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Northern lights vacation

Northern Lights of the Yukon

7

days

starting fromUS $2,390per person

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to make the most of your trip.
  • Have all the details of your trip organized and arranged for you.

Discover The Best Place To See Aurora Borealis In Canada

Many people dream of witnessing the mystical Aurora Borealis first hand. Canada’s northerly Yukon province is considered one of the best places in the world to view these majestic lights. On this incredible winter adventure, spend 4 nights in awe as the Northern Lights ripple across the dark, starry sky above you. During the day, enjoy charming Whitehorse’s unique frontier history and thriving arts scene along with exciting winter activities.

Trip Outline

7 Days / 6 Nights

Arrive Vancouver 1 night Vancouver 4 nights Whitehorse 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver

Northern Lights of the Canadian Yukon - Map

Availability

NovDecJanFebMar

Places Visited

VancouverWhitehorse

Accommodation Style

Hotels

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Experience the mystical Aurora Borealis first hand

  • Discover the stunning landscape of the Yukon

  • Explore Whitehorse on your style of tour with optional activities each day

Common Questions

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    Our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • Can this trip be made shorter or longer?

    Absolutely! We personalize all our clients' trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you'd like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don't interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can get your FREE personalized trip plan and decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips are personalized to fit our clients' schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. Please request your personalized quote which will provide you with the detailed information you need.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

This Trip in Pictures

Spend four full nights in the Yukon to maximize your Aurora Viewing – a once in a lifetime sight.

Spend four full nights in the Yukon to maximize your Aurora Viewing – a once in a lifetime sight.

A roaring fire, indoor seating area, and winter clothing rentals keep you comfortable during your viewing.

A roaring fire, indoor seating area, and winter clothing rentals keep you comfortable during your viewing.

Spend your days exploring the Yukon with your choice of activities.

Spend your days exploring the Yukon with your choice of activities.

Choose to spend a day exploring by snowshoe.

Choose to spend a day exploring by snowshoe.

Or choose a thrilling dogsledding adventure – gliding over ice and snow behind your team.

Or choose a thrilling dogsledding adventure – gliding over ice and snow behind your team.

The Yukon provides amazing scenery and wildlife at every turn.

The Yukon provides amazing scenery and wildlife at every turn.

This week-long itinerary is packed with adventure and you won't want to miss a single moment.

This week-long itinerary is packed with adventure and you won't want to miss a single moment.

Recommended Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule and budget.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. For convenience, stay overnight at the airport in preparation for your flight tomorrow when you fly off to the Yukon!

Overnight at a Vancouver Airport hotel.

 

Day 2 – Vancouver to Whitehorse for Northern Lights Viewing
Say goodbye to Vancouver as you fly north to the Yukon to begin your Northern Lights adventure.

After arriving in Whitehorse, you’ll be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your downtown hotel. Before setting out later this evening for your first Aurora tour, there will be time for an information meeting and fitting of arctic winter clothing.

Later tonight join a small group and venture to a secluded wilderness cabin where you’ll enjoy hot drinks and snacks inside or by the campfire, waiting for the lights to appear. As you learn about the folklore and science surrounding the lights, something will catch your eye. Soon you’ll see the dancing colored arcs of the Aurora Borealis above you. After a thrilling evening of Northern Lights viewing you will be transported back to your hotel, arriving between 2:30am and 3:00am.

Insider tip: Dinner tonight is on your own. Ask your Vacation Coordinator for their top restaurant recommendation to start your trip off right.

Overnight in Whitehorse.

 

Day 3 – Whitehorse Exploration and Evening Aurora Viewing
Rest up this morning after your thrilling night of Aurora viewing. Later today, you’ve got 2 experiences to help orient you to Whitehorse:

• Included: Whitehorse Orientation Tour
Today, enjoy an orientation tour of Whitehorse featuring the Main Street, Train Depot of the White Pass and Yukon Route, Yukon Visitor Information Center, Log Skyscraper, Log Church, Sternwheeler SS Klondike, Fish ladder, Schwatka Lake and residential areas to give you a nice overview of Whitehorse.
Activity rating: Easy

Enjoy lunch on your own before your afternoon tour begins.


• Included: Yukon Wildlife Preserve Tour

This is a great opportunity to photograph wildlife in its natural habitat: Dall Sheep, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Deer, Elk, Woodland Cariboo, Wood bison, Musk-ox, Arctic Fox and Moose may be seen, usually close up.
Activity rating: Easy

Enjoy time for dinner on your own in Whitehorse this evening, before heading out for another night of adventure and opportunities to see the Northern Lights.
Overnight in Whitehorse.

 

Day 4 – Choice of Winter Activities and Evening Aurora Viewing
Your Canadian adventure continues in the Yukon today. You have 2 options to choose from:

• Option 1: Half Day Dogsledding
Transfer to the dog sled kennel to learn how to harness and hitch your
dogs to the sled. After some basic instructions, feel the excitement as you glide
over the frozen landscape behind your enthusiastic team of huskies.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Guided Ice Fishing and Snowshoeing Tour
After a short drive to a frozen lake you’ll learn how to walk on snowshoes and
how to drill deep into the ice to try fishing for Lake Trout or Grayling.
Activity rating: Moderate

Dinner on your own then time for another night of Northern Lights Viewing.

Overnight in Whitehorse.

 

Day 5 – Choice of Winter Activities and Evening Aurora Viewing
You have 2 options to choose from today in Whitehorse:

• Option 1: Southern Lakes Mini Group Tour
A drive on the South Klondike Highway is never a dull experience! Not only will you get to enjoy the gorgeous views of the mountains and lakes along the road, you will also discover the small community of Carcross, on the shore of Bennett Lake. At the furthest point of our excursion, soak in the expansive view over Tagish Lake and Bove Island.
Activity rating: Easy


• Option 2: Half Day Guided Snowmobile Tour

After a lesson and trial run with an instructor, head out on a thrilling guided snowmobile adventure over the beautiful winter landscape of the Yukon.
Activity rating: Moderate to Challenging

Enjoy dinner on your own before heading out for your last night of Northern Lights viewing.

Overnight in Whitehorse.

 

Day 6 – Departure – Whitehorse to Vancouver
Today you are transferred to the Whitehorse airport for your flight back to Vancouver. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure in Vancouver to explore on your own.

Overnight at a Vancouver Airport hotel.

 

Day 7 – Depart Vancouver
Much too soon, your Northern Lights adventure comes to an end. Step out your hotel right into the airport for your flight home.

Start Dates

Departure Dates from Vancouver
Daily
Nov 28, 2021 to March 27, 2022
(No departures December 20–24,  2021)

Pricing

Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Below are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

    Fairmont Vancouver Airport

    Fairmont Vancouver Airport

    The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a luxury hotel and spa providing the perfect overnight stay before or after a flight. Completely soundproofed and located above the US departures terminal the hotel is only a two minute walk to the luggage carousels.

    Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    The Best Western Gold Rush Inn is located in downtown Whitehorse, walking distance from restaurants, museums, and shops. With spacious and modern rooms that include WiFi and flat screen televisions, this hotel provides for every comfort.

  • What's Included

    What's Included

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 2 nights at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport
    • 4 nights accommodation in downtown Whitehorse

    Whitehorse Experiences:
    • 4 nights of guided Aurora watching, including hot drinks & snacks

    Day 3
    • Whitehorse Orientation Tour
    • Yukon Wildlife Preserve Tour

    Day 4
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Half Day Dogsledding
    2. Guided Ice Fishing and Snowshoeing Tour

    Day 5
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Southern Lakes Mini Group Tour
    2. Half Day Guided Snowmobile Tour

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Return airfare from Vancouver to Whitehorse
    • Meet & Greet with transfer from airport to hotel in Whitehorse
    • All transfers by van or minibus with knowledgeable and experienced driver/guide in Whitehorse
    • Shuttle transfer from Whitehorse hotel to airport

    Other Inclusions:
    • Information meeting at your Whitehorse hotel
    • Arctic winter clothing rental package (includes winter outerwear pants and inner fleece liner, winter outerwear jacket with inner fleece liner, arctic winter boots (Sorel Glacier or similar), insulated mitts, insulated headgear / cap
    • Digital Travel Documents

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Daily direct flights from Vancouver (please check with your Vacation Advisor for flights from Calgary or alternative cities)
    • No Aurora watching experiences on December 24th & 25th


    Not Included

    • Meals (other than snacks mentioned)
    • Optional winter activities
    • Gratuities
    • Canadian sales taxes
    • Trip Cancellation Insurance or/and Medical Insurance (highly recommended)

    Ideas to customize your trip

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Combine your Northern Lights Trip with a train journey to the Canadian Rockies
    • Add on additional nights in Vancouver to explore the city.
    • Ask your Vacation Advisor to add a visit to the Olympic City of Whistler for a ski holiday.
    • Combine this itinerary with a Cross Country Journey Across Canada

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

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  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
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