Arctic Circle Aurora Overnight Adventures

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Coldfoot's far north location places it one of the world's best aurora viewing areas.

Tour Summary

The Arctic Circle Aurora Overnight Adventure departs from Fairbanks by land or air and offers optional aurora viewing, dog sledding, and Brooks Mountain Range excursions from your base camp at Coldfoot, Alaska.

  • Learn the fascinating story of Alaska's Arctic from your guide. Travel through mining areas north of Fairbanks. 
  • View the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline. 
  • Travel the famed Dalton Highway. Traverse the mighty Yukon River. 
  • Cross the Arctic Circle and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate.

Coldfoot's far north location places it one of the world's best aurora viewing areas. For more information about the aurora, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. Also, you can visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute website

Accommodations: Located halfway between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, Coldfoot Camp provides an excellent base for travelers in Alaska's Brooks Mountain Range. Although rustic by urban standards, Coldfoot Camp is clean and each room features two twin beds and private bath facilities in each of the rooms, a luxury in the remote wilderness of Alaska's Arctic.

A round trip journey by land and air exploring Alaska's Brooks Mountain Range.

This adventure is for those who are serious about looking for the Aurora. To increase the odds of seeing them one should stay put for multiple nights in a location as close to the source of the lights as possible so that even on a quiet night the ability is there to see them. Quiet doesn't mean they are not occurring, quiet means the band they occur in is narrow and not visible miles away.

Tour Dates and Rates

August 21, 2024 - September 16, 2024

9:45 AM Departure

Days: Daily

Rate: $869 *

* Per person based on double occupancy for a 3 day / 2 night Adventure. Single Supplement $200

September 19, 2023 - October 7, 2023

November 18, 2023 - November 26, 2023

December 16, 2023 - January 2, 2024

February 10, 2024 - February 29, 2024

March 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024

9:45 AM Departure

Days: Sunday Friday

Rate: $1039 *

* Peak Rate based on double occupancy for a 3 day / 2 night adventure. Single Supplement $200

October 8, 2023 - November 17, 2023

November 27, 2023 - December 15, 2023

January 3, 2024 - February 9, 2024

April 1, 2024 - April 21, 2024

9:45 AM Departure

Days: Sunday Friday

Rate: $889 *

* Standard Rate per person based on double occupancy for a 3 day / 2 night adventure. Single Supplement $200

Activities:
  • Arctic Circle
  • Aurora
  • Yukon River
  • Arctic Circle
  • Aurora
  • Yukon River

TOUR SUMMARY:

DAY 1

DAY 2 (or more if staying more than 2 nights)

DAY 3 - or last day if staying longer!

SCHEDULE

Departs 9:45 am by ground tour on DAY 1; Depart Coldfoot by air on your final day (average time of return to Fairbanks is 4:30 pm. Departure time can vary based on number of guests/flight resources on day of travel). Most common departure time from Coldfoot is 2:30 pm but can range from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

MEALS are not included; however, on day 1 we will make a quick stop at a grocery store for you to get food for lunch and all other meals at the Coldfoot Camp Trucker's Cafe (Menu as of 3/23/23).

LUGGAGE: For your small plane flight, you are allowed to bring up to 20 pounds per person.  Your luggage should be in a carry-on size and soft-sided bag, like a backpack, duffle, or tote bag.  Nothing on wheels.  We will weigh all of your bags (overnight and day bags) at the time of check in.

*RATE

All per person based on double occupancy. 

Single Supplement add $100 per night.

3 Day / 2  Night - Departs FRIDAY and SUNDAY = $889/ PEAK = $1039

4 Day / 3 Night - Departs TUESDAY = $989 / PEAK = $1139

5 Day / 4  Night - Departs FRIDAY = $1089 / PEAK = $1239

6 Day / 5 Night - Departs TUESDAY and SUNDAY = $1189 / PEAK = $1339

PEAK DATES:

September 19 - October 7, 2023

November 18 - 26, 2023

December 16, 2023 - January 2, 2024

February 10 - March 31, 2024

 

For an Arctic Circle Aurora Overnight Adventure Tour Program click HERE.

 

OPTIONAL TOURS - available for purchase

We recommend you pre-book any activity you know you want to do.  Coldfoot will do their best to accommodate on site reservations; however, not always will you be able to make reservations once in Coldfoot due to space or guide availability.

Arctic Mountain Safari: Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Brooks Mountain range on a drive north from Coldfoot on the Dalton Highway as far north as Atigun Pass (weather permitting). Departs Coldfoot at 10:00 am and returns at 6:00 pm. Meals not included. Box lunch can be purchased at Coldfoot Camp. 

Arctic Snowshoe Outing: Enjoy a guided snowshoe outing on a trail near Clara Creek. The excursion lasts about 2 hours with about 1 hour of snowshoeing (between 1 - 2 miles) Hot drinks included. Departure times vary. 

Arctic Village Aurora: Enjoy an evening tour to historic Wiseman for a unique cabin visit and an  opportunity to enjoy the solitude of the Brooks Mountain Range as you scan the northern sky for Northern Lights. Cabin visit includes complimentary hot beverages. Departs Coldfoot at 10:00 pm and returns at 2:00 am.

Dog Sled Adventure:  Enjoy an afternoon with real Alaskan sled dogs.  Learn what it takes to have a dog team in Alaska.  Enjoy a ride, and, if you wish, drive a team of your own.  Times will vary and will be arranged by the guide in Coldfoot to fit within your schedule - experience takes approximately 1 hour. 

Fat Tire Bike Adventure: Explore the beautiful Coldfoot wilderness area on a fat tire bike. Trip is 6 miles following Slate Creek on an old and rugged (but maintained) gold mining trail. Bikes and helmets are provided. Lasts approximately 2 hours.

For information on how to make a reservation, click on the link to our planning page. 

Recommendations: For any of our adventures into Alaska's Arctic we recommend planning to arrive in Fairbanks the night prior to joining us and stay in Fairbanks the night returning with us.   If you are delayed arriving into Fairbanks and miss your tour departure that equals a non-refundable cancellation.  We will do our best to see if there is an alternate available for you; however, there is no guarantee of an equal replacement nor is the tour refundable if missed.

NOTE:  Guest safety always takes precedence over convenience.  The return on the final day is by small plane.  Small plane flying in Alaska's Arctic can be delayed or even cancelled on occasion due to weather.   If the weather requires us to alter the return method of travel from air to ground it will be done as an equal exchange of travel.

Alaska's Arctic -- premier destination to look for the Aurora -- Coldfoot is located directly under the Aurora Oval, where the aurora originate in the northern hemisphere.

Scene from Coldfoot Camp

Winter In Alaska's Arctic Dalton Highway South Of The Eyukon River