Rates:$1050.00 per person
Discover winter in Alaska with this unique three-day, two-night experience that includes all of the best winter adventures. This experience showcases the magic of Alaska’s winter, including breathtaking Northern Lights, dog sledding, ice fishing and snowshoeing through the Alaskan backcountry, along with food & accommodations. You will find a new adventure at every turn.
Our tour doesn’t merely show you Alaska, it invites you to actively participate in the unique experiences that make our state unforgettable. With a blend of excitement and tranquility, this adventure captures the essence of the Alaskan winter, promising an unforgettable journey.
NOTE: Drivers must be 18 years or older, kids 6 and up may ride as a passenger. We do not provide drivers for our tours. If you are a single participant, please call to book!
If you are a single participant, please call to book.
Departs Daily: 12pm (noon)
Available: December – April (dependent on seasonal weather)
Ages: 12+ (4+ snowcoach) minors with by a parent or legal guardian.
Ice Fishing: Please note fishing license is not included
Dog Sledding: If anyone in your party is uncomfortable around dogs let us know so we can make it a successful experience.
Snowmobiling: If anyone is not comfortable driving, they may ride as a passenger, discounts are not given to those who do not wish to drive. We do not provide drivers for our tours. You must be at least 18 and licensed to drive a machine.
Children who are not able to ride safely on the back of our two person snowmobiles, can join the adventure in our enclosed snowcoach. This coach is suitable for children 4 – 10, holding 2 – 3 children depending on size. The coach is towed behind a snowmobile driven by a parent. It contains padded seating and seat belts, children must wear a helmet.
Experience the best in backcountry luxury with Snowhook. Choose from one of five private cabins at our Main Lodge. After an adventure-filled day, see the Northern Lights, compare stories with new friends, and soak in the wilderness of the Last Frontier.
Relax around the campfire. Enjoy true Alaskan hospitality.
The answer is found in the interaction between our planet and the sun. The sun constantly emits a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind. When this wind reaches Earth, it interacts with the magnetic field surrounding our planet. This results in particles colliding with the gases in our atmosphere, causing them to light up, much like a neon sign.
The closer you are to the Earth’s magnetic poles, the higher your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. Given that Alaska is closer to the North Pole, it is ideally situated for viewing this stunning spectacle. Particularly around Anchorage, the conditions are often excellent for aurora viewing, with clear skies and minimal light pollution.
Predicting the Northern Lights is part science, part experience. Scientists monitor solar activity to provide forecasts about when and where to go to see the Northern Lights. Yet, Mother Nature has the final say. There’s nothing like the thrill of a night under the Alaskan sky, waiting for the lights to dance.
The northern lights are a photographer’s dream, yet they can be tricky to capture. A good DSLR camera, a tripod, and some knowledge about your camera’s manual settings are essential. Aim for a slow shutter speed, a high ISO setting, and a wide aperture. And remember, practice makes perfect; consider familiarizing yourself with these settings before the tour.
Typically, the best time to see the northern lights, or aurora borealis, in Anchorage, Alaska is during the winter months, from late September through early April. During these months, the sky is darkest, providing a great contrast for the dancing lights. However, exact timing may vary and the visibility of the northern lights also depends on solar activity and clear skies.
Each color of the Northern Lights holds a clue to the type of gas being excited by these particles. The most common color, a bright, ghostly green, is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above Earth. Higher-altitude oxygen can create a rare red aurora. Nitrogen, another abundant element in our atmosphere, can create blue or purplish-red auroras.
Different cultures interpret the Northern Lights in unique ways. For some Alaskan native tribes, the lights are the spirits of animals they have hunted. For others, they’re the souls of their ancestors. Regardless of interpretation, everyone agrees – they’re a sight to behold.
When it comes to the northern lights, Alaska often offers the best viewing conditions, but remember it can be chilly out there in the backcountry. Layer your clothing, beginning with thermal undergarments and adding warm outer layers. Don’t forget a cozy hat, gloves, and insulated boots. We’ll provide the snow gear, but personal comfort is key to fully enjoying your northern lights experience.
Weather and solar activity play significant roles in the visibility of the northern lights. Clear skies and strong solar activity often give the best results. As part of our northern lights tour package, our expert guides will keep track of these conditions to optimize your viewing experience.
The occurrence of the northern lights is a natural phenomenon and therefore cannot be guaranteed on every tour. However, Alaska’s long winter nights increase your chances of seeing the northern lights. Our expert guides keep a close eye on the Alaskan aurora forecast and solar activity to plan our tours during the most likely times to see the Northern Lights.
Preparing for the northern lights tour involves dressing appropriately for the weather and bringing any personal items you might need like cameras, medications, or additional snacks. Make sure to have a good rest before the tour as we might stay up late for the best aurora viewing in Alaska.
Your safety is our priority. All our guides are well-trained in safety procedures and first aid. We also ensure that all the gear and equipment used are in top condition. During the tour, it’s essential to follow the guides’ instructions to ensure everyone’s safety.
For the best preparation for this unforgettable Alaskan adventure, we recommend a few online resources. The Alaska Department of Fish and Gameprovides information on winter fishing opportunities, helping you understand what to expect on the ice. Meanwhile, Alaskan.org offers valuable insights into the historical world of dog sledding in Alaska.
Equally important is understanding the exhilaration and safety of snowmobiling. You can find all you need here. To round out your preparation, don’t forget to check the weather forecast for your trip on the National Weather Service’s Alaska page. With these resources at your disposal, your three-day adventure in Alaska will be an experience of a lifetime.
Join us on a once in a lifetime Alaska adventure with Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska. We’ll take you to places most people never get to see on dog sleds, helicopters, snowmobiles or ATVs.
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