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Top 8 Reasons We LOVE Alaska in Winter

If you’re truly seeking a picturesque winter wonderland, consider visiting Alaska during this magical time of year. Not only will you get to experience snowcapped beauty and local culture through popular events and festivals, but prices tend to drop during winter, making this an ideal time to visit.

Here at Cruises to Alaska, we want to ensure your trip is full of memories to last a lifetime, so we’ve assembled this list of our top eight recommendations for winter activities to consider planning during your trip.

1. Northern Lights- Locals say winter months offer some of the best skies for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Areas north of Fairbanks provide ideal conditions with less interference from city lights.

2. Dog Sled Race- A state tradition, Alaska is best known for the world-famous Iditarod, held each March. If you’re trip happens to fall during another time, you can still get up close and personal to these world class athletes. Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau are just some of the towns that provide kennel tours, or try your hand at dog mushing and take a ride on the actual sled.

3. Hot Springs- From popular to remote locations, these hot springs warmed from water deep within the earth are a favorite cold weather treat among tourists and locals alike.

4. Aurora Winter Train- The Alaska Railroad runs year-round from Anchorage to Fairbanks, but winter’s snow-covered landscape provides added splendor to the adventure.

5. Skiing- Alaska’s climate and landscape provides exceptional skiing in the winter months. Whether you choose backcountry, cross-country, or even want to take a shot at heli-skiing, there’s a trail sure to satisfy everyone from novice to expert.

6. Flightseeing Tours- For an unparalleled bird’s eye view of the Alaskan landscape, these small planes are the perfect choice for those seeking adventure up close.

7. Winter Biking- Using specialized fat tire or studded tire bikes, Alaska transforms into a winter haven for cyclists. Both city and local cross-country ski organizations maintain miles of groomed trails perfect for biking.

8. Glacier Hiking – A plethora of glaciers across the state make this activity a top choice for visitors. Choosing to explore with a professionally guided tour will ensure a safe and memorable experience suited for couples or families.

While the temperatures may drop during Alaska’s winter season, there’s plenty to do throughout this time of year. In fact, many “in the know” suggest that some of the most amazing things Alaska has to offer can be experienced during colder months. We hope this list provides some fun new additions you’ll consider adding to your future trip up north.