Of course we think Alaska is amazing every day of the year. But the real answer to “when” you should visit depends on what adventures you are looking forward to.
Summertime is probably the best time to visit Alaska if you are looking forward to doing activities such as touring the Arctic Circle, participating in water sports like rafting and canoeing, relaxing at the Chena Hot Springs, or fishing for fresh Alaskan seafood.
Visitors are pleasantly surprised by how pleasant the Alaskan summer weather is. During the day, temperatures remain in the 60-80 Fahrenheit range. At night time, it can dip into the 40’s. Naturally, there will be variation depending on the region in Alaska you visit.
If you’ve ever dreamed of witnessing the stunning Northern Lights, the winter time is when you will want to schedule your visit. The darker night time sky makes for a brilliant exhibition of yellow, green, red, purple, and blue illuminations in the sky. Fairbanks is fortunate enough to be considered one of the top viewing spots in Alaska. From late October to March the skies are clear and dark enough to gain the best view of the lights.
For hundreds of years, dog sledding has been the transportation method of choice for native Alaskans. During the wintertime, Alaska hosts a wide range of dog sled races, including the world famous Iditarod. For those interested in experiencing dog sledding, tours are available.
Another popular activity to partake in during the winter months is ice fishing for the freshest Alaskan seafood. There’s nothing quite like fishing for your own Alaskan Salmon on the frozen water. Even beneath the ice, fish are active and can be readily caught by beginners or more expert anglers. Usually beginning in late October through March is the best time to plan ice fishing expedition.
Other exciting winter activities include our Reindeer Adventure, and the Fairbanks town tour. If you have your own exciting plans, you can even work with guides to create your own customized tour. If you are planning an Alaskan winter adventure, you should do your research on what sorts of gear to pack, as the winters can be a challenging journey.
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Posted by: Ralf Dobrovolny