Fiddling Under the Northern Lights: Culture and Science in Alaska
Come to Alaska to discover the legends and spectacle of the northern lights, attend the Athabascan Fiddle Festival and learn the story of this unforgiving yet beautiful region.
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Program No. 6328RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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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