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Take a New Year’s Eve train to see northern lights in Alaska

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Alaska’s Aurora Winter Train offers New Year’s Eve trips between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
(Glenn Aronwitz)

Get into training this winter on the Alaska Railroad with a Winter Escape Getaway, offered now through mid-May. The snowy train trips are a result of expanded service at Christmas and New Year’s, as well as in February and March.

For those looking for a New Year’s Eve tour, the Aurora Winter Train can be booked for a Dec. 31 departure. It leaves  Anchorage for a one-night stay in Fairbanks, known for its aurora borealis displays and “flight-seeing” opportunities above the Arctic Circle. Travelers can return by air to Anchorage or take the train back on Jan. 4. Other winter holiday trips are also available. 

Dates: The Aurora Winter Train travels north from Anchorage on Dec. 27 and 31, and Jan. 3. It travels south from Fairbanks on Dec. 28, Jan. 1 and 4. See website for complete schedule.

Price: From $395 per person, double occupancy. Includes rail from Anchorage to Fairbanks, one-night hotel stay in Fairbanks and return flight to Anchorage.

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Info: Alaska Railroad, (800) 544-0552

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