Journey to Alaska's North Country and experience the geothermal healing powers of Chena Hot Springs. A clear sky in Fairbanks in the winter provides the best chance to view the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis from a modern geodesic igloo and snowshoe through the rugged landscape. Venture by snow machine through the back country to Wickersham Dome nestled in the White Mountains for snowshoeing and seek marmots with views of the White Mountain National Recreation Area. Try your hand at dog sledding to become a master musher with the exuberant power and strength of an Alaskan Husky team. Relax and decompress in the tranquil beauty and allure of the far north.
Trek with a professional aurora photographer capturing the magnificent lit skies for a life time photo
Adventure on a snowmobile through blankets of snow to scenic views in the White Mountains
Lead a dog sledding team mushing through the rugged trails in the snowy boreal forest
Arrive in Fairbanks and travel by private shuttle to your evening's accommodations. After checking in, enjoy dinner at the onsite restaurant. This evening you'll have time to relax in the extensive natural hot spring pools for a soak with possible viewing opportunities of the northern lights rippling through the night sky.
After breakfast you'll have time for a morning soak, massage, or exploring the resort grounds. This afternoon, you'll visit the world's largest year-round ice environment: the Aurora Ice Museum! Created from over 1,000 tons of ice and snow all harvested at the resort, the museum stays a cool 25° F (-7° C) inside. In the evening, after your guided museum tour, ride in a military-style SUSV (articulated tracked all-terrain vehicle) from the resort to the top of Charlie Dome to watch for the aurora borealis. You will have an unobstructed 360° view, heated yurts, outhouses, and complimentary hot beverages and snacks. Warm outer clothing will also be provided. After night sky viewing, return to the resort to warm up in the hot springs and settle in for the evening.
After breakfast, take one last dip in the hot springs, then catch your private transfer to Borealis Basecamp, your home for the next three nights. After arriving and attending a brief orientation with a preview of Basecamp activities, enjoy lunch on site. Enjoy activities according to your preferred level of activity. The remote location provides a chance to get truly "off the grid" and immerse yourself into rural Alaska life. Your private igloo is similar to those used at polar expeditions and research stations, yet crafted exclusively to maximize comfort and aurora viewing with clear, curved 16-foot ceiling windows. If you desire, the staff can alert you in your room if the aurora are out dancing in the sky. Each room is outfitted with a special aurora alarm and you will be instantly notified up until 1:00 a.m.
Enjoy a leisurely morning with breakfast before your guided backcountry experience. Get up close and personal with the White Mountains on this epic six-hour snowmobile tour through the Alaskan wilderness. Gear up with an experienced guide and ride snowmachines down the Trans Alaskan Pipeline to Wickersham Dome. Stop for a picnic-style lunch before heading back to your igloo. Tonight provides another opportunity for northern light viewing!
Grab a hearty breakfast to fuel up for your day with the dogs! Mushing is Alaska's state sport, and you will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of dogsledding too. During your ride, travel along a section of the 800-mile TransAlaskan Pipeline, passing through an active trapline. Your mushing guide will review handling techniques and describe life along the rugged trail as the sled dog team swings through the snowy forest. After dinner, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime portrait session under the northern lights with a professional Aurora portrait photographer. Your trek will include a four hour aurora chasing tour that features family, group, couple or individual portrait photography sessions. The natural arctic landscape combined with Aurora Borealis-lit skies provide a background that will give you portraits of a lifetime!
After breakfast, bid adieu to the Alaskan back country, and head south to Fairbanks and to your flight home.
Since 1972, MT Sobek has maintained its reputation as a wilderness expert and adventure travel pioneer in Alaska.
This unique expedition travels deep into the Alaskan Wilderness for an immersive "off the grid" experience.
MTS has hand-picked this camp to maximize on the best opportunities to view the northern lights.
Personally tailored adventures, hand-picked with your desired activity level in mind. Snowshoeing, snow machine rides, dog sledding, and a professional photo session.
Comfortable and ideally located accommodations and a unique research base-style igloo with glass panels for optimal aurora viewing.
Variable by location but winters can be exceptionally cold and usually remain below freezing in December and January (the coldest months) Be prepared for snow and freezing conditions, daytime temperatures of 1°F and evening temperatures of -17°F
It rains often in Alaska, but mostly when you are closest to the ocean and not so much when you are high up in the mountains. So be sure to bring a sturdy raincoat. The rain is what makes Alaska legendary!
Visiting anytime between the beginning of December through the middle of April allows for the best dog sledding and Aurora Borealis opportunities.
Borealis Basecamp is situated in the best location to avoid light pollution and surrounded by nature. The igloos are made of fiberglass similar to those used by polar expeditions and research stations. Enjoy comfortable beds and luxurious linens and snuggle in for a night of gazing upon the starry Arctic sky through an expansive, clear ceiling. Meals will be served in a comfortable dining yurt with fresh and local cuisine.
There are many different activities to choose from at Borealis Basecamp: snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, aurora viewing and photography.
We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.
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