I had the chance to take a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska to stay at the Borealis Basecamp. It was such an amazing and unique experience! From the comforts of the aurora camping dome, the Basecamp was a great place to catch the northern lights and to enjoy some quiet time and snowfall.
The Borealis Basecamp
The Borealis Basecamp is about an hour drive from Fairbanks, Alaska. The spot is a hub for aurora chasers, and with no light pollution, and so few people, the Borealis Basecamp is one of the few spots in the world that offers around 250 nights of swirling green, red, and purple lights each year. Nature at its finest!
At the Borealis Basecamp, they have several dome cabins that you can stay in. Each has a clear section in the roof so that you have the perfect view of the northern lights.
How to Find the Aurora Borealis
In a recent post, I shared tips on how to find the Aurora Borealis and take photos of the northern lights here. If you have never had the opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis, I suggest you add it to your bucket list. It is just so unreal and memorable.
A huge thanks to Joel Schat for joining me on this trip to Fairbanks Alaska and capturing the Aurora Borealis!
My Alaska Trip Vlog
You can watch my Alaska travel vlog below or directly on YouTube for better quality.
We kept busy during the day during our stay at the basecamp. One of my favourite activities that we tried was mushing! While I have been mushing before, this time was even better. We had the best guide and his dogs were the cutest. It’s about a 30-minute tour, so my advice would be to wear warm clothes and a good jacket, like the Parajumpers down I wore.
Another great daytime activity was snowmobiling. I was a rookie, so admittedly I was pretty nervous. Having never been on a snowmobile before, I kept worrying I would flip, fall, or crash. I am happy to report that none of the above occurred despite my poor driving. It was a blast and by the end of it I was really enjoying speeding through the snow. We yet again had a wonderful guide, who was both kind and knowledgeable. He took us through some really awesome trails.
Meals at the Basecamp
The heated rooms at the Borealis Basecamp were so cozy! Each dome has one or two beds, a bathroom and a fridge. The domes have heaters so it keeps it super cozy and comfy. Our meals were served in another dome onsite. Every breakfast, lunch and dinner, was delicious and much needed after long days of activities. My personal faves? The soups for lunch and ribs for dinner! DELISH!
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Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for recipes, dogs, sustainability, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.
Bella Bucchiotti is a freelance food, travel, and lifestyle writer for MSN and the Associated Press Wire.