Luxury in Winter Wilderness

Indulge Yourself in the Luxuries of Winter

Experience the best that Alaska has to offer with a stay at three of our premier winter lodges. Begin with dazzling nights spent under the northern lights at the unique Borealis Basecamp. In private yurts with clear-ceiling domes, you will have the opportunity to watch aurora borealis action then truly sleep under the stars! A short ski plane flight will then bring you to your adventure base at Winterlake Lodge. Set out for adventure as you pilot a dog team or strap on a set of snowshoes for exploring the winter landscapes of the Alaska Range. Every day, you’ll be spoiled by the lodge’s culinary creations and every night by the dancing northern lights. Round out your winter tour with a stay at the exclusive and very unique Sheldon Chalet. Truly one of the most noteworthy lodge experiences in Alaska, the Chalet combine unique on-glacier outdoor activities with lodge based luxury for an extravagant finale on your Alaska visit.

Bespoke Adventures & Luxurious Comforts

Day 1

Arrive at the Borealis Basecamp

Touch down in Fairbanks, Alaska’s favorite winter destination, known for breathtaking views of the northern lights. Your private driver/guide will greet you and assist with your luggage then accompanying you through sparkling landscapes of winter wilderness to the Borealis Basecamp.

Perched atop a north-facing slope, surrounded by nature, your own private oasis at Borealis Basecamp offers the perfect winter escape in the heart of Alaska’s Arctic. A coveted stay by many, your private dome will provide the opportunity to view the lights from the comfort of your bed.

Overnight under the northern lights at the Borealis Basecamp for two nights.

Day 2

From Northern Lightshows to Winter Outdoor Adventures

In addition to aurora viewing, the Borealis Basecamp offers a variety of exciting winter activities such as dog sledding, snow machining, and aurora photography tours. Gear rentals are also available if you wish to explore the surrounding trails by snowshoe or fat-tire bike.

Enjoy another evening of aurora viewing as you drift off to sleep in your private cabin. Gourmet meals will be freshly prepared in the lodge restaurant featuring sustainably harvest Alaskan seafood and local produce.

Day 3

Soak in Chena Hot Springs - Explore Fairbanks

Warm up from your winter adventures with a visit to Chena Hot Springs. Meet your driver/guide in the late morning for the scenic journey to the springs. Take a dip in the same warm pools miners used to sooth their muscles from a hard days work.

When ready, return to Fairbanks for a night in the city before returning to the wilderness the following day.

Overnight in Fairbanks, along the shores of the Chena River.

(c) Matt Hage. All rights reserved.

Day 4

Winter Wilderness on the Alaska Railroad to Talkeetna

Travel in style today onboard the Alaska Railroad. This iconic journey will take you away from the road system and through the boreal forest. Look for moose dining on willow bushes or perhaps an elusive lynx will make an appearance. You will wind through the Nenana Canyon and along the edges of Denali National Park. Keep an eye out for Denali herself as she tends to make more appearances in the winter time. Arrive in the quaint sleepy community of Talkeetna for a night at a comfortable local Inn.

Overnight in Talkeetna.

©Jeanne L Baker. All rights reserved.

Day 5

Fly Off to Winterlake Lodge

A homecooked meal at the infamous Talkeetna Roadhouse will start your day today before meeting your ski plane.

Take off over the Susitna River Valley to the base of the Alaska Range and touch down on Finger Lake and motor over to the dock at Winterlake Lodge. An Iditarod checkpoint, Winterlake Lodge welcomes visitors from around the world with world-class service, adventure, and culinary creations. Lunch and an exciting adventure will fill your afternoon before a glass of wine and dip in the hot tub conclude your evening. Look up tonight, this is also a spectacular place to view the northern lights.

Overnight at Winterlake Lodge for two nights.

©Scott D. All rights reserved.

Day 6

Winterlake Adventure: Dogsledding, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling!

The lodge offers premium activities in a stunning backdrop. Adventure out by dog team, snowshoe, or snowmobile into the remote wilderness. You may opt for epic sledding or perhaps a ride on a fat tire bike. In the afternoon share the kitchen with world-class chefs for a cooking class. Gourmet meals, shared with your travel companions will be served daily and lunches may be on the trail for a winter picnic depending on the day’s exploration.

Each evening enjoy a dip in the wood-heated hot tub with a glass of wine while you await the northern lights.

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Day 7

From the Base to the Summit: Into the Alaska Range & Denali National Park

Partake in one last breakfast at Winterlake Lodge while you prepare for your final Alaskan luxury adventure.

A private helicopter will whisk you away  into the heart of Denali National Park. An experience reserved for a special few, your helicopter will weave through the mountains and canyons of the Alaska Range and bring you to Sheldon Chalet, perched high above the Ruth Glacier.  Your hosts will greet you with champagne and sampling of fresh Alaskan seafood. The balance of your day will be spent familiarizing yourself with the lodge amenities and relaxing. Tonight enjoy a fire and cocktail on the lodge deck.

Between the autumn and spring equinoxes, Sheldon Chalet provides some of the best aurora and star gazing available anywhere on the planet.  Its combination of high latitude and elevation provides unique opportunities for aurora viewing, showcasing rare colors and panoramic views of the dancing lights.Overnight at the premier Sheldon Chalet for three exceptional nights.

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Day 8

Adventure by Glacier: Snowshoeing, Crevasse Exploration, Snow Caves

Begin your day with a made-to-order breakfast, prepared by your own private chef. Your glacier guides will be busy prepping your gear for a day of exploration. You can even try your hand at snow shoeing across the Ruth Glacier, with a gourmet glacier picnic as your prize. Other activities include Denali-style sledding, glacier trekking, and exploring nearby crevasses and snow caves with your experienced guides. For the less-adventurous the deck offers awe-inspiring views of one of the most beautiful places on Earth. You may even see – and hear! – small avalanches occurring in the distance.

 

©Chris Burkhard. All rights reserved.

Day 9

Rejuvenate in Style

Embark on another glacier adventure today or perhaps stay closer to the chalet to enjoy all the luxuries Sheldon Chalet has to offer. You may choose to learn some new techniques with a hands-on class in the kitchen or just allow the chef to delight you with a sampling of Alaskan delicacies featuring locally sourced ingredients. Take in views of Denali from the sauna or warm yourself around a fire on the deck.  The majestic scenery around you warrants taking time to simply immerse yourself in it’s peaceful surroundings.

 

©Jeff Schultz. All Rights Reserved.

Day 10

Fly Out to Alaska's Urban Mecca: Anchorage

After a hearty breakfast board your private helicopter and wave goodbye to your Sheldon Chalet hosts.

Your pilot will follow the same trail the glaciers do, carving through the mountains and spilling out into the Susitna River Valley. Leave the rolling hills of tundra behind as you enter Alaska’s urban center and home of it’s largest city, Anchorage. Touch down in the heart of the city where your private driver/guide will greet you. Get familiar with the city as your driver shows you it’s more popular sites, or perhaps visit the various exhibits on display at the Anchorage Museum. Check into your downtown hotel this evening for your last night in Alaska.

Overnight in downtown Anchorage.

Day 11

Depart Alaska

Depending on your departure flight time you may choose to take a walk on the Coastal Trail or visit the shops along 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. Your private driver/guide will greet you at your hotel in time to transfer you to the Anchorage Airport to meet your departing flight.

Amenities, nearby adventures and more...

Price range:  $4000+ per person, per day

  • All transportation services, including arrival and departure transfers, in a private vehicle with an experienced driver/guide
  • All hotel accommodations, including roundtrip baggage handling and daily breakfast
  • All tours and activities, carefully selected for you
  • A stay at Borealis Basecamp, including pre-selected activities and meals
  • A stay at Winterlake Lodge, including all activities, meals, gratuity, and roundtrip charter flights
  • An exclusive stay at Sheldon Chalet, including all activities, meals, gratuity, and charter flights

 

  • Gratuity for included activities or hotel services
  • Meals, other than mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages when not at Winterlake Lodge or Sheldon Chalet

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