When you set foot on the ground in Fairbanks, Alaska, the feeling of being at the end of the Earth will be just the beginning. Long known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” this paradise has low temperatures all year round.
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So, put on your hat and gloves because many adventures await you on the “last frontier” (besides the Northern Lights). Here are some of the best activities for adventurous travelers and those with cultural interests.
Low Temperatures, Gold Rush
The history of Fairbanks is based on gold. Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, this city was mainly built during the height of the gold rush, making gold panning a viral activity among travelers, and thus GOLD DAUGHTERS began.
GOLD DAUGHTERS was created by sisters Jordan and Ilaura Reeves; they teach their guests the essence of panning for gold and invite them to become part of the living history of this Alaskan city. What is the best part? What you find, you keep. “The moment you find gold, you feel great happiness. It is like climbing a mountain and having a different view. You feel that adrenaline rush,” says Laura. Share the feeling that the first people who found gold had in this beautiful wilderness and learn to pan for gold with the best.
All the Lights Through a Different Lens
Travelers have long included “seeing the Northern Lights” on their to-do list. While there are no guarantees that you will be able to witness the “Northern Lights” spectacle, Fairbanks (which sits in the belt of aurora in the interior of Alaska) is one of the few places in the world where you could bet that you will do it.
Local “adopted” German photographer Frank Stelges wants to show you the magnetosphere masterpiece through a different lens. Wholly moved by the magic and mystery of Alaska, specifically during a 27,000-mile motorcycle trip, Stelges displaced his life and moved to the “Last Frontier” for good. In 2016, he and his wife Miriam founded AURORA BEAR, a company that offers aurora and night photography tours and classes. Grab your camera (or rent one) and let the Stelges guide you through capturing the beauty of Alaska’s landscape and wildlife and, if you’re lucky, the phenomenon of the Northern Lights. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.