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Northern Lights Getaway from Fairbanks

Welcome to Fairbanks - the Golden Heart City and Gateway to the Arctic's Aurora Borealis!

Price Per Person
$2184
(based on double occupancy)
Duration
7 days, 6 nights
Group Size
12
Dates
see departure dates below

Northern Lights Getaway from Fairbanks

This Aurora Viewing Package is a great way to experience Alaska with the locals!

Day One - Wednesday

Welcome to Fairbanks - the Golden Heart City and Gateway to the Arctic! Upon arrival into Fairbanks, take the courtesy shuttle to your hotel for your overnight stay. Ask us about including an evening photography workshop to learn how to take the best aurora photos from the best aurora photography teacher in Fairbanks! Each guest receives an Aurora Portrait - this is a GREAT add on if you are celebrating your honeymoon or an anniversary.

Today Includes: Complimentary Hotel Shuttle from the airport, Overnight Fairbanks

Day Two - Thursday

This evening escape the lights of the city and search for the aurora at a private aurora viewing location outside the city of Fairbanks. This evening excursion includes roundtrip transportation and hot drinks with your local guide. We will share history of the area and personal stories of living life in the Last Frontier! Our approximate arrival back into Fairbanks is between 2am and 3am the following morning.

Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Evening Aurora Viewing, Overnight Fairbanks (B)

Day Three - Friday

The morning is yours in Fairbanks! Check out the local shops, or the fudge shop near the hotel in your free time.  Fly north of the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks to Coldfoot, in the Brooks Mountain Range. The flight provides an aerial view of the vast Alaska wilderness.  Upon landing ground tour south from Coldfoot back to Fairbanks in the personalized comfort of the locally guided tour vehicle.  Learn the story of Alaska's Arctic both while traveling in the tour vehicle and at the various stops along the way as you view the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline. Travel the rugged Dalton Highway made famous by the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline, cross the Arctic Circle in ceremonious fashion and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate, witness firsthand the remarkable wilderness which is Alaska's Arctic, and stop along the shores of the mighty Yukon River.  Once the sky gets dark, make stops to scan the northern sky for the aurora. Following your aurora program, a courtesy shuttle will drop you off at your overnight accommodations in Fairbanks.

Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Arctic Circle Fly/Drive Program with roundtrip transportation from your hotel, Overnight Fairbanks (B, D)

Day Four - Saturday

Sleep in today and get ready for another aurora adventure. This afternoon, your Salmon Berry guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you for a visit to Chena Hot Springs! Enjoy the mineral springs in a beautiful natural setting and experience the dancing of the Aurora Borealis. Don't forget your swimsuit because this tour includes a chance to soak in these calming waters. Also included is a guided ice hotel tour (with an option to add a cocktail in real ice “glassware”), and round trip guided transportation from your Fairbanks hotel. Dinner is included tonight at Chena Hot Spring Restaurant tonight! Approximate arrival time back into Fairbanks is 11:00pm in time to rest up for your early morning railroad check in.

Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Saturday Night at Chena Hot Springs (ice museum, swim/soak pass, "Farewell from Fairbanks" dinner) Overnight Fairbanks (B, D)

Day Five - Sunday

Ride the rail south to the unique town of Talkeetna. The Alaska Railroad boasts some of the most beautiful views of the snow-covered rivers and valleys meandering its way through Denali and into Talkeetna, the supply & aviation base for Mt. Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) expeditions! In the winter months, Talkeetna is a great place to experience small town Alaska life as well as the ever-elusive aurora borealis!

Tonight, we’ll go in search of the elusive Aurora Borealis! Dinner in this quaint town at the Talkeetna Roadhouse will get all of us warmed up with homemade soup, pastries and hot chocolate. From the Roadhouse, we will walk/snowshoe to the river where we will have the best view of the Northern Lights. A visit with a local aurora expert to have a little fun aurora viewing! We will try out light writing, stargazing and aurora viewing!

Today Includes: Hotel Courtesy Shuttle to Rail Depot, Aurora Winter Train to Talkeetna, Meet & Greet with Salmon Berry Tours Guide, Dinner Included, Evening Aurora Program, Overnight Talkeetna with shared bathroom (B, D; L Voucher Available Upon Request)
NOTE: Rooms are shared bath accommodations. If you wish for a private bathroom, request a private upgrade for $50 per person.

Day Six - Monday

Wake up to an Alaskan-sized breakfast at the famous Talkeetna Roadhouse. Featured on both the Travel Channel and the Food Network for their casual family style dining and delicious hand-made food, the Talkeetna Roadhouse has been serving travelers and locals alike since the gold rush days! This special brunch ensures reserved seating & a taste of the best of the breakfast menu!! 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 local guide will transport you the rest of the way to Anchorage for tonight's overnight.

Today Includes: 10:00am Family-style brunch, Dog Sledding with Dallas Seavey Racing, Guided Transport to Anchorage, Overnight Anchorage (B)

Day Seven - Tuesday

Farewell from Anchorage today! Consider adding a sightseeing tour with a courtesy drop off at the Anchorage airport or you can take a taxi from downtown Anchorage to the Anchorage Airport (ANC)

Today Includes: Continental Breakfast at the hotel (B)

2018/2019 Pricing with Arctic Circle Fly/Drive Evening Aurora Tour

  • $2,184 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $2,119 per person, based on triple occupancy
  • $2,064 per person, based on quad occupancy
  • $2,639 based on single occupancy

2018/2019 Travel Dates Available:

December 12 - December 18, 2018; Geminids Meteor Shower

December 19 - December 25, 2018; Ask About Our Holiday Package

December 26 - January 1, 2018; Ask About Our Holiday Package

January 2 - January 8, 2019; Quadrantids Meteor Shower

January 16 - January 22, 2019

January 23 - January 29, 2019

January 30 - February 5, 2019

**February 2 - February 8, 2019; Special Saturday Departure

**February 9 - February 15, 2019; Special Saturday Departure

February 13 - February 19, 2019

**February 16 - February 22, 2019; Special Saturday Departure

February 20 - February 26, 2019

February 27 - March 5, 2019; See Our Iditarod Packages

March 6 - March 12, 2019; See Our Iditarod Packages

March 13 - March 19, 2019

**March 16 - March 22, 2019; Special Saturday Departure

**March 18 - March 24, 2019; Special Monday Departure

March 20 - March 26, 2019

March 27 - April 2, 2019


2019/2020 Travel Dates Available:

Specific Dates to be Determined- typically Wednesdays with special Saturday & Monday departures in February & March.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED


  • Local Alaskan Guide(s)

Narration provided by a CDL Certified Alaskan Guide (English Speaking)

  • Small Group

A more personal experience of up to 13 guests in our clean and comfortable sprinter vans

  • All Inclusive

4 nights in Fairbanks in a Suite Room with private bath

1 night in Talkeetna in The Historic Roadhouse with shared bath (private bath upgrades available at $50 per person)

1 night in Anchorage in a Standard Room with private bath

Airport Transfer to Fairbanks hotel

Arctic Circle Fly & Drive Tour with Arctic Circle Sign, Aurora Viewing, & Round-Trip Transportation

Private Evening Aurora Viewing Tour

Chena Hot Springs Tour with Ice Museum, Soak/Swim Pass and Dinner Included at the Resort

Aurora Winter Train aboard the iconic Alaska Railroad

Star Lady Presentation with an evening snowshoe search for aurora (conditions permitting)

Drive Your Own Dog Sled Tour with 4-time Iditarod Champion Kennel - Dallas Seavey Racing

Rail Depot Transfers

Meals: Breakfast (6) Dinner (3)

NOT INCLUDED


  • Guide Gratuity

Tipping Recommendation: $10 per day

  • Commercial flights

Into Fairbanks (FAI)

Out of Anchorage (ANC)

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.

Salmon Berry Tours recommends travel insurance provided by TravelSafe Insurance. Salmon Berry Tours is not affiliated with TravelSafe Insurance, nor do we offer any special discounts with them.

Our recommendation is based on positive guest feedback. In particular, the experience of one Salmon Berry Tours 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 with 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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