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.
Alaska’s Bettles Lodge is located 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle and easily reached from Fairbanks. Bettles is proximate to the Brooks Mountain Range, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Noatak National Preserve, and Kobuk Valley National Park. It is home to the Gates of the Arctic National Park headquarters and the perfect base to explore Alaska’s Arctic. Bettles Lodge is a remote Alaska wilderness lodge and consists of two buildings. The Historic Lodge was built originally in 1948. The Aurora Lodge is a newer addition and provides additional rooms. The lodge offers guests modern amenities. Both buildings have a common area to relax after a day of outdoor activities, or converse with other guests about the day’s activities. At Bettles Lodge you will find a relaxing setting and access to the vast Alaska wilderness surrounding you
Important - Due to weather and the varying flight times between Fairbanks and Bettles, an overnight in Fairbanks before and after this tour is required.
Fairbanks to Bettles
Enjoy a scenic scheduled flight from Fairbanks crossing the mighty Yukon River and Arctic Circle. Flight time is approx. 1.5 to 3 hours. Depending on the flight route and weather, there may be excellent views of the Brooks Range and Gates of the Arctic National Park. Upon arrival in Bettles, take a leisurely short walk to the lodge and settle into your room. Then go on a short tour of Bettles and the Inupiaq Eskimo village of Evansville. You learn the history of the area and local residents. After dinner, take advantage of long daylight hours and enjoy a walk through the forest. Dinner and overnight at Bettles Lodge.
Bettles is yours to explore! The included Koyukuk River boat tour takes you to the ghost town of “Old Bettles” founded in 1898, where the last gold rush took place. Optional excursions are Flightseeing to nearby Kobuk Valley & Gates of Arctic Nat Park, Fishing Excursions, Gold Panning, Dog Sled Demonstrations, and Rafting Adventures (additional cost). All meals included today.
Bettles to Fairbanks
Today enjoy breakfast at the lodge and depart on your return flight to Fairbanks. Tour concludes upon your arrival in Fairbanks.
Notes: The flight time between Fairbanks and Bettles is approx. 1.5 to 3 hours each way, depending on flight route of the day (not known prior). Flights to/from Bettles could be in the morning or afternoon depending on availability. Final flight times will be determined by the lodge and are not available until about 4 to 3 weeks prior. Flights are in smaller planes with luggage weight limitations of approx. 40 pound per person. Pre and post nights in Fairbanks are required!
Standard Rooms (6 located in the Historic Lodge with a rustic feel and 4 located in the Aurora Lodge) share 4 central bathrooms in each lodge.
Jacuzzi Rooms are located in the Aurora Lodge. Rooms have private bathrooms and a Jacuzzi tub in the bedroom.