Intrigued by winter in Alaska? Dozens of package-tour options can help you plan a trip north in winter, whether you’re looking for a day trip, a full week or more. Picture yourself relaxing in front of a crackling fire while dog teams competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race speed by outside, or sitting in a warm outdoor mineral spring while northern lights dance overhead.
Join us in early spring to see the gray whales return to Alaska after spending the winter in warmer climates, take a guided snowshoeing or ice climbing trip or go flightseeing around Mount McKinley as the mid-morning alpenglow illuminates its peaks and glaciers.
Or come during the busy, exciting period from late February through early March, when several major festivals and events keep locals and visitors busy. The World Ice Art Championships and the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race kick things off in Fairbanks, and Anchorage’s Fur Rendezvous and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race follow in early March, and visitors can even book tours to follow the race by snowmobile or airplane.
While Alaska sees most of its visitors in the summer months, winter provides many of the same experiences, including scenic rail tours, wildlife viewing, arts and cultural opportunities and fine dining, not to mention the option watch the northern lights or learn to ski, ice climb, snowmobile or dog mush. Read on to learn more from tour operators that offer these experiences and more.
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