Enjoying the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that ranks near the top many travel bucket lists. By sea, Northern Lights sailings commonly skirt the coast of Norway with some going to Iceland and Greenland. It’s a dream destination for many, often done by land. Looking to satisfy that hunger, Gondwana Ecotours is committed to providing sustainable travel, maintaining an environmental and cultural focus, and providing the vacation of a lifetime. Their 2017 Northern Lights Tour might be just want the bucket list ordered.
Looking at the 2017 season, Gondwana Ecotours has a 6-day Northern Lights Ecotour that includes local culture by day, and photograph the Aurora Borealis under the massive Alaskan sky by night. Highlights of the 2017 Northern Lights Tour include
- Dog sledding through snowy forests
- Hiking alongside a family of reindeer
- Taking curling lessons from locals in Fairbanks
- Soaking in the geothermal Chena Hot Springs
- Learning to photograph the Aurora Borealis from a professional photographer
- Snowshoeing on private land
- Exploring the Ice Sculpture Museum and more
“The best part of this Alaska Northern Lights tour is the people we meet,” said Gondwana EcoTours Founder Jared Sternberg. “We visit a local family who lives off the grid and learn about their lifestyle in the Alaskan backcountry. Our local guide, a former sprint dog racer, has amazing stories about her racing experience, including being mauled by a grizzly bear. We learn the game of curling from interesting locals, and even have homemade cookies and tea with a family who has a pet reindeer.”
Guests will view the magnificent Northern Lights displays from a heated log cabin away from any city lights with magnificent panoramic views. During the day there will be time to explore Fairbanks, take an exciting sled dog ride, or rejuvenate in the natural hot springs pools at Chena. Fairbanks is situated within a ring-shaped region around the North Pole called the auroral oval. This location affords a terrific balance of occurrence, frequency and activity of Northern Lights.
Each Alaska Northern Lights tour is limited to 12 guests and includes cozy accommodations and personal wake-up calls when Aurora is active. Gondwana EcoTours offers an array of Alaska Northern Lights departures from September 2016 – March 2017 starting at $2,345.
Gondwana Ecotours also offers trips in the Amazon Rainforest with indigenous guides, encountering some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Travelers can visit with the Maasai people of Tanzania, explore Machu Picchu without the crowds, hike with grizzlies in Alaska, and more.
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