Alaska Northern Lights Train | Aurora, Ice Fishing, Dog Mushing & Sledding
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, Aurora Viewing Ice Fishing 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 | ArrivalUpon 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 Anchorage to Fairbanks | Alaska RailroadToday 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 3 Day at Leisure | Evening Aurora Ice FishingToday is at leisure before heading out for Northern Lights viewing and ice fishing, two winter activities which combined you may only experience in Fairbanks! You certainly should not miss out on this unique opportunity. The ice fishing activity will take place in a heated hut and the Northern Lights can be seen outside once darkness takes over. All your gear, snacks, and hot beverages will be included.
Day 4 Day at Leisure | Evening Aurora Viewing Lodge TourThis 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 5 Day at Leisure | Evening Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights TourPair 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 legendary mineral water baths. When the conditions are right, lift your eyes to the sky and watch for the ethereal Northern Lights
Day 6 Dog Mushing and Sledding | Evening at LeisureEnjoy Alaska’s winter landscapes with a team of happy hounds speeding you through snowy fields. On this dog-mushing adventure from Fairbanks, learn about the popular sport and what it takes to lead a team of dogs. Then take the reins of the dog sled and pull! Enjoy an hour-long thrilling ride before you warm up in a cozy cabin.
Day 7 Fairbanks | DepartureUpon check-out of your hotel it’s now time to say goodbye to your magical Alaskan Aurora rail adventure.
- 1 night accommodation in Anchorage
- 5 nights accommodation in Fairbanks
- Alaska Railroad - Anchorage to Fairbanks Aurora Winter Train
- Evening Aurora viewing & Ice Fishing
- Dog Mushing and Sledding
- Evening at Chena Hot Springs with Aurora Northern Lights & Ice Museum Tour
- Evening at Aurora Viewing Lodge
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 Anchorage03 Nov - 29 Mar Departs Every Friday
12 Feb - 25 Mar Departs Every Monday
28 Feb - 20 Mar Departs Every Wednesday
(Tour Code: TRAW5)Departs from Fairbanks07 Nov - 26 Mar Departs Every Tuesday
09 Feb - 22 Mar Departs Every Friday
25 Feb - 17 Mar Departs Every Sunday
(Tour Code: TRAW6)
01 Nov 23 - 31 Mar 24
01 Nov 23 - 31 Mar 24
We saw spectacular sights, met warm and friendly people, saw the Northern Lights, and made a lifetime of memories. We want to thank you for the wonderful job you did in setting everything up, and also for your courteous assistance and recommendations along the way.
Nick Florida, United States
We had a fantastic time. Everything ran like clock work, the activities we did were extremely well organised, informative and above all fantastically enjoyable. We cannot thank everyone enough for their professionalism and organisational skills. To top everything off we saw the most amazing display of the Northern Lights, something I will never forget.......we certainly will be back.
We just came back from our winter adventure 5 days/4 nights in Alaska. We had such a nice time. Everything was great. We saw the Northern lights, which was very special to start into the New Year, connected with the universe. We went dog sledding and snowmobiling all the tour guides were always on time, had knowledge and made an extra step to make the clients happy. Also the hotel is a beautiful place with nice, warm beds. Loved this vacation!!!
Ina Dominican Republic
Excellent trip. Well planned out. We were able to get all our additional destinations accommodated.
Paul Williams Canada
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Anne Mathews Australia
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Tracey Los Angeles, CA
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