Experience the peaceful solitude of nature and one of the world’s most amazing natural events, the Aurora Borealis, on this Alaskan expedition.
About the Tour
Alaska is a land filled with wild beauty and interesting destinations; enjoy the best of both worlds on this 6-day expedition. Your time here is marked by adventures through two great Alaskan cities and enjoying the peace and quiet of nature. Your journey begins in Anchorage, where you board the Alaska Railroad bound for Fairbanks. It is in Fairbanks that the true adventure begins, as you travel by plane to Bettles Lodge, just past the Arctic Circle. Here, without the distractions of the modern world, you have a chance to observe nature’s most colorful display before traveling back to Fairbanks. Come, see what Arctic Alaska has to offer.
+ Additional nights at Bettles Lodge are available upon request, please ask a Rail Specialist for more details.
- Rail travel on the Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Train
- Hotel accommodations for 5 nights, including 2 nights at Bettles Lodge
- Five meals
- Roundtrip flights between Fairbanks and Bettles Lodge
- Northern Lights viewing
Day 1 - Arrive in Anchorage
As your flight lands in Anchorage today, make your way to your centrally located hotel. Spend the remainder of the day exploring this first stop on your Alaskan adventure - perhaps with a tour of the Anchorage Museum or the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Alternatively, stroll through the eclectic downtown district, which features an array of locally owned businesses and restaurants. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 2 - Anchorage to Fairbanks
Travel to Anchorage’s train station this morning to board the Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Train bound for Fairbanks. Take in unforgettable vistas from the large picture windows of your Adventure Class seat or from the panoramic windows of the Vista Dome Car. Refreshments and hot and cold dishes are available in the Wilderness Cafe. This evening, as the train arrives in Fairbanks, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the amenities of the city. Overnight Fairbanks.
Days 3 & 4 - Bettles Lodge Aurora Viewing
An adventure awaits today, as you make your way to Bettles Lodge. The scenic flight from Fairbanks takes you across the Yukon River and over the Arctic Circle en route to Bettles. As the flight lands, transfer to the resort for a guided tour of Bettles Village. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the untouched beauty of Alaska’s wilderness. Your time at Bettles Lodge can be spent cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or embarking on any number of quintessentially Alaskan adventures, such as dog-sledding, snowmobiling or ice fishing. In the evenings, the lodge hosts communal bonfires for guests, and of course, the pièce de résistance of this Arctic location is on full display each night after the sun goes down: the Aurora Borealis. Overnight Bettles Lodge. (Day 3 - D, Day 4 - B, L, D)
Day 5 - Return to Fairbanks
Soak in the sights and serenity of nature as you enjoy breakfast at the lodge this morning. Following, check out of Bettles Lodge and board your plane for the return flight to Fairbanks. Transfer to your Fairbanks hotel independently as your plane arrives, then enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Tour one of the many museums, meander through downtown to see the public art displays, get a taste of Alaska at one of the fine eateries or breweries, or immerse yourself in the Gold Rush history that can be found throughout the city. Overnight Fairbanks. (B)
Day 6 - Depart Fairbanks
Your vacation concludes as you check out of your hotel this morning and make your way to Fairbanks International Airport for your return flight home.
Rail Accommodations on Alaska Railroad's Aurora Train are in Adventure Class.
Hotels include Hilton Anchorage, Pike's Waterfront Lodge, and Bettles Lodge.
Bettles Lodge is located in one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis in all of Alaska and is directly under the Auroral Band. Bettles officially has the most clear weather days in the entire state, which means more cloud free nights of opportunity to see the majestic Lights dance in the sky.
The rustic Aurora viewing cabin is 2.7 miles from the lodge on a mile long lake. Enjoy hot chocolate, tea, or coffee in the warming cabin. There is absolutely no light pollution at the cabin and the lake offers a great 360 degree view of the night sky. See how the rest of Alaska used to be and only a small part still continue to live. Find some peace away from cell phone service as you imagine life 100 years ago.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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