2014 Iditarod Race Tours
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.
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.
5 Day Northern Lights / Ice Art Championship Tour
Highlights Include :
- Northern Lights viewing from beautiful Chena Hot Springs.
- Attending the World Ice Art Championships
- Visiting the University of Alaska Museum.
- Two Snow Coach ride for northern lights viewing.
- Optional Dog mushing,cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Tour dates: March 3-7, 2014. $2100pp shared accommodation, single supplement $500.
- 1 Night accommodation in Fairbanks
- 3 Nights accommodation at CHSR
- 4 Group lunches
- 4x Group dinners
- 2 Snowcat rides for Aurora viewing
Ice Art Park Admission
UAF Museum Admission
Transportation to Chena Hot Springs
Ice Hotel admission
- 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.
- Day 2, Tuesday,
Today is our day to spend visiting the sights of Fairbanks. and also the University of Alaska Museum. In the afternoon we will depart Fairbanks and travel to the Chena Hot Springs Resort. We will stop to examine the Alyeska pipeline, then head to the resort to soak 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.
- 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. If the weather is clear and the potential for viewing the aurora are good, we will travel by snowcat again to the remote viewing site for a late night aurora display. Lodging ; CHSR
- 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
- Day 5, Friday
Today we return to Fairbanks.
8 Day Northern Lights Tour :
Add a 3 day extension to your 5 day tour and stay at the rustic 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. As at Chena Hot Springs, optional activities such as dogmushing, snowmobiling, skiing, hiking and snowshoeing are available. Tour price includes rt flight from Fairbanks to Bettles, lodging and meals.
March 3-10, 2014. $3800 shared accommodation, single supplement $700.
Self-Guided Northern Lights Tour
Although the northern lights occur year round, they are only visible when the sky is dark and clear. Once September rolls around the sky is dark enough to view them on any given night between September thru April. For those clients wishing to take a self guided northern lights tour during those months, we offer a 5 day tour that includes ground transportation to and from the Fairbanks airport, 2 nights lodging at the Marriot SpringHill Suites in Fairbanks, air transportation to the Bettles Lodge plus 3 nights accommodations and meals. The only thing not included are your meals in Fairbanks.
- Day 1,
Clients arrive in Fairbanks. Lodging ; Marriott Springhill Suites
- Day 2,3&4
Morning flight to Bettles and checkin at the lodge. Clients will spend these days exploring Bettles and the surrounding area while waiting for the nighttime displays of the northern lights. Optional activities include dogmushing, snowmobiling, x-country skiing and snowshoeing. Lodging ; Bettles (B,L,D)
- Day 5,
Clients return to Fairbanks and are free to explore the town and surrounding areas.Lodging ; Marriott Springhill Suites (B)
Available September-April. Contact us for rates