I had been to Alaska before in summer although in Anchorage. So I knew what to expect. I knew its undoubtedly beautiful and there is so much to explore in this state- what one would call is true nature in its raw and wildest form. But this trip was completely different from my Anchorage trip. I would say summer is definitely easy to explore Alaska. Roads are not covered with snow/ice. Easy and cheaper to book your car rental etc. But you need to invest some good amount of time in planning a winter trip up here.
I was very sceptical about going alone in winter. I wasn't confident enough taking a solo trip here. So I asked my best friend Navadeep if he would like to join me. His reaction was " Why do you always want to go to such cold places?" Well, he succumbed to the temptation of Northern lights, Arctic circle, and a much-needed vacation!
Check out our Prepping for Alaska blog to get a good idea of what all needs to be taken care of before you fly in this land of Narnia!
Day 1: Landing in Fairbanks!
This was the start of our magical experience. Godly views of snow clad mountains were clearly visible although it was dark and the sun had already set. I am sure you are aware that the daylight is only for few hours from December here. Sunsets at 3:00 PM and rises at 10:00 AM. Its a fairly small airport with only 6 departure gates. Anchorage is a bigger airport.
We land and before stepping out of the airport we start gearing up with our beanies, gloves and scarves. And then we step out and there it was, I could feel the chill on my face. It was refreshingly cold and beautiful. There were lots of taxi’s outside so we got one to drop us to our air Airbnb in Goldstream which is about 20 minutes away from the airport. It was in a fairly remote area. The pathway was covered with snow but good to see that no chains were needed. Seeing uber drivers drive effortlessly here with just their winter tires was assuring. We had a lot of questions for the driver about the kind of cars we needed, basically just to know and be prepared!