Fairbanks, Arctic Circle
Arrive into Fairbanks. Get settled in. Dress in layers and enjoy an afternoon walk in the woods at the 1,800-acre Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. You may sight some chickadees, redpolls or grosbeaks - more often spotted in winter than summer. Head out to the Jeff Studdert Race grounds to catch one of many competitive sled dog races held most weekends in the winter season.
Fuel up with a hardy breakfast of Alaskan sourdough pancakes with blueberry syrup before a day in the outdoors. Explore Alaska like Alaskans with dog mushing and snowmachine adventures. Enjoy a 30-minute ride by dog sled or sign up for mushing school to run solo. After lunch, meet your guide for an afternoon snowmachine tour through wooded trails or up panoramic vistas. Grab your camera to get those great photos of exquisitely lit larger-than-life-sized ice sculptures in the stillness of the winter night.
Take to the slopes for excellent downhill skiing or snowboarding at a number of local resorts fully equipped with rental gear. Cross-country skiers can delight in the many kilometers of groomed trails in and around Fairbanks with the Birch Hill Recreation Area, host to the likes of the US Ski Team, with world-class facilities and trails. You've earned it - enjoy dinner out in a historic and rustic out-of-town lodge. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and/or the northern lights on your return trip to town.
If you like to fish, try your luck ice fishing with a local guide. Cook up that rainbow trout on the camp stove for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, head out to a local natural hot springs. Be sure to bring your swimsuit so you can enjoy a leisurely dip in an outdoor rock lake. Cap off the evening with snowcat tour up a mountain for a panoramic auroral view.
From our riverfront location, a tour transports you to the edge of the Last Frontier. A flightseeing tour carries you above the Arctic Circle. Have a first-hand glimpse of Athabascan or Eskimo lifestyles, landing in villages not accessible by road. Opt for a walk along the frozen shores of the Arctic Ocean. An official Arctic Circle certificate awaits you.
Visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North and see award-wining exhibits on Alaska's cultural and natural history, including Blue Babe, a 36,000 year-old Pleistocene steppe bison mummy and an extensive gold display. Learn about the northern lights in the museum's Dynamic Aurora presentation and Alaska Native culture in the Northern Inua show. Continue your day by shopping for Alaska Native crafts, both Athabascan and Eskimo. Settle in for an evening festival or performance to complete a great day in Fairbanks.
Whether driving, flying or taking the train, Fairbanks is well-connected to the rest of Alaska and the world.