You may be worried about how this northern lights tour is going to be as I was. No worry. The followings are the reasons I strongly recommend this tour and the tour guide, Ben.
Ben is a knowledgable, friendly, and thoughtful guide. He used to live a traditional native way of life in a remote area, so knows a lot about the native alaskan history and culture. He also makes you feel comfortable in a lot of way and makes you laugh with his humor all night long. He even extended the length of the tour for us to see the aurora a little longer depending on the need.
Chandalar Ranch has a great panoramic view with dark sky and is located approximately 25 miles away from Fairbanks on the way to Chena Hot Springs. You can see how bright the lights from the downtown Fairbanks are. Even though there are two other red-ish lights as you can see on the pictures I posted, you can see the northern lights with no problem (of course, I wish there was no other lights, though).
$90 per person. Reasonable considering the experience I had during this tour. I am glad I did not rent and drive a car myself. It may be risky to rent and drive a car yourself if you are not used to driving the icy and snowy roads under the Alaskan harsh weather.
Northern Lights Tour includes northern light viewing, Ben's Indian Hoop Dancing, and Friendship Dancing (easy dance with all the participants). Cold and hot drinks (water, juice, hot chocolate etc.) and snacks are provided. It was memorable experience to drink hot chocolate in the freezing weather while viewing the aurora with the new friends!
ツアーガイドのベンさんは過去に何年もの間アラスカの先住民と同じ暮らしを経験・勉強してきたため、アラスカの先住民の文化や歴史に関して非常に詳しく、丁寧に説明してくれました。ベンさんは日本語はほとんど話せませんが、日本人の奥さんをもっていることや日本人と交流する機会が多いということもあり、英語を話せなくても非常に親切に対応してくれます。オーロラを見るだけでなく、Youtubeのビデオでも見られるように、ベンさん自身がフラフープを先住民のダンスを披露してくれます。参加者も加わって簡単なダンス（Friendship Dance）をするなど、オーロラの見られる時間までロッジの中で待っている間も楽しめます。ロッジはFairbanksとChena Hot Springsの中間あたりに位置していて、特に障害物が無い見通しの良い場所です。投稿写真でも見られるように、周りに若干明かりが点灯していますが、十分に暗くオーロラを見るには良い場所です。飲み物や簡単なお菓子は提供されます。一人でツアーに参加したということもあり心配していた部分はあったのですが、とても親切で愉快なツアーガイドさんとその他の参加者と一緒にオーロラを見ることができて、非常に良い思い出になりました。
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January 17, 2013
Thank you very much for writing a review and especially for writing it in Japanese language also. My wife, who is Japanese, and I worked for over ten years for a Major Japanese company with offices in Anchorage and Tokyo. They bring thousands of Japanese to Alaska every year. With that experience I started my own company and have tours with people from all over the World. Almost all of my tours have people from 4 different countries or more. That is why the Friendship Dance we do is so Great, it brings people from all over the world together. My videos have Japanese subtitles made by my wife and I try to speak as much Japanese as possible in my presentations. Thanks again for your review.
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