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!

Choose from 39 tours related to

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $458-514 / per person

This scenic flight from Anchorage to Denali National Park takes you within six miles of Denali’s 20,320 ft. summit. Fly by floatplane, ski-plane, or even wheels (winter only)... Read more.

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $1250 / per person

Bettles Lodge is located 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is one of the best places for Aurora Viewing in Alaska! Bettles is easily reached from Fairbanks. Bettles Lodge is a... Read more.

Duration: 7 Days
Starting at: $1909 / per person

Start your winter adventure in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, the city offers an abundance of shopping, cultural... Read more.

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $440 / per person

This Anchorage day tour puts you in the Alaska dog sledding driving seat. After a scenic drive north to Talkeetna and dog mushing country, you will arrive at Iditarod champion Dallas... Read more.

Duration: 9 Days
Starting at: $1619 / per person

Enjoy Alaska’s best resorts and best winter outdoor activities and travel through spectacular winter scenery on the Alaska Railroad. At the Alyeska Resort, located 40 miles... Read more.

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $199-229 / per person

Travel to Denali on a fall or winter adventure! The narrated tour departs from Fairbanks and travels south through the Tanana Valley along the Parks Highway. Your guide will share... Read more.

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $97 / per person

On this Seward day tour, witness the amazing annual migration of California Gray Whales, traveling over 5,000 miles from Baja California to the nutrient rich waters of Alaska’s... Read more.

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $165 / per person

On this Anchorage day trip, join a small-group tour for a drive on the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway, passing farmland that grows record breaking produce on your way to the Talkeetna... Read more.

Duration: 2 Days
Starting at: $649 / per person

This Alaska Railroad Tour in the winter is designed for the train enthusiasts who want to experience the full flavor of Alaska’s Interior Region in the winter season! In... Read more.

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $175 / 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... Read more.

Duration: 6 Days
Starting at: $1479 / per person

Experience the world famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Be there for the ceremonial start and the official restart of this iconic dog sledding competition in Alaska. This tour features... Read more.

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $1149 / per person

This special winter driving tour, a “safari” by car, is for adventurous Alaska travelers who prefer to take on the challenges and rewards of an SUV self-driving tour in... Read more.

Escorted Tour
Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $N/A / per person

This tour is not offered in winter 2022/2023! Visit Alaska to discover the beauty and magic of winter on this Winter Wonders escorted tour! This unique journey from Fairbanks includes... Read more.