We invite you to join us as we explore the great beauty of Alaska in winter, and see the famed Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, the greatest light show on Earth!
We will gather in Anchorage, Alaska, to begin our adventure. After our welcome in Anchorage, we’ll drive along the Chugach Mountains to Seward, near Kenai Fjords National Park. Here we will visit the Alaska Sea Life Center to see sea otters, seabirds, and a profusion of Alaska marine life. We will see Alaska’s major land mammals including grizzlies, moose, and muskox.
The following day we will explore historic Talkeetna and then take the classic train journey from Talkeetna to Fairbanks, passing North America’s tallest and most awesome mountain, 20,320-foot Denali en route.
We will arrive in Fairbanks to enjoy the annual winter World of Ice Art Festival and learn about the Aurora Borealis at a scientific institute as we discover the delights of Fairbanks and the night skies.
Our visits will include the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which was established to study the Aurora and its effects. These studies have con tinued from the International Geophysical Year in 1957-58 greatly to under standing the unique interactions between the Sun and Earth in the polar regions.
In Fairbanks we will go to two of the best locations in the even ing to look at the Aurora Borealis: Mt. Aurora and Creamer’s Field. In these remote locations, we will enjoy hospitality in rustic lodges while viewing the Aurora.
You will have after noons to discover other delights of this snowy wonderland. We will see sled dogs and they will demonstrate this popular winter sport. We will also visit the Poker Flat Research Range which launches rockets to study the Aurora Borealis.
Leading this expedition will be a popular Betchart naturalist Bob Nansen, who has led numerous Eclipse, Antarctica, and Aurora expeditions for Planetary Society over the last 18 years.
We invite travelers with an appetite for adventure and discovery to explore the day and night winter wonderland of our 49th state this winter!