Northern Lights in Alaska

Our Northern Lights Adventure Tour!

sublime northern lights alaskan adventure 3 4Since 2013 Gondwana Ecotours has hosted over 98 tours and traveled over 100,000 miles. It’s been an amazing journey, filled with fantastic people and fulfilling adventures! We’ve come a long way from where we started so we wanted to take a look at the great reviews and highlights from one of our longest-running tours—the Northern Lights Adventure.

The Story Behind Gondwana Ecotours

Gondwana started with its founder, Jared Sternberg. His love of travel and personal experiences working on social and environmental issues in places like Ecuador, Cuba, and Alaska inspired him to want to share these experiences with others. Meaningful tourism can help educate travelers and protect the well-being of places and communities that might be at risk. That’s why Gondwana strives to not only provide unique adventure tours but also to make travel sustainable and meaningful. Gondwana’s first tours were to places where Jared had previously lived and volunteered since he had personal knowledge of local guides and lodges. One of these places was Alaska.

See The Northern Lights In Alaska1Alaska is a place that has no equal in the continental United States. It is vast, isolated and filled with boreal forests, raging rivers, towering mountains, and icy tundras. Visitors are amazed by its wild natural beauty and the ethereal glow of the Aurora Borealis. In order to make the Alaskan experience accessible to travelers of all ages and abilities, Gondwana put together the Northern Lights Adventure. Travelers explore Alaska over six days, searching the skies for the Northern Lights at night and enjoying a wide variety of activities during the day.

After 6 successful years of tours, we are celebrating by looking back at some of our favorite trip pictures and reviews from our happy travelers.

Northern Lights Adventure Tour Reviews and Highlights

“ (the) Aurora Borealis has been on my Bucket List for some time…and let me tell you it was excellent in all regards……lodging, food choices, activities (especially enjoyed walking with reindeer!)…I had more laughs and fun in 5 short days than I can remember on any other trip. Everything we did was new and even at my age I was not pressured to do more than I felt I could.”
-Barbara McDonald

Dog Sledding on the Northern Lights Adventure in Alaska

Apart from the Northern Lights, Alaska is perhaps most famous for the sport of dog sledding. Gliding across the ice and snow pulled along by a team of huskies,  is the quintessential Alaska experience. For many travelers, it can feel like an unattainable dream. But Gondwana has made dog sledding easy! Meet the dogs, take a quick lesson, and go along for a ride.

Many visitors find dog sledding to be a transformative experience, immersing them in centuries-old traditions and the unique bond between musher and dogs. The adrenaline rush of gliding through the pristine winter landscape with the enthusiastic huskies leading the way is unmatched. As you zip through the snowy trails, the crisp air nipping at your cheeks, you can’t help but feel connected to the wild spirit of Alaska. Gondwana’s commitment to providing a safe and unforgettable adventure ensures that every participant leaves with a newfound appreciation for this iconic Alaskan pastime.

“Absolutely amazing! This wasn’t a tour, it was an unforgettable experience…The sights seen, education gained, and most of all the connections and friendships made combined to create the trip of a lifetime for me and my son.”
-Kristen Roman

Ice bar at the Ice Museum in Alaska

Have you ever visited a bar made out of ice? Or walked through a museum hall filled with intricate ice sculptures? The Ice Museum located in Chena Hot Springs is made out of 1,000 tons of ice and snow and is open all year round. Our guests love seeing the local craftsmanship and sipping on frosty martinis in a carved ice glasses!

The Ice Museum truly offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors looking to immerse themselves in a winter wonderland. As you wander through the halls adorned with stunning ice sculptures, each intricately crafted with precision and skill, you can’t help but marvel at the sheer creativity and artistry on display. The opportunity to enjoy a frosty martini served in an elegantly carved ice glass adds a touch of sophistication to the icy ambiance, turning a simple drink into a memorable moment. The Ice Museum at Chena Hot Springs is not just a sight to behold; it’s a place where art, culture, and nature intertwine to create a magical experience unlike any other.

I definitely recommend Gondwana Ecotours to everyone! Our Alaska trip was well organized, fun, flexible and balanced. Not to mention Jared was a great guide and also an awesome guy! He really cares about the mission of Gondwana Ecotours and it was great to be a part of it. Can’t wait to go on another trip!
-Talesa Bleything

HikinHiking with friendly reindeer through the boreal forest on the Northern Lights Adventureg with friendly reindeer through the boreal forest is one of our more unique and exciting activities. This family-run reindeer ranch gives travelers the chance to get up close with these gentle creatures. They are tame, so you can feed them and even pose with them for pictures. With incredible reviews from around the world, this reindeer hike has received Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the last 5 years running!

Heading out on a reindeer hike is an unforgettable experience that truly immerses you in the beauty of the boreal forest. As you connect with these majestic animals, you’ll find yourself in awe of their peaceful nature and graceful movements. The tranquility of the forest, coupled with the gentle presence of the reindeer, creates a magical atmosphere that lingers long after the hike is over. It’s no wonder that visitors from all corners of the globe continue to rave about this enchanting adventure, making it a must-try activity for anyone seeking a truly unique and heartwarming wilderness experience.

“It exceeded ALL expectations and we didn’t want to come home…the Northern Lights viewing was a 10++++ a total spiritual experience that cannot be described in words.”
-Debbie Gordon

But the highlight of the trip, of course, is the Aurora Borealis! We’ve planned every detail of the tour to maximize your chance of seeing the Aurora in action. From lodging at some of the best Northern Lights viewing spots in all of Alaska, to scheduling around seasonal patterns and employing local guides who are experts in viewing and photography, we work hard to give every traveler the best possible viewing experience.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you not only witness the breathtaking Aurora Borealis but also understand the science and cultural significance behind this natural wonder. Through informative sessions and interactive experiences, we aim to deepen your connection with the mystical phenomenon. Immerse yourself in the enchanting dance of lights in the night sky, and let this celestial spectacle leave an everlasting impression on your journey through the Alaskan wilderness. With us, your Aurora Borealis adventure will be both visually stunning and intellectually enriching.

Learn more about the Northern Lights during their dimming phase! During their dimming phase, it might be more challenging to see the Northern Lights, but under favorable conditions and with patience, it’s still possible to catch a glimpse of their ethereal beauty.


Picture of the Northern Lights in Alaska

Here’s to Gondwana’s next 100 tours! We hope you join us on our next exciting adventure!

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