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  • Fairbanks

    Welcome to the land of the northern lights or the midnight sun and the gateway to to Alaska's vast Interior and expansive Arctic.

    • Northern Lights in Fairbanks

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    • Riverboat in Fairbanks

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    Fairbanks is one of best places on earth to experience the beautiful and mysterious northern lights. Bright, energetic curtains of yellow, green, red or even purple light brighten the night skies regularly.

    Strike it rich panning for gold, float the Chena River, mingle with reindeer and musk oxen, cool off in an ice museum, take a refreshing hike, or be inspired by brilliant art galleries, museums, and historic sites.

    You'll find the shopping in Fairbanks a little different with the Alaska Native handmade items crafted with astonishing detail.

    The White Mountains National Recreation Area is just north of town, with a wild river and extensive trail system. Head north to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Access the North Slope or the Arctic Circle. Visit Barrow, Fort Yukon, Anaktuvuk Pass, Galena, Coldfoot, Beaver, Ruby, Bettles and the Yukon River.

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    • Top Tip 1

      From Girdwood, take an Alpine Air helicopter sightseeing trip over the Chugach Mountain range and land on a glacier.

    • Top Tip 2

      Visit the Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward. It's a marine mammal rehabilitation facility where you'll view sea-birds, octopus and sea lions and learn about the work of the centre’s ocean scientists.

    • Top Tip 3

      Take a day cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park to view the magnificent glaciers and abundant wildlife.

    • Top Tip 4

      Alaska is mecca for fishermen worldwide. Try your hand at fly, salt or freshwater fishing and even ice-fishing.

    • Top Tip 5

      If you are looking for a beautifully scenic way of getting between Alaska and The Yukon, try the White Pass & Yukon rail journey. Renowned as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world, the breath-taking panoramas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls and historic points drift by. This is scenery you can only view by rail as it’s not accessible by road!

    • Top Tip 6

      Take a float plane ride from Anchorage to Kodiak Island to see the owners of the island, the half ton Brown Bear!

    • Top Tip 7

      The best time to see the Northern Lights in Fairbanks is between November and April. It’s darkest during these months so the viewing is better.

    • Top Tip 8

      Make sure you visit Denali National Park. Private vehicles aren't allowed in the park so either take a day excursion or, better still, stay in one of the lodges within the park.

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  • Alaska's National Parks Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: June to August

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully-inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • St Elias Glacier

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    • Bald Eagle

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    • Denali

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    • Denali National Park

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    • Talkeetna

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    Day 01

    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and drive to Hotel Captain Cook.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

    Day 02

    Anchorage

    We’ve allowed a full day today for you to explore the vibrant, modern city of Anchorage. We suggest you take a guided tour which visits the city’s historical points of interest, such as Earthquake Park and Lake Hood.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

    127Mi/204Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Seward

    Your expedition begins with a journey along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm. Keep an eye out for Beluga whales chasing salmon in the bay and Dall sheep grazing alongside the highway. Optional activities en route include taking a tram up Mt. Alyeska and stopping by Portage Glacier. Once in Seward, we suggest a visit to Exit Glacier and the SeaLife Centre. On your second day in Seward we have included a cruise which travels into the Kenai Fjords National Park, boasting abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers and breath-taking scenery.

    Hotel: Exit Glacier Lodge

    240Mi/386Km

    Day 05

    Talkeetna

    Your journey continues along the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla. We suggest a stop at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre before arrival into Talkeetna. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for visitors to Mt. Denali. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

    105Mi/169Km

    Day 06 Day 07

    Denali National Park

    We have allowed ample time to experience the majesty of Denali National Park and take in sights of Georges Parks Highway. Enjoy a full-day narrated coach trip exploring the entire 92 miles of Denali Park Road.

    Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge or similar

    123Mi/198Km

    Day 08

    Fairbanks

    Your journey continues on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks, accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes. In the afternoon climb aboard Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable three hour cruise into the Alaskan interior; travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska.

    Hotel: Fairbanks SpringHill Suites by Marriott

    259Mi/417Km

    Day 09

    Copper River

    It’s an early start today for a six hour drive to Copper River, however you will be awed by the dramatic scenery accompanying your route, with Mt. Drum, Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Blackburn as your stunning backdrop.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

    50Mi/79Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    McCarthy & Kennicott

    Today you continue south along the Richardson Highway towards the small town of Chitina, which acts as the gateway to Wrangell/St. Elias National Park and McCarthy-Kennicott. Today’s highlight is a bush plane flight which provides spectacular aerial views of the national park. The route takes you alongside Mt. Blackburn, over the Kennicott and Root Glaciers, past the Erie Mine and the awe-inspiring Stairway Icefall.

    Hotel: Kennicott Glacier Lodge

    120Mi/194Km

    Day 12 Day 13

    Valdez

    Today enjoy a bush plane flight back to Chitina, where you collect your car and recommence your journey. Heading south you enter the Chugach Mountains which circle the coast of Alaska. We suggest a stop at Thomson Pass for magical views of Worthington Glacier, before making the decent into Valdez. Valdez is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, which are the most heavily glaciated mountains in the northwest. We suggest on your second day you take a cruise into Prince William Sound, where you’ll have an opportunity to see sea lions and humpback whales in their natural habitat.

    Hotel: Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

    192Mi/309Km

    Day 14

    Sheep Mountain

    As you travel north along the Richardson Highway, you’ll enjoy great views of the Wrangell Mountains. After a stop in Glenallen you’ll take the Glenn Highway to Sheep Mountain Lodge. With over 12 miles of trails to explore, filled with wildflowers and an abundance of birds, there is ample to keep you entertained during your stay.

    Hotel: Sheep Mountain Lodge

    107Mi/172Km

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Take time to visit Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass en route back to Anchorage, where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4099 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Aurora Borealis Viewing at Bettles Lodge

    Begins in and ends in Fairbanks, Alaska

    3 Days / 2 Nights

    Departures: October to March

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Return flight from Fairbanks to Bettles Lodge
    • 2 nights accommodation at Bettles Lodge
    • Arctic clothing, including parkas, snow pants, snow boots, mittens, face masks and hats
    • Three meals a day
    • Cross country skiing and guided snow shoe excursions.


    Bettles Lodge is located in one of the best places in Alaska to see the Aurora Borealis. Bettles has officially the most clear weather days in the state, meaning more cloud free nights and more opportunities to see the majestic lights dance in the sky. Located directly under the Auroral Band, Bettles has the highest aurora activity in the Northern hemisphere. The rustic Aurora viewing cabin is situated two miles from the lodge on a mile long lake. You can be dropped off and picked up, or the more adventurous can choose to ski or snowshoe the short journey, before enjoying hot chocolate, tea, or coffee in the warming cabin.

    • Northern Lights

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    • Dog Sledding

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    Day 01

    Choose to depart Fairbanks early morning or early afternoon on your flight to Bettles. The one hour flight takes you over the Yukon River and above the Arctic Circle. On arrival you are transferred to Bettles Lodge, where you are based for the next two nights.

    Hotel: Bettles Lodge

    Day 02

    Outdoor Adventure and Aurora Viewing

    Your day starts with a guided tour around the village of Bettles. Isolated for most of the year, with only an ice road for two months of the winter, this is a self-sufficient town offering absolute serenity in the wilderness. Choose to take a guided snow shoe excursion or go cross country skiing, both included in your package, or opt for a dog sled voyage to Koyukuk River, go ice fishing or flightseeing, all of which can be arranged.

    Hotel: Bettles Lodge

    Day 03

    Depart Bettles Lodge

    Today you take the scenic flight back to Fairbanks, where your Northern Lights adventure comes to a close

    Prices

    From £1099 per person based on twin occupancy of a Standard room in low season. Other prices available on request.

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