Imagine being able to admire the Northern Lights in motion, aboard a train. A dream that becomes reality for all fans of what is, without a doubt, the most beautiful show staged by Mother Nature right on our heads. It happens in Alaska: this magical and enchanted train takes all passengers right there, under the sky of the Northern Lights.
Travel by train has always fascinated us, especially when the route followed allows us to admire the wonders of a territory slowly from the window. And this is what the Aurora Winter Train does, the Alaska Railroad train that takes passengers on board to discover the cold and wild lands of Alaska.
There are 563 kilometers in total to cover in all slowness in a journey that lasts 12 hours and which, on the journey from Anchorage to Fairbanks, allows you to admire some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country and in the whole world, enchanted postcards that leave you breathless.
The wagons are warm and comfortable and all equipped with large panoramic windows to admire the surrounding area at 360 degrees and the Northern Lights, of course. The voice of the crew keeps company to passengers, telling anecdotes, stories, and possible sightings of wild animals that can be done on that route.
An extraordinary experience that also holds the record on Tripadvisor as an absolutely unmissable attraction in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska overlooking Cook’s Bay. Starting from here, it is possible to observe all the wonders that belong to the 49th State of the USA.
Although the experience is wonderful at any time of the year, it is in winter that this route offers its most splendid visions. The snowy scenery, the cities that are transformed into winter postcards, the experiences to be lived at every stop. And then there is her, the Northern Lights.
The stages of the Aurora Winter Train allow you to discover the most beautiful places in Alaska, but also those where the sky puts on its most beautiful spectacle. Wasilla, Talkeetna, Healy, and Nenana, are just some of the stops on the slow train journey where you can admire wild animals and extraordinary views.
Once you get off the train, you can enjoy other experiences, such as snowshoeing or sleigh rides pulled by a Husky and then, of course, all chasing the Northern Lights. The wintertime is definitely the best time to embark on this trip for a greater chance of spotting the Northern Lights.
Once you arrive at your destination, the last stop in Fairbanks, you can reach Chena Hot Springs, a real winter wonderland characterized by natural hot springs, an extraordinary ice museum, and geothermal structures where to stay. But above all, this spa town is known throughout the world for being one of the best places on Earth to admire the spectacle of the Northern Lights.
Let the magic begin!