Northern Lights of the Yukon

Experience the treasures of the Yukon on this excursion that offers a nightly viewing of the Northern Lights.

Tour Description

Explore the rugged Yukon territory, view the brilliant Northern Lights display and spot wildlife among the area’s many lakes and forests. Spend four nights at the rustic Best Western Gold Rush Inn located in downtown Whitehorse. Enjoy sightseeing, nightly Aurora Borealis viewing excursions and a visit to the Takhini Hot Springs. Dogsledding tours are available as an add-on option.

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Features & Inclusions

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meet and greet at Whitehorse airport
  • Orientation meeting upon arrival
  • Transfers between Whitehorse airport and Best Western Gold Rush Inn
  • Sightseeing tour of Whitehorse
  • Yukon Wildlife Preserve Entrance (for arrivals Oct 1 – Nov 30 only).
  • Takhini Hot Springs Admission (for arrivals Oct 1 – Nov 30 only).
  • 4 night excursions to view the Aurora Borealis, including transfers to/from the hotel
  • Hot drinks and snacks at Aurora viewing

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival At Whitehorse Airport
Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted by a local representative of Northern Tales Travel Services who will welcome you to the Yukon and transfer you to your hotel. Once you have checked in you will receive an orientation meeting describing what to expect during your stay. The rest of the day is yours until your first evening viewing of the Aurora Borealis. The Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights, is a spectacle of magnetic and electrical charges in the air, colouring the sky a multitude of majestic hues. Tonight is your first chance to view this spectacular show. Departing the hotel at 22:00 in groups, you will be taken to a prime viewing area and treated to snacks and hot drinks during your viewing. Contemplate the sublime beauty of this fascinating array of blues, reds, greens and violets in this idyllic setting as you relax in a cozy heated cabin or walled tent. Return to the hotel at approximately 02:30. You will have another opportunity for viewing tomorrow evening. Overnight in Whitehorse.

Days 2–4 - Whitehorse
On the morning of day 2 you are treated to a tour of the scenic city of Whitehorse, a former gold rush settlement set against a stunning backdrop of mountains. Discover the highlights of this town such as Main Street, the Train Depot of White Pass, Log Skyscraper, Log Church, the SS Klondike, fish ladders and Schwatka Lake. Each day you are free to relax in the warm comfort of the hotel, or book an optional activity such as dogsledding, ice fishing, flightseeing or snowshoeing. You will have an opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis every evening of your stay. While waiting for the lights to appear, guests are invited to sit at a roaring bonfire, roast marshmallows, have tea and hot chocolate, chat with local guides, try out snow shoeing or tobogganing on a small hill. On day 3, you will visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (admission included), where you'll have the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. Dall sheep, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, wapiti (elk), woodland caribou, wood bison, musk-ox, moose and even lynx can all seen on this tour, usually up close! To cap off a great day, you will also travel to the nearby Takhini Hot Springs (admission included). The outdoor hot springs pool provides a warm sanctuary amid the cold weather and is a must-do activity while visiting Whitehorse! (Visit to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Takhini Hot Springs is included for arrivals Nov 1 – Nov 30 and Jan 1 -31 only). Overnight in Whitehorse.

Day 5 - Whitehorse to Whitehorse Airport / End of Package
Today your northern experience comes to an end as you check out of your hotel and are transferred to the Whitehorse Airport.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES- Available at an additional cost.
The Takhini Express - Half-day dogsledding tour (3 hours)
Experience some of the most beautiful wilderness scenery on the frozen Takhini River, a historic stretch of the Yukon Quest trail. Learn the basics of mushing and drive your own sled, or, sit back and enjoy the ride while the guide shares insights on mushing and Yukon history. Return transfers between Whitehorse hotel and dogsledding site, guide, winter gear (parka, snow pants, warm boots, mittens), hot beverages and snacks after the tour are included. Maximum 4 sleds per guide.

Takhini River Day Trip – Full-day dogsledding tour (7 hours)
This adventure follows the Takhini River up to the start of the Dawson Overland Trail, made famous during the Klondike Gold Rush, and also famous as the Yukon Quest trail. Learn the basics of mushing and drive your own sled, or, sit back and enjoy the ride while the guide shares insights on mushing and Yukon history. Return transfers between Whitehorse hotel and dogsledding site, guide, winter gear (parka, snow pants, warm boots, mittens), trailside lunch, hot beverages and snacks after the tour are included.

Accommodation Options

Hotel Accommodations

Best Western Gold Rush Inn

Dates & Prices

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Prices are land-only, per person. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Child pricing is available, contact your rail specialist.
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