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Winter Activities Around Fairbanks

June 5, 2019



Our top recommendations for things to do in and around Fairbanks, Alaska during winter:


  • Drive your own dog team at Arctic Dog Adventure Co. (of course!)

  • Skiing at Skiland (weekends only) 

  • Visit the UAF Large Animal Research Station to see Musk Oxen and Reindeer.

  • Visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North

  • Eat Thai food — Fairbanks loves Thai food! The best restaurant in our option is Lemongrass.

  • Stop at a drive though espresso stand. If you keep your eyes peeled you will see they are located on almost every major corner! 

  • Snowmachining/ice fishing with Rod’s Alaskan Guide Service or Delta Outdoor Adventures

  • Aurora photography lessons with Aurora Bear Photography

  • Go for a guided cross country ski with North Bound Alaska Ski Tours. They have user friendly skis with special bindings that allow for regular winter boots. No ski experience necessary!

  • Go watch the locals at HooDoo Brewing. 

  • We recommend Hoarfrost Distillery for amazing cocktails. Black Spruce Brewing is just down the street. 

  • On your way out to North Pole, be sure to stop by Arctic Harvest Distillery, a farm-to-bottle distillery.  During winter, the outer edges of their fields are available for walking and skiing.  

  • Drive to Wickersham Dome for a walk/snowshoe or amazing northern lights viewing.

  • Drive to Hilltop Gas Station for their famous pie or stop by for a yummy truck stop burger on your way back from hiking Wickersham Dome.  Last gas station on the road north for 300 miles. As seen on "Ice Road Truckers." 

  • Downhill tubing at Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Hill (Fort Wainwright)

  • Drive to Chena Hot Springs and take a soak. Best done on a clear night after a busy day outdoors. Eat at the restaurant — the resort is powered by geothermal energy and the salad is grown fresh in their greenhouse!  

  • Drive to Denali National Park, visit the park sled dogs (by appointment only) and borrow snowshoes from the visitors center. On your way back to Fairbanks swing by Ursa Major Distilling in Ester. 

  • Best gift shops in Fairbanks are the Knotty Shop out in Salcha and the Great Alaska Bowl Company in town by the airport. Knotty Shop has the biggest selection of Made in Alaska products around. Be sure to check their hours before driving out — they also open by appointment if you can’t make their regular hours. The Bowl Company has incredible hand turned birch bowls. 

  • Santa Claus House in North Pole— send a postcard to a kid; it will be postmarked as being from the North Pole! 

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