It’s a banner year for aurora-watching! I just took a road trip north from Fairbanks to Coldfoot. It’s a 10-hour ride, but lots of fun! Read the article I wrote about it in the Alaska Dispatch News!
Plenty of stops to see the sites. CHECK OUT THE PHOTO GALLERY!!
a. Take the northbound drive up the Dalton Highway to Coldfoot. You’ll learn the history of the Dalton Highway and the trans-Alaska pipeline (which you will see often during the drive!). Cross the Yukon River and the Arctic Circle. This is an incredible drive. I’ve done it! I say again: check out the photos, above. HA
When you get to Coldfoot, you can regroup before heading north to Wiseman in the foothills of the Brooks Range. That’s where I took the photo (top). It was just after 2 AM, btw.
After checking out the northern lights, return to Coldfoot for the night. The next day, take an optional dog mushing tour, or go for a road trip up to Atigun Pass …then return by air to Fairbanks! Cost: $479 per person.
b. Homestead Aurora Adventure. Meet up with your Alaskan guide in Fairbanks for the drive north to the Arctic Circle Trading Post. Located in Joy, Alaska, the Trading Post is far away from the city lights of Fairbanks so you’ll have a great chance to see the aurora borealis! Bring your camera, but don’t forget your TRIPOD, which you’ll need to get the good shots! Cost: $89 per person.
BRAG BOARD. Below, Brett Carlson of Northern Alaska Tour Co. accepts an award from Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. Brett also makes a mighty-fine burger over at the cafe, btw.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker recently awarded the Governor’s North Star Award for International Excellence to Northern Alaska Tour Company. “NATC” began in 1986 when a group of friends bought a van and started offering day tours to the Arctic Circle. Almost 30 years later, these friends have grown the company to a year-round tourism business, employing 50 Alaskans. CONGRATULATIONS!
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