No cars, no sounds of the city, nothing. It was a peaceful way to disconnect, even if it was only a one hour sled ride.READ MORE
Price Per Person$1902
Duration6 days, 5 nights
DatesNovember - March
This unique aurora viewing package has a maximum of 12 guests and is a great way to experience Alaska with the locals including a train ride aboard the iconic Alaska Railroad!
Day One - Thursday
Welcome to Anchorage! When you arrive at the Anchorage Airport, there will be taxi service available just outside of the baggage claim area, or car service (Lyft & Uber) available outside of check in on the second floor. This should be about a 15 minute ride from the airport to downtown. Your host at the locally owned boutique style inn will have check in directions on the front door for you when you arrive. The Inn is known for their Alaskan hospitality, prime location close to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and easy walk to many of our favorite eateries and local shops in downtown Anchorage!
Today Includes: Overnight Anchorage
Day Two - Friday
Today, we will enjoy Alaska’s favorite sport - dog sledding! We visit the home of the 4-time Iditarod champion kennel at Dallas Seavey Racing. This adventure is one hour of riding the runners of the dog sled on the training trails at Dallas Seavey Racing, meeting the four-legged athletes, and touring the kennel with plenty of time for pictures with the dogs! The dog sled ride is an iconic 5 mile mush through the boreal forest of Talkeetna - learning the basic commands to navigate your team along the established trail. Moderate fitness level is recommended. For those not wanting to drive their own team, join your musher guide to sit and enjoy the views from a tour sled!
Your Salmon Berry Tours guide will provide you with transportation into Talkeetna with a stop en route at the Denali Brewing Company to tour their brewing facilities and enjoy samples of their craft made beers on tap. Upon arrival into Talkeetna, enjoy dinner at the Denali Brewpub Restaurant with your fellow travelers. An aurora presentation during dinner is a great way for travelers to understand the science behind the Alaska night sky and the aurora borealis phenomenon!
Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dog Sledding with Dallas Seavey Racing, Brewery Tour, Dinner & Aurora Presentation, Overnight Talkeetna (B, L, D)
Day Three - Saturday
Wake up to an Alaska-sized brunch at the famous Talkeetna Roadhouse. Featured on both the Travel Channel and the Food Network for their casual family style dining and delicious homemade food, the Talkeetna Roadhouse has been serving travelers and locals alike since the early pioneers rushed to this basecamp town! After brunch, your local guide will escort you to the rail platform for the journey north to the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks. Take in the views or simply relax during your scenic afternoon/evening ride aboard the historic Alaska Railroad! Upon arrival into Fairbanks, a shuttle will take you from the train depot to your overnight accommodations along the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks, close to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center/Fairbanks Visitors Center, shops and our favorite eateries! Check in and then get prepared for departure for tonight we set out via snowshoes for aurora viewing. Also included on this late night tour is a "midnight meal" at a cabin away from the city lights! Here you will take a guided snowshoe walk while you look for the northern lights.
Today Includes: Family Style Brunch at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, Lunch To-Go, Rail: Talkeetna to Fairbanks, Snowshoe Aurora Tour, Overnight Fairbanks (B, L, D)
Day Four - Sunday
At 3pm this afternoon join your local Salmon Berry guide for your chance to warm up at the famous Chena Hot Springs before chasing the Northern Lights! This small group tour begins in Fairbanks and makes the wintery drive to Chena Hot Spring Resort. Here, we will visit the Aurora Ice Museum and relax in the Chena Hot Springs mineral water rock pools. Enjoy a late dinner this evening before we search for the elusive Aurora Borealis at a popular aurora viewing location outside of the city. During your tour, your local Alaskan guide will be there to direct you through each activity.
Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Evening at Chena Hot Springs (swim/soak pass & ice museum tour) Dinner, Aurora Viewing, Overnight Fairbanks (B, D)
Day Five - Monday
OPTIONAL ADD ON: Arctic Circle Flight Tour, you will receive your Arctic Circle Certificate as you cross this geographic marker. En route, enjoy what the interior of Alaska has to offer, including the Yukon River, the Trans-Alaskan pipeline, and witness remnants of the gold mining that continues nearly 100 years after this precious metal first brought newcomers rushing north to Alaska! Travel north from Fairbanks to learn the wonder and stories of the vast & remote land from above as we travel over the expansive Yukon River Valley. Participate in a ceremonious Arctic Circle landing at a remote community to receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate before arriving back into Fairbanks. Duration: 3.5 hours. This optional flight tour is an additional $509-$539 per person depending on the dates traveling ($549-$579 with roundtrip shuttle transportation)
Enjoy a free day to explore or sleep in! Escape the night lights of the city and search for the northern lights at an aurora viewing location outside of Fairbanks. Learn the history of the area, Alaska Native folklore, and personal stories of living in the Last Frontier! This evening excursion includes roundtrip transportation and hot drinks with your local guide. Your approximate arrival back into Fairbanks is between 2:00am - 3:00am the following morning.
Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Evening Aurora Viewing Tour, Overnight Fairbanks (B)
Day Six - Tuesday
You can customize your departure today to fly straight home from Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) - please schedule your departure flight for 6am or LATER... your aurora tour does not return until the early hours of this morning!
Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Hotel Courtesy Shuttle to the Airport (B)
2020/2021 Winter Pricing
- $1,902 per person, based on double occupancy
- $2,286 per person, based on single occupancy
- $1,798 per person, based on triple occupancy
- $1,744 per person, based on quad occupancy
2020/2021 Travel Dates Available:
November 12 - November 17 - early winter travel date! Mushing may be adjusted based on trail conditions!
December 10 - December 15
January 7 - January 12
February 11 - February 16
March 18 - March 23
- Local Alaskan Guide(s)
Narration provided by a CDL Certified Alaskan Guide (English Speaking)
- Small Group
A more personal experience of up to 12 guests in our clean and comfortable sprinter vans
- All Inclusive
1 night in Anchorage in a Standard Inn Room with Private Bath
1 night in Talkeetna, Cabin Accommodations with Private Bath
3 nights in Fairbanks in a Standard Suite Room with Private Bath
Mush Your Own Dog Sled Team with 4-time Iditarod Champion Kennel
Local Brewery Tour at Denali Brewing Company
Aurora/Alaska Night Sky Presentation
Alaska Railroad's Aurora Winter Train
Evening Snowshoe Aurora Tour
Private Evening Aurora Viewing Tour
Chena Hot Springs Aurora Tour with Ice Museum and Outdoor Rock Pool Soak Pass
Hotel Courtesy Shuttle to the Fairbanks International Airport
Standard Local Guide Gratuities
Meals: Breakfast (5) Lunch (2) Dinner (3)
- Commercial flights
Into Anchorage (ANC)
Out of Fairbanks (FAI)
Multi-Day Itinerary Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process. Remainder is due 60 days prior to travel. Cancellations must be made in writing (email, fax, or mail). Processing fee of $100 per guest applies for cancellations more than 60 days before travel, or 50% of total if received less than 60 days from travel. No refund applies if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to travel. Please note that we encourage travel insurance as we do incur fees with our partners at the time of booking.
Salmon Berry Travel & Tours recommends travel insurance provided by TravelSafe Insurance. Our recommendation is based on positive guest feedback. In particular, the experience of one Salmon Berry guest is instructive:
Our guest had booked the vacation of a lifetime and the ultimate Alaska package. She had to cancel the trip a week before it began due to unfortunate circumstances.
She later told us that within ten minutes of phone time her claim was processed in full. She was very pleased with TravelSafe Insurance's immediate and empathetic response. Getting a refund for her trip was the last thing she wanted to think about, and TravelSafe Insurance took care of her needs and concerns immediately.
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