Explore the wilderness & historic towns of Alaska as you go in search of the Northern Lights
- Witness the Northern Lights in one of the world's best locations to spot them
- Head on horse-drawn sleigh rides & dog sledding tours
- Relax in hot springs as the aurora circles above
- Walk on the epic Matanuska Glacier
- 2 Nights Anchorage
- 2 Nights Fairbanks
- 2 Nights Chena Hot Springs
- 1 Night Fairbanks
Activity adventure | History & culture | Natural world | Winter
Located within a ring-shaped region around the North Pole called the auroral oval, less than 200km south of the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks in Alaska is among the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights. This wonderful winter adventure will see you experience all the region has to offer, starting in Anchorage with an epic glacier tour before you journey to Fairbanks and into the Arctic Circle. There's everything from hot spring soaks to husky sledding and sleigh rides on offer here, alongside several included tours to give you the very best chance of spotting the aurora.
Day by day itinerary
After included VIP airport lounge access, board your flight to Anchorage. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, the Clarion Suites Downtown, and sample one of the city's myriad dining options – there's everything from casual bistros serving reindeer to ultra-fresh seafood fine dining. On day two perhaps join an optional tour of the Matanuska Glacier, a frozen 27-mile long river of ancient ice. With a guide, you'll explore the blue meltwater pools and ice formations, learning how the glacier was formed to shape the Matanuska Susitna Valley, before returning to the hotel for an evening in Anchorage.
Stay: Hilton Anchorage, Anchorage
Catch your flight to Fairbanks, keeping an eye out for wildlife as you travel north. After checking in to your contemporary hotel, the next two days will see you enjoy guided trips across the Arctic Circle to spot the Northern Lights (between 21 August - 18 September 2021 only). Other highlights include witnessing the 800-mile long Trans Alaska Pipeline, the Arctic Circle Trading Post in the rural community of Joy and the rush of the mighty Yukon River. You'll also cross the Arctic Circle in ceremonious fashion and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate.
Stay: Fairbanks Springhill Suites
Chena Hot Springs
Transfer to Chena Hot Springs Resort today. Just outside Fairbanks, the region is famous for its healing mineral waters and spectacular Northern Lights displays, with the hotel home to several indoor-outdoor tubs, Jacuzzis and 'lakes', alongside a cosy wood-clad restaurant. In addition to hot spring soaks and aurora adventures, the myriad activities on offer here include horse-drawn sleigh rides, dog sledding, snow-shoeing, ice skating and tours of the resort's Aurora Ice Museum with its own ice bar.
Stay: Chena Hot Springs Resort
Transfer back to Fairbanks today where you may want to enjoy an optional dog sledding tour, experiencing the thrill of mushing your own team of huskies as you head through the frozen wilderness – the perfect way to end your journey through Alaska.
Stay: Fairbanks Springhill Suites
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
8-day tailor-made holiday from £2,865 pp incl. flights
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