BY DOG TEAM
Drive a dog team to a remote aurora viewing camp north of Fairbanks.
Alaska is famed for its wildly romantic landscapes. Picture giant mountains, endless valleys, powerful frozen rivers, sparkling meadows of snow, enchanting forests of birch and spruce – and you and your dog team traveling through it all.
Our two day trip starts and ends at Arctic Dog Adventure Co. Routes range northeast into the White Mountains or northwest into the Minto Flats, depending on weather conditions. Explore twisty forest trails, tundra covered ridge lines and expanses of frosty black spruce swamp.
Our destination is our remote northern lights viewing camp, where a three course wilderness dinner will be prepared for you while you watch for swirls of aurora in the inky night sky. Our evening accommodations is a cozy Arctic Oven Igloo. The Arctic Oven is heated by a small wood stove, lit with twinkle lights, and has ample room for gear and leg stretching. You can even stand up inside! This is Alaskan "glamping" -- a truly comfortable winter camping experience.
Pricing is all-inclusive. This means it includes travel to and from your hotel to Arctic Dog Adventure Co., meals, snacks, sleeping bags, pads, expedition gear + accommodations.
These trips run according to demand. We have limited availability from December into March.
**Upgrade your experience with an
Aurora Overnight Cabin Upgrade**
The ultimate dog sledding "glamping" experience -- drive your own dog team over the frozen summits and snow laden forests of the White Mountains National Recreation Area north of Fairbanks. We'll stop for the night at a beautiful log cabin with expansive northern horizons. Enjoy a three-course gourmet Alaskan meal cooked over the wood stove. Watch the aurora shimmer overhead while the dogs sleep curled tight. Basic photography instruction included. All-inclusive.
Duration: Two days, one night.
Time: 10 am. - 4 p.m following day.
Price: $1229 per person
Location: White Mountains National Recreation Area
AVAILABLE TO BOOK
DECEMBER 1 - MARCH 11
✔ Dog mushing lessons
✔ Expedition weight gear
✔ Cold-weather sleeping bags and pads
✔ Hotel/airport pickup and drop off
✔ Alaskan-inspired meals and snacks
✔ Basic photography instruction
✔ Cabin upgrade available
is this trip right for me?
Are you an adventurous soul? A dog lover? Do you love winter? Do you want to view the northern lights in a remote private location? Answer yes to any one of these? Then yes! This trip might be perfect for you!
No previous mushing experience is required. We will teach you everything you need to know to feel comfortable and equipped for your days on the trail.
That being said, dog mushing is a physical activity...from harnessing dogs to standing on the sled all day, you will need to be reasonably able-bodied in order to fully enjoy this experience. If you are hesitant about your ability to manage a dog team, please contact Lisbet & she will guide you through a series of questions designed to evaluate your abilities. You are probably better suited for this than you think.
You do not need previous experience with cold weather climates, but you will need to equip yourself with a proper set of winter base layers in order to ensure your comfort and safety. Even though it is spring in Alaska, weather and temperatures can still be harsh and unpredictable. We will happily provide you with a list of suggested gear -- your comfort is our utmost concern !
AURORA OVERNIGHT ITINERARY
DAY 1: After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up at 10 a.m. and brought to Arctic Dog Adventure Co. to meet your new teammates: the dogs! We will go over gear and pack our sleds for departure. After lunch we will don our parkas, have a brief lesson on mushing, hook up our dog teams, and set off! The land to the north of the homestead is pure wilderness: no roads, no railways, just pristine mountains, forest and tundra stretching all the way to the Arctic Ocean. Our route will take us over the north ridge of the Chatanika River Valley where we will stop for a hot trail lunch. Framed by the rolling foothills of the White Mountains, the Chatanika River runs through a wide valley blanketed with muskeg and black spruce. After lunch we will wind through crooked black spruce forests before coming upon our remote aurora camp, situated on the north aspect of a high ridge. We will tie the dogs out, build a fire in the tent and enjoy the pleasure of a hot meal after miles of fresh air on our faces. The Arctic Ovens are warm and comfortable. They are heated by a small wood stove, lit with twinkle lights, and have ample room for gear and leg stretching. You can even stand up inside! This is Alaskan "glamping" -- a truly comfortable winter camping experience.
Meals: Breakfast on your own. Lunch on the trail. Dinner at camp.
Accommodations: Wood-stove heated Arctic Oven tent.
Day 2: After breakfast by the crackling wood stove, we will prepare for the day’s mushing adventure. There is a small drainage that drops down from the ridge to the magical snow laden O'Connor Creek Valley. We will hook up our dogs and mush through a birch forest before dropping down a trail that cuts through a hillside intermixed tundra and white spruce. A long gentle ascent awaits us, with little sweeps and drops in the trail. We mush deep into a winter wonderland, where the trees, protected from the wind that brushes the tops of the ridges, are blanketed with thick layers of white snow. At the bottom, we will stop in a thick black spruce forest for a campfire lunch and hot drinks before hooking the dogs back up and mushing up through old growth forest and drooping birch branches to the top of the ridge and back to the kennel. After unharnessing and saying "thank you" to your dog team, we will drive you back to town to your accommodations. We will arrive in Fairbanks around 6 p.m. Arrival time is dependent on trail conditions and travel time.
Meals: Breakfast at camp, lunch on the trail, dinner on your own.
Accommodations: You must arrange this yourself this night.