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Borealis Basecamp, Fairbanks

Borealis Basecamp

Fairbanks, The US

Thanks to the lack of light pollution, the aurora borealis shines really bright here at Borealis Basecamp. This off-the-grid experiential hotel lies just 40 km (25 miles) from the city of Fairbanks, nestled within 100 acres of pristine boreal forest. The property has a remote wilderness feeling but is still easily accessible.

The property has a range of glass domed igloos and cubes that provide a comfortable base when exploring, and a unique stay with the opportunity to watch the northern lights from the comfort of your bed. A range of winter activities are on offer from the lodge including dogsledding and snowmobiling, and fresh, local meals are included daily.


This is one of the best locations to see the northern lights in Alaska and the igloos and domes provide a comfortable winter base.


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The accommodation at Borealis Basecamp takes the form of spacious fiberglass domes with vast clear ceilings, stretching 5 m (16 ft) across. Spending the night here you can lie back on comfortable beds with luxurious linens and watch the northern lights dance in the sky above. The domes have European-style interiors with elegant furnishings, as well as smaller kitchenette domes with tea, coffee and hot chocolate making facilities. There are also en suite bathrooms with toiletries provided.


Just 40 km (25 miles) from the city of Fairbanks, the basecamp is nestled within 100 acres of pristine boreal forest. Although it has the feeling of being in the wilderness, it’s still easily accessible. The camp includes the 50-minute roundtrip transfers to and from Fairbanks in their packages.

Food and drink

The dining yurt serves up fresh, local produce with casual European touches. A complimentary breakfast is served every morning, consisting of fresh juice, meats, cheeses, local bread, cereals, and fruit. For lunch, Borealis guests can choose from four different daily soups served in a bread bowl, accompanied by a Caesar salad. The dinner menu is made up of Canadian classics, like king crab, ribs, and pasta. If you’re after some privacy, you can have dinner delivered to your dome if arranged before your stay.

Facilities and activities

The primary reason for visiting the camp is for the northern lights viewing opportunities. Winter guests of Borealis Basecamp can also make the most of the property’s arranged activities, which include dog mushing, photography classes and snowmobiling tours. A package with the camp includes one complimentary activity on the second day at the camp.

Tour ideas in Fairbanks

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Borealis Basecamp as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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