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Snowshoe Tour

Alaskans know- the secret to having fun and being warm outside is moving your body!  This introductory snowshoe tour is designed to get you up and going, enjoying the winter wonderland of Alaska's interior wetlands. 

 

The Experience

Your tour begins in our cabin where we'll make sure you're appropriately dressed to stay warm and comfortable.  We make all of our snowshoes by hand from wood, cordage and rawhide. We will go over different types of snowshoes and share the process of making them with you. Your guide will cover snowshoeing basics, fit you to a pair of snowshoes, and lead the way through our network of winter trails.  We will explore a snow-frosted boreal forest, icy winding creek, and wide open lowland bog.  If you want, you can blaze your own trail.  If conditions permit, we'll have warm drinks and snack by a cozy fire on a bed of spruce boughs.  The feeling of powerful vitality and endless possibility that accompany making your own trail through miles of pristine snow cannot be explained, you've got to try it!  We are happy to combine snowshoe tours with mushing tours when possible.

The Details

This is an active exploration! Guests should be in reasonable physical fitness and able to walk for 30 minutes and get up if they fall in the snow.  Guests must provide their own wool socks and reasonably warm winter boots.  We can supplement boots with toe warmers, gators and in some cases Neos overshoes.  If you are wondering if this is the right tour for you- ask us!

DURATION: 2 hours.

WHEN: By appointment, November 15-April 1.  Please call as far in advance as possible to schedule as trips fill up!

WHERE: 2240 Railroad Drive in Fairbanks, AK

COST: $60/person.  $50/person if booked in addition to a dogsled ride. Includes gear, guiding, hot drinks and snacks.

BOOK NOW! Call Jenna or David at 248 568 0345 or email us at borealjourneysak@gmail.com.  Once you have confirmed a date and time with us, we ask that you pay 50% of the cost of your tour as a reservation fee using paypal button below to finalize the reservation.  Please confirm the date with us before paying.  Reservation fees are fully refundable if you cancel at least two weeks prior to the date of your trip.

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I went snowshoeing and dogsledding with Jenna and Dave and would strongly recommend it! It was very easy to organize and they were very fast and clear when responding. They make for a very personal experience and the tours throughout their property are gorgeous! I felt like I was hanging out with friends and not a tour operator. It was also really great to see how much they genuinely care for their dogs.
— Charles M.
This is my fourth visit to Fairbanks and I was looking for something different. And I was not disappointed. From the first email on, asking for availability I already felt confident I will have a wonderful day. Jenna made sure to explain what the tour would be and suggested other activities as I am interested in doing something new. We agreed on a hour dog sledding tour plus a snow shoe tour. David picked me up at the exact given time at my hotel and drove me to their cabin. I had emailed them the day before that my luggage did not made it to Fairbanks and that I only had a handful amount of clothes the wear. Jenna reassured me by saying they could give me the clothes I needed for the tour. They were already available in the car as they did not know how warm I was dressed. This already impressed me a lot. Upon arrival, I was first greeted by all dogs who were absolutely amazing. Then we went into the cabin and I met Jenna. We took the time to discuss and to speak before getting dressed for the dog sled tour. I liked the fact that I was offered to harness a dog, for a non experienced person, it is in fact, quite an experience :) Then David and I went on the run. I could either stand on the back sled or seat on the second. I choose to stand first and it was just short of magic. Incredible. While you are not mushing by yourself, you have almost the same feelings as the musher, you basically do what he does without giving the instructions to the dogs...
When we came back to the cabin it was time for the snow shoes walking. Another couple joined at that time and David and Jenna made sure to introduce us, explain us how snow shoes are built and how to walk with them.
We then went for approx. 90 minutes of walking, either on existing trails or creating our own trails. I’ll never forget this, it was quiet, serene, peaceful.
After the tour, we have been offered hot drinks, home made muffins and given the opportunity to chat more. There was no time pressure, no rush.
If you are looking for an authentic adventure, with people who love what they are doing and truly want to share their knowledge and passion, go with them. You won’t be disappointed. They deserve to be more known, and in the same time, should be also kept as the best secret place to go!
— Stephan, France