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Fairbanks is in a wilderness, 500 kilometres north of Anchorage, and 300 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. As gateway to Denali National Park, it is often used as an overnight stop en-route to the Arctic wilderness beyond.

Its museums house interesting exhibits illustrating Alaska’s cultural and natural history and you can shop for native Athabascan and Eskimo crafts.

In summer, daylight lasts forever, and in winter you can dog-sled, watch the spectacular Aurora Borealis, and see life-sized ice sculptures.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: bald eagle, moose, lynx, great horned owl, coyote

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itineraries:

Polar Bears in the High Arctic

Alaska, a land of remote wilderness and outstanding wildlife, is one of the very few places in the world where you can see polar bears up close. Travelling in a small group of just eight people, you can observe them interacting along the coastline in the summer while they wait for the sea ice to form.

  • When to go: Aug-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £10,395 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Wilderness Adventure

Embark this outstanding ‘Access All Areas’ itinerary to visit Alaska’s national parks, by car, boat, plane, train and bus. Search for wolves and bears in the shadow of Mount McKinley at Denali National Park, be amazed at towering glaciers and icebergs in the Kenai Fjords, before photographing grizzlies at Brook Falls.

  • When to go: Jun-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,895 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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SpringHill Suites Fairbanks

Overlooking the scenic Chena River, this 3-star hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Fairbanks and offers all modern amenities for a comfortable stay. A member of the Marriott chain, its 140 suites have either a king size or two double beds, a sofa bed and private bathroom.