What to Do in Alaska During the Winter

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!

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