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Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner & Northern Lights

1. Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner & Northern Lights

Experience the beauty and wild side of Alaska. Yanking on their lines and ready to run, your dog team will be anxious to carry you away from your Fairbanks accommodation to this spectacular viewing of the Northern Lights.  Most of the sled ride takes place in an open area so should the Aurora begin early you will have a thrilling view of the sky from the dog sled. The Aurora Borealis is one of the planet's most breathtaking phenomena. In Alaska, a land that stays dark for most of the winter, these spectacular lights bring the sky to life with other-worldly colors that shimmer and dance across the sky. The yurt is only a short drive from Fairbanks but far from the obstructing glare of city lights. Be treated to a hearty midnight dinner in an off-the-grid yurt.  Stay warm with hot drinks and lively conversation in the comfort of your yurt while waiting for the Aurora. The large north-facing windows of your yurt offer the perfect Aurora viewing opportunity. However, should you decide to go outside for photographs or a full view of the sky, you will need to dress in warm layers.

From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

2. From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

The Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet and on this night tour, you will have the chance to see these marvels of nature for yourself. Your evening begins between 4~5pm when you will be collected from your hotel in Fairbanks and head approximately 60 miles (100 kilometers) to the Chena Resort. Here you will first have a chance to cool off (before heating up) in the spectacular Ice Museum. This building, built entirely out of ice, boasts a full Ice Bar and chandeliers built painstakingly out of hand-crafted ice.  At 8pm, you can soak your cares away in the warm and inviting Chena Hot Springs. You'll be pleased to know that the resort makes use of the first low-temperature binary geothermal power plant built in Alaska and is working on several alternative energy projects, including production and use of hydrogen and vegetable oil for fuel. The resort is conducting collaborative experiments in greenhouse production of vegetables with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. All in all, the resort is absolutely beautiful and you can soak in its natural springs for at least two hours. By 12:00 midnight, you can begin to look out for the Northern Lights. Soon, if you are lucky, the Aurora Borealis will appear. This natural light display is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms high in the atmosphere. The result is a breathtaking display of light that can be bright enough to read a newspaper by. Around 2:00 AM, depart back to Fairbanks and arrive around 3~4am. The night will surely be one you will never forget.

From Fairbanks: Arctic Circle Northern Lights Full-Day Trip

3. From Fairbanks: Arctic Circle Northern Lights Full-Day Trip

Alaska is a land of constant change. On this full day tour, you will have the chance to experience some of the best and most unique things that make your Alaska trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Beginning at 1 PM, get picked up from your hotel and venture up to the Arctic Circle (66.5622°) north of the Equator, where you can have your pictures taken and receive a "Cross the Circle-Certificate." It is here that explorers have been venturing for centuries, drawn by the power the planet has to offer. As you continue your day, pass the Trans-Alaska-Pipeline. Here you can glance one of the world's largest pipelines, which stretches over 800 miles (1,287km). It is a crude oil pipeline privately owned by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, and here you will learn the engineering and building process of this epic land-crawling beast. Judge for yourself its impact on the landscape around it. After the pipeline, head straight for the banks of the mighty Yukon River. Walk right up to the edge of its banks, where you will gaze out over the beauty in front of you. From here, head to the high plateau of Finger Mountain, where you will hopefully see moose, fox, bears, and perhaps even a mysterious lynx if you're lucky! Up on the mountain, snack on sandwiches, sweets and hot drinks. Through the night, travel back to Fairbanks. Soon, if we're lucky, the Aurora Borealis appears. This natural light display is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms high in the atmosphere. The result is a breathtaking display of light that can be bright enough to read a newspaper by! Drive through the night, gazing up at the spectacular Northern Lights, before arriving back in Fairbanks around 3 AM.

From Fairbanks: Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Tour

4. From Fairbanks: Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Tour

Experience Alaska like you have never seen it before while enjoying a scenic drive and narration from your expert guide. Travel along the famous and rugged Dalton Highway (well-known from the TV show Ice Road Truckers) to the Arctic Circle. Hear about how the summer nights are white and the winter dark. Take a selfie or have your photo taken with your certificate to mark your crossing of the Arctic Circle. Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience comfortable transportation and personalized service. Enjoy a flexible travel itinerary to ensure guests can take advantage of unique photo opportunities. The tour will incorporate many stops for your viewing pleasure. Please note that seeing wildlife or the Northern Lights is not guaranteed.

Alaskan Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis Lodges

5. Alaskan Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis Lodges

Book a visit to one of these luxurious Fairbanks lodges for a stunning view of Aurora Borealis. The viewing night begins right at the Fairbanks accommodation where guests marvel at the beauty of the Northern Lights from the comfort of these cozy lodges. Guests are picked up and transported to one of the best viewing lodges in the Fairbanks, Alaska area. The lodge is carefully selected to ensure that guests can gaze upon the Northern Lights with ease. Trust the experts to provide you with an incredible vantage point for spying the famous phenomenon. Outside of Fairbanks and away from the city lights, these wide open areas ensure a perfect way to take in Alaska's winter sky. Enjoy the sights from inside the lodge, or even step outside to snap some photographs of the brilliant sky.

Northern Lights & Chena Hot Springs Tour

6. Northern Lights & Chena Hot Springs Tour

Located 60 scenic miles from downtown Fairbanks, experience the Aurora Ice Museum and the Chena Hot Springs Resort on a guided tour. Get the chance to spot the famed northern lights. Start your trip with a guided tour through the Aurora Ice Museum, displaying magnificent ice sculptures that will leave you amazed. Enjoy a cocktail in a glass made of ice (optional and not included in price). Then, head over to the resort. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant that offers locally cultivated vegetables and Alaska caught wild salmon (not included in price and dining is optional). Afterward, soak in the Chena Hot Springs' legendary healing mineral waters. Take a short stroll up to the Aurorium to watch the beautiful and breathtaking Aurora Borealis dance overhead in the dark nights (visibility of northern lights not guaranteed). The activity center is a great location to warm up while waiting for the northern lights. There will be plenty of time for photography to ensure you will not forget this experience.

From Fairbanks: Northern Lights & Murphy Dome Tour

7. From Fairbanks: Northern Lights & Murphy Dome Tour

Your Murphy Dome/Aurora Borealis night begins with pickup at your Fairbanks hotel in town. This tour provides you with one of the best northern lights viewing spots near Fairbanks. One of the highest peaks in the area, Murphy Dome is the perfect location to visit and watch the night sky. Its wide open spaces away from the city lights ensure a perfect view of Alaska's winter sky. This 360-degree horizon sets the stage for a phenomenal northern lights show. Stay warm with hot drinks and a seat in a 15-passenger van while waiting for the dancing northern lights. Join this tour for the experience of a lifetime!

Chena Lake: Aurora Borealis Viewing & Ice Fishing Adventure

8. Chena Lake: Aurora Borealis Viewing & Ice Fishing Adventure

Get ready for a 5-hour adventure in Alaska’s winter wonderland. Travel to Chena Lake Recreation Area to go ice fishing and look for the aurora borealis (northern lights) from the comfort of a cozy heated cabin. Follow your guide to a heated cabin, your base for the expedition, to stay warm in the cold temperatures. The cabin comes with covers in the floors that are moved for perfect ice-fishing spots. Sip on hot cocoa and enjoy reindeer sausage served with bun, directly flown in from Anchorage to grill in the cabins while you ice fish. Receive all the necessary fishing gear from your guide. Get tips for catching and pulling in a fish from the ice-cold water. Once you catch a fish, enjoy a fish cookout, where you can eat the fish you caught. The tour practices sustainable fishing methods. You can keep 1 fish per participant for your guide to cook for lunch or you can take 1 fish home. The rest of the fish are released back into the lake to grow and for others to catch on another day. We target King Salmon, Arctic Grayling, Rainbow Trout, and Arctic Char.

Fairbanks: Private Dog Sledding and Aurora Experience

9. Fairbanks: Private Dog Sledding and Aurora Experience

Explore the beauty and wild side of Alaska on this night tour. Enjoy an evening of adventure, food, and beauty as you embark on the dog sled ride followed by dinner in a Mongolian yurt. Listen to stories of the adventurous life with dogs. Meet your guide, get a quick introduction and hear about the history of the mushing lifestyle. Next, you will head to the husky kennels to meet the beautiful Alaskan Huskies. Learn how to harness and hook up the dogs before taking a ride. Hop aboard your dog sled, get comfortable, sit back, relax, and hold on tight. Then, enjoy a thrilling ride down the beautiful snowy Alaskan landscape. Listen to the jingle bells on your dog's harness as you chase the northern lights. Sit by a cozy wood-heated yurt to warm up after your ride. Enjoy some appetizers such as smoked salmon, buffalo sausages, and Northern Lights hot cocoa. Have fun participating in night photography with a hired photographer. This tour includes three shareable digital images captured by the photographer capturing your time under the Northern Lights. There is a photo package upgrade with high-resolution images and prints available after the tour.

Late Night Yurt Dinner and Northern Lights

10. Late Night Yurt Dinner and Northern Lights

Experience the beauty and wild side of Alaska. Spend a night away from Fairbanks and savor a home-cooked cabin dinner before feasting your eyes on the infamous Northern Lights. The aurora borealis is one of the planet's most breathtaking phenomena. In Alaska, a land that stays dark for most of the winter, these spectacular lights bring the sky to life with other-worldly colors that shimmer and dance across the sky. Your yurt is only a short drive from Fairbanks, but far enough to avoid the obstructive glare of city lights. Stay warm with hot drinks and lively conversation in the comfort of your cabin while waiting for the aurora. The huge north-facing windows of the cabin offer the perfect viewing opportunity. However, should you decide to go outside for photographs or a full view of the sky, wear layers to keep warm.

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based on 8 reviews

I think it is a very good alternative for the first timers to attend to. They have a nice cabin in the woods without city lights. Our guides name was Joe, very friendly and local. They offer hot water, cookies, tea and coffee. You can alternatively bring a can of soup and warm it there. As an alternative for the second timers or if it feels expensive and you want to explore yourself, you can pick a spot from google maps and drive there with your rental car. After all sky watching is free. You just need to find a nice spot.

It was amazing, The couple that hosted the dog sled and dinner was great. The dog sled was so much, and the dinner was very good. I wish at dinner time they would actually eat with us. I figure they dont do this for more of a couple experience. But the only complaint I have is, is that we had to leave at 2am. Me and my wife felt like we known this couple for years and where good friends. These are they guys that I would want to hang out with on my free time. Thanks for the good time.

While the sky didn’t behave, Jeff was wonderful. He’s a native and a tremendous ambassador for Fairbanks. He was entertaining, had so many stories about the area, and he was just a delight! And he knows how to drive on those icy roads. We felt super safe at all times. Thanks for salvaging a fun evening, Jeff!

Josh was an excellent guide who provided a very detailed enjoyable tour around the Artic Circle. We managed to see the Northern Lights luckily which was even better. Thank you Josh for taking the time to guide us!!

Was long, but was FUN! Northern Lights were out on the way back in.