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Wondering how folks up here deal with Alaska’s long winter days? It’s easy when the inky night sky comes alive with an amazing light show like the aurora borealis. Braving the cold is nothing if you get a chance to see the lights dancing and waving overhead. Combine your aurora viewing trip with a few other highlights planned out by Salmon Berry Tours, and you’ll experience the best of winter in Alaska.
Owners Matti and Dan cannot think of a better way to appreciate Alaska than sharing it with others. Matti was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska and has been on snowmachines most of her life. Alaska Backcountry Adventures offers “mild to wild” experiences and prides itself on providing a customized experience for all levels of ability. It offers the widest variety of expeditions on the latest and greatest equipment.
Enjoy a bird's eye view of Alaska's scenic highlights on a flightseeing tour with Rust's Flying Service, where every passenger gets a window seat. Tour options include a short 30-minute Anchorage Flightseeing Safari, a flight to Denali, Denali plus a glacier landing, and more. Tours begin at Anchorage’s Lake Hood, the world’s busiest seaplane airport.
Trail Ridge Air offers an on-demand perspective of Alaska’s wilderness, with personable and knowledgeable pilots. Watch for wildlife, check out massive glaciers, alpine lakes, Denali, or even Lake Clark National Park. Trail Ridge accommodates for the busiest of schedules, with flights ranging from one hour to a full day.
For outstanding viewing and incredible access to remote places, there’s nothing like flightseeing by helicopter. Join Tanalian Aviation – a locally-owned, highly-respected helicopter tour and charter company – for excursions that reveal hidden sites just minutes from Anchorage. Spot wildlife from the air, stand on a glacier or land on a remote airstrip.
There are few things more spectacular than lifting off in a helicopter and soaring over Alaska's glacier-filled terrain or out across its shimmering waters. Suitable for all ages. Get a taste for helicopter flightseeing on a 30-minute trip into the 20-Mile river valley and the heart of glacier country.
Year round - water landing approximately May 1st - October 5th
Explore Alaska from above with this family-owned company that operates out of Anchorage. Options include flying above Denali, Knik and Colony Glacier, the Chugach Mountains, and more!
Trygg Air offers day trips for walrus viewing from Anchorage as well as King Salmon, in Southwest Alaska. You can fly there commercially from Anchorage, where you’ll be met by owner Chris Klosterman. You’ll board his plane for a 90-minute scenic flight along the west side of the Alaska Peninsula to Cape Seniavin to view these 4,000 pound animals that haul out on the beach.
Bicycle Tours & Rentals//Rent or take a guided tour on a Fat Tire bike
More than 100 well-maintained bikes of all types. Conveniently located in Downtown Anchorage five blocks from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. On their website you’ll find photos and specs of each bike and a separate page for each of Anchorage's four green belt bike paths.
Anchorage may be Alaska’s big city, but this bicycle tour operator offers quick proof that the city has a lot of wilderness. Choose your ride based on half-day or full-day options, as well as difficulty. You’ll go from downtown to Mother Nature—with mountains, coastal views, and the occasional moose sighting—in no time at all. Better yet, the tours often include beer tastings or lunch.
Dog Mushing//Learn to mush, or enjoy the ride
End of November - Early April
Experience the excitement of racing champion sled dogs at the Alaska Mushing School, just 75 minutes from Anchorage. Get a professional’s insight into the mushing lifestyle as you ride behind a team of energetic sled dogs on trails connected to the famous Iditarod route. Bundle up and ride in comfort, or brave the cold and drive the team yourself!
Winter Tours: November - April. Summer Tours: May - August.
Everybody loves sled dogs, and Salmon Berry Tours offers you the chance to get behind the sled year-round. In winter, you'll head to the kennel of Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey, where you'll see a gear demonstration, meet the dogs, and ride on the sled behind them across the snow. In the summer, board a helicopter for an exciting, scenic flight over the Chugach Mountain Range before landing atop a glacier, where you'll be greeted by the excited sound of dogs ready to run.
Forty minutes from downtown Anchorage lies Eagle River Nature Center, a gateway to Chugach State Park and a glacial river valley as wild and dramatic as any in Alaska. Enjoy an easy, 3-mile nature walk on the Albert Loop or trek up-valley 5 miles to see plunging waterfalls and 3,000-foot cliffs. In winter, traverse the trails on cross-country skis or snowshoes.
Kincaid Park offers the easiest way to get deep in the woods right in town. This 1400-acre forest sits atop an old glacial moraine and offers one of America's top trail systems as well as Anchorage's largest moose population. Park at the Kincaid Outdoor Center or "chalet," (343-6397). If you want to test yourself, try the 6-mile Lekisch Loop; it's the hilliest competition-certified 10K in the country.
Late November - Mid April
Alyeska Resort is famous for its downhill skiing and snowboarding for a reason—it’s truly world-class, featuring tons of snow, steep mountains, and views that stretch on forever. But there are a ton of other winter activities that make Alyeska an epicenter for winter adventure. Go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on one of the area trails; or head off into the backcountry with a guide for some heli- or cat-skiing; try a snowmobile excursion; or just take a tour of the mountain and experience its unforgettable views.
Alyeska Resort is famous for its downhill skiing and snowboarding for a…
If you’re looking for a wild oasis that’s just a 15-minute walk from downtown Anchorage, look no further than Westchester Lagoon (also known as Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park). One of the city’s most popular places, this is where locals come to play, as it has something for everyone. You’ll find access to great trails and wildlife, as well as year-round activities and events for the entire family.