This program includes one of the best places to view the Aurora Borealis – Bettles Lodge. Positioned in a prime Alaskan location under the aurora band of highest frequency activity, the clear skies allow for prolonged nightly viewing. Unlike other aurora destinations where you travel by bus at night – at Bettles Lodge you are just a few metres from your warm accommodation. Desk staff arrange wake up calls when good viewing occurs so you don’t have to stay awake all night! Far from the cloudy effects of the ocean, high-pressure weather systems and clear skies are common during winter months. The lodge, a National Historic Site, offers the ultimate experience for the outdoor enthusiast, Alaska traveler and Northern Lights seeker.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Located in the heart downtown Anchorage, the Hilton Anchorage (4*) stands out for its convenience and comfort. Guests will find countless recreation, shopping, dining and cultural opportunities easily accessible during their stay at this hotel. The Hilton Anchorage is just a 15 minute drive from Ted Stevens International Airport, two short blocks from the Alaska Railroad Depot and within easy walking distance of the Anchorage Convention District.
Meet your driver-guide for a private half-day tour of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Full of interesting sites, picturesque scenery, and history, Anchorage makes for a great sightseeing tour. Your tour will pass attractions like the Log Cabin Visitor Center, the Alaska Railroad Depot, and the Museum of Art & History. Visit Resolution Park and the Captain Cook Monument as well as Ship Creek Viewpoint, which overlooks Cook Inlet. Return transfer to your hotel included. Admissions (if desired) payable on spot.
Optional enjoy a Dog Sledding tour to depart for the trails around Anchorage.
Take a direct flight from Anchorage to Fairbanks.
Located on the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska, Pike’s Waterfront Lodge (4*) offers a warm, friendly Fairbanks experience to guests. This hotel offers rooms with scenic views, a steam room & sauna, riverside deck, restaurant, a comfortable lounge, and wireless internet in the lobby. The hotel is minutes from the Fairbanks Alaska airport, and next door to famous Pike's Landing restaurant.
This morning transfer to the airport on own. Depart in a smaller plane to Bettles. (Flight time is approx. 1 hr).
Upon arrival a representative of Bettles Lodge will greet you. On the way to Bettles Lodge, you will receive a brief tour of the village of Bettles. During your stay at Bettles Lodge, all meals are included.
The remainder of your day is spent at leisure. Bettles is one of the best places in all of Alaska to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). You can often catch them right outside the lodge, dancing across the sky, with the lodge being located in the Auroral Band, the highest aurora activity in the Northern hemisphere.
Built in 1952, the original Bettles Lodge became recognized as a National Historic Site in the year 1996. Bettles offers the ultimate experience for the outdoor enthusiast, Alaska traveler and Northern Lights seeker. Enjoy the quiet beauty of the Arctic any time of the year. Offering a billiard room with pool table, full service kitchen and gift shop with local native arts & crafts. Activities and comfortable surroundings to keep everyone entertained and relaxed.Contact your travel consultant if you would like to upgrade to a Jacuzzi Room in the adjacent sister property Aurora Lodge.
Enjoy a multitude of optional winter activities today, with your day spent at leisure. The following activities are offered at the lodge (payable on the spot): dog mushing, cross country skiing, or snow shoeing.Of course, if you have brought some snowshoes or cross country ski gear with you, you are more than welcome to explore the surroundings independently.Once again, be sure to keep your sights to the sky for another opportunity this evening to see the Aurora Borealis!
A lodge representative will transfer you to the airstrip for your outbound flight today.
Depending on the departure time, there may be free time this morning. Departure from lodge is somewhere between 9am and 12:00 noon. Flight time back to Fairbanks is approx. 1 hour.
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