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Reviewed 12 March 2018

We visited the Aurora Borealis Lodge for an Aurora viewing session in early/mid-March. We were deciding between a more active “aurora seeker” tour and a viewing session like this. We were quite happy with the lodge viewing session- we loved the opportunity to go outside when the Aurora were active, but also to stay warm inside when things died down.

The lodge owner goes out of his way to ensure a great experience. You are picked up at your hotel. You have about 3.5 hours to view the Aurora during peak viewing time. We had about 15 people in the lodge our night, but it could easily hold double that. There are comfy couches to rest on and very large viewing windows. There is a huge porch for viewing and taking photos. Mok (the owner) can offer camera setting and photography tips. He even had an extra battery charger for when the cold temperatures caused our battery to die much sooner than expected. He can also take photos with his camera that he will sell for a small fee. While you’re in the lodge, there are hot drinks and cookies. Bring more layers than you think you will need as the temperature will drop during the time you are there!

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Caitlin M
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Clean, comfortable well thought out viewing lodge...on a clear night the Aurora lingered for hours. We were fortunate to have good weather and while waiting in the dark fell asleep...to be startled awake by the host clicking the walkie talkie (the Aurora alarm). Fantastic view in large view windows, with a comfy couch alongside. Low light rooms with de-humidifier (showers and cold windows don’t mix), along with red led headlamps provided by the host, let you know how good these folks are. No TVS HERE...it’s all about the Aurora. Absolutely awesome, so glad to have come here to see our first Aurora. Thank you Mok for your vision of how to share this experience and delighting us!

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
1  Thank JonyTumbles
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

When I was researching about seeing the Northern Lights and the Aurora Borealis Lodge I had a lot of questions and I did a lot of research - so I have put together a review here and a guide for make it easier for you - so you may have the best trip ever!
It is long - but I hope it helps.

BOOKINGS:
Make sure you book a year in advance - yes this place gets booked up fast!

HOW MANY DAYS:
I would suggest to stay for at least 7 nights to make sure you definitely see the northern lights. Cloudy skies make for no viewing. We booked our trip for 5 nights and almost missed them. We had to extend our stay to see them on the last night when the sky was finally clear. I'm glad we did because they were truly amazing!

ACCOMMODATIONS
Very comfortable and clean, large room. The kitchen was adequate to do simple cooking. The bed was comfortable. The view from the large windows was spectacular! We were upstairs in Room 2. The heater was warm and toasty - a little clicky - but not drying which was good. The toilet seat was heated and the bidet worked great with warm water. The shower was pretty high for a short person like myself but otherwise good. The room is not equipped with a TV so either bring your own laptop/tablet or bring some games/things to do. Wifi works great. Décor of the room is lovely themed with Alaska touches. Mok provides a walkie talkie so you can peacefully sleep until the lights come out and he will alert you.

Mok was very communicative and very helpful and kind throughout the whole stay and booking process.

CAR RENTAL:
Make sure to rent a 4 WD SUV - this will make for easy and safe driving in the snow. Especially getting up Mok's driveway to the Lodge - it is pretty steep and we initially got a 2 WD van and couldn't make it up very easily. Reserve your car before you get to the airport to avoid disappointment. Also with 4WD you can make day trips to see Chena Hot Springs, Northpole and the University Museum

DRIVING/DIRECTIONS
I would suggest downloading offline maps of Fairbanks from googlemaps before you venture out. A lot of time there is no data on the roads. Once you have offline maps downloaded - just turn your GPS and you're good to go. Connect to GPS and set your route before you head out, then it works perfectly even if signal is spotty.

Make sure to print out Mok's directions

I would definitely recommend this place to see the awesome northern lights!

Room Tip: second floor room no. 2 has great views
  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Sanders3
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

I have always wanted to see the dancing of the Northern Lights. This was a great place to do it. The hosts were friendly but not obtrusive. The facility is very comfortable, and the Aurora is not to be missed.

Stayed: January 2018
3  Thank jlgayton
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

I can't begin to express what a beautiful and awesome experience I had in Alaska and specifically at the Aurora Borealis Lodge. After diligent research for a girls trip we decided on the Northern Lights of Fairbanks. Aurora Borealis Lodge had such wonderful reviews I booked it out a year in advance. We stayed at Logan's Chalet, which was perfect for 4 of us. Full beautiful kitchen, 3 queen beds and 1 bathroom. I was initially a little worried about the 1 bathroom, but it's spacious and the heated toilet seat was a treat!

I began emailing with Mok, the owner, last year and he couldn't have been more helpful! We used his recommendations for a shuttle service (I would NOT recommend driving if you're going in the winter - the location is off the grid and many street signs were covered in snow...we'd probably still be driving around). We also did some dogsledding! It was -34 the day we went, but I would do it all over again. It was simply magical!

Mok provides a walkie talkie to his guests and will let you know if there's activity. I would also recommend however just hanging out in the viewing lodge because the lights and come and go pretty fast...We had a low level display on a completely clear night which were FABULOUS. Mok will also take your photos (which he will digitally send to you for the VERY reasonable price of $10). He helped many guests with settings on their camera's and cell phones - we were able to get some beautiful photos with our cell phone camera's.

We came in from California and stayed at the Chalet for 3 nights - we saw the lights our first night from our cabin, and the last night from the viewing lodge. They provide cookies, warm drinks, plenty of seating and have some great music going in the background. We brought Mok and his family some local fair (olive oil, vinegar, and some chocolate from our area) - he was very appreciative and mentioned it several times. Really, great people!

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled with friends
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3  Thank klw438
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