Alaska Winter Adventure

Embrace the wintery wilderness of Alaska


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Auroras in Alaska
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Ready to chase the Northern Lights, explore virtually untouched natural wonders and maybe even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus along the way?

Duration: 8 days
Starts: Anchorage, Alaska
Ends: Fairbanks, Alaska
Language: English speaking voyage


FROM:
3,205.-


Included
Optional


This 8-day adventure through Alaska is perfect for travellers looking to connect with nature in one of the world’s most stunning winter wonderlands. Explore one of Alaska’s largest glaciers, the Matanuska Glacier, take part in a guided snowshoeing experience in the pristine Denali State Park and just when you’re ready to warm up, you can bliss out in Chena’s natural hot springs. With the opportunity to view the Northern Lights from strategically chosen viewing points every night of the trip that the weather permits, this is an adventure that you will never forget.


Why you'll love this trip
-Enjoy nightly guided Northern Lights viewing opportunities, at locations strategically chosen by your local leader near your accommodation.
-Take part in a leader-led Snowshoe Hike in the stunning Denali State Park.
-Stay at Sheep Mountain, which is virtually untouched by tourists, making it perfect for spotting the Northern Lights thanks to no light pollution.
-Visit Santa Claus’ house in the North Pole, with the option of a reindeer walk through birch forests.
-Soak in Chena’s natural hot springs for some well-earned relaxation time.

Is this trip right for you?
-This is a winter trip so you must have the appropriate footwear and clothing.
-Packed lunches will be simple, so if you think you will get hungry between meals, perhaps bring some of your own snacks along on day trips too.
-Weather is unpredictable in Alaska, especially in the winter, so we may need to make itinerary changes to keep the group safe and well at all times. If this occurs, we will do our best to find comparable activities and experiences.
-This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Anchorage
Welcome to Alaska! Today you can arrive in Anchorage any time that suits you to check in to your accommodation. If you have some free time, you might like to head out for a stroll in the crisp, Alaskan air and get acquainted with the town. This evening your Welcome Meeting will take place at 6 pm where you will meet your local leader and fellow travellers. After the meeting, you may like to enjoy dinner with the group – your leader will be full of recommendations for the best local restaurants. Every night of this trip, providing the weather permits, you will be given the opportunity to join your local leader – at the most strategic location within driving distance of your accommodation – for the chance to see the Northern Lights.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you don't want to bring all your cold weather gear with you, Anchorage has a big store, Alaska Outdoor Gear Rental where you can buy parkas, snowpants/bibs, boots and gloves. They also rent baselayers, hats, wool socks, facemasks.

Day 2: Anchorage
This morning, after breakfast you’ll hop into your private van and travel along the scenic Seward Highway. It is one of only 13 highways in the US with the distinction of ‘All American Road’, meaning it is considered a tourist attraction unto itself. Along the way, you will have great opportunities to view and photograph some of the most scenic vistas that you pass, before arriving at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC). The AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round, providing spacious enclosures and quality animal care. This morning you’ll have the chance to learn more about some of Alaska's iconic animals and how they are nursed to recovery. Head back to Anchorage in the late afternoon and enjoy some down time for your own discoveries.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Turnagain Arm - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Anchorage - Northern Lights Viewing
Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch

Day 3: Sheep Mountain
Today after breakfast you’ll drive up to The Matanuska Glacier, one of Alaska's most famous destinations. At 27 miles (43 kilometres) long and 4 miles (6 kilometres) wide, it is Alaska's largest glacier that can be accessed by road. It is also one of the most accessible areas to walk on of any glacier in Alaska. Spend some time soaking up the views of the ice that formed thousands of years ago high in the Chugach Mountains. Depending on weather conditions, each day is unique due to the dynamic nature of the glacier. Hop back in your vehicle for a short drive right up to the toe of the glacier, where you’ll spend the next few hours, including enjoying lunch at a local eatery. Tonight, you’ll be staying at a lodge in Sheep Mountain – this area has very few tourists so there is no light pollution, meaning it’s the perfect place to see the Northern Lights if weather permits.
Accommodation: Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
Matanuska - Glacier Tour
Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Day 4: Talkeetna
Today is a free day, so you’re welcome to just relax at the lodge, or you may like to try your hand at Alaska's official state sport, dog sledding. Known to the locals as ‘dog mushing’, you’ll meet Iditarod racing dogs at the real racing trails north of Anchorage. Each ride consists of up to three riders hooked up to a dog sled team, led by a local Alaskan musher as your guide. Enjoy the serenity of the Alaskan winter landscape in a way that only a dog sled ride can provide. No matter how you decide to spend your day, there’s always the option of meeting up with the group for dinner to swap stories at the end, before heading out in search of the Northern Lights. You’ll view the lights outside of the van, and a tent with a heater will be set up for you to warm your hands in-between marvelling at the spectacular lights. Be sure to layer up, it's going to be cold!
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Talkeetna - Northern Lights Viewing
Optional Activities
Talkeetna - Winter Dog Sledding - USD240-
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Denali State Park
This morning after breakfast you’ll be heading to Denali National Park for a day filled with activities. First, head off on a two-hour leader-led snowshoeing experience along some of the picturesque local trails, with a break to stop and enjoy your packed lunch. We explore what's considered the "front country" of Denali. The snowshoeing is considered easy to moderate. If there's not enough snow today, then you'll embark on a scenic hike instead. After lunch, you’ll visit the Denali visitor's center to learn about the nature and culture of the area, as well as the Murie Science and Learning Center for more information on the national park. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you please – you might want to explore Denali National Park further at your leisure for more stunning views of the wintery landscape. Then, meet up with the group for an included dinner at your hotel for the evening before the option of another opportunity to spot the Northern Lights in the surrounding wilderness.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Denali National Park - Leader-led Snowshoe Walk
Denali National Park - Visitor Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Day 6: Fairbanks
Today is an exciting day, because straight after breakfast you’ll be driving up to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus’ house! Here it’s Christmas every day, so embrace your inner child with the chance to see inside Santa’s house, complete with an incredible range of Christmas decorations and toys. Then it's time to head for a relaxing soak in the natural waters of the nearby Chena Hot Springs resort. The resort was officially formed back during the gold rush, when weary gold miners discovered that soaking in the warm waters helped their aching bodies after a day of digging. You’ll also pay a visit to the Aurora Ice Museum, forged out of more than 1000 tons of ice and snow harvested from Chena. With a consistent indoor temperature of 25° Fahrenheit (-7° Celsius), this is sure to be a super cool experience (literally!). Tonight, you can choose to join the group for dinner to share magical stories from your day at the North Pole, before the chance to search for the Northern Lights again.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Fairbanks - Running Reindeer Ranch (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
Fairbanks - Northern Lights Viewing
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Fairbanks
Get ready for another special day. This morning you’ll head to a local reindeer farm to meet a charming herd of furry friends, while an Alaskan native explains the adaptations that make reindeer ideal for Arctic living. Take an hour-long walk through the farm with the herd and your guide, then head inside to learn a little more about reindeer while enjoying homemade cookies and drinks. Return to Fairbanks and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. This evening your group may choose to partake in a farewell dinner, before one last opportunity to spot and photograph the majestic Northern Lights.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Fairbanks - Chena Hot Springs (Entrance fee & Transport)
Fairbanks - Aurora Ice Museum (Entrance fee & Transport)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Fairbanks
Today your Alaskan adventure comes to an end after breakfast. There are no activities planned and no accommodation provided for the night, so say goodbye to your fellow travellers and local leader. You’ll either need to arrange additional post-trip accommodation or make your way home from here.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Itinerary

Day 1: Anchorage
Welcome to Alaska! Today you can arrive in Anchorage any time that suits you to check in to your accommodation. If you have some free time, you might like to head out for a stroll in the crisp, Alaskan air and get acquainted with the town. This evening your Welcome Meeting will take place at 6 pm where you will meet your local leader and fellow travellers. After the meeting, you may like to enjoy dinner with the group – your leader will be full of recommendations for the best local restaurants. Every night of this trip, providing the weather permits, you will be given the opportunity to join your local leader – at the most strategic location within driving distance of your accommodation – for the chance to see the Northern Lights.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you don't want to bring all your cold weather gear with you, Anchorage has a big store, Alaska Outdoor Gear Rental where you can buy parkas, snowpants/bibs, boots and gloves. They also rent baselayers, hats, wool socks, facemasks.

Day 2: Anchorage
This morning, after breakfast you’ll hop into your private van and travel along the scenic Seward Highway. It is one of only 13 highways in the US with the distinction of ‘All American Road’, meaning it is considered a tourist attraction unto itself. Along the way, you will have great opportunities to view and photograph some of the most scenic vistas that you pass, before arriving at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC). The AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round, providing spacious enclosures and quality animal care. This morning you’ll have the chance to learn more about some of Alaska's iconic animals and how they are nursed to recovery. Head back to Anchorage in the late afternoon and enjoy some down time for your own discoveries.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Turnagain Arm - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Anchorage - Northern Lights Viewing
Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch

Day 3: Sheep Mountain
Today after breakfast you’ll drive up to The Matanuska Glacier, one of Alaska's most famous destinations. At 27 miles (43 kilometres) long and 4 miles (6 kilometres) wide, it is Alaska's largest glacier that can be accessed by road. It is also one of the most accessible areas to walk on of any glacier in Alaska. Spend some time soaking up the views of the ice that formed thousands of years ago high in the Chugach Mountains. Depending on weather conditions, each day is unique due to the dynamic nature of the glacier. Hop back in your vehicle for a short drive right up to the toe of the glacier, where you’ll spend the next few hours, including enjoying lunch at a local eatery. Tonight, you’ll be staying at a lodge in Sheep Mountain – this area has very few tourists so there is no light pollution, meaning it’s the perfect place to see the Northern Lights if weather permits.
Accommodation: Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
Matanuska - Glacier Tour
Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Day 4: Talkeetna
Today is a free day, so you’re welcome to just relax at the lodge, or you may like to try your hand at Alaska's official state sport, dog sledding. Known to the locals as ‘dog mushing’, you’ll meet Iditarod racing dogs at the real racing trails north of Anchorage. Each ride consists of up to three riders hooked up to a dog sled team, led by a local Alaskan musher as your guide. Enjoy the serenity of the Alaskan winter landscape in a way that only a dog sled ride can provide. No matter how you decide to spend your day, there’s always the option of meeting up with the group for dinner to swap stories at the end, before heading out in search of the Northern Lights. You’ll view the lights outside of the van, and a tent with a heater will be set up for you to warm your hands in-between marvelling at the spectacular lights. Be sure to layer up, it's going to be cold!
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Talkeetna - Northern Lights Viewing
Optional Activities
Talkeetna - Winter Dog Sledding - USD240-
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Denali State Park
This morning after breakfast you’ll be heading to Denali National Park for a day filled with activities. First, head off on a two-hour leader-led snowshoeing experience along some of the picturesque local trails, with a break to stop and enjoy your packed lunch. We explore what's considered the "front country" of Denali. The snowshoeing is considered easy to moderate. If there's not enough snow today, then you'll embark on a scenic hike instead. After lunch, you’ll visit the Denali visitor's center to learn about the nature and culture of the area, as well as the Murie Science and Learning Center for more information on the national park. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you please – you might want to explore Denali National Park further at your leisure for more stunning views of the wintery landscape. Then, meet up with the group for an included dinner at your hotel for the evening before the option of another opportunity to spot the Northern Lights in the surrounding wilderness.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Denali National Park - Leader-led Snowshoe Walk
Denali National Park - Visitor Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Day 6: Fairbanks
Today is an exciting day, because straight after breakfast you’ll be driving up to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus’ house! Here it’s Christmas every day, so embrace your inner child with the chance to see inside Santa’s house, complete with an incredible range of Christmas decorations and toys. Then it's time to head for a relaxing soak in the natural waters of the nearby Chena Hot Springs resort. The resort was officially formed back during the gold rush, when weary gold miners discovered that soaking in the warm waters helped their aching bodies after a day of digging. You’ll also pay a visit to the Aurora Ice Museum, forged out of more than 1000 tons of ice and snow harvested from Chena. With a consistent indoor temperature of 25° Fahrenheit (-7° Celsius), this is sure to be a super cool experience (literally!). Tonight, you can choose to join the group for dinner to share magical stories from your day at the North Pole, before the chance to search for the Northern Lights again.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Fairbanks - Running Reindeer Ranch (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
Fairbanks - Northern Lights Viewing
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Fairbanks
Get ready for another special day. This morning you’ll head to a local reindeer farm to meet a charming herd of furry friends, while an Alaskan native explains the adaptations that make reindeer ideal for Arctic living. Take an hour-long walk through the farm with the herd and your guide, then head inside to learn a little more about reindeer while enjoying homemade cookies and drinks. Return to Fairbanks and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. This evening your group may choose to partake in a farewell dinner, before one last opportunity to spot and photograph the majestic Northern Lights.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Fairbanks - Chena Hot Springs (Entrance fee & Transport)
Fairbanks - Aurora Ice Museum (Entrance fee & Transport)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Fairbanks
Today your Alaskan adventure comes to an end after breakfast. There are no activities planned and no accommodation provided for the night, so say goodbye to your fellow travellers and local leader. You’ll either need to arrange additional post-trip accommodation or make your way home from here.
Meals Included: Breakfast


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INCLUSIONS

Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights), Lodge (1 night)
Included activities:
Turnagain Arm - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (Entrance Fee)
Turnagain Arm - Prince William Sound Cruise
Anchorage - Northern Lights Viewing
Matanuska - Glacier Tour
Talkeetna - Northern Lights Viewing
Denali State Park - Leader-led Snowshoe Walk
Denali National Park Visitor Centre
Fairbanks - Running Reindeer Ranch (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
Fairbanks - Northern Lights Viewing
Fairbanks - Chena Hot Springs (Entrance fee & Transport)
Fairbanks - Aurora Ice Museum (Entrance fee & Transport)

EXCLUSIONS

Air tickets
Travel insurance
Any other expenses specifically not included


* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.



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