Did you have to bring all your own "freezing weather gear"? We live in Northern California where it rarely gets below 40 degrees. Wondering if I need to purchase gear just for the few days we are there?
When are you going? We went the last week of September (we are also in Northern California). The only thing I bought was a 32 Degrees light down vest, which I wore for our entire trip.
The cool thing about the Aurora Borealis Lodge is that you can see the Northern Lights without leaving your room. The first night, we put on all our gear (thermals, sweaters, gloves, ear muffs and coats) to look the lights outside and then found we could see them equally well within the warmth of our room. My mother-in-law went to see the Northern Lights and had to stand out in the cold for a few hours, which is why I was so excited when I found this place.
You will something to keep you warm including your head, body, hands. A ski jacket, cap and gloves will work if you are only going from the car to the lodge and back. The room with 2 big picture windows is toasty warm.
If you also plan to go for a dog sled ride-most good outfitters have warm clothes.
For a better answer call Moc direct-he is very helpful. He can help with transportation to and from the Aura Borealis Lodge.
I'm from the Uk and we went to Alaska in November when it was about -20 at night. We did buy and take lots of warm layers so we could go out walking in the day and to see the northern lights at night when it's really cold. I would recommend buying warm clothes to take, depending when your going!?
You just need lots of layers and a good outer coat. Plus don't forget to buy toe warmers/hand warmers which go on top of your socks and gloves - these really keep you warm.
Thanks so much. We will be there mid March. Did any of you rent a car? Did you take tours or just drive yourselves to touristy things?
We went in mid September so no snow and no gear needed
I brought my own cold weather gear. The trick is wear layers, one good jacket and some warm boots. REI is having a good sales now too if you need stuff.. and you can order hand warmers from Amazon too. Also it might sound weird but it was warmer at the lodge than in the city.
We were there Sept. 28 & 29. The lowest temperature at 1:00a.m. was 31 degrees. If we go back we will have warmer foot gear.
The first night the deck had frost on the floor and even on the railings up the steps. The second night there was no frost, but still COLD.
Mok has coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate inside, and also cookies. There is also a restroom. He is a gracious host and even helped everyone with correct camera settings.
We did not have him pick us up at our Fairbanks hotel, electing to drive ourselves.
That depends on when you go. We dressed 1 season warmer than what it would be in Salt Lake City. For instance, we were in summer here (Shirt sleeves). In Alaska we wore a hoodie and took a scarf for extra warmth, especially when it got cooler at night. (and it was easy to pack) You'd probably dress a little warmer than that.
We brought layers and hand and toe warmers for our visit in February. It made it easy to do other outdoor activities during the days, like dog sledding and walking with reindeer. I was glad we came prepared-despite the added cost.
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