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Northern Lights Getaway from Fairbanks

A unique 6 day, 5 night tour focused on the aurora borealis fully guided by Salmon Berry Tours!

Price Per Person
$1879
(based on double occupancy)
Duration
6 days, 5 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 including a visit to Denali National Park!

Day One - Wednesday

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: 10pm Evening Aurora Viewing Tour, Overnight Fairbanks

Day Two - Thursday

At 3pm this afternoon join your local Salmon Berry guide for your chance to warm up at the world-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 outdoor 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 admission & ice museum), Dinner included, Aurora Viewing, Overnight Fairbanks (B, D)

Day Three - Friday

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 tour is an additional $499-$519 per person depending on the dates traveling.

Tonight will be a late night, so relax and sleep in this morning. When you are ready to explore Fairbanks, take the 10 minute walk to the nearby Morris Thompson Cultural Center. This visitors center welcomes you with abundant multi-media exhibits, showcasing our dramatic seasons and Arctic cultures. Tonight, we set out via snowshoes to search for northern lights with a local aurora photographer. Inside the cabin, warm up with an aurora presentation and a "midnight meal" of soup and rustic breads. Return into Fairbanks in the early morning hours back to your hotel.

Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Snowshoe Aurora Tour with Midnight Meal, Overnight Fairbanks (B, D)

Day Four - Saturday

Experience winter in Denali today! Your Salmon Berry Tours guide will provide you with a scenic drive south from Fairbanks to Talkeetna with a stop highlighting Denali National Park. During the winter months, look for eagles, moose, caribou, and snowshoe hare during our time at the park entrance. We will have a brief visit to the Murie Science and Learning Center, Denali National Park's winter visitors center, to enjoy a late lunch and explore the area exhibits. At the center you can also watch a film about the park or talk to the ranger about park conditions before taking a walk down the area trails.

Conditions permitting, we will travel into Denali National Park on an interpretive driving tour along the Denali Park Road. Our guides share with you the history of the park, point out areas of interest and if we are among the lucky few, we have the opportunity to view the High One, Mt. Denali, North America's tallest peak. Our guides ensure you are comfortable during your exploration in Denali. Snowshoes are available in the event you want to set out on foot to explore the unbeaten path. Walk quietly in the slumber of winter in Denali with your local guide.

Today Includes: Continental Breakfast, Tour & Transfer to Talkeetna with visit to Denali National Park, Lunch included, National Park Pass included, Dinner in Talkeetna included, Overnight Talkeetna - Cabin with private bath (B, D)

Day Five - Sunday

Wake up to an Alaskan-sized breakfast at the famous Talkeetna Roadhouse. This special breakfast ensures reserved seating & a taste of the best of the breakfast menu!! To better get acquainted with Talkeetna, we will spend some time in Talkeetna's Historical Society Museum enjoying a local presentation on climbing Mt. Denali and the Alaska Range.

OPTIONAL ADD ON: scenic Denali Flight tour is available for those who want to add a 1 hour scenic flight tour of the Alaska Range and the southside of Mt. Denali. Advanced reservations recommended to ensure availability. This pilot will customize your flight tour based on weather conditions for the day as you enter into the heart of the Alaska Range to explore seemingless endless glaciers and massive snow-capped mountain peaks of Mt. Denali. On this one hour flight tour, view the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier, mile high granite walls filled with 4,000ft thick river of ice, fly by the Don Sheldon Ampitheater, aerial exploration of the major glacier routes in the Alaska Range including the Ruth, Tokositna, Kahiltna and Kanikula glaciers! This optional tour is an additional $250 per person plus the 8% tax.

This afternoon you will depart downtown Talkeetna to try out Alaska's official sport, dog mushing! This adventure is 45 minutes of riding the runners of the dog sled on the training trails at Dallas Seavey's homestead.  Meet the Alaska huskies and tour the kennel with plenty of time for pictures with the dogs! The dog sled ride is an iconic 45 minute 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 your own team, join your musher guide to sit and enjoy the views from a tour sled!  Upon arrival into Talkeetna, enjoy a farewell dinner at the Denali Brewpub Restaurant with your fellow travelers for your last night in Alaska. 

Today Includes: Breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, Museum Admission & Presentation, Drive your own Dog Sled Program, Brewery Tour at Denali Brewing Co. (samples included) and Dinner included, Overnight Talkeetna - Cabin with private bath (B, D)

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! Return back into Anchorage mid-day looking for eagles and moose on our drive. 

We hope you enjoyed your Salmon Berry aurora adventures here in the Last Frontier! Our estimated time of arrival into Anchorage is scheduled for 12:30pm. If you have rental gear, please re-pack all of the rented items (parka, snow pants, boots, mittens) back into the provided duffel. A complimentary drop off at the Anchorage International Airport is included. 

Please forward flight details. Have a great trip home - we hope to see you back in the 49th State soon!

Today Includes: Family Style Breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, Guided Transport to Anchorage (B)


2019/2020 Winter Aurora Package Price

  • $1,879 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $2,239 per person, based on single occupancy
  • $1,793 per person, based on triple occupancy
  • $1,832 per person, based on quad occupancy

2019/2020 Travel Dates Available:

December 4 - December 9, 2019

January 1 - January 6, 2020

January 29 - February 3, 2020

February 26 - March 2, 2020

March 11 - March 16, 2020

March 25 - March 30, 2020

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 12 guests in our clean and comfortable sprinter vans

  • All Inclusive

3 nights in Fairbanks in a Suite Room with private bath

2 nights in Talkeetna in a cabin with private bath

Hotel Courtesy Shuttle from the Fairbanks International Airport 

Private Evening Aurora Viewing Tour

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

Aurora Snowshoe Tour with Aurora/Alaska Night Sky Presentation

Talkeetna Town Tour with special mountaineering presentation at the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum

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

Local Brewery Tour at Denali Brewing Company

Standard Local Guide Gratuities

Meals: Breakfast (5) Lunch (1 ) Dinner (4)

NOT INCLUDED


  • 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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