America's Arctic and Fairbanks' Winter Carnival
Discover the Arctic as you attend the Fairbanks Winter Carnival, ride a dogsled and explore historic Coldfoot, named for the early prospectors who got “cold feet” and turned around.
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Program No. 7340RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Discover America’s starkly beautiful Arctic and enjoy the famous Fairbanks Winter Carnival’s championship sled-dog races and larger-than-life ice sculptures. As the spring equinox nears, temperatures are moderating and the northern lights may be seen. Venture to Coldfoot to grasp the enormity and beauty of the pristine Arctic by seeing it with your own eyes.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to a half-mile daily on flat, potentially icy paths. Driving in vans up to 10 hours with breaks every 60-90 minutes. Expert-led snowshoeing excursion in Coldfoot. Elevations up to 4,643 feet.
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 ...

  • Attend the Fairbanks Winter Carnival, a tradition since 1934, and view the spectacular ice sculptures entered in the World Ice Art Championship.
  • Journey north above the Arctic Circle, cross the Yukon River and continue into the Brooks Range where you can ride on a dog sled and take a snowshoe hike.
  • Learn the science behind the aurora borealis.
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Mary Shields
As the first woman to finish the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Mary Shields is one of Alaska's legendary dog mushers. She has raced a number of times in the Yukon Quest, a thousand-mile race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse in the Canadian Yukon, run during the coldest time of the year. Mary and her dogs have mushed in Siberia, as part of an international friendship sled dog race, racing with and against indigenous Siberian mushers. A visit to Mary’s home and kennel offers an opportunity to meet her dogs and to talk about her life and her love of her sport and America's most northern state.
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