5 day aurora safari
Scheduled during the spring equinox AND a new moon, this cabin-to-cabin dog mushing aurora tour is unlike any other!
It is estimated that visitors who stay in Fairbanks for three days have a 90% chance of viewing the northern lights. We maximize your chances with a 5 day, 4 night aurora tour scheduled during the darkest and most active skies of the year.
We will travel by dog team into the remote, pristine wilderness of the White Mountains National Recreation Area.
A Northern extension of the Rocky Mountains, the White Mountains are marked by rolling black spruce forest, rocky limestone cliffs, open river valleys, and mountain ridges adorned with mystical black granite tors.
This five day cabin-to-cabin trip travels a scenic loop through thick boreal forest, alongside the fantastic rock arches of Limestone Gulch, across Beaver Creek (a National Wild & Scenic River), paralleling steep mountains studded with tors. BLM provides beautiful log cabins dotted at regular internals along the route.
Pricing is all-inclusive. This means it includes travel to and from your hotel to Arctic Dog Adventure Co., meals, snacks, sleeping bags, pads, cold weather gear + accommodations.
Accommodations: Shared accommodations in remote BLM log cabins.
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights. This trip is approximately 80-100 trail miles and includes one full day of orientation and mushing lessons before departure.
Price: $3899 per person.
Dates: March 14-19, 2021.
COVID19 Precautions: This is not a private tour. We will require proof of a negative COVID19 test within 72 hours of your tour start time. If you are coming from in-state, we will still require a negative COVID test within 72 hours. We will screen for symptoms, and ask that you self report symptoms as well. Social distancing is not always possible on this trip. We share vehicles and common spaces. Masks will be required when social distancing is not possible. Please see our COVID19 response plan & Terms and Conditions page for more details.
To request a detailed itinerary, please send us a message using the form below:
march 14-19, 2021
white mountains national recreation area, alaska
✔ Hotel/airport pickup
✔ Alaskan-inspired meals & snacks
✔ Dog mushing lessons
✔ Cold weather parkas, snow pants, boots
✔ Sleeping bags, liners and pads
✔ Basic aurora photography lessons
is this trip right for me?
Are you an adventurous soul? A dog lover? Do you love winter? Are you desirous of a closer connection to nature? 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. This five day trip goes deep into the heart of a wilderness area. Sections of trail are steep and technical. 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 provide you with a list of suggested & required gear -- your comfort is our utmost concern !
will i drive my own dog team?
Yes. You will drive and be responsible for your own small team of 4-6 dogs. You are accompanied at all times by a professional dog sledding guide who oversees the whole experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the thrill of driving your own dog team. On orientation day, your guide will introduce you to your team, give you a lesson on how to drive the sled, and take you out on a short trip to practice your new mushing skills. You will learn how to harness a sled dog, and how to slow and stop your team. Your guide drives their own team just ahead of you, keeping an eye on the dogs, the trail, and your progress. You will drive a dog sled all five days -- you will not have the option of sitting in the sled as there is only one person per sled/team.
why is march the best time to see the aurora?
Although the northern lights can be viewed in Fairbanks from August through April even at Kp0,* your chance of seeing the lights in increased when the skies are clear. March is historically the driest month all year in Fairbanks, meaning clear skies and good chances of spotting the aurora. Additionally, spring equinox occurs during March. The northern lights are caused by charged particles from the sun (solar wind) hitting the Earth’s magnetosphere. Around the equinoxes (fall and spring), the Earth’s axis is side-on to the sun, which happens to sync with the magnetic field of the solar wind. That means that during the equinox, charged particles are more likely to be accelerated down the field lines of Earth’s magnetosphere, therefore allowing us to see the northern lights.
*Kp is used to measure aurora strength.