Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
Bettles is located in one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis in all of Alaska. Bettles officially has the most clear weather days in the entire state, which means more cloud free nights of opportunity to see the majestic Lights dance in the sky. Bettles is located directly under the Auroral Band, the highest aurora activity in the Northern hemisphere. For the best viewing of the Northern Lights come to the sunniest spot in Alaska!
The scheduled flights to Bettles are in the early morning and early afternoon. Depart Fairbanks on your scenic flight to Bettles Lodge – enjoy the 1-hour flight over the Yukon River and above the Arctic Circle with experienced and knowledgeable Alaskan pilots. The Bettles Lodge staff will greet you at the airplane to take your luggage and show you to the lodge for check in
Your knowledgable tour guide will show you around on a Village tour of Bettles. Bettles is isolated from the outside most of the year, with only an ice road two months in the winter. Find some peace away from cell phone service and the electronic world to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the wilderness. Included in the package are guided snow shoe excursions, cross country skiing, bonfires in the evening while waiting for the lights, and all of the Arctic gear you will need to stay warm while in Bettles. Not included in the package price, but a spectacular addition to your tour, are optional excursions: take a ride with the furry sled dogs down the Koyukuk River to ‘’Old Bettles‘’ founded in 1898, now a ghost town where the last gold rush in Alaska took place; go ice fishing, snowmaching, flight seeing and much more.
Today you will depart the lodge on your scenic flight to Fairbanks. On your return flight, your arrival time into Fairbanks will depend upon whether you take the morning flight or afternoon flight from Bettles back to Fairbanks. If you take the morning flight you will arrive back to Fairbanks by approximately 1pm. If you take the afternoon flight, you will return by approximately 5pm. Please plan accordingly for your connecting flights in Fairbanks. Occasional extreme weather can delay flights.