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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!

 

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Fairbanks Northern Lights Viewing

Spend three nights in Fairbanks exploring the history and culture of this modern northern city, including the opportunity to view the spectacular northern lights, a sight the area is known for around the world. The day starts with a... Browse tour

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Fairbanks Northern Lights Viewing Tour

Enjoy an evening looking for the Northern Lights in one of the best aurora viewing locations near Fairbanks, AK. You will be transferred 30-45 minutes from your hotel to a prime Northern Lights viewing spot away from the city’s... Browse tour

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Chena Hot Springs and Northern Lights

Chena Hot Springs Resort offers both an outdoor hot springs rock lake and an indoor pool, both perfect for relaxing. Admission to the pools included. The resort also offers guests a restaurant, and is home to the Aurora Ice... Browse tour

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Borealis Basecamp and Northern Lights Tour

Book now for fall and winter 2023/24! Borealis Basecamp just outside of Fairbanks offers a new and unique way to see the Northern Lights. The fiberglass domes at Borealis Basecamp have clear, curved windows that stretch 16 feet across... Browse tour

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Alaska Dreams Winter Tour

Book now for fall 2023! Start your adventure with a glacier trek from Anchorage, then continue your journey north to Fairbanks with the Alaska Railroad. Finally, conclude your trip with a stay at the exclusive Borealis Basecamp, where you... Browse tour

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Spring Wildlife Cruise in Resurrection Bay

On this Seward day tour and whale watching cruise in the Spring, 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 Bering Sea. This 4-hour... Browse tour

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Glacier & Wildlife Flightseeing Tour

Enjoy a day tour from Anchorage with flightseeing to see the majestic Chugach State Park! On your flight you will travel over the expansive Knik or Triumvirate Glacier rimmed with spectacular hanging ice formations. Sense the motion of the... Browse tour

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Discover Denali Flightseeing

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 traditional small plane (with wheels – winter only) from Anchorage’s Lake Hood, the world’s busiest... Browse tour

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Fairbanks Highlights Tour in Fall and Winter

This guided “Fairbanks Highlights” day tour during the fall and winter season in Alaska showcases all the best seasonal spotlights of Fairbanks. You will stop at the Trans Alaska Pipeline, where your guide will explain the astonishing engineering of... Browse tour

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Matanuska Glacier Hiking Out of Anchorage

Depart Anchorage by van for an Alaska glacier adventure beginning with a narrated 100-mile drive north through the scenic Matanuska Susitna Valley on your way to Matanuska Glacier. Photo stops will be made along the way to capture the... Browse tour

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Iditarod Race Official Start Tour

Based in Anchorage 5 nights, this Iditarod experience begins with the ceremonial start on snow covered city streets where you can have up-close viewing of this unique dog sledding event. The very next day, travel to the community of... Browse tour

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Bettles Lodge Winter Adventure

Fly from Fairbanks across the great interior region of Alaska landing 35 miles across the Arctic Circle in the remote outpost of Bettles. The area surrounding Bettles boasts the most clear weather days in the entire State, and sits... Browse tour

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Aurora Train Travel in Fall and Winter

This Aurora Train travel experience on the Alaska Railroad features some of Alaska’s best fall and winter activities in both Anchorage and Fairbanks.  Begin your tour with day trip from Anchorage on a guided tour on Turnagain Arm along... Browse tour

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Arctic Circle Winter Driving Adventure

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 Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Walking on the Arctic tundra will give you... Browse tour

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Arctic Circle Winter Flightseeing Tour

Depart from Fairbanks for a day trip on a small plane, land across the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion and receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Enjoy a walk on the treeless Arctic tundra, which will give you... Browse tour

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Ice Fishing Day Tour from Fairbanks

Today you will be picked up from your Fairbank’s hotel for a full day of guided Alaska lake ice fishing. Learn traditional Alaska Native skills and techniques for ice fishing from experienced ice fishing guides. While catching fish in... Browse tour

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Anchorage Winter Photo Safari

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 attractions! This 4-hour sightseeing tour with your camera is a great... Browse tour

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Winter Turnagain Turnaround Day Tour

Take a small group Winter day tour from Anchorage on this guided bus tour along Turnagain Arm, one of the most scenic drives in Alaska. Your driver will pick you up from your Anchorage hotel and take you south along... Browse tour

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Fairbanks Winter Dog Sledding Tour

This 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) lifestyle and this popular winter sport in Alaska. Then spend 1 hour... Browse tour

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Anchorage Dog Sledding Tour

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 Seavey’s sled dog kennel and get an introduction into... Browse tour

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Northern Lights & Iditarod
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Ultimate Alaska Winter Wonderland and Iditarod

This comprehensive Alaska winter travel experience begins with sightseeing in Fairbanks including a great chance to see the northern lights. Departing from Fairbanks, venture by coach to the historic town of Healy on the outskirts of Denali National Park.... Browse tour

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Alaska Winter Wonders Tour

Exploring Alaska in winter is easy, a great value. Start with a few nights at a luxurious hotel in the village of Girdwood, then travel aboard the Alaska Railroad Aurora Winter Train from Anchorage to Fairbanks. This unique train... Browse tour

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Winter Adventure to Denali

Travel to Denali National Park on a fall or winter adventure! This guided tour departs from Fairbanks and travels south through the Tanana Valley along the Parks Highway. Your guide will share areas of interest and also stop at... Browse tour

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Iditarod Starting Line Event

On this day tour from Anchorage, 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 start... Browse tour

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Alaska Winter Driving Tour

Designed for independent travelers this SUV (all wheel) self-drive tour features a few days to explore Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs. The Fairbanks area is one of the best places on earth for the opportunity to experience the amazing... Browse tour

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Winter Wonderland and Iditarod

All things Iditarod! Attend the Musher’s Banquet, visit a kennel, meet an Iditarod champion and watch the ceremonial start and official start of the Last Great Race! Travel by van or coach from Anchorage. Tour Anchorage, the Anchorage Museum... Browse tour

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