Midnight Mushing Aurora Tour
Our Offices in Alaska
Our Offices in Alaska
This dog sledding tour of 4 hours, will take you to a snow adventure, first meet your guide at the offices. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed into a cozy, off-grid cabin where you can change into warm winter clothes. If needed, we will supplement your gear with our own expedition-level parkas and/or over mitts. We want to ensure that you will be warm and comfortable during your tour. Then, it is time to head outside.
Nestled in the forest are 25 happy, excited Siberian huskies waiting to meet you. We will travel by dog team to our aurora viewing area. Since it is dark, this is a ride-only tour. You will have the opportunity to assist your guide in harnessing and hooking up the dogs. Or, feel free to hang back and watch the excitement.
When all is ready, the dogs will be barking and hammering at their harnesses, eager to go. We make sure you are safely and comfortably tucked into the dog sled. When we release the sleds whoosh, sudden silence, accentuated by the sound of runners whisking over the snow and the quiet pitter patter of dog paws. Enjoy the feeling of winding through trails illuminated by stars and a headlamp it can feel like flying.
You will head up into the beautiful old growth forest surrounding our homestead. The trail is uphill at first, but we quickly gain the ridge and are rewarded by beautiful panoramic views to the North. Keep your eyes peeled for northern lights. From the top of the ridge, we look over vast expanses of moonlit boreal forest, frosty river valleys, and if the moon is bright, mountain ranges glowing white in the distance. If we are lucky, the aurora will be swirling overhead.
We will run along the ridge line to our scenic aurora viewing location. The aurora is most commonly seen on the northern horizon and we have taken great care to choose a spot that provides vast, unbroken views of the northern sky, far away from the light pollution of the city. When you reach the camp, you will stop to build a campfire and enjoy hot drinks. If the skies are clear, we have a good chance of spotting the magical northern lights.
*Season start is dependent on snow cover.
Tour Tickets (may vary by date)
|Adults (P/P)||399.00 (USD)|
|Children (12 and under)||199.00 (USD)|
- Expedition parkas and over mitts, hand and toe warmers.
- Dog sled ride, campfire, open aurora viewing location of top of ridge.
- Basic photography instruction.
- Hot drinks and home-baked cake.
- Wool socks, top and bottom base layers, top and bottom fleece or wool insulating layers.
- Boots rated for at least -40 F, sunglasses, neck gator or scarf.
- Wool or fleece gloves/mittens, snow pants and windproof jacket.
A minimum 50% deposit is required to start the booking process.
A full refund, minus a 10% processing fee, will be issued for cancellations received more than 60 days from trip date.
If a cancellation is received less than 60 days from trip date, a 50% refund of the total will be issued. No refund for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to trip date. No-shows will be charged in full (please just call).
No reimbursement is provided for trips shortened due to inclement weather, however, if Arctic Dog Adventure Co. cancels a day tour due to poor weather conditions, we will refund you in full or reschedule for no extra charge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are your tours suitable for families with small children?
Yes! Especially if the kids love dogs and puppies :) Keep in mind that longer tours may present more of a challenge for little ones as they may not yet have the patience to appreciate the time spent sitting still and appreciating nature. We recommend our shorter 2-hour Tour for families with kids. Depending on your guide's discretion, kids may even be able to drive their own dog team.
Can I really drive my own dog sled?
YES! 99% of our clients have never stepped foot on a dog sled before. If you can walk across a parking lot, with the proper instruction, environment, and encouragement, the sky's the limit. If you are still concerned about your ability to drive the sled, please give us a call. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
What do I wear for my dog sled tour?
Due to our location in the hills, it is usually significantly warmer (20 to 30 degrees F) at the Arctic Dog homestead than in Fairbanks, Two Rivers, or North Pole. You will still need to be properly outfitted to enjoy your tour, cold hands and feet will put a damper on your experience quickly! We can provide you with expedition level parkas to go over your own clothes, hats, gloves, in some cases, footwear, but you will need to come prepared with good socks, base layers, and insulating layers.