Alaska's winters are a time of magic and tranquility. Mush through our frozen utopia and watch the sky dance the night away.
With the length of day shortening to as little as 3 hrs and 45 minutes on the Winter Solstice, we have ample time to experience the solitude and comforting calmness of a inky winter night. Enjoy a peaceful ride down the dark, winding trail listening to the jingle of dog harnesses in motion. If the sky is clear, perhaps you'll see the dancing Aurora Borealis twirling in the night sky. If overcast, you'll find beauty in the intense stillness and magical ambiance of gently falling snowflakes.
Enjoy 5 complimentary digital images provided by our staffed Aurora photographers.
WHAT TO EXPECT
· Mush through the peaceful and still darkness
· Chase the dancing Aurora Borealis
· Photo-Ops under the stars
· Hot beverages and Alaskan treats by the fire
4-HouR AURORA TOUR
Combine the Northern Lights with a magical dogsledding experience, hot chocolate, local hors d'oeuvres and a warm campfire, and you get the ultimate romantic Alaskan adventure. We'll start the tour off by introducing you to your guides and getting you properly outfitted for a night out under the stars. Once the team is all suited up, we'll hit the trails in search of the Aurora Borealis. Gliding through black spruce forests and down the Chena River, we’ll mush for approximately 50 minutes. We'll return back to our authentic Mongolian Yurt, start a fire and get out the food & drink. During this time you can shoot away at the lights or just sit back and take it all in.
If you're interested in reserving the tour for just your group, select our private party option.
Please read our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page before booking a tour.
Includes 5 complimentary digital photos taken by our Co-op photographer.
TIME OF YEAR: SEPTEMBER - MARCH *ATVs may be used in place of sleds if snow cover is not sufficient. From September-early December, call to determine whether sleds or ATVs are being used.
TOUR DURATION: 3.5 - 4 HRS
TRAIL MILEAGE: 7 - 8 MILES
TRAIL TIME: 45 - 50 MIN
TIME SLOT: 9 PM
+Professional Photography Package
Capture even more magic and memories by hiring free-lance photographer Whitney McLaren. Coverage includes interactions with sled dogs, campfire scenes, steel wool photography & Aurora photography. Have your own personal camera? This package also includes Aurora photography lessons.
10 Digital Negatives
2 - 8 x 10 Prints
Coverage does not include trail time. Clients create a collection of 10 favorites from the tour photography session.
Just like any wildlife tour, the Northern Lights aren't on our payroll and thus we CAN'T GUARANTEE that they will make an appearance on the night of your booking (we wish we could). The best nights for viewing are on clear, cold nights. Overcast skies cover up the show, but tend to be warmer. Be patient and stay optimistic, you never know when they might show up! On some occasions, even the faintest light show can be caught on film and surprise you to what doesn't show up to the naked eye. Below are some links to research on the Auroras and the predicted forecast to help you plan your vacation. There are NO REFUNDS if the Northern Lights aren't visible and/or unable to be photographed.
A full refund will be issued if the cancellation is received before 7 days of the tour. A 10% processing fee will be charged to cancellations inside of 7 days. No refunds will be issued if the cancellation is less than 24-hrs prior to the tour. Day of booking cancellations will not be refunded. No shows will be charged in full.
Multi-Day: Overnight Aurora & Expeditions
A refund will be issued if the cancellation is received more than 60 days prior to the booking. A 10% processing fee applies for all cancellations. No refunds will be issued if the cancellation is less than 60 days before the trip start date. A 50% deposit is required at the time of the booking. Remainder is due 60 days prior to the date of the booking. No reimbursement is provided for trips cancelled or shortened due to weather. For this reason, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND travel insurance.
We highly recommend Travel Insurance for your Mushing Excursion. This will ensure that weather or emergencies won't cost you your family vacation.
Alaska is at the mercy of Mother Nature & she doesn't always cooperate. Tours (specifically expeditions) can be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions. We apologize if this happens to your highly anticipated mushing vacation, but we want to make sure you get properly reimbursed for your inconvenience and receive a refund to re-book your tour! Travel insurance will provide that reimbursement.