Alaska winters offer a wide variety of activities and spectacular sights for visitors – fresh snow everywhere, long nights that are lit up with the northern lights in shades of green, pink, and purple, and trees covered with a thick layer of crystalline frost. Mountain peaks are bathed in alpenglow and glaciers and ice fields are even more impressive with a deep covering of snow.

Snowmobilers, skiers, and snowshoers can explore the backcountry, solo or with a guide, to get a sense of the infinite stillness and peace offered on trails and in remote valleys. Heliskiing brings extreme skiing enthusiasts to the heart of some of Alaska’s most remote mountains for completely untouched terrain and an unforgettable experience.

Alaska’s most popular winter sightseeing option is northern lights viewing, and several businesses cater to this niche with aurora-themed tour options, including trips north of the Arctic Circle for some of the most dramatic displays. Dog mushing, snowmobiling, outdoor hot springs, and other tours with an aurora twist give you the best chance of seeing one of these magical displays for yourself.


Alaska winter vacation packages combine the best of winter in Alaska, often including lodging, meals, transportation, and experienced guides that will take you to the best spots for winter recreation and northern lights viewing.  

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