Arguably the best place to see the Northern Lights in Alaska is the northern city of Fairbanks, located in the interior of Alaska. One of the most memorable places to see the Northern Lights is the specially designed Northern Lights Base Camp. Fairbanks is a city where you can see the Northern Lights about 200 nights a year.
Borealis Basecamp aims to provide the best immersive experience in North America. Just 25 miles from Fairbanks, it is set in 100 acres of pristine Alaskan boreal forest. Borealis Basecamp offers a very immersive Alaskan winter experience in its expansive “Winter”.
At Base Camp, guests are immersed in the enchanting Alaskan wilderness far from light pollution, where one can gaze at the vortex of transparent light that illuminates the night sky. Guests can view the Northern Lights from the comfort of their transparent modern geodesic igloo.
Snuggle up for the night in a comfy bed with plush linens, and stroll through the igloo’s spacious, clear ceiling to the arctic starry sky.
Fiberglass igloos are similar to those used at polar expeditions and research stations, and are specifically designed to maximize guests’ ability to see the lights.
The arctic experience is magical, and the igloo is intimate. They really are one of the best ways to explore the winter in Alaska. The igloo windows are curved and extend 16 feet across the igloo roof.
The design of the igloo is simple and elegant. They are private and have a full bathroom with shower, toilet, sink and hairdryer. Base Camp also serves hot coffee, tea and cocoa in an igloo. Igloos do not have kitchen facilities. Instead, we encourage guests to use the Latitude 65 restaurant at Base Camp.
They also watch the Northern Lights from their comfortable cube accommodation with large windows.
Alaska Winter Wilderness Base Camp Experience
At Borealis Base Camp, there’s more to do than just lie down and watch the Northern Lights. It’s time to explore the final frontier of Alaska’s interior. Adventure activities include flight tours, dog sledding, snow processing and more.
Snow Processing Tour:
Take their all-inclusive White Mountain Snow Processing Tour to explore the backcountry of Alaska in the winter. Take a snow gun ride along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline to Wixham Dome and gaze at the observation deck of the winter landscape.
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
This tour includes a hot lunch with chips, sandwiches and coffee.
Arctic Circle Tour:
Set off with a professional guide and photographer for a full-day adventure. This tour takes a private vehicle all the way to the Arctic Circle with a private guide.
Duration: 10 to 12 hours
Another option is to rent a car and take the treacherous Dalton Highway all the way north to the Arctic Ocean.
White Mountain UTV Experience:
Another option to experience the White Mountains is a UTV tour. This is another all-inclusive trip through remote parts of Alaska along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Enjoy a hot lunch before returning to base camp.
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Day Trip to Tolovana by Helicopter:
Take to the skies and discover hidden gems that are unreachable on the ground. Fly to a natural hot spring and soak in a tub surrounded by the frozen Alaskan wilderness.
Duration: 4 hours
Enjoy a full day exploring the frigid Alaskan wilderness while watching the nighttime dance of the Northern Lights.
Base Camp Winter Package
The best way to enjoy Base Camp is with one of their packages. Please note that they have limited availability for winter 2022/2023.
They are now taking pre-orders for the 2023/2024 season and are delighted to announce their new cube to complement their igloo. They come with rain showers and king size beds.
Season: November 15, 2023 to April 10, 2024
Sample Package – 3 Night/4 Day Package
This package offers cube accommodation, round-trip transportation to and from Fairbanks, a scenic flight tour and a 1-hour Alaskan dog sledding experience. There is also a nightly wake-up call so no one misses the Northern Lights when they appear.
The package includes breakfast, but not lunch and dinner. Prices vary by number of people and season.