Alaska in January?

LinkedIn bJNE68
Oct 12 13 Comments

Me + friend planning a trip to Alaska in January 2020 during the first long weekend. Any recommendations? Current plan is to just go to Fairbanks and watch the Aurora and maybe do some winter activities then come back. Is that a good plan considering will be there Friday to Monday only?

Was also thinking flying in to Anchorage and driving to Fairbanks, but then will have to come back to Anchorage somehow within that short span.

Main objective is to watch the Aurora.

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  • Amazon / Eng
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    To Fairbanks in January?

    You are going to freeze your asses off. If you don’t mind being a bit cold, do it. It’s a cool city, and doesn’t have the garbage that anchorage does.

    Driving to Fairbanks from Anchorage in January is dangerous, especially if you don’t have experience driving on ice and in blizzards. Temperature + ghost towns almost the whole way makes it dangerous.

    Alaska Airlines has a flight that goes from Seattle to Fairbanks. I’d do that.
    Oct 12 2
    • LinkedIn bJNE68
      OP
      Cool ☃️ thanks!
      Oct 12
    • Google lkgcb
      This. I tried doing the drive last Thanksgiving and we turned around after 4 hours as the road was sheet of ice and driven by many huge trucks. Could not stop quickly without skidding.
      Oct 12
  • PayPal / Data 1Lionking
    Is blind app tripadvisor.com ?
    Oct 12 1
    • Amazon / Eng
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      This post is higher quality than over half the posts here. Settle down.
      Oct 12
  • New Sj9ukL
    I was there last month and was lucky to experience aurora in Fairbanks when they were at their maximum. It is going to be a tough drive in winters as it was already cold during the time i was there. And aurora is not a daily phenomenon, it depends a lot on other factors too
    Oct 12 3
    • LinkedIn bJNE68
      OP
      Oh. Didn't know there was a max --> min. Blogs seem to suggest September to April as Aurora viewing season.
      Oct 12
    • New Sj9ukL
      https://www.gi.alaska.edu/monitors/aurora-forecast

      Take a look at this, it predicts how the aurora activity is going to be in next two weeks. It was a 5 KPI when I was there and you can generally see with 3 KPI
      Oct 12
    • LinkedIn bJNE68
      OP
      Helpful! Thanks
      Oct 12
  • eBay weaTgqXz
    Don’t drive to Fairbanks. it’s too long from Anchorage and nothing on the way.
    Oct 12 3
    • New Sj9ukL
      I wouldnt say that. I loved the drive but maybe because the view was too beautiful with the fall already there
      Oct 12
    • LinkedIn bJNE68
      OP
      I read that the drive is actually very pretty but with snow at its peak, I wasn't sure if doing it in January would be a good idea. Based on people's comments, sounds like not in January
      Oct 12
    • Uber dBag
      It’ll mostly be night in January on that drive.
      Oct 12

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