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Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge
Port-Lesney, France
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“Out of this world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

The adventure began by hopping into a 4 person snow plane for our 2 hour flight to the Brooks Range (this my dream getting to sit up front, ready to take over at any stage!!). To say the scenery was stunning belies the beauty of the snow capped mountains and sheer remoteness.

Our arrival was on a winter snow capped lake that pulled up to our lodge. It was here we got to meet our engine room, the beautiful yet powerful dogs, we were fortunate to be in their greatness. These guys were average size but could move a small truck. They were so obedient, but once you put a harness on them you thought they were about to run out at the MCG grand final day. Over the next 5 days we did some of the most amazing trails with these creatures who just kept pulling and pulling.

The owner was an absolute encyclopedia on everything, we had running water via the lake which he had to shovel to get, and chop the wood for the fires. The food was impeccable, home cooked with that Alaskan spirit and ingenuity. We went ice fishing, but they must of smelt us, caught nothing.

The main reason we were there were to see the Northern lights; our last night proved to be the crescendo, the lights danced around the sky like nothing we have ever seen, words do not describe the vibrancy and colours - still not sure if they were real.

An incredible experience - that we were privileged to share. A once in a lifetime adventure that will stay with us forever. Not to be missed.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

Iniakuk Lodge and the remote Caribou Cabin in the Gates of the Arctic National Park in the Brooks Range were truly a “once in a lifetime” travel experience. At Iniakuk Lodge, we enjoyed reading on our balcony overlooking the lake and mountains while watching Common and Pacific Loons (first sighting for us of a Pacific Loon!). Pat’s meals were delicious and included fresh greens grown in the lodge's hot house, and the conversation about Alaska was fascinating as well as enlightening. We had traveled all over Alaska for 3 months and had not met many “native-born” Alaskans. John took us up the river where we spent hours watching an abundance of beavers - more than we had ever seen before at one time. It was simply riveting to observe the beavers gathering food and building their lodges; one was just sitting atop the lodge as though contemplating a job well done. On our flights to/from the Caribou Cabin in the Brooks Range we were completely absorbed by the scenic vistas afforded us from this elevated perspective. From the air, we could also see caribou trails; it was a perfect introduction to the awe-inspiring, seemingly endless caribou migration (like a 24 hour parade lasting for days!) which we witnessed right from our Caribou Cabin porch. We felt privileged to be experiencing all alone, and at such close range, a migration that has been replayed over the centuries - a “lifetime” highlight indeed! It's no wonder that Gates of the Arctic National Park was recently cited in Conde Nast magazine as the top location for the quietest place in the world. The satisfaction and thrill of seeing up-close the caribou migration, of hiking in the glorious mountains, of eating delicious home-cooked meals, of beholding the tundra and river grasses adorned in their autumnal splendor and of sleeping on beds in our warm cabin were breathtakingly unforgettable. On our return flight we flew close to the Arrigetch Peaks - an utterly beautiful sight. We loved this unique wilderness experience and look forward to returning to the grandeur of the natural world which can be found so easily at Iniakuk Lodge and Caribou Cabin. We can't recommend this experience more highly!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

The central Brooks range, one of the last great wildernesses, is magnificent and awe-inspiring. To have access to the range from the Gaedekes’ Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge made it one of the greatest trips we have ever taken. The facilities are top notch in a location where, given the remoteness, what they offer is a true luxury. The view of Iniakuk Lake and Mt. Hal Waugh from our cabin was spectacular. Pat Gaedeke’s cooking and baking were out of this world and every meal was accompanied by interesting conversation. We had a chance to get out into the surrounding country during our three night stay – we did some flight seeing in the Gate of the Arctic National Park, fishing in the Park’s Walker Lake, a float trip down the outlet of Iniakuk Lake, and a little hiking near the lodge (walking out the door of the cabin is all it takes to access some spectacular country). John Gaedeke was our excellent personal guide for all of it and was a font of knowledge about north country matters. The Gaedekes were incredibly hospitable and, on the long trip back from Iniakuk Lake to home, all I could think about was when I could head out there again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2011

Alaska is an amazing state full of good people... but because of the volume of summer visitors I often felt like I was being herded through the points of interest and seen more as a dollar sign than an interested traveler.. This all changed when my wife, son, and I landed on Iniakuk Lake. The flights out to the lodge are reason enough to go but the hospitality and individual attention make this a true hidden gem. The lodge is simple but elegant situated on the shores of a pristine and amazingly picturesque lake. I felt a bit like we had traveled back in time and were exploring Alaska as it was 50 years ago. Without the throngs of people we had encountered earlier in our travels, I found Iniakuk to be utterly tranquil and relaxing. My only trouble was managing to muster the motivation to take advantage of the walking, hiking, fishing, floating, etc.... All I really wanted to do was eat, breathe, and soak up the serenity. I cannot recommend this experience enough!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2011

Family owned Iniakuk Lodge, north of the Arctic Circle in the Brooks Mountain Range, was fabulous beyond expectations! We have traveled all over the world, but hiking the Brooks Range, seeing it from the vantage point of a small plane, floating the Alatna River with John, and visiting with Pat, Rachael and Max at the lodge, was unbelievable. The Gaedeke family runs Iniakuk Lodge on Iniakuk Lake, just outside of the Gates of the Artic National Park, and two remote cabins within the park boundaries. A trip here is something only a lucky few will ever experience, and we were fortunate to spend some time there. We flew from Fairbanks to Bettles, and then transferred to a float plane which landed on Iniakuk Lake, a 5 mile long lake with no one but us as far as the eye can see. The Gaedeke family met us on the beach and transferred our luggage by boat to our cabin, across a small river from the main lodge. The lodge building and every guest cabin is a hand-crafted log cabin. We stayed at the lodge for 2 nights, doing a little fishing, a little hiking, a little reading, a little napping. Pat, our gracious hostess, offered great food, a chance to use her internet, and great conversation about her 35 years above the Arctic Circle. John has a wealth of knowledge about the land, the locals, hiking, canoeing and dog mushing, among other things, as well as a great library of books about Alaska. The next morning, with John as our personal guide, we flew north to paddle to the remote Arrigatech Cabin in the Gates of the Arctic Park. During the 5 hour canoe ride down the Alatna river, we saw the most spectacular scenery of our lives, and lots of wildlife including 6 wolf pups in a line making a beeline down the shore. We also learned a lot about hiking and canoeing in Alaska! The hiking and scenery around the remote cabin was fantastic. Next time, we will book for a longer time, and maybe even get to see the caribou migration at their Caribou Cabin. We have trouble posting this review as we want to keep this secret Shangri-La to ourselves.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2011

Beautiful lodge with super hospitality, home cooked meals with fresh breads,muffins and cookies each day. Very remote-Son John is the guide and very accomodating!! Mom Pat is the chef who feeds you very well! We would love to return with our family.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge
Address: 1785 Iniakuk Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6557
Region: United States > Alaska > Fairbanks
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Fairbanks
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge is an exclusive fly-in luxury wilderness lodge 225 miles north of Fairbanks in Alaska's Brooks Range. We offer comfort, quality and solitude 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the edge of Gates of the Arctic National Park. The main lodge is 100% solar powered providing 24-hour electricity, wireless internet, running water and a wide range of amenities that are unmatched in Alaska's Far North. ... more   less 
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Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge Fairbanks, Alaska

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