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Arctic Dog Adventure Co.

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Fairbanks, AK, USA
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About Arctic Dog Adventure Co.
Wild, authentic, eco-adventures: Arctic Dog Adventure Co. offers dog sled tours, aurora excursions, husky hikes, and sled dog supported expeditions rooted in principles of sustainability, authenticity and rustic luxury. We are known for our outstanding hospitality and stunningly scenic location in the hills above Fairbanks. We have expansive mountain views to the north and south: perfect for aurora hunting in the winter, and midnight sun hiking in the summer.
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Rommy wrote a review Mar 2
Laguna Niguel, California23 contributions4 helpful votes
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This trip was unforgettable! Lisbet is the owner and we were lucky to have her as a guide on our trip. She's SO friendly, knowledgable, sweet, easy to talk to and patient with all the questions we had and explaining us how to care for the dogs. The scenery and landscape was absolutely breathtaking- going through a winter wonderland. The stars are her dogs! They are athletes and I'm still in awe how they run for hours uphill, breaking trail through fresh powder and sleeping in -30F outside. They are SO sweet, obviously well trained and absolute joy to watch what they love to do. Truly Lisbet made all the difference on this trip with her positive and kind personality. Can't wait to come back for more :-)
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Maggie K wrote a review Dec 2020
Fairbanks, Alaska6 contributions2 helpful votes
I brought my dad on this tour as an early Christmas gift and we both had an absolutely amazing experience. I couldn't recommend Lisbet enough as a guide and as a host. She loves what she does, and that carries through into every aspect of the tour. From the moment we arrived she was professional and friendly, and she took Covid-19 precautions that made me feel safe and comfortable. (During the Fairbanks winter wearing a mask not only keeps you safe, it keeps you warm!) I think we were both a little uncertain at the idea of driving our own sled dog team, since we had zero previous experience, but Lisbet is the type of expert that is so confident in what she does that it makes you feel like you can do it too. We were able to get to know the dogs (they're so sweet) and help get the sleds set before we went out. Lisbet explained everything and patiently answered all of our questions. As soon as we got going, we both realized there was nothing to worry about- the dogs are very good at what they do, and it is such a special feeling to be part of something they love so much. The tour was the perfect amount of time and was full of beautiful views. (I recommend giving yourself some extra time as you drive to your tour, as the views along the road are beautiful and worth pulling over to gape at.) Lisbet took the time to explain the landscape we were mushing over, pointing out tracks in the snow and peaks in the distance. When we returned, she took extra time to answer more questions about the dogs and the surrounding area. This is an absolute "must-do" experience if you are visiting Fairbanks, or like me you live here and have someone visit you. The tour was personal and informative, the views were stunning, the dogs were smart, sweet, and well trained, and Lisbet's knowledge and personality really wrapped everything up and made this experience the whole package. It is an "authentic Alaskan experience" because Lisbet is the real deal- an Alaska who loves the land and loves her dogs, and loves to share these things with others.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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CMM1414 wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois24 contributions6 helpful votes
We planned our entire vacation around this trip. A quick synopsis: Lisbet or Nils will pick you up in downtown Fairbanks and you head to their off-grid home. Lisbet fits everyone for snow pants, a parka, and boots (use all of her items, you do not need to buy these yourself). She can also fill in gaps on gloves or mid-layers as needed although those are items you should bring. Each person receives a snack bag which is tailored to any dietary restrictions and a duffel to pack their items in. You then go out to meet the dogs which is an absolute dream. Some are shy, as is expected, and some think that pets are the greatest thing in the entire world. Each person is assigned their own dog team and you actively participate in harnessing your dogs. Lisbet provides a quick mushing lesson and off you go! It's not too hard to learn and a lot of fun. Once you reach camp you help with putting the dogs on the line and feeding them. The one caveat on the camp conditions - this is not really glamping. Everyone stays in one large tent and the stove is actually hard to modulate so it can either be really hot or really cold at night. That said, still a five-star experience, but as someone who really hates camping ,and dislikes sleeping in the same room as other people even more, this was an adjustment. Lisbet is an excellent cook and you eat a delicious dinner, have hot beverages, and then decide if you want to wake up to see the aurora. In the morning Lisbet serves a great breakfast and you help give the dogs their morning treats. After breakfast it's off to the trail again with a quick stop for a camp lunch. You end the day back at Lisbet's home, take the dogs back to their little hosues, and get dropped off back in Fairbanks. The best part by far is meeting the dogs and getting to know their personalities. Laura, another guide on the trip, is fantastic as well and really helped us hone our mushing skills on the second day. It's an experience unlike any other, the customer service was superb, and we're still talking about each of our dogs 3 days later. Cannot recommend enough!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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James L wrote a review Feb 2020
Carrollton, Texas7 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a great experience to get close to and learn about Siberian Huskies and the world of dog mushing. We had a ton of fun driving our own dog sled team instead of just riding in the sled which gives you a better view, bonding, and understanding of the sport in dog mushing. The view on the trail was breathtaking. You can really tell that Lisbet cares and loves everyone of her Siberian huskies very much. This is one of our best experiences in Fairbanks and would highly recommend anyone interested in learning and driving their own dog sled team.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from ArcticDogCo, Owner at Arctic Dog Adventure Co.
Responded Mar 3, 2020
You've got it -- driving your own team allows you to better understand the huskies as individuals, teammates & friends !! Thank you very much for your visit & for the kind review, we really appreciate it!
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CW K wrote a review Feb 2020
Salt Lake City, Utah578 contributions126 helpful votes
This trip was AWESOME! I can't say much beyond that. We did just the 2-hour tour. Lisbet was incredible. She gave us a crash-course in how to sled, but she totally understands that no amount of verbal instruction really prepares you, you just have to get out on the sleds! She was really helpful and kind and just cool with us! We met all of our dogs and were off! We sled through a forrest up onto a mountain where we could see Denali. It was honestly a spiritual experience! It was scary and exciting and incredible. Anyone with a mild amount of fitness level can do this, and though it's intimidating, you can do it and Lisbet is so helpful and cool. After we put our dogs away and it was getting dark, Lisbet invited us in for some hot drinks, homemade cake (with freshly picked lingon berries) and conversation. It was honestly a perfect day in Alaska and we can't wait to book a longer trek with them in the future. Don't even think about doing dog-sledding sitting in a basket when you can have this incredible opportunity here to connect with your dogs and have one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life. 10/10 would fully recommend!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from ArcticDogCo, Owner at Arctic Dog Adventure Co.
Responded Mar 3, 2020
Thank you for your visit & thank you so much for the very kind & detailed review ! We would LOVE to see you again; we will release our 2021 multi day tour dates via our mailing list this spring :)
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