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Winter in Alaska

Without a doubt, a good display of Aurora Borealis is one of the most magical sights ever. The eerie lights in the northern skies float and dance rather like a voile curtain on a summer breeze. 

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Winter in Alaska

Without a doubt, a good display of Aurora Borealis is one of the most magical sights ever.  The eerie lights in the northern skies float and dance rather like a voile curtain on a summer breeze.  Sound romantic?  It is and once seen, never forgotten.  The following idea is a short itinerary aimed at getting you to the right place to have a good chance of seeing this natural phenomena – but if you have a little more time available, consider extending the holiday by a few days.

Day 1: London to Seattle
Day 2: Fairbanks
Day 3: Coldfoot
Day 5: Fairbanks
Day 6: Anchorage
Day 7 – Anchorage to London


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In this itinerary we offer the opportunity to visit the Winter Wonderland of Alaska, with the added expectation of viewing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). As with all our holiday ideas, there are many ways that one can vary the itinerary. The following is a sample outline, which can be amended or adjusted to suit your personal wishes and budget.  For keen skiers, Alaska offers several ski opportunities, both on groomed piste at the resort of Alyeska and off piste by helicopter or snow-cat into the Chugach Mountains

Day 1: London to Seattle
Fly from London Heathrow to Seattle. Whilst it is possible to continue your journey to Alaska today, we suggest an overnight break in Seattle. Seattle is a delightful city in its own right and a couple of nights here either at the beginning or end of your holidaywould be well worth considering.
One night Seattle

Day 2: Fairbanks
Fly from Seattle to Fairbanks. Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska and is the gateway to Alaska’s Arctic. The city has a long and colourful history dating back to the late 1800’s and discovery of gold. There is an opportunity here to add in a couple of nights at Chena Hot Springs – these hot springs are well developed and visitors can enjoy the hot springs in hot pools and swimming pools.
One night Fairbanks.

Day 3: Coldfoot
Fly north, into Alaska’s Arctic, above the Arctic Circle to rustic Coldfoot. Arrive in time to enjoy lunch at the Trucker’s Café and get settled into your overnight accommodation. Choose to join an optional aurora viewing expedition to nearby Wiseman. Coldfoot was originally names Slate Creek and was founded around 1898 when thousands of stampeders came to the area in search of gold. At this time, Coldfoot was a well established town. Today, Coldfoot consists of a few buildings and services and provides a welcome break for the Dalton Highway traveller.
Select from a variety of optional tours which include an excursion along the Dalton Highway into the Brooks Mountain Range, as far north as Atigun Pass (weather permitting); a two-hour dog sledding experience with a local musher and additional aurora viewing in Wiseman.
Optional tours from Coldfoot:

  • Arctic Mountain Safari: Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Brooks Mountain range on a drive north from Coldfoot on the Dalton Highway as far north as Atigun Pass (weather permitting).
  • Arctic Village Aurora: Enjoy an evening tour to historic Wiseman for a unique cabin visit and an opportunity to enjoy the solitude of the Brooks Mountain Range as you scan the northern sky for Northern Lights.
  • Dog Sledding Adventures: Enjoy an experience with real Alaskan sled dogs. Learn what it takes to have a dog team in Alaska and enjoy a 30 minute ride.

Two nights Coldfoot.

Day 5: Fairbanks
Return to Fairbanks on a guided ground tour in the personalized comfort of a tour vans. Appreciate the low light on the horizon as it shines on the windswept arctic tundra. Cross the Arctic Circle in ceremonious fashion and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate. Traverse the frozen Yukon River and enjoy the snow-sculpted forest as you make your way back into Fairbanks.
One night Fairbanks

Day 6: Anchorage
One of the most delightful and leisurely ways to travel anywhere in the world is by rail, and Alaska is no exception. In the winter months, the Alaska Railroad offers a limited service on this popular route. The train leave Fairbanks at 08.30, arriving into Anchorage almost 12 hours later. For the winter sports enthusiast, the ski slopes of Alyeska are not far away, and a few days downhill skiing could easily be added here. Whilst the skiing is not extensive, some of it is challenging, with some good runs for all grades of skier.
One night Anchorage

Day 7 – Anchorage to London

Vertical Aurora  w lit Yurt (Chena Hot Springs Resort)

Credit Chena Hot Springs


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Little Gems

On the first weekend of March every year, Main Street, Anchorage is transformed into a snowy trail, awaiting the ceremonial start of the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  This 1100 mile race across the icy wastes of interior Alaska is the ultimate test of man and beast and without the aid of satellite navigation, teams of one man and 16 dogs set off towards Nome on the Iditarod Trail.  This is an extraordinary site and you could be there! 


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‘I had heard about the legendary Northern Lights as a child, but never imagined I would ever get to see it myself.  Thank you to Experience Holidays for bringing my dream to life.  No photo can do justice – I could do nothing but lie on the ground and gaze around me!’




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