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Bettles Lodge Gates of the Arctic | Northern Lights Alaska Tour

Bettles Lodge Alaska - Alaska Aurora Viewing Winter Tours

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Why Bettles? Bettles Alaska is located at 66° 54' N Latitude putting Bettles directly under the maximum zone. Traveling either farther north or farther south takes one farther from the maximum auroral zone. Our location combined with the National Weather Service records indicating Bettles has the most "cloud free" days of any spot in Alaska, increases your chances of seeing the Aurora. Unlike other Alaskan destinations where you must pay to go to "some other spot" for good viewing , Aurora viewing in Bettles starts right outside your door. All the Aurora pictures here were taken next to the lodge. There are no mountains or hills that block the night sky in Bettles. For those who want a "little more remoteness", we have a heated "Aurora Viewing Cabin" that is completely free of any light pollution from the Village. The cabin is located 2 miles from the Lodge on a small hill over looking a mile long lake. There is a 360 degree view of the night sky from the cabin. Although you can view the Aurora from indoors at the cabin, the full Aurora experience is best viewed from out of doors. And yes it does get cold in Alaska in the winter! But at Bettles Lodge you can stay nice and warm with your own private Jacuzzi or relax in our large wood fired sauna! We do furnish Arctic Gear for you including parka, boots, pants, mittens and face warmer to keep you nice and warm outside.

Day 1: Fairbanks

Arrive in Fairbanks. Complimentary transfer to your **** Resort Hotel on the banks of the beautiful Chena River near Pikes Landing. Relax during your first evening in Fairbanks and get ready for a few days of winter fun, activities and adventures within the Last Frontier. You may watch the Aurora Borealis already at night dancing on the northern sky and/or enjoy a relaxed dinner at the excellent Pikes Landing Restaurant. Fairbanks provides from late October through March some of the best Northern Lights viewing opportunities in the world. Enjoy the beautiful and mysterious Aurora Borealis curtains with colors ranging from green to red and to purple, with the brightest and most common color - a yellow-green. Overnight: Fairbanks

Day 2: Fairbanks – Bettles Lodge

Transfer to the airport and scenic flight above the Trans-Alaska-Pipeline and across the mighty Yukon River to Bettles - just outside of the world renowned Gates of the Arctic National Park - within Alaska's magnificent Brooks Range - and 35 miles above the Arctic Circle. Remaining day at leisure. The lodge is a refurbished building originally set up in 1948 and provides dining room, lounge with TV and a bar – open till 10:00 pm. Wireless internet service and phones are available. The six standard guest rooms are sharing two bathrooms. Accommodation at the nearby Aurora Lodge is available upon request (additional charge) and in rooms with a private bathroom and an jacuzzi in the bedroom. Dinner at the lodge. Enjoy the breathtaking Northern Lights viewing opportunities during the evening. Arctic gear rental is included in our tour package rates. Please Note: we offer exciting sled dog tours from Bettles into the Brooks Range and the remote Gates of the Arctic National Park. Additional Information. Overnight: Bettles Aurora Lodge

Day 3: Bettles Lodge

Breakfast at the lodge. Build in 1948 the lodge is a designated National Historic Site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Day at leisure and for outdoor adventures. Optional available activities: Guided Sled Dog Trips, Snowmobile Tours and a variety of Flightseeing Adventures. Other winter activities (included): x-country skiing and snowshoeing through the pristine wilderness. Afternoon: Guided 2-hour tour of the Bettles area including the Inupiaq Eskimo village of Evansville. (Included) Evening dinner followed by another night of exciting and outstanding Northern Lights viewing. Bettles sits under what is called the "Auroral Oval", a ring-shaped region around the North Pole. The location offers a great balance of occurrence, frequency and activity. Intensity varies from night to night, with the best viewing from late evening through the early morning hours. Overnight: Bettles Aurora Lodge

Day 4: Bettles Lodge - Fairbanks

Breakfast at the lodge. Return flight to Fairbanks and transfer to your hotel. Optional: Add another night at Bettles Lodge. Please refer to our rates for a 7-day package. Rest of this day at leisure. Fairbanks offers a variety of excellent gift shops and galleries such as the "Roseberry Art Gallery" with some tasteful gifts for your friends at home. If you travel during February or March - Fairbanks hosts the World Ice Art Championships, exciting professional Sled Dog Races such as the All American Sled Dog Race Championship and a variety of other winter carnival activities. Optional: Evening transfer from your hotel to a prime Northern Lights viewing area in the hills about 20 miles north of Fairbanks – far away from any city lights. Enjoy spectacular 270-degree Aurora displays through large picture windows from the comfort of a heated cabin or outside. Return transfer to your hotel. Overnight: Fairbanks 

Day 5: Fairbanks

Join this afternoon our 5 1/2 hr Fairbanks & area sightseeing tour - combining fun with Fairbanks history, Alaskan craftsmanship and Alaska winter activities. Your first stop is the Santa Claus House in North Pole where you can have a picture taken Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Continue to the Trans Alaska Pipeline viewpoint and the Morris Thompson Cultural Center offering knowledgeable cultural programs and an interpretive exhibit gallery featuring the land, seasons and people of Interior Alaska and the Arctic. If you are looking for an authentic gift, then the Great Alaskan Bowl Company is the perfect place for you. Return to your hotel at 6 PM. Optional evening aurora viewing tour.

Day 6: Fairbanks

Morning at leisure. Fairbanks offers a variety of excellent gift shops and art galleries such as the "Roseberry Art Gallery" with some tasteful items for your friends at home. Stroll through the city again before returning to the airport for your individual return flight.

Tour Includes

  • 2 or 3 Nights Standard Accommodation Bettles 
  • 3 Nights Superior Accommodation Fairbanks
  • All Taxes
  • Reservation Fee
  • Airport Hotel Transfers
  • Fairbanks City & Area Sightseeing Tour
  • Use of Arctic Gear, Snowshoes, X-Country Ski
  • Fairbanks Shuttle Bus Service
  • Charter Flights Fairbanks – Bettles - Fairbanks
  • Evansville Village Tour
  • 4 | 5 x Breakfast
  • 2 | 3 Dinner
  • 2 | 3 Lunch
  • Tour Documentation

Rates per Person in US $ from/to Fairbanks

Tour Number: TA-NL2 - Bettes Lodge Room Category Single Double Triple
September 15 - December 20
January 03 - February 09
March 22 - April 15
Standard Room $ 1755.00 $ 1440.00 $ 1360.00

September 01 - September 14
December 21 - January 02
February 10 - March 21
Standard Room $ 1880.00 $ 1630.00 $ 1545.00

September 15 - December 20
January 03 - February 09
March 22 - April 15
Jacuzzi Room $ 1940.00 $ 1630.00 $ 1540.00

September 01 - September 14
December 21 - January 02
February 10 - March 21
Jacuzzi Room $ 2059.00 $ 1735.00 $ 1655.00

Additional Night at Bettles Lodge

Standard Room

$ 445.00

$ 395.00

$ 240.00

Special Offer: Book this tour in January and stay 1 Night for Free at Bettles Lodge!