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Fiddling Under the Northern Lights: Culture and Science in Alaska

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11 Days | 10 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Winter in Alaska is a defining time of year. Join the people of the Alaskan Interior and experience true northern exposure in Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs. Celebrate the Athabascan Fiddle Festival and learn about the fabulous aurora borealis — examining scientific theories and folklore. Then travel 60 miles to Chena Hot Springs to learn more about adaptations of the people, plants and animals that survive and even thrive in this sub-arctic environment.


• At a dog musher’s house, meet the dogs and learn about preparation for a 1,000-mile sled-dog race.
• In Fairbanks, attend the Athabascan Fiddle Festival and join with locals to learn how music and dance help them pass the long, cold winter.
• Study the phenomenon of the northern lights at a world-renowned research center in Fairbanks, then look for them while soaking in an outdoor hot tub.

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Some walking and standing on icy, generally flat ground. Some stairs.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Fairbanks, 5 nights; coach to Chena Hot Springs, 4 nights; return to Fairbanks, 1 night; departure.

Coordinated by Denakkanaaga.

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10 nights of accommodations
29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances


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