Alaska Northern Lights Aurora Train | Winter Delights
Combine Alaska's Northern Lights with Alaska Railroad Aurora Winter Train.
Located directly under the Auroral Band with the most clear weather days and cloud-free nights, Fairbanks is one of the best places to see the magical Aurora Borealis in Alaska.
On this 7-day trip you'll have multiple chances to see the lights, plus ride the Aurora Winter Train, go dog sledding, Glacier Hike, and explore Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Itinerary at a Glance
The below itinerary reflects our recommendations for this specific trip. This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction.
Day 1 Anchorage | Arrival Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer at your own cost to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights.
Day 2 Talkeetna Winter Dog Sledding with Lunch Dog sledding is one of Alaska’s many time-honored traditions and used to be the prime mode of transportation in the state. On this full day excursion to Talkeetna, experience a thrilling dog sled ride through the snow-covered forests and enjoy one-on-one time with the dogs and their puppies to learn more about the history.
Day 3 Matanuska Glacier Guided Walk with Lunch Today you’ll have the chance to experience a local favorite, the Matanuska Glacier! This ancient stretch of ice covers 27 miles at the head of the Matanuska Valley and is thousands of years old. Spend 2 hours directly on the glacier with a guide by your side, learning how the Matanuska Glacier was born and how it shaped the landscape in the Matanuska Susitna Valley. Explore blue meltwater pools and awesome ice formations while capturing incredible views of the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains, and the Chugach Mountains. Finish the hike with a relaxing Alaskan lunch overlooking the glacier.
Day 4 Anchorage to Fairbanks | Alaska Railroad Today you’ll have the chance to experience a scenic winter Alaska railroad trip aboard the Aurora Winter Train. You’ll ride in a heated railcar with comfortable seats, large picture windows and onboard dining options. The full-day railroad trip follows the same backcountry stretch of tracks as the summer Denali Star Train and offers spectacular views of the pristine snow-covered landscape and North America’s highest mountain peak. The train will stop as needed in Talkeetna, Healy, and Nenana before arriving to Fairbanks.
Day 5 Day at Leisure | Evening Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour Pair the Aurora with hotel pools and you get a Northern Lights experience like no other! This night trip from Fairbanks takes you to Chena Hot Springs Resort for an exciting but relaxing array of activities. Discover eye-popping sculptures at the on-site Aurora Ice Museum, then unwind in the resort’s leg-endary mineral water baths. When the conditions are right, lift your eyes to the sky and watch for the ethereal Northern Lights
Day 6 Day at Leisure | Evening Aurora Viewing Lodge Tour This evening, depart Fairbanks to your prime Northern Lights viewing at an Aurora Viewing Yurt. Located outside Fairbanks and away from the city lights, wide open areas ensure a perfect view at Alaska’s winter sky. Guests can marvel at the beauty of the Alaskan northern lights from the coziness of comfortable yurts or step outside and find prime conditions to make amazing pictures of the Aurora Borealis. These yurts are chosen very carefully to ensure that guests can view the Northern Lights from the best possible locations.
Day 7 Fairbanks | Departure Upon check-out of your hotel, it’s now time to say goodbye to your magical Alaskan Aurora rail adventure.
- 3 nights accommodation in Anchorage
- 3 nights accommodation in Fairbanks
- Matanuska Glacier Guided Walk with lunch
- Winter Dog Sledding Excursion with lunch
- Alaska Railroad - Anchorage to Fairbanks Aurora Winter Train
- Evening at Chena Hot Springs with Aurora Northern Lights & Ice Museum Tour
- Evening Aurora Lodge Viewing Tour
Hotel & Rail Information | Moderate Grade:
- Anchorage - Hilton Anchorage Hotel | Standard Room
- Fairbanks - Pikes Waterfront Lodge | Riverview Room
Hotel & Rail Information | Superior Grade:
- Anchorage - Hotel Captain Cook | Deluxe Room
- Fairbanks - Pikes Waterfront Lodge | Fireplace Room
- Activities other than specified
- Porterage fees
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DATES & PRICING
Departs from Anchorage: Wednesday(Tour Code: TRAW1)Departs from Fairbanks: Thursday(Tour Code: TRAW2)
01 Dec 22 - 31 Mar 23
01 Dec 22 - 31 Mar 23