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Cleary Summit Rd., 1906 Ridge Run Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99707   |  
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“Excellent location, wonderful hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a stay at ABL. We spent five nights (we REALLY wanted to see the aurora!). We were not disappointed, seeing the lights on three of five nights, the last being the most spectacular.

The lodge is perfectly situated for viewing the aurora. While you can see it from your room, through large north-facing windows, you will want to be outside so that you can see the full sky. On one evening the lights were directly overhead.

Mok and his family are perfect hosts. So accommodating. His radio setup ensures that you will not sleep through a night of lights.

My wife and I did our own tracking of the local radar and aurora forecast, even when the weather was not good. You only need a small break in the clouds to see the aurora if it is bright that night.

Mok also has wifi available in the lodge, so it was easy to check weather, e-mails, etc. We have Verizon and did not have mobile phone service at the lodge, but this was not a problem since we could get on the Internet.

The room was perfect. Two large beds, a nice couch, dining table, full kitchen, bathroom.

One note about photographing the aurora. You will have best results if you are using a digital camera that permits you to adjust the shutter speed and ISO (all DSLRs should permit this; point-and-shoot cameras and cell phones may not). On an average night the aurora is somewhat faint. While your eyes can see the lovely movement and shapes you may not see all of the color but your camera will. I attached one of the more impressive pictures from our viewing.

All in all, this was a magical trip. We chose to visit in September when the weather was warmer than during the winter and saw some lovely fall color. If you visit, say hi from David and Darcy in Chicago!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We stayed at the Aurora Borealis Lodge for three nights and just have to say how impressed we have been with the quality of accommodation, the friendliness of the owners and the magnificent location of the Lodge.
We had a party of 4 adults and an infant and we were made most welcome. Having 2 units, one upstairs and one at ground level, both were fitted out with quality fittings, full kitchen facilities and very comfortable bedding.
Mock (owner) is a really pleasant and cheerful gentleman. He will alert you when the aurora is active and make every effort to ensure your stay is Top Notch.
Thanks for a great stay.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent and are fitted out with every convenience.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

My husband and I stayed here in Feb 2012 for 4 nights, our flight got in, in the afternoon and the first thing we did was grocery shop, we ate every meal at "home" for five days. The kitchen was perfect it had everything we needed. The room was great! It really was a studio with two beds, hooks right by the door for all our cold weather gear. Nice size bathroom with heated seat! and dining table with a great view. Couch right near the window so you could see the lights from the comfort of your room if they were out that way. The first night we were there they had one of the best shows of the year! On valentines day non the less, it literally danced across the sky we went outside to watch and before we knew it we had been out there for over an hour, it was so incredible. Mok took some great photos we can't even believe it so worth it!

That really took the stress off if we were or weren't going to be able to see the lights, but then spoiled us because non of the other nights compared. Its very addicting waiting for lights because you see how vivid and amazing they can be then you almost expect them to show up.

We took day trips during the days while we were there and the drive was usually only 30 min, there is also a great brewery in fox at the turn off point that is worth checking out called Silver Gulch, it amazed me that people road snowmachines to the bar, how cool is that!?

Mok and Logan were great letting us know what was going on at night, groups and such, asking us if we needed anything. Really amazing hosts.The lodge they have is cool you can go in anytime coffee already made, very welcoming. This trip was perfect for us, I spent days and weeks researching for a year on what to do, where to stay in fairbanks in feb and people thought I was crazy. I am so glad I found this place I would stay here again in a heartbeat, and next time I might bring my kids!

Room Tip: We stayed second floor which was great but honestly with only four rooms I don't believe you can...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

The perfect place to see the Aurora. The rooms are wonderful - great view, very well equipped,
very comfortable. there is a very well equipped kitchen, so bring food with you.
We stayed at the second floor - and it was perfect.
It is aboout half hour drive from town, in the middle of nature.
Great place !

Room Tip: Try to get the rooms in the second floor.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

What a wonderful place! Mok and Logan have done a spectacular job making this the perfect place to view the Aurora Boralis. Mok was a wealth of information about the Aurora, camera settings, things to do in the area and more...We stayed 3 days and saw the Aurora 2 of the 3 days. The walkie talkie system is great! Also our best viewing, on our last day, was between 2:15 am and 4:00am, so don't give up! It was an incredible show. Thanks ABL!!

Room Tip: All rooms face north for best Aurora viewing
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Groveland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

I stayed a total of 6 nights at Aurora Borealis Lodge, where I had my own kitchen, windows facing the north sky for viewing the lights, and they give you a wake up beep on the in-room walkie talkies if the Aurora is active. There are outside porches and decks for setting up your tripod for photographing the Northern Lights, and Mok and his family offer the front room of their main lodge for gathering in the evenings to learn about the Aurora and take photos.

The lodge is a four-plex, each unit is a stand alone apartment with 2 queen beds, bathroom with shower and bidet/toilet (heated seat!), kitchen, and couch facing the windows. It was clean, well furnished, and thoroughly enjoyable, even a bit up scale. This was the most expensive place I stayed during my 2 week trip, but I made up for it by cooking for myself almost every meal.

There are snow shoes you can use for free, and nearby trails. SkiLand is just across the road for downhill skiing too. Located just off the Steese Highway, you can be in Fairbanks in 20 or 30 minutes. There is a little store, and a couple of restaurants/bars in Fox, only 10 minutes away.

I highly recommend this location, and accommodation, for viewing the Northern Lights, and would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: I preferred the upstairs room, you have a deck facing the east sky just outside your door. The down...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arkansas
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Viewing the Northern Lights were on our bucket list. Thanks to Mok, Logan and gang we were treated to an awesome experience!!! The lodge is great, the service fantastic and friendlier people you will never meet. They go out of thier way in every aspect!! Oh yeah the lights came out every night and there is no better place to see them than on top of the ridge at AB Lodge!!!

Room Tip: Up stairs is great! The room to the right is best because you have a window to the east, also.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cleary Summit Rd., 1906 Ridge Run Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99707
Location: United States > Alaska > Fairbanks
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Ranked #2 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Fairbanks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Aurora Borealis Hotel Fairbanks
Aurora Borealis Lodge Fairbanks, Alaska

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