arctic winter adventures
Alaska's Finest Northern Lights + Dog Sledding Experience
From dog sledding to giving you unfettered access to a breathtaking display of the Northern Lights, we've carefully curated our experiences to ensure maximum enjoyment and excitement, as well as cozy warmth and comfort whenever you should desire it.
We intentionally built the Arctic Winter Adventures home base at the very best location for viewing the Northern Lights; situated on a hill graced with untouched northern sky, we're just a short 18-mile drive north (on very good roads) from the city lights of Fairbanks.
Spend the daylight hours at our active racing kennel cavorting with our friendly pups, then take them out for spin with skilled Iditarod athletes and guides. In the evening, re-energize over a 5-course dinner in our heated, luxury yurt. When darkness falls, prepare yourself for an experience that will change the way you look at the sky — and the world.
Your tour starts promptly at 10pm, when our experienced driver whisks you away to our incredible, unobstructed viewing spot, peppering your journey with fun facts about the history and culture of Alaska. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed into one of our heated yurts to refresh yourself with snacks and beverages, and charge your camera or phone batteries. Go in and out as you please throughout the evening; watch the sky show until we drop you back off at your hotel at 2:30am.
Add a 5-course meal to your Northern Lights experience with our Aurora Dinner Package, and dine in our gorgeous yurt on delicious, locally-sourced fare; vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will enjoy a mouth-watering meal before feasting their eyes on the Aurora Borealis spreading across the sky. Perfect for anniversaries, proposals, and merry-making for any occasion. Guests have been known to exhibit extremely joyful behavior as a reaction to the breathtaking sky-show.
Arrive at the AWA home base for a short-course on dog mushing. After you pass your 101 with flying colors, visit the dog walk and canoodle with the puppies and meet the Iditarod athlete guides. Then off you go on the sled, zooming through the woods for an hour-long jaunt before getting dropped off at our gorgeous heated yurt, where a hearty 5-course dining experience awaits.
Our dog sledding tours are available throughout the day; simply arrange your pick-up time and our guides will collect you from your hotel and drive you to the property. First, whet your whistle with our intro to mushing; visit the dogs and athletes and get ready for the ride of a lifetime.
It'll feel like you're flying, but this isn't a race, it's a chance for you to see — and photograph—the wilds of Alaska, including the famous Alyeska Pipeline. Knowledgable, friendly guides, warm blankets, the wind whipping by as you cruise along behind the dogs —this is an experience you won't forget.
Sven was born and raised in Switzerland and began looking for new opportunities and adventures in Alaska in his early twenties. Having found paradise in the “Great Far North” he started to build his own dog kennel with the goal of running the 2008 Iditarod. He accomplished his big dream and found himself with his furry crew at the starting line. He finished with 12 happy, tail wagging dogs and realized he was hooked. During the warm Alaska summer months he worked with the Pioneer Peak Hotshot Fire Fighting crew to earn money for his hungry dog team. After 4 successful Iditarods he turned his focus to the dog sledding tourism industry and started his career in the (fly-in only) village of Bettles (pop 21) 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle giving rides to the guests of the Bettles Lodge.
It soon became very clear that the Northern Lights are a primary focus for visitors to Alaska during the winter months, so he partnered up with 1stAlaskatours to become the leading Aurora viewing + dog mushing business in Fairbanks. He feels incredibly fortunate to live his dream with his gang and to give guests from all over the globe an unforgettable experience they carry with them for the rest of their lives.
"To see the smiles, tears, dances and screams when people watch the Northern lights while getting pulled by my huskies makes all the hard work so worthwhile."