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Alaska’s Aurora Borealis

Overview

Featuring small group travel with unique winter attractions.

Details

  • Small group; 20 people maximum 
  • View the Aurora Borealis in the dark sky’s outside of Fairbanks
  • Tour of the BP Ice Art Championship sculptures
  • Travel on the Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Healy
  • Dogsled at Dallas Seavey Kennel, winner of the 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Iditarod
  • Star Lady Aurora presentation 

Disclaimers

Please note: You must be prepared for cold weather (0 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit is typical) throughout this tour. Winter jackets, snow pants and boots may be rented for extra cost.

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Daily Itinerary

Turnagain ArmDay 1

Fly to Anchorage where lunch is hosted before we try on our winter gear and check into our hotel. Winter jackets, snow pants and boots are provided to you to use during the tour at no extra cost if you do not have your own. Captain Cook Hotel (L)

Wildlife in AlaskaDay 2

Journey north to Willow for the official start of the Iditarod! Our hospitality tent is right at the starting line, a great spot for watching the mushers take off across the frozen lake. There will be an option to try snowshoeing as well as an Alaska-style camp lunch on the lake. This afternoon travel to the town of Talkeetna, a quaint “mountain climbing” town, featured on several TV shows for good food and fun personalities. Enjoy a family style mushers dinner at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse, followed by a slide show and an Iditarod guest speaker. Tonight the Star Lady will make an Aurora presentation before we head outside on the lodge deck to look for the Northern Lights! Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge – 2 nights (B,L,D)

Dog sledding in AlaskaDay 3

Wake up and look out your window and hopefully view the majestic Alaska Range and North America’s highest mountain Denali! Visit the homestead of Dallas Seavey, the 2012, 14, 15, & 16 Iditarod Champion to learn what it takes to train and race in the Last Great Race, the Iditarod. Tour the kennel, and go for a wilderness ride on a real dog sled with Iditarod Champion sled dogs! In the afternoon take a tour of the town and an optional (extra cost) flight seeing tour. (L)

Photograph of Downtown TalkeetnaDay 4

This morning journey on the Alaskan Railroad for an amazing snow train ride. We will depart the train near Denali National Park and continue by bus to Fairbanks. After checking into our hotel we travel to a remote location that will allow us to get away from the city lights of Fairbanks to enjoy the aurora and photograph this spectacular show! NOTE: The aurora is weather and solar flare dependent – it takes clear skies and active solar activity combined to make for a great viewing experience. Westmark Hotel– 3 nights (L)

Day 5

Sleep in this morning. The Chena Hot Springs Resort is home to the world’s largest year-round ice environment, the Aurora Ice Museum! Tour the museum and stop at the ice bar for an Appletini, served in an ice glass of course. After dinner at the resort stop at a remote Lodge for Aurora viewing. (D)​​​​​​​

Ice sculpture of a puffer fishDay 6

Sleep in this morning. This afternoon get ready to be amazed at the BP World Ice Art Championships. Single and multi blocks of ice are sculpted into exquisite masterpieces, the detail will astound you! Dinner is hosted before heading back to the Ice Park to see the sculptures all lit up! There is optional aurora viewing tonight. (D)

Day 7

You will not soon forget the magic you experienced in the Great North. It is time to take our photos and memories back home to share with our families and loved ones. Depart Fairbanks International Airport for Sacramento.​​​​​​​

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Photo Attributions

"Turnagain Arm" by Murray Foubister (CC BY-SA 2.0)

"Downtown Talkeetna" by Sandy Brown Jensen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

"Ice sculpture" by Ben Townsend (CC BY 2.0)

Departures

Saturday, March 6, 2021 to Friday, March 12, 2021

7 Days, 8 Meals

1 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

$4345
p.p./dbl.occ.
$4610
single

Pricing

$ave $100 until July 7

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