TOLOVANA HOT SPRINGS aurora TOUR
Photo: Sarah Lundin
Scenic winter wilderness travel accentuated by a relaxing stint at remote backcountry hot springs.
Picture this: you, sitting in a steaming hot tub, deep in the wilderness, in the dark, a billion stars glittering overhead, obscured only by bright streaks of aurora. A sled dog howls in the near distance. When you climb out of the tub, you are impervious to the cold and trek back to the glowing cabin refreshed and relaxed.
There is hardly anything more heavenly than viewing the northern stars and shimmering aurora from a steaming hot tub, deep in the remote Alaskan wilderness! Arctic Dog Adventure Co.'s "Tolovana Hot Springs Tour" is a 5 day, 4 night dog sled trip that shows off the expansive beauty and hidden treasures of Interior Alaska. This is hands down one of our favorite trips.
We travel along ridge lines and over local high points marked by windblown tundra and sastrugi. We pass through a few miles of exposed alpine terrain before dropping down through old wildfire burn and into creek valley on the south side of Tolovana Dome that houses the natural hot springs and three beautiful cabins.
Tolovana is an absolute oasis amidst the vast, harsh landscapes of Interior Alaska. During your stay, explore each of the three private hot tubs spread along the hot springs ravine. Experience the northern lights dance above you as you lay back and relax in a steaming tub, stars twinkling, creek bubbling, and a gentle breeze rustling
the trees. In between soaks we will eat well, cuddle the sled dogs, rejuvenate and relax.
Accommodations: Orientation night: downtown Fairbanks hotel. Three nights in a warm cabin, fully immersed in the rustic luxury that is Tolovana Hot Springs.
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights. This trip is approximately 30 trail miles and includes one full day of orientation and mushing lessons before departure.
Price: $3999 per person.
Dates: February 8-12, 2021. Other dates available upon request.
Availability: 2 person minimum. Private groups only.
COVID19 Precautions: This is 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.
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. Before departure, your guide will introduce you to your team and give you a lesson on how to drive the sled. 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 the entire two days -- you do not have the option of sitting in a basket and riding, as there would be no one to drive your team!
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TOLOVANA HOT SPRINGS, alaska
✔ Hotel/airport pickup
✔ Alaskan-inspired meals & snacks
✔ Dog mushing lessons
✔ Drive your own dog team
✔ Hot springs access & accommodations
✔ Cold weather gear
✔ Sleeping bags & pads
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. Sections of this trail are very steep and will require cardio output and balance. 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.
Children are welcome on private tours. We have taken kids as young as four on this particular trip. Special precautions do need to be taken with small children (extra gear, etc.) Please give us a call to discuss any concerns. Older kids (10 and up) are usually capable of driving their own dog team with no issues. However, in order to have a successful trip, kids need to be respectful and good listeners.
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 upon booking -- your comfort is our utmost concern !