What you'll do
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is the most unique, non-touristy experience you’ll have in Fairbanks. We’ll explore the ever-changing braided, glacial-fed Tanana River from our 90 private acres. Depending on the aurora forecast, (https://www.gi.alaska.edu/monitors/aurora-forecast) and cloud cover, this is a premium viewing area. This experience is a guided walking tour of the riverfront property, walking ON the river, and plenty of time for photographing the northern lights. If the aurora are not out, you’ll still see animal tracks, walk on a frozen river, see the stars, and enjoy Alaska’s crisp clean air. We’ll finish with warm drinks and snacks in our cozy guest house.
I’ve lived in Fairbanks for 35 years, and enjoy helping people from around the world experience “real” Alaska. I’m an avid outdoors person, and enjoy backpacking, cross country skiing, trail running and all that Alaska has to offer. I’m also an economist at the International Arctic Research Center at UAF.
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Where you'll be
Wearing headlamps or carrying flashlights, we’ll walk across the frozen river slough, around an island, and then to the banks of the Tanana River. If it’s clear, this is an ideal place to view the aurora, devoid of light pollution. We’ll proceed to an Alaskan airstrip, and then make our way back to our warm home for snacks and hot cocoa, coffee, or tea.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
The property is 15 minutes from Fairbanks and one of the places you can drive to the Tanana River. Directions: Chena Pump Road. Left on Rosie Creek. Right on Melanie/Chief John Drive. Turn left at 2340 Chief John Drive. Follow the driveway past the tall yellow house to the guest house at the river.
Aurora pursuit ON the Tanana River