutes from your hotel to a prime Aurora viewing destination away from the city lights. We recommend that you dress warmly for this tour, so you may view the Northern Lights from outdoors. If you become cold, you can warm up inside. Hot beverages and roundtrip transportation are included. Your driver will return you to your hotel around 2:30H. A 2-person minimum is required for the tour to operate.

SPECIAL NOTE: Reserved tour date may change due to weather, Aurora activity, or other considerations, even after the tour has been confirmed. You will be consulted regarding any changes.

Season: October 11 - 31, 2015
Departure Time: between 10:00pm and 11:00pm (between 22 and 23:00H)
Duration: approx. 4 to 4.5 hours including transfer time


Price: USD 115 per person (2 or more) /USD 230 for single
Northern Lights Viewing and Chena Hot Springs from Fairbanks

Enjoy the Aurora Borealis, the Ice Museum and hot springs! You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred 1.5 hours to Chena Hot Springs. After arriving, you will take a guided tour of the Ice Museum. Afterwards, soak and relax in the natural hot springs. At around midnight, look for the Northern Lights to dance across the sky. Depart at 2:30am, arriving at your hotel around 4am. Tour includes: Roundtrip transportation, tour of the Ice Museum, admission to the hot springs.

SPECIAL NOTES: Reserved tour date may change due to weather, Aurora activity, or other considerations, even after the tour has been confirmed. You will be consulted regarding any changes. Bring own towel and swimsuit. A 2-person minimum is required for this tour to operate.

Season: Daily departures August 21 - October 10 and November 1, 2015 - April 10, 2016    
DepartureTime: approx. 5:00pm  
Duration: approx. 11 hours including transfer time


Price: USD 190 per person
Arctic Circle Northern Lights Fly/Drive Adventure from Fairbanks

Enjoy a small group tour into the Alaskan arctic by air and land. Depart from Fairbanks and land across the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion and receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Take a walk on the arctic tundra, which will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska's arctic regions. Return to Fairbanks with a ground tour on the rugged Dalton Highway. Along the way, you will see and learn about northland's most famous waterway, the Yukon River and the remarkable Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Once the sky gets dark, make stops to scan the northern sky for the aurora. Not included: meals and transfers to and from your hotel (Tour departs from the East ramp of the Fairbanks airport).

NOTE: Not recommended for young children.

Required at time of booking: Passenger weights. A 4-person minimum is required for the tour to operate.

Season: Daily departures Aug 21 - September 18, 2015 and Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday departures September 20, 2015 - April 19,  2016 (no tours on Dec 25 and Jan 1)
DepartureTime: 1:00pm (13:00H)
Duration: 14 - 15 hours


Price: USD 449 (Aug-Sep)/379 (Sep-Apr) per person
Arctic Circle Northern Lights Driving Adventure

Tour up the Dalton Highway into the Alaskan Arctic. As you depart Fairbanks, you will pass gold mines and drive alongside the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Walking on the arctic tundra will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska's arctic regions. Drive all the way north to the Arctic Circle, where you will receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. On the way back south to Fairbanks, stop and marvel at the majestic beauty of the northland's most famous waterway, the Yukon River. The Aurora Driving Tour returns at night (between  3:00am and 4:00am) for the best opportunities to view the Northern Lights. Therefore at least half of the tour will be in the dark to look for the Northern Lights.  (Luggage restriction: 1 bag per person limit with max. weight of 10 lbs.) A 4-person minimum is required for the tour to operate.Not included: meals and transfers to and from your hotel (Tour departs from the East ramp of the Fairbanks airport).


Season: Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday departures only: September 20, 2015 - April 19, 2016 (no tour on Dec 25 and Jan 1) 
DepartureTime: 9:00am
Duration: approx. 18 - 19 hours including transfers


Price: USD 239 per person
Northern Lights Viewing and Dinner Tour from Fairbanks

This tour offers the perfect Aurora Borealis viewing opportunity as well as the chance to be personal dinner guests at an Alaska cabin. You will be transferred 30 - 45 minutes from your hotel to a prime Aurora viewing destination away from the city lights. At a warm cabin, you will enjoy a home cooked, Alaskan meal. While you are waiting for the natural wonder of the Northern Lights, relax around a warm wood stove and listen to interesting Alaska stories including dog mushing, stories about the lifestyle and people of the North, and more. Please note that the cabin is comfortable and warm yet also rustic and without indoor plumbing. There is an outhouse close by. Arctic winter clothing is available if you want to watch the Aurora outside. The north-facing windows of the cabin also allow for optimal viewing even from indoors. Midnight dinner, hot beverages and roundtrip transportation are included. Your driver will return you to your hotel around 3:00am.

SPECIAL NOTE: Reserved tour date may change due to weather, Aurora activity, or other considerations, even after the tour has been confirmed. You will be consulted regarding any changes.  A 2-person minimum is required for this tour to operate.  

Season: Daily departures  November 1, 2015 - April 10, 2016
Departure Time: approx. 10:00pm (22:00H)
Duration: approx. 5 hours including transfer time


Price: USD 180 per person
Fairbanks Northern Lights Viewing Package - 231CTA
From $409 per person, 
based on double occupancy

 

Duration: 3 days

* BESTSELLER *

Explore the best of Fairbanks with aurora viewing and a guided city tour!

This tour starts and ends in Fairbanks.

Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Viewing - 232CTA
From $589 per person, 
based on double occupancy

 

Duration: 4 days
* POPULAR CHOICE *
Combine aurora viewing with a relaxing stay at one of Alaska’s most popular winter resorts! Soak in the natural mineral hot springs, tour the Ice Museum, go dog sledding or try your hand at other popular winter activities. Roundtrip van transfers included.


This tour starts and ends in Fairbanks.

Arctic Circle Northern Lights Adventure - 4 nights - 230CTA
From $949 per person, 
based on double occupancy

 

Duration: 5 days

Featuring aurora viewing above the Arctic Circle! Highlights include crossing the Yukon River and Arctic Circle with a 2-night stay in the foothills of the Brooks Range at Coldfoot. Travel by van with a knowledgeable driver guide and one way by plane.

This tour starts and ends in Fairbanks.

Arctic Circle Northern Lights Adventure - 5 nights - 230CTA
From $1059 per person, 
based on double occupancy

 

Duration: 6 days

This tour features and extra night aurora viewing above the Arctic Circle! Highlights include crossing the Yukon River and Arctic Circle with a 3-night stay in the foothills of the Brooks Range at Coldfoot. Travel by van with a knowledgeable driver guide and one way by plane.

This tour starts and ends in Fairbanks.

Bettles Lodge Tour

Enjoy some of the most vivid displays of the Northern Lights found anywhere! Located just above the Arctic Circle and under the world's most active Aurora Borealis zone, Bettles Lodge offers beautiful, rustic yet modern accommodations in rural Alaska. In addition to Aurora viewing, the lodge offers tours into the Brooks Mountain Range, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and winter clothing rental. Regardless of how you spend your time at Bettles Lodge, you are sure to have an unforgettable visit!

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