Image by Thomas Lipke

Fairbanks,
Alaska

Explore the North Pole

March 3 - 9

Northern Lights | Dog Sledding | Hot Springs | Flight Seeing | Denali National Park | Ice Bar | Snow Machine | Arctic Circle | and... 

I remember growing up in Anchorage, early 90's being able to see the Northern Lights from my house. Now due to light pollution, you often have to get pretty far out of the city to see them when they flare. So we'll simply go to where we would have the most calculated luck. Fairbanks!

A very important thing about this trip to me is to show you that Alaska actually has a rich Black culture. I look forward to sharing it with you.

What we'll be doing

We will be: dog sledding to view the Northern Lights, flightseeing over the Arctic Circle, drive to Denali National Park, soaking in Chena hot springs, snowmobiling among the wildlife, vibing at an Ice Bar, and so much more.

Expectation

Fairbanks will be cold. Expect that for sure. I will absolutely prepare you with a proper packing list. It is beyond worth it in views and experience. Alaska still leaves me in awe and I want the community to experience it.

 

We will have full days and possibly sleepless nights as the Northern Lights are not something you can plan ahead for. They are a phenomenon that are a  “result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere. Variations in color are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. ... Nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.” There is an app that can let us know a few hours before if we are likely witness them but the best times are usually between 10pm and 3am.

 

We will have multiple guided experiences to catch them in the wilderness. One of the tours, we'll dog sled to a rural cabin where we can expect to catch the Northern Lights. Another will be at the hot springs resort area that has a Northern Lights viewing dome.

Other than the Northern Lights, we will be going to Reindeer farms and snowmobile tours for wilderness watching as well as vibing the local highly rated Chena Hot Springs.

Something to note, because Alaska is so far North, the days in the winter can be really short with sunrise not until 8-9am.

Here are visuals of what we'll be doing

Itinerary

There are some days that need to be structured based on the scheduled tour but the other days will be up to the group of what we feel like doing for the day.

 

Day 1

Arrive into Fairbanks

It’s is important to me to arrive and leave rested so the first and last day is dedicated to traveling and chillin. The days are busy enough that exhaustion can mess up the vibe.

 

Day 2

We will do a snowmobile tour for sunrise as this is the best time to view the wild animals along the way. The tour guide is one of the highest rated but also seems really fun.

We will head back to home base where you can change and shower if you need. Then we’ll check out the reindeer farm.

After dinner we’ll hit the ice sculptures which are intricately fascinating and from there we’ll head to Chena hot springs resort where we’ll do the first night of Northern Lights viewing tour. We will be taken to a remote cabin whee there will be hot drinks and snacks to just sit under the vastness of the Alaskan sky.

 

Day 3

After breakfast, we will hit the Museum of the North to view the history and art of the area and Alaska as a whole.

This day’s tour is a flight seeing tour over the Arctic Circle, Gates of the Arctic National Park and so much more. It is only 4 hours but it will be incredible. We’ll stop and get on the ground to truly feel the vastness of the space.

Afterwards, we’ll head back to chill for a little before going to Chena hot springs Ice Bar and soak in their famous hot springs. The hot springs closes at midnight so hopefully we can get some Northern Lights viewing there as well.

 

Day 4

Today is the day to knock Denali National Park off your list. This is a 6-8 hour day with a travel time being about half of that.

 

Day 5

The last activity day we’ll explore Fairbanks and learn about the Indigenous people, then that night we will take a dog sledding tour to view the Northern Lights for 5 hours.

 

Day 6

Goodbye.

What’s included:

Everything. All Inclusive.

 

Cost: $3800

 - A packing list

 - A completely guided adventure like you've never experienced with other Black folks.

 - Lodging for 5 nights 

 - Transportation 

 - Group food and dining experiences

 - Groceries for the house, snacks

 - Bomb ass Instagram views unlike anything you've seen

 - Learn the basics of taking photos and videos of yourself in nature, posing, editing, and composition.

 - Exclusive time with me (Courtney, The Unpopular Black owner) to learn how to feel confident adventuring, the small random things to know, and general knowledge I've gained over the last 6 years adventuring solo. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What airport do I fly into? 

Fairbanks, AK

How will we get to our Airbnb? What is the transportation situation?

I will be renting a vehicle and for liability purposes, I will be the only one driving it.

Cancellation Policy- 

You will receive an 50% refund if you have to cancel 60 days before our arrival date. 

 

What about COVID?

You will need to be vaccinated or had a negative COVID test within 48 hours of arrival.