4 Day Northern Lights Vacation from Anchorage

4 Days


Nov 15 - April 1



Why This Trip?

This winter itinerary gives you the opportunity to explore Alaska's biggest city and enjoy classic cold-season activities in and around Anchorage. You'll experience Alaska's world-class ski resort and have the chance to go in search of the dazzling northern lights.


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Day 1

Arrive in Anchorage - Day in the Mat-Su Valley

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Pick up your rental car and drive the Matanuska-Susitna Valley area (45 mins to 1.5 hrs) for some iconic winter activities in the Alaskan backcountry, snowboard & downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or dog sledding.

You could also make a stop at the Musk Ox Farm or Reindeer Farm to see some Alaskan wildlife up close.

Drive back to Anchorage to spend the night. In the evening, book a tour to go in search of the northern lights, or check out our list of places to hunt on your own in the Anchorage area.

Day 2

Day & Overnight in Girdwood

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Today you'll be making the 45-minute drive from Anchorage to Girdwood, home to the world-renowned Alyeska ski resort. Get an early start if you want to hit the slopes; you could also go fat-tire biking. Or simply check into the Hotel Alyeska or a local Inn or B&B and bask in the luxurious surroundings. If you're staying at the hotel ask for an aurora wake-up call and they'll notify you if the famed aurora borealis light up the night sky.

Day 3

Day & Overnight in Girdwood

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Take advantage of another day in this world-class wonderland. Spend the day schussing down the slopes or exploring the wilderness on cross-country skis. Up the adrenaline by taking a snowmachine ride through the backcountry or taking a winter flightseeing trip. And don't forget to ask for an aurora wakeup call.

Day 4

Day in Anchorage

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Wake up among Girdwood's mountain scenery and make the drive back to Anchorage. Visit the city's world-class museums and great art galleries, or even check out a winter festival if one is going on. And of course, don't forget to do some souvenir shopping before heading home!