Explore Alaska’s Northern Lights
Husky dog sled in the morning breeze and hunt for Northern Lights at sunset. Spending seven days ‘Aurora hunting’ in the Alaskan wilderness, you will stay at a lodge with amazing views of mountains and snow-covered spruce forests. And don’t worry! If the natural phenomena appears while you’re asleep, a guide will wake you up so you don’t miss it. This adventure will also take you on walks with reindeer, lunches with locals, hikes to hot springs in the incredible landscape and much more…
Day 1: Arrive in Fairbanks
Day 2: Hunt Northern Lights and Explore Hiking Trails
Day 3: Visit Reindeer Ranch and Hunt Northern Lights
Day 4: Visit Hot Springs and Cultural Centre
Day 5: Dog Sledding and Curling Lesson with Locals
Day 6: Visit an Off-the-Grid Homestead and the Museum of the North
Day 7: Departure
|TOUR DATES 2017 AND 2018||23 – 29 September 2017
21 – 27 October 2017
10 – 16 November 2017
2 – 8 December 2017
|19 – 25 January 2018
12 – 18 February 2018
26 February – 4 March 2018
11 – 17 March 2018
20 – 26 March 2018
|TOUR HIGHLIGHTS|| Dog-sled in Alaskan wilderness
Witness Northern Lights
Explore ice-museum and ice-bar
| Discover how locals live in the Interior of Alaska
Soak in mineral-rich hot-springs under the night-sky
|INCLUDED||6 nights, 7 days accommodation in lodge
A dog-sledding excursion
Personal wake-up service when the Aurora is active
Entry into Chena Hot Springs and Ice Sculpture Museum & the Museum of the North
Transportation in Alaska
Curling lesson from local players
|NOT INCLUDED||Flights to/from destination||Drinks and food (except breakfast)|
|PRICE||$2,345 per person (2017 dates)
$2,545 per person (2018 dates)
|$500 Single Supplement|
Why Choose Gondwana Ecotours?
‘Gondwana’ was part of the Pangea supercontinent, when all the continents were together and the world was one. Gondwana Ecotours aims to bring people from different continents closer together one trip at a time.
Donations To Causes
Local Guides & Trip Leaders
Ecotourism and Responsible Travel
Gondwana believes that travel is an opportunity for personal and collective fulfillment, building connections and driving creativity. Achieving these goals requires responsibility, sustainability and respect throughout planning and implementation. Gondwana’s Seven Key Sustainability Principles guide them towards those goals.
1. Recognize That Travel Has Substantial Impacts
Gondwana recognizes that travel has substantial impacts on the environment, the ecosystems that we visit, as well as the local communities, economies and development. They further recognize their role in understanding and affecting those impacts and seek always to improve both our understanding and our impact.
That’s why they examine all elements of their trips and operations for their impact on the environment, culture, society, economy and development and how we affect all the forms of capital that we interact with (natural, human, physical, and economic).
2. Goods, Products & Services We Use Don’t Begin Or End With Us
All of the goods, products and services used along the way don’t begin or end with us. They required energy and resources to produce and deliver, and usually enter the waste stream. For these reasons, Gondwana “reduce, reuse and recycle” in that order. For impacts we can’t mitigate they purchase carbon offsets to make every trip carbon neutral.
3. Sustainability Starts With You
Sustainability starts with you. Finding balance in ourselves is difficult but often a prerequisite for other forms of success. That’s why Gondwana offers programs on health and wellness including workshops and activities to support good nutrition, fitness, mindfulness and more. Additionally, Gondwana strives to always serve gourmet, fresh, local and organic meals and have top of the line spa treatments available – our short cut to relaxation. They hope to send every client home feeling rejuvenated and with new tools to maintain that balance in their day-to-day life.
4. Respect & Empower Local Communities
Tourism plays a substantial role in local communities. Responsible tourism includes local stakeholders in decisions and processes that will affect their lives and is always respectful of local custom and culture. To fulfill and promote this principle, Gondwana provide opportunities to engage and interact with stakeholders in the community: students, small farmers, and more.
5. Preserve Ecosystems For Future Generations
Stewardship and responsibility are especially important when visiting sensitive ecosystems. Gondwana’s objective is to preserve all of the sites they visit for the enjoyment and enrichment of future generations. To do that they engage in conservation through educational opportunities, trip activities, and actions they take as a company. They also always look for ways to give back to the destinations they visit through support for local causes.
6. Be Tolerant & Embrace Diversity
Diversity is essential to healthy systems. In all Gondwana’s actions and activities they seek to be always tolerant and embrace diversity – diversity of experience, perspective, interests and abilities. They provide ADA accessible options on their trips and do their best to accommodate every special request and need.
7. Always Improve & Seek Better Understanding
Sustainability is defined by complexity. Gondwana seeks to always improve their understanding and their impact. To that end they keep an open dialogue and invite you to join the conversation!
Read about Gondwana’s accolades in the Press
- Honeymoon With The Gorillas – East Anglian Wedding Magazine
- Observe Mountain Gorillas In Rwanda With Gondwana Ecotours – Essential Journeys
- A Tour Of Rwanda, From Jungle To City – The New York Times
- New Orleans Startup Offers Sustainable Ecotours Worldwide – Silicon Bayou News
- Hike Through Jungles And Forests Of Rwanda To See Rare Mountain Gorillas – Los Angeles Times
- Gorilla Trekking In The Wilds Of Rwanda – Chicago Tribune
- The Top Ten Travel Adventures For 2016 – Forbes
- Eco-Conscious On The Road: Amazing Travel Companies That Can Help You To Save The Planet – Epicure & Culture
- HUNTING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – Matador Network
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