Want to get out of town and experience a real Alaskan homestead?  Spend your days mushing a dog team along the river, snowshoeing along a sunny bluff, ice fishing for Burbot, carving a wooden spoon, and enjoying the sunset by an open fire.  Take a break from hotel rooms and savor the warmth of a woodstove and your very own sod roof cabin.  Enjoy home cooked Alaskan food and if you're lucky you'll see the after dinner show: the aurora borealis dancing in a clear night sky.  We offer customized stays at our home on a bluff overlooking the Tanana River, about an hour's drive from Fairbanks.  We take only two people at a time, and when you're here we cater to exactly what you want to do to make your Alaska dreams come true.

WHO: 1-2 people.   

DURATION: 2-7 days.

WHEN: December 1-May 1, first come, first served by reservation only.

WHERE: The Tanana River, about 1 hour's drive from Fairbanks.

COST: $375/person/day.  For trips longer than 3 days, $350/person/day.   Transportation from Fairbanks, food, lodging, guiding, winter gear, dog mushing and other activities included.

BOOK NOW: Call Jenna at 248 568 0345 or email us at borealjourneysak@gmail.com.  Once you have confirmed the dates of your trip with us, you can use Paypal to complete your reservation by paying $500 down payment.  You can pay the remainder with cash or check when we see you.

 

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RESERVE YOUR VACATION!

After talking to us to confirm dates and details, please complete your reservation by paying a $500 down payment using the paypal button below.  This is fully refundable if you cancel at least two months before your trip's start date.


Accommodations:

Where you sleep is part of the experience! Stay in our sod-roof cabin, the Sun Lodge (left) and dine in the Denali Pink, (right).  The Sun Lodge boasts a beautiful view of the Alaska Range on clear days and the Denali Pink, true to its name faces North America's tallest peak.  Both cabins are heated by homemade woodstoves.  To learn how we built them, see our blog.

 

We put up most guests in our Sun Lodge cabin.  It is snug and cozy and very comfortable, but it is a real Alaskan experience.  Here are some details:

  • Water- We get water from the Tanana River by chopping a water hole through the ice and then carrying the water up the hill.  For our guests, we filter/purify all of the water.  We will have buckets of cold drinking water available and there will always be a big pot of hot water on the woodstove for hot drinks and washing. 
  • Heat- Our cabins are heated by wood.  We’ll teach you how to make good fires and are happy to make a morning fire for you!  We love heating with wood and think you’ll enjoy it too.
  • Power- We have a battery system that we use to power LED lights.  We also have an inverter that you may use to charge cell phones, cameras, etc.  but the system is fairly small.
  • Cell service- depending on your carrier, you may or may not get cell reception.  We have phones that work in case of emergencies and generally discourage clients from using phones too much as they can detract from the experience.
  • Bathing- We encourage sponge baths- we’ve got bowls, wash cloths, towels, essential oil and soap for you, it’s a nice thing to do by a roaring woodstove!
  • Bathroom- You have a private outhouse with a great view.
  •  Food- We will do all the cooking and serve meals in our communal kitchen cabin.

The Sun Lodge: Photo Gallery (click to scroll through)

The Denali Pink: Photo Gallery (click to scroll through)


Activities:

ADVENTURE AND TRAVEL

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Take day trips from camp with our dogs, skis, snowshoes or on foot.

  • Ski, snowshoe, or walk our trails, or make your own!
  • Take daytrips and build up your strength , skills, and confidence.
  • Make a snow cave or lean-to.
  • Fish through the ice for burbot.

RELAXATION

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Enjoy some peace and quiet!  Relax in our simple, hand-made rustic lodges and tents.
 

  • Aurora viewing.
  •  Carve a wooden spoon, bowl, or creation!
  • Read books from our Northern library.
  • Help out with camp chores: cut holes in the ice for water, chop wood, or just sit by the fire.

SUBSISTENCE SKILLS STUDY

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Lessons in tracking, wild edibles, wood carving, skin sewing, birch bark crafts, etc.

  •  Animal tracking.
  • Axe and saw handling and techniques.
  • Explore winter beaver lodges, caves and more!
  • Learn Wilderness Survival and Bushcraft skills.
  •  Friction Fire lessons.
  • Trapping.

 

 

 

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A Typical Itinerary:

We tailor each trip to your individual preferences, but here is a sample itinerary of what a trip might look like:

Day 1

  • 10am-  We'll pick you up from your hotel in Fairbanks and hit the road.  The drive is about 1 hour 15 mins and takes us past impressive views of the Tanana River Valley.  You can choose to hike or mush
  • 10:30am- Arrive at the trailhead.  We'll have a dog team there to greet you.  The dogs can haul in your gear and you can choose between a 2-mille hike or 1-hour mush to get to the homestead. 
  • 11:30am- Arrive at the homestead.  Get settled in your cabin and we'll give you a tour and some hot lunch.
  • 1-4- Mushing 101- a crash course in dog sledding. We’ll cover the basics from harnesses and feeding to riding the sled and then load up for a trip to the fishing eddy to chop a hole in the ice and set some burbot sets.
  • 4-5- Snowshoe tutorial- get comfortable on snowshoes and you can go anywhere! We’ll fit snowshoes to your feet, tell you about different types and techniques and let you practice.  We can go on a hike and explore our bluff.
  • 5-6:30- Relaxation time.
  • 6:30—Dinner
  • Northern lights if you're lucky. They have been good lately.

Day 2

  • 9- Breakfast
  • 10-3- Explore the valley with a day trip by snowshoe or dogsled and lunch on the trail. We can look at animal tracks, talk about cold weather travel etc.  Places we can visit include caves, tributaries, beaver lodges and more.  If you feel like relaxing at home, we can get you started on a crafting project like making a wooden spoon or birch bark box.
  • 3-4- Camp chores- splitting wood, chopping water, cooking fish for dogs (optional).
  • 4-6:30- Relax and enjoy the long sunset from your cozy cabin.
  • 6:30- Dinner
  • 7-9- Evening crafts or relaxation time
  • More northern lights! Maybe make a fire on the bluff or out on the river to watch them by.

Day 3

  • 9- Breakfast
  • 10-1- Finish craft projects or go on a snowshoe up and around the “amphitheater” bluffs
  • 1-2- Lunch
  • 2-3- Pack up your gear and load the sleds.
  • 3-5- Hike or mush back to car.  Drive back to Fairbanks in time for dinner and a shower!