Are you planning on visiting Alaska this winter? Great! You’re in for an incredible time—there’s something incredibly peaceful about taking in the sights and sounds of the Alaskan wilderness during the dead of winter. Of course, if you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside, it’s important that you prepare yourself by packing all the items you’re going to need to keep safe and warm.Here is some info about what you should pack for your Alaskan winter vacation:Parka: Temperatures in Alaska can get extremely low in the winter, especially as you head farther inland. Fairbanks, for example, can easily get down below -20 degrees Fahrenheit and colder. The expected temperatures will vary based on where you’re going and how the ocean currents are flowing. A lightweight parka can still hold up to extreme cold, and is also easily packable.

  • Hiking boots: Get yourself a good pair of strong, versatile hiking boots that are made with a water-resistant material to keep your socks dry when you’re trekking over snow and ice.
  • Long underwear: Long underwear provides a much-needed extra layer around your entire body that can make a big difference in your comfort when you’re outside for long stretches of the day during the winter. Silk long underwear is easy to quickly wash and dry overnight, and it’s light enough that you’ll be able to wear it without having to wear extremely baggy clothes on top.
  • Socks: The type of socks you bring with you can make a huge difference. Get some warm socks that are going to keep moisture away from your feet. Avoid cotton, because cotton absorbs sweat and moisture, which in cold weather will actually chill your feet. Instead, opt for synthetic materials, blends or wool—you’re going to stay much warmer using these types of socks,and be much happier for your decision.
  • Snow pants: When we say “snow pants,” we don’t mean the kinds of huge puffy pants you dressed in as a kid to go sledding. There are plenty of options for adults that include coveralls that can protect you while you’re snowmobiling, or pants that are insulated and made out of water-resistant fabrics, making them great for snowshoeing, hiking and skiing. You’ll be able to find these at most sporting goods and outdoor stores, as well as ski shops.
  • Gloves and mittens: Go for comfort over style with your gloves—you’re going to need to keep your hands warm. Bring a pair of heavyweight mittens as well, even if you’re not typically into wearing mittens. This will help you keep your hands much warmer when the temperature gets especially cold.
  • Sunscreen: You might not associate sunscreen with the winter, but you’re going to want it if you’re spending a lot of time outside. In fact, the light that bounces off the snow can make the sunlight even more intense than it is in the summer. This is why you’ll want sunglasses with you as well.

For more information about what to pack for your Alaskan winter vacation, contact the experts at Alaska Wild Guides today.

The busiest season of the year for tourism in Alaska is the summer. This shouldn’t be surprising—the summer is the biggest time of year for tourism just about everywhere. Plus, the weather is milder, and the days are brighter, making it more conducive to a lot of outdoor activities.

However, there is still a lot to see and experience here in Alaska even during the cold and dark of winter. The state doesn’t shut down when the weather gets cold. In fact, some of the greatest Alaskan experiences happen during the coldest and darkest months.Here are just a few examples of some of the things you might do if winter tourism in Alaska is on your calendar:

  • Northern Lights tours: You’re never going to have the opportunity to seethe Northern Lights here in Alaska during the summer, because it never really gets dark enough. During the winter, however, you can see some spectacular displays of the lights, especially if you take tours out to some of the ideal areas for gazing up at the sky. Even if you’ve seen the Northern Lights before, there’s something truly special about seeing them during an Alaskan winter.
  • Dog mushing tours and events: Alaska is famous for the Iditarod dog race, which takes place during the winter and is a fantastic spectator event. But even at other times in the winter, you can take tours and excursions to meet Iditarod racers and their dogs to hear what the race is like. You may even have the opportunity to get out on a dog sled ride yourself!
  • Snowmobile tours: Want an up-close look at the Alaskan wilderness that also gives you a bit of exhilaration and excitement? Snowmobile tours are extremely popular during the winter, and are a fantastic way to explore some of the state’s most gorgeous landscapes, including glaciers, rivers, lakes and so much more.
  • Skiing: There is a near-limitless number of skiing opportunities in Alaska, whether you’re looking for cross-country or downhill skiing. Bring your skis and snowboards and hit the slopes or trails!
  • Snowshoeing: Want a little more peaceful way to get out into the wilderness? You can go snowshoeing either by yourself or in a group, allowing you an opportunity to get off the beaten path a bit and see the Alaskan wilds.
  • Ice fishing: Alaska is famous for its fishing all year round, including its ice fishing. This is a classic winter experience here in Alaska, when the ice is especially thick. If you’re new to ice skating, or even if you’re a seasoned vet, you can always go out on a guided ice fishing excursion. The benefit of this is that it’ll often come with a portable shelter you can sit in while waiting for bites!

There are so many opportunities to have a great Alaskan experience during the winter. For more information about winter tourismin Alaska, contact the experts at Alaska Wild Guidestoday. We look forward to helping you plan your trip!