Rates:$775.00 per personThe captivating lights of the Aurora Borealis are a signature part of the Alaskan winter experience. The red, green, and white ribbons of lights flow across the dark winter sky creating memories that will last a lifetime. We invite you to journey with us this winter to the backcountry of Hatcher Pass high in the Talkeetna Mountains to experience where these lights live on a one of kind Northern Lights tour.
This all-inclusive overnight combination tour brings together the best of all of Alaska’s great winter adventures from dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and northern lights viewing as well as great food and comfortable accommodations. NOTE: If you are a single participant, please call to book! We do not provide drivers for our tours. You must be at least 18 and licensed to drive a machine.
Our adventure begins with a dog sled tour through a winter wonderland. Afterwards we’ll go from paw power to a little more full throttle fun as we hop on a snowmobile for a 30 mile trip that has everything from views of Denali and the Alaska range, powder to play in and stunning Alaskan scenery around every turn as we make our way up the mountain to our lodge.
Once you’re settled into your cabin, we’ll enjoy a steak dinner together while we wait for the lights to dance. Venture out by snowshoe or snowmobile amongst the trails of the pass for one-of-a-kind photos. In the morning, enjoy a hearty Alaskan breakfast before we travel back down the mountain again by snowmobile to our base in Willow.
This tour includes a 2-hour dog sled adventure, followed by a 3-hour snowmobile ride. By using our warm cabin, you will be able to pick the perfect moment to view the Northern Lights. We also provide a warm meal at night, and breakfast in the morning. All necessary gear and equipment will be provided.
If you are a single participant, please call to book.Departs Daily: 12pm (noon)
Available: November – April (dependent on seasonal weather)
Ages: 12+ (4+ snowcoach) minors with by a parent or legal guardian.
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.
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.
Planning your Northern Lights journey involves being informed and well-prepared. In anticipation of your aurora viewing experience, keep an eye on the University of Alaska’s Geophysical Institute for real-time data on the intensity and location of the Aurora Borealis.
Don’t forget to check the local weather forecast using tools like the National Weather Service’s Alaska page to plan your adventure more effectively. Finally, enrich your experience by learning more about the cultural significance and scientific facts surrounding the Northern Lights through educational platforms like PBS. With these resources at your fingertips, you’re well on your way to an unforgettable Northern Lights adventure.
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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