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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge Fairbanks, Alaska