5 DAY TOLOVANA
HOT SPRINGS TOUR
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 the old boreal forest that hugs the banks of the Chatanika River. We cross the river and enter the scenic and wild-life rich Minto Flats. Our first camp will be in a sheltered slough among the creeks and lakes of the Flats. The day day we will follow the historical Livengood-Dunbar trail into the Tolovana River Valley. We wind through technical river portages and across windblown bogs before gently ascending the 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. Explore each of the three hot tubs that are spread along the hot springs ravine. In between soaks we will eat well, cuddle the sled dogs, and rejuvenate before our trek back to town.
Accommodations: Downtown Fairbanks hotel. One night of wilderness camping in a heated tent, as well as two 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 65 miles and includes one full day of orientation and mushing lessons before departure.
Price: $3779 per person).
Availability: 2021 dates T.B.A.
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2021 dates t.b.a.
✔ Hotel/airport pickup
✔ Alaskan-inspired meals & snacks
✔ Dog mushing lessons
✔ Drive your own dog team
✔ Hot springs access
✔ Cold weather gear
✔ Sleeping bags & pads
✔ Basically everything but base layers & airfare
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. 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 gear -- your comfort is our utmost concern !
CANCELLATION & BOOKING POLICY | Multi Day Tours: A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process. For multi-day trips, the remainder is due 60 days prior to trip date. Cancellations must be made in writing. A full refund, minus a $100 processing fee, will be issued for cancellations received more than 60 days from trip date. If a cancellation is received less than 60 days from trip date, a 50% refund of the total will be issued. No refund applies for client initiated cancellations received less than 30 days prior to trip date. Arctic Dog Adventure Co. reserves the right to cancel a tour for any reason. No reimbursement is provided for trips postponed, adjusted, or canceled due to dangerous or inclement weather. For this reason, we highly recommend travel and cancellation insurance. If trip minimums are not met, Arctic Dog Adventure Co. will refund you in full.