Never been ice fishing before, my friends and I signed up for the ice fishing + aurora viewing tour at Chandalar Ranch. For $175, it's definitely one of the worst tour I've attended.
The tour started early morning. We were first transported in a Ford E-series van. When the last three guys joining the tour arrived, despite the van is already full, the owner Keith literally "stuffed" them in the van. After arrived at the lake, Keith gave a 3-minute demonstration of how to ice fishing, drilled holes, then just sit there and mind his business for the whole time. While nobody (there were around 15 people in the tour) caught any fish, he just sit there and did not even bother to check how everyone's doing. Of the entire 9 or 10 hours we spent with Keith and his family, they spent less than 15 minutes (combined) talking with us.
For food, we were promised "authentic Alaskan cuisine" when we booked the tour. We got a Safeway sub for lunch, and baked fish + salad with thousand island dressing + water-downed OJ for dinner.
As for the aurora viewing, it's a good spot, but overrated. I highly recommend travelling the extra 30 miles to Chena Hot Springs Resort.
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- Chandalar Ranch Fairbanks, Alaska