Plan ahead and watch the Northern Lights from the igloos at Borealis Base Camp in Alaska

Arguably the best place to see the Northern Lights in Alaska is in the northern city of Fairbanks in interior Alaska. One of the most memorable places to view the Northern Lights is the purpose-built Borealis Basecamp. Fairbanks is a city where the Northern Lights are visible about 200 nights a year.


The Borealis Basecamp was designed to provide the best immersive experience in North America. It is located just 25 miles from the city of Fairbanks and is nestled in 100 acres of pristine Alaskan boreal forest. The Borealis Basecamp offers a very immersive winter experience in Alaska in its vast “Winterness”.

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The specially designed geodesic igloos

At Base Camp, guests are immersed in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness, away from light pollution and where people can gaze at the transparent swirls of light that illuminate the night sky. Guests can watch the Northern Lights from the comfort of their modern, see-through geodesic igloo.

Snuggle up for the night in comfortable beds with luxurious linens and stroll through the starry Arctic sky through the igloo’s expansive, clear ceiling.

The fiberglass igloos are similar to those used by polar expeditions and research stations and have been specially designed to maximize the guest’s ability to see the lights.

The arctic experience is magical, while the igloos are intimate. It really is one of the best ways to experience the Alaskan winter. The igloo windows are curved and span 16 feet across the roof of the igloo.

The igloos were designed to be simple yet elegant. They are private and have a full bathroom with shower, toilet, sink and hairdryer. The base camp also offers hot coffee, tea and cocoa in the igloos. The igloos do not have cooking facilities. Instead, guests are encouraged to use the on-site base camp Latitude 65 restaurant.

They also have comfortable cubic accommodations with large windows to view the Northern Lights.

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Base Camp Experiences in the Alaskan Wilderness

There is more to do in Borealis Basecamp than just relax and watch the Northern Lights. It’s time to explore the final frontier of interior Alaska. Adventures include flying, dog sledding, snow milling, and more.

Snowmobile tour:

Join their all-inclusive White Mountains Snowmachining Tour and experience the backcountry of Alaska during the winter. Ride the snowmobiles along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline to Wickersham Dome and take in the winter wonderland lookout.

The tour includes a hot lunch with fries, sandwiches, and coffee.

Visiting the Arctic Circle:

Go with the professional guide and photographer for a full-day adventure. This tour goes all the way to the Arctic Circle in a private vehicle with a personal guide.

Another option is to rent a car and drive the risky road from Dalton to the northern Arctic Ocean.

White Mountains UTV Experience:

Another option to experience the White Mountains is a UTV tour. This is another all-inclusive tour that travels through the Alaskan backcountry along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Enjoy a hot lunch before returning to base camp.

Tolovana Helicopter Day Trip:

Take flight and discover hidden treasures inaccessible on the ground. Fly to natural hot springs and soak in a tub surrounded by frozen Alaskan nature.

Enjoy a full day exploring Alaska’s winter wilderness while watching the nightly dance of the Northern Lights.

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Borealis Basecamp Winter Packages

The best way to enjoy base camp is with one of their packages. Note that for the winter season 2022/2023, they have limited availability.

They are now accepting bookings for the 2023/2024 season and are excited to announce their new cubes that complement their igloos. They are equipped with a rain shower and a king-size bed.

  • Season: November 15, 2023 to April 10, 2024

Sample package – 3 nights/4 days package

This package includes cube accommodations, round-trip transportation to and from Fairbanks, an airplane tour, and a 1-hour dog sledding experience in Alaska. There is also an evening alarm clock so no one misses the Northern Lights when they are visible.

  • Price: $2,804 high season / one person

The package includes breakfast but excludes lunches and dinners. Prices vary according to the number of people and the season.

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