Alaska Awakening: Join us in spring for the northern lights, running huskies, and glaciers

The two most common attractions for visitors to Alaska are the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) and seeing the midnight sun. It’s hard to decide between these incredible bits of nature. I am here to help you with your Alaska travel decision.

First, you need to to travel to Alaska twice if you want it all (or move here).  Second, if northern lights viewing in Alaska is on your bucket list, come now or very soon! Atmospheric scientists report that the highest auroral activity over the next decade or longer will be highest in 2013-2014. That’s important if you want to increase your odds of seeing the lights. As ExploreDreamDiscover Tours guide, David Shaw pointed out recently, aurora photographers and viewers have been disappointed in recent years by low solar activity thus low auroral displays.  In other words, it’s the best time to see the Aurora Boeralis/Northern lights.AK-FAI-aurora-111212-63

Alaska Awakening brings you to Alaska in March when our days are getting longer, weather is mild, and our skies are often painted with the Northern Lights. Our people are invigorated and there are a ton of activities. This trip is also comfortable and easy for families with children of all ages.

Your tour starts in the Alaska range, the southern boundary of Interior Alaska.  Looking out at Black Rapids Glacier and the Alaska Range will leave you awestruck. We will head slightly north in the afternoon were we will take a short hike into a glacier. That’s correct, hiking into a glacier…Our evenings will be spent relaxing or looking out for the northern lights.  Of course, workshops on how to best photograph the Aurora will be offered. Look at little Wyatt below inside the Castner Glacier!Castner glacier, Alaska family travel

inside a glacier

The options for your Alaska spring break are many. After some time in the Alaska Range we can either head north to the Brooks range where you get to travel across the vast, beautiful Interior of Alaska, crossing the Yukon River, and potentially seeing wildlife all along the way. In Wiseman, we take a day trek up to visit Gates of the Arctic National Park. This is where pristine nature sleeps with modern industry. We follow the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System all the way up passing the Ice Road Truckers regularly. Alternatively (or if the road is closed), we stick around Fairbanks, look for more northern lights while sitting in natural hot springs, and go dog mushing. These casual days are great for getting out cross-country skiing, dog mush, learning about adaptations to the cold, or even snowmobiling touring in Alaska. Either way there is no shortage of activities as or day length approaches 12 hours!

Spring break in Alaska

            Towards the end of the trip we will get some world-wide celebrated culture right here in Fairbanks (Ranked #2 travel destination by Lonely Planet for 2013). The World Ice Art Carving Championships and the Open North American sprint dog races. Ice carvers (many with incredible resumes outside of carving) come from all over the world to carve massive blocks is crystal clear ice into unimaginable forms. This event has one of the highest “wow” to other words ratios on the planet. It’s a treat. Then if timing is right we will catch a sprint dog mushing race and get some local Fairbanks culture. Dog enthusiasts from all over the world come to see and participate in the Open North American.Northern Lights tours to Alaska

Things to do in Fairbanks, Alaska

images3Why travel with us in Alaska? We live here and we love it.  Each of our guides are experts in their field. The sum of our Alaska experiences is immense and we offer that up to you.  Your trip is not just about the visuals but what you will learn from your guides about our history, wildlife, and how people and animals adapt to our harsh environment. We are also a small company with low overhead which is passed on to our customers.

Alaska dog mushing tours

We are booking tours now for March 2014 with trips departing on Mondays and returning on the following Sunday throughout March 2014. Starting prices are at $3099 based on double occupancy, however, each tour is custom-made so prices vary above and below this rate.  Discounted rates for groups of 8, but sorry, that is our maximum group size for this tour.

Can’t make these dates?  Want to come sooner?  We can arrange trips during other months that are also good viewing months for the northern lights. Know someone who might be interested? Please share this with them or anyone to get the word out.  Cheers!

Please contact info@exploredreamdiscovertours.com for more details and share this with your Alaska dreaming friends!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover …”

-Mark Twain

62 thoughts on “Alaska Awakening: Join us in spring for the northern lights, running huskies, and glaciers

  1. WOW! Alaska is fantasy made real. What a generous group, to offer it all up to us! The ice sculptures amaze, along with everything else you have there. (especially love the photo of the little boy looking up into the sparkly sky.) You *live* inside a dream! *Thank you* for sharing all this.

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  2. You had me from the starting line- “come twice if you want it all (or move here)” …It will be all so great to move there. Snowmobile tours and Ice Art carving sound great … You should make a post about the ice carving with more details, I personally would love to read about it!

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  3. Thanks for liking my “environmental” post. What a great surprise to find your blog that had one of the (very few) items from my bucket list — the aurora borealis. Are there any times in the summer or early fall that are good for viewing, or is early spring the best in Alaska? Your tours sound pretty cool…

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    • Hi, Early summer here means no night time and nice temperatures. In my opinion, the best time to come to see the lights is March because there are so many other activities. Fall is good for lights but wildlife viewing is more difficult because large mammals habitually make themselves scarce that time of years and the birds have flown south. There will be a comet passing by the earth this fall that should be bright and perhaps people will want to come just to see that with a bit of lights in front of it. So, spring and fall are great for viewing but more to do in Spring. It’s nice to see you here. Cheers

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