Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
Bettles is located in one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis in all of Alaska. Bettles officially has the most clear weather days in the entire state, which means more cloud free nights of opportunity to see the majestic Lights dance in the sky. Bettles is located directly under the Auroral Band, the highest aurora activity in the Northern hemisphere. For the best viewing of the Northern Lights come to the sunniest spot in Alaska!
Many photographers visit the Aurora Viewing cabin each winter. The rustic Aurora viewing cabin is 2 miles from the lodge on a mile long lake. The Lodge staff can arrange a drop off and pick up time at the cabin or if you like to ski or snowshoe one way and they will pick you up or drop you off. Enjoy hot chocolate, tea, or coffee in the warming cabin. There is absolutely no light pollution at the cabin and the lake offers a great 360 degree view of the night sky. See how the rest of Alaska used to be and only a small part still continue to live. Find some peace away from cell phone service as you imagine life 100 years ago.
Day 1: Fairbanks > Bettles Lodge The scheduled flights to Bettles are in the early morning and early afternoon.
Depart Fairbanks on your scenic flight to Bettles Lodge "“ enjoy the 1-hour flight over the Yukon River and above the Arctic Circle with experienced and knowledgeable Alaskan pilots.
The Bettles Lodge staff will greet you at the airplane to take your luggage and show you to the lodge for check in.
Day 2: Bettles Lodge Your knowledgable tour guide will show you around on a Village tour of Bettles.
Bettles is isolated from the outside most of the year, with only an ice road two months in the winter. Find some peace away from cell phone service and the electronic world to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the wilderness.
Included in the package are guided snow shoe excursions, cross country skiing, bonfires in the evening while waiting for the lights and all of the Arctic gear you will need to stay warm while in Bettles.
Not included in your package, but a spectacular addition to your tour, are optional excursions: take a ride with the furry sled dogs down the Koyukuk River to ''Old Bettles'' founded in 1898, now a ghost town where the last gold rush in Alaska took place; go ice fishing, snowmaching, flight seeing and much more.
Day 3: Bettles Lodge > Fairbanks Today you will depart the lodge on your scenic flight to Fairbanks. On your return flight, your arrival time into Fairbanks will depend upon whether you take the morning flight or afternoon flight from Bettles back to Fairbanks. If you take the morning flight you will arrive back to Fairbanks by approximately 1:00 pm. If you take the afternoon flight, you will return by approximately 5:00pm. Please plan accordingly for your connecting flights in Fairbanks. Occasional extreme weather can delay flights.
• Roundtrip airfare between Fairbanks and Bettles Lodge • Arctic gear: Parkas, snow pants snow boots, mittens, face masks, hats and complimentary hand and feet warmers • Lodging • 3 meals per day, snacks, one non-alcoholic beverage per meal • Village Tour • Cross country skiing • Guided snow shoe excursions • Evening bonfires
Pricing (per person) $AUD
1 Jan - 14 Apr
Daily 2017 1 Jan - 14 Apr
Booking conditions • 50% deposit required at time of booking.
• 50% deposit required at time of booking.
Not included • Gratuities
• Alcoholic beverages
• Optional activities available at additional cost: Alaskan husky sled dog ride, ice fishing, snowmobiling, flightseeing
• Gratuities • Alcoholic beverages • Optional activities available at additional cost: Alaskan husky sled dog ride, ice fishing, snowmobiling, flightseeing