A belated review but this trip was beyond our expectations. This is because you can't know the weather until you are there, the reality of the remoteness and the adventure into the unknown. I've read some of the other reviews and i am glad I went with an open mind. We chose Bettles in the hope of seeing the best Aurora - we got lucky for 2 of our 3 nights. You are at the whim of the weather. We had done as much research as we could about camera useage in the cold and it wasn't until we were there that local knowledge came to the fore. Hazel and the team shared their experience and safety was paramount in the extreme cold. The available gear to "hire" is of very good quality and well kept. We found the team friendly and yes there are dogs and we found this a homely feature. There is internet and wifi and if you follow the rules it works really well. We went snow-shoeing for 2 hours - so lucky with the beautiful few hours of daylight at -50. Yep if you have the right gear you can venture out and see the vicinity. This isn't the Hilton. This is a lodge north of the Arctic Circle. It is welcoming, warm, friendly and it will be as enjoyable as you let it. Our co-guests were from just as far afield as us and embraced the experience also. Thanks Roger the cook for a memorable Xmas dinner and the caribou. Sevi is very good Dogsledding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer food, aircraft fuel, and lodging 365 days a year. We still harbor wayward pilots just like when we opened in 1951 as a Wien Alaska Airlines Lodge. We offer world class Aurora viewing (235 nights a year possible here/weather dependent) during the Fall and Winter season, National Park Collecting & Flight seeing, fishing charters, and camping / hiking drop off and pick up in the Gates of the Arctic & Kobuk Valley National Park flights with our full service Air Taxi operation based in Bettles. We have officially the best weather in Alaska, here at Bettles Field. Come see the REAL, Arctic, Bush, Alaska! ... more less
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- Bettles Hotel Bettles