Solo Travel Destination-Alaska in Winter. For many solos, you plan the next trip in winter to bask in the sun or stroll miles of palm covered beaches. However, for adventure travel, the wintry months bring up a host of other options. From heli-skiing to mushing your way dog sledding through ice and snow, there are endless ways to go. I once had a sojourn to Siberia in January. Not everyone was looking to go there then. En route at passport control in Moscow, I saw a long line for “citizens” while my co-worker and I were the only ones at the line for foreigners!
Although I had also been through Antarctica Chile in their winter, I had only seen Alaska in the summer. When I received an inquiry from one of our solo travelers as to winter trips there, especially to see the Northern Lights, I did some research to get the lay of the land. Here is some of what I learned.
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Solo Travel Destination-Alaska in Winter: Why go there?
- Good news: Lodging prices may be up to 50% less than high season. Tours are also likely cheaper.
- See the Northern Lights. (Please note though that nature does not always act as predicted.)
- Try dog sledding.
- Soar overhead on the Alyeska Tramway.
- Take a run downhill at the Alyeska ski slopes.
- Go cross-country skiing, and skip the lift fees.
- Ice skate, or go snowshoeing.
- Have a snowmobile tour.
- Visit Native Alaskan sites.
Solo Travel Destination-Alaska in Winter: Best Links:
The state site had the following advice:
“If you want to see the aurora borealis – the northern lights – you’ll want to be in Alaska from August through April, when it’s darkest. While potentially visible as far south as Ketchikan, the greens and reds of the northern lights are typically most visible in Interior and Arctic Alaska. Plan on dressing warm and staying up late: the best times to gaze into the night sky are between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. when there is little or no moonlight.”
From the south in Anchorage, the word on “Things to Do in Alaska” started with “Find Moose”. On viewing the Northern Lights, they advised that they are: “Active from September through April, the northern lights dazzle. Night owls can pursue the shifting colors of the auroras near Anchorage. Eklutna Tailrace, Girdwood, and the Knik River Area are all popular spots for a night of viewing.”
For more statewide information, see this key Alaska site on winter trips to Alaska.
Solo Travel Destination-Alaska in Winter: Where to Stay:
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