Winter can be one of the best times to visit Alaska, as it is generally less busy than the summer season. It’s an easier time to enjoy activities or visit destinations that would otherwise be jam-packed or stressful.

Not to mention, lodging is often much cheaper in the winter time.

If you are still unsure why anyone would visit Alaska in the winter time, then read our guide to enjoying this winter wonderland down below. You might just find yourself planning your next winter vacation to Alaska once you’re finished.

Winter Weather

First of all, if you have concerns about the weather, then we understand. There are many common misconceptions in regard to Alaskan winter weather.

To help you out, our winter generally begins anytime in October and lasts until late March or April. Most Alaskans tend to live along coastal Alaska, which has a relatively mild climate compared to the rest of the state.

Temperatures vary, from an average of 20 degrees in the southcentral to negative temperatures in Fairbanks and the interior. If you are worried about freezing weather, then consider sticking to the more coastal destinations instead.

The Darkness

Not to mention, we also know there are many questions about how dark Alaska’s skies can get. While Alaska receives about 6-12 hours of daily light during the winter season, that does not mean the day is over when the sun sets.

There are plenty of indoor activities to keep you occupied if you would prefer that on your vacation. You can also take advantage of what daylight there is by pursuing dog mushing, snowshoeing, ice skating, skiing, and so much more.  Or, if you would rather explore like the locals, keep in mind that many skiing, skating, and sledding areas are lit during this season as well.

When Should You Visit?

If you are interested in seeing the majestic northern lights, then plan your vacation between September and late March.

If you would like to witness authentic Alaskan winter life, then plan your trip around just one of Alaska’s many winter festivals. A perfect example is the 10-day Fur Rondy, which showcases Anchorage’s history and tradition, between February 23rd and March 4th, 2018.

For those interested in the historic 1,049-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race, consider planning your trip for early March.

Northern Lights Viewing

Speaking of the northern lights, winter is the perfect season for visitors to experience Alaska’s aurora borealis. If that includes you, then keep in mind that your best chances to see it will be out of Fairbanks or above the Arctic Circle.

Since it will require clear skies to see them, it is recommended to have multiple nights on your trip dedicated to aurora viewing. This is where Alaska’s dark factor comes into play—the longer the nights, the better your chances of catching a view.

Come Visit Alaska, Today

Though there are many factors to include when planning a winter vacation to Alaska, it really comes down to: what you receive from an Alaskan winter vacation is what you make of it.

If you would like to learn more about visiting Alaska in the winter time, then contact us at Alaska Private Touring. As Alaskans selling Alaska, our team of tour designers has the right experience to design the perfect winter experience for you.