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Bettles Lodge

100 Bettlesfield, Bettles, AK 99726
Bettles Lodge
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Thornton, Colorado
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 9-year-old son and I traveled to Bettles for Spring Break 2015. Our primary purpose for choosing Bettles was to see the aurora, and we were not disappointed! The aurora came out every night of our three nights there. One night in particular it was straight overhead, stretching from horizon to horizon, and dancing all over the sky, green, purple,... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

What an excellent three days we spent at this lovely outpost! We thought of this as a once-in-a-lifetime trip and now we want to go back. Bettles is usually within the strongest portion of the auroral activity oval. Weather there is more likely to be clear than in Fairbanks, so watching the aurora borealis was our prime reason for choosing... More 

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Cranford
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The Bettles Lodge sits 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is a good jumping off point for the Gates of the Arctic National Park (should you be considering a summer trip) The auroral oval usually runs right overhead. There are about 12 people who live in Bettles, so light pollution is not a problem. These are the perfect... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

My whole trip to Alaska centered around my desire to see the aurora. I took a commuter plane to Bettles and arrived at the remote lodge. There weren't many other people around, so I took a walk. I walked for miles and did not see another living human. That night, I stood outside alone, and finally, at 4:00am, the dancing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Based on the excellent reviews, we choose the Bettles Lodge for our family vacation/adventure in January 2015. We were, even already our first day there, delighted to learn that our stay was going to be better yet than we had been hoping for. Eric has the personality and determination to excel as a gracious and caring host. Lindsay has a... More 

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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Being far away from civilization, Bettles lodge sits right beneath the aurora ring with no light pollution, great staff and amazing food. Half of the visitors are return visitors during my stay. Fairbanks is for average tourists, this place is reserved for the adventurous.

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Battle Ground, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We live in Anchorage Alaska and decided we really wanted to experience the northern lights first hand so we found Bettles Lodge online and made a weekend getaway plan. Boy was that a good decision! Eric and the crew at the lodge were fantastic. Very welcoming and easy to settle in with. They took great care of us and made... More 

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Martinez, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

Spent three amazing days at the lodge this January. From the welcoming to the departure, the hospitality was superb. Eric went out of his way to provide all sorts of activities from the wood fired dry sauna (needed with minus 40 temps) to use of skis and snow shoes. He even took us on a drive down their ice road,... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Awesome place! Me and a friend were on a plane camping trip this September and happened to stop in at the Bettles Lodge. We had gotten a tip the previous day that if you let them know you are coming for dinner in advance they can usually accommodate. The Lodge has its own frequency so we called in and asked... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is our second visit to Bettles, the first with new owners. The new owners are improving Bettles quite well. A great place to visit. The staff are very friendly and can not help you enough, this includes staying up all night to drive you around for aurora viewing!

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