Aurora at Black Rapids

Marvel at Mother Nature’s nightly light show as you spend six days and five nights in Southcentral Alaska.  You won’t be sitting around waiting for the aurora, instead you’ll enjoy countless winter activities at the all-season Lodge at Black Rapids.  Meet friendly sled dogs, snowshoe through backcountry terrain and go ice fishing (or skating!) on nearby lakes.

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The Itinerary

Day 1

Upon your arrival at the Fairbanks Airport, you’ll be met by your driver and transported to your hotel. Explore the surrounding area; build a snowman, stroll the snowy Chena riverside or curl up fireside. If you’re keen to start your Aurora viewing, we’ll send you into the backcountry for an up close and personal preview of the northern lights. Accommodations are at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge in a Fireplace Room.

Day 2

This morning a shuttle will pick you up for your two-hour journey to The Lodge at Black Rapids. Following the Alaska Pipeline and the mighty Tanana River, you’ll pass historic roadhouses. Your final destination is The Lodge at Black Rapids, sharing space with the restored Rapids Roadhouse. Accommodations are at The Lodge at Black Rapids in a Lodge Room.

Days 3-4

Explore your very own wonderland as you meet sled dogs and go mushing with a professional Iditarod racer. Explore snowy trails by ski, snowshoes and sleds with knowledgeable guides, or drop a line through a nearby frozen lake on an ice fishing excursion. Each evening sit back and take in Mother Nature’s ultimate show, the Aurora Borealis. Accommodations are at The Lodge at Black Rapids in a Lodge Room.

Day 5

After a hearty breakfast, your shuttle will transport you back to Fairbanks, where you’ll check back in to Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. After getting settled, you’ll be whisked away for a private tour of the Fairbanks Ice Art Championships. Every year the world’s best ice artists gather in Fairbanks to compete in ice sculpting events, and you get a peek inside the action! Accommodations are at the Pike’s Waterfront Lodge in a Fireplace Room.

Day 6

After breakfast your driver will pick you up for your private transfer to the Fairbanks Airport, where you’ll catch your returning flight(s) home. Safe travels!

The Route