We did the 3 day/2 night Arctic Circle Aurora drive-fly tour. It was wonderful and everything was super well organized. Ideal for northern lights viewing! Overall, amazing trip with amazing staff!
THE BUS RIDE:
The ride was very long to Coldfoot (nearly 12 hours). We stopped for bathroom breaks every 2 hours where there were outhouses, and also for various photo ops along the way. Although I thought the bus ride was relatively comfortable, one person on our bus did get carsick, so be sure to take preventative measures (medicine, wrist bands) if you are prone to motion sickness.
We did the aurora tour to Wiseman BOTH nights we were there. The first night, we saw one of the most amazing aurora displays of the season. The auroras started off tamely, then around 1:30am, out of nowhere the sky started exploding with auroras all over like fireworks. There were even several "corona" type auroras. This short spurt of the heightened activity only lasted about 3 minutes, but those 3 minutes I will remember for the rest of my life. People were screaming with excitement. Jack, our "guide" who lives in Coldfoot, said it was one of the best shows he's seen this season. We were incredibly lucky. The second night we saw auroras as well. Coldfoot is supposedly right underneath the auroral oval, so it is almost guaranteed you'll see auroras every night given the right conditions.
We also did the Arctic Mountain Safari to the Brooks mountain range during the day. It was a nice and easy tour. We just sat in the bus and enjoyed the scenery, and got out at each stop to snap some photos. Definitely pretty cool to have traversed that far up into the arctic!
ACCOMMODATIONS AND FOOD:
Our rooms in Coldfoot were very basic, with private bathrooms in each room. The restaurant offers breakfast/lunch and dinner buffet with a soup/salad bar. I would say they offer pretty great amenities considering their location out in the arctic!
FLIGHT TO FAIRBANKS:
Really small plane, a little bumpy, and great scenery on the way. There is a luggage weight limit -- the tour company will weight your luggage in Fairbanks and let you leave some stuff behind at their office if needed.