Winter Tours

Northern Lights, Dog Sledding, Skiing, Iditarod, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing

Winter in Alaska is prime time for Alaskans and the time of year we enjoy our favorite outdoor sports and activities. As Alaska’s natural surroundings become even more dramatic in the winter, new opportunities for viewing aurora borealis (the northern lights), dog sledding, ice fishing, ice climbing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skiing and more open up new territory for all Alaska visitors.

Alaska’s most popular winter visitor experiences include northern lights viewing and dog mushing, but there is plenty more to see and do. The Interior and Far North regions sit below what is known as the “auroral oval,” a crown of charged particles that rings the earth’s northernmost latitudes and leads to intense northern lights displays. Northern lights viewing tours combine viewing from backcountry cabins or other ideal locations with activities like soaking in hot springs, romantic dinners, dog mushing, skiing, snowmobiling and more.

Alaska dog sledding, or mushing tours can range from an hour to several days, giving guests hands on experience as well as information about the care and feeding of sled dogs. Several of these dog mushing tours are oriented around the state’s biggest sporting event – the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race – including one that follows the 1,049-mile race from the start in Anchorage to the finish in Nome. Other winter activities include visiting museums and cultural facilities, snowmobiling, Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and winter rail tours.

Alaska’s main winter cities are Anchorage and Fairbanks, with dozens of tours and activities for visitors to choose from. Girdwood and Alyeska Resort ski area are located just south of Anchorage along Turnagain Arm. From Fairbanks, winter tours are available to the Far North by air, by road on the Dalton Highway, or a combination of the two. The Alaska Railroad’s winter trains run from Anchorage to Fairbanks and back with a stop in Talkeetna along the way. Many hotels offer guests a northern lights wake-up call so you don’t miss the magic, which often reaches its peak after midnight.

Come experience the real Alaska on an Alaska winter vacation or tour with us!

Browsing 32 tours related to Winter Tours

Off to Nome!
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $150 / per person

Experience the official start of the world famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Every year hundreds of people come out to line the streets of Willow Lake just north of Anchorage for the... View Tour Details

Arcitc Circle Flight Adventure from Fairbanks.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $469 / per person

Depart from Fairbanks for a day trip on a small plane and land across the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion, where you will receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Enjoy a... View Tour Details

Guided ice fishing trip from Fairbanks.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $238 / per person

Today you will be picked up from your Fairbanks hotel for a full day of guided Alaska ice fishing. While catching fish in a warm hut on a beautiful lake you can still safely enjoy the... View Tour Details

Santa Claus House in North Pole Alaska near Fairbanks.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $113 / per person

During this guided winter day tour from Fairbanks, you will first stop at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center. From there your day tour continues through the heart of... View Tour Details

Fairbanks World Ice Art Championship.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $85 / per person

See the world’s best ice art up close on this Winter season day tour to see the 2017 World’s Ice Art Championships out of Fairbanks. Every year in late February and early... View Tour Details

Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline view.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $219 / per person

On this winter day tour out of Fairbanks, drive up the Dalton Highway into Alaska’s Arctic. As you depart Fairbanks, you will pass gold mines and drive alongside the... View Tour Details

Alaska Winter Scenery - scenic steps
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $169 / per person

If you’re going to be in Anchorage this winter, a photography day tour is a fun experience for amateur to avid photographers alike to learn about Anchorage’s many... View Tour Details

Preparing for dog sledding in Fairbanks.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $169 / per person

This 3-hour Fairbanks tour is full of dog sledding adventure and fun. Experienced guides showcase their Alaska sled dogs and share insights into the unique mushing (dog sledding)... View Tour Details

Take a thrilling ride by  dog team, a great winter adventure.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $299 / per person

This Anchorage day tour puts you in the Alaska dog sledding driving seat. You will be picked up from your Anchorage hotel for a scenic drive north to dog mushing country. After an... View Tour Details