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Double Feature: Winter Travel

Winter Travel in Alaska

aurora lodge smallMany people associate vacations with summer, but winter is an exhilarating season to travel as well. Getting into Alaska’s natural wilderness is an amazing adventure that few get to experience. It’s also a location where snow lovers are in their element. For these folks, the Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel have suggested the Northern Lights Ecotour by Gondwana as a winter travel destination.

For those seeking a unique and unforgettable winter escapade, the Northern Lights Ecotour by Gondwana in Alaska promises an experience like no other. Surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, visitors can witness the mesmerizing dance of the aurora borealis painting the night sky with vibrant hues. As travelers embark on thrilling excursions through snow-covered landscapes and cozy up in charming lodges, they immerse themselves in the magic of winter in Alaska. Whether it’s dog sledding across icy trails or indulging in hot chocolate by a crackling fire, every moment spent in this winter wonderland is sure to create lasting memories for all those who dare to venture into its icy embrace.

Cruise Trip or Land Tour?

The articles may touch upon cruise trips worldwide, but truly, there’s no comparison. While cruise lines boast numerous amenities and activities onboard, they often lack the personal touch that makes a journey feel authentic. Unlike the structured environment of a cruise, one of the most rewarding aspects of travel is connecting with locals and immersing oneself in their way of life.

Gondwana stands out for its dedication to supporting local businesses and promoting sustainability, ensuring guests have a transformative experience while minimizing their environmental impact. While cruises offer convenience and luxury, they pale in comparison to the genuine connections and cultural insights gained from interacting with local communities during a land tour.

Engaging with locals, savoring authentic cuisine, and participating in traditional activities are just some of the ways travelers can deepen their appreciation for the destinations they visit. Rather than being mere spectators from the deck of a cruise ship, travelers on a Gondwana land tour have the opportunity to truly engage with the people, the environment, and the essence of the places they explore. This hands-on approach not only enhances the travel experience but also fosters a profound sense of cultural understanding and respect for the world around us.

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Activities and Culture in Fairbanks

To kick it off, “The trip starts with a night in Fairbanks, Alaska, before moving to a lodge outside of town for five nights.“ Including lodging, most meals and activities, guests will have a broad itinerary available to choose from. The tour gets even more adventurous on the 2nd night, when the trip moves to a remote area to see the northern lights. Getting a taste of city life on the first night gives guests a sense of place, before heading out to the outskirts of town to better see the aurora.

Fairbanks is Alaska’s largest interior city, and is teeming with people, nature and things to do. “During the day, there will be explorations of Fairbanks, the chance to snowshoe or take a ride on a dog sled (weather permitting) and a visit to check out some friendly reindeer. A hot-springs soak is also on the agenda.” With so many options to choose from, the activities and culture in Fairbanks have something for everyone.

Northern Lights in Fairbanks

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The Aurora & Alaskan Culture

“If the aurora borealis gets a late start doing its thing, wake-up calls will alert you so you don’t miss the show. When the lights do appear, a local  photographer  will be on hand to offer tips on how to get the best shots.” The continental climate offers clear skies during the winter months, which means greater visibility for seeing the aurora. The northern lights in Fairbanks are unparalleled because of their location in the auroral oval and proximity to the north pole.

This unique combination of prime location and expert guidance ensures that visitors to Fairbanks have an unforgettable experience. The dance of the colorful lights against the backdrop of the dark Alaskan sky creates a mesmerizing spectacle that leaves a lasting impression on all who witness it. As you stand in awe of the magical display above, you can also immerse yourself in the rich Alaskan culture that surrounds you. From traditional native dances to local art galleries showcasing indigenous talent, Fairbanks offers a cultural experience that perfectly complements the natural wonder of the northern lights. With each flicker and shift of the aurora borealis, you feel a deep connection to the land and its people, making your winter travel to Fairbanks an enriching and soul-stirring journey.

Want to Join the Northern Lights Adventure?

Ready to chase the Northern Lights with us? With Gondwana Ecotours hosting trips for the next few years, you have plenty of winter travel dates to choose from. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to witness the mesmerizing beauty of the Aurora Borealis in the Alaskan wilderness. Experience the thrill of seeing the dancing lights against the backdrop of Alaska’s stunning landscapes, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Makings sure that the sky is a dark, clear, cloudless night to provide the best opportunity to witness the magnificent aurora borealis. Read more about when is the best time to see the Northern Lights.

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