Yukon Northern Lights

Experiencing the Yukon

Experiencing the Yukon

Home to more moose and musk-ox than people, Yukon is incredible. From September to April, the Northern Lights dance across its unpolluted skies, and you can spend hours transfixed by their glow. To maximise your chance of seeing the lights at their best, we’ve teamed up with Northern Tales to offer expert-led trips that can easily be added to your Canada ski holiday.

Getting There

In Canada’s far northwest, adjacent to Alaska, Yukon’s Whitehorse airport is a direct flight from several cities in British Columbia and Alberta. With several flights throughout the week, we can advise on the best options for you.

  • Vancouver - Best for Whistler and other BC resorts:  Air Canada and Air North fly daily
  • Calgary - Best for Banff National Park resorts: Air North flies on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Edmonton - Best for Jasper National Park resorts: Air North flies on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Trip Details

Trip Details

Based in the Yukon’s capital city of Whitehorse, you’ll venture into the wilds each evening and watch for the Northern Lights. From the warmth of a heated cabin, your fingers wrapped around a mug of hot chocolate, you’ll see a green sheen ripple overhead before it bursts into a display of colours that dance across the sky. When you’re not viewing the lights, you can look forward to long lie-ins and a choice of activities that includes sightseeing, ice-fishing and dog-sledding.

2, 3 or 4 Night Northern Lights Package

Choose a two, three or four night stay, starting your tour on any day between the 1st September and 15th April. Minimum of two people required.

Day 1 - Arrival and first sighting

Meet the Northern Tales team at the airport and transfer to your hotel in downtown Whitehorse. Staying next to the Yukon River, you’re within walking distance of restaurants, banks and stores. Get kitted out with winter clothing then explore the town and have dinner. Depart at 9.30pm to a cabin or wall tent, and watch for the Northern Lights with hot drinks and snacks. Return to your hotel at around 1.30am.

Day 2

Enjoy a lie-in before exploring the city on a tour of local attractions that include Main Street, the Log Skyscraper, Schwatka Lake and the Log Church. Join an optional afternoon optional tour, or spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Leave at 9.30pm for your second viewing of the Northern Lights. Stay warm in a cabin or tell stories around a roaring fire as you wait for the display, returning at around 1.30pm.

Day 3 (and Day 4)

Spend the morning at your leisure, with an optional afternoon sightseeing tour. Experience your last Northern Lights outing(s) at the same time of 9.30pm. Every experience of the lights is different, depending on the cloud cover, geomagnetic activity and other factors. We’ll leave it for you to decide which of your three or four evenings was the most magnificent.

Final day

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Calgary, Vancouver or Edmonton.

Tour Add-ons

Tour Add-ons

Yukon Wildlife Preserve & Takhini Hot Springs

Price from £52.00 per person

Drive around 18 miles from Whitehorse to discover Yukon’s local wildlife and natural habitats, experiencing everything from caribou and wood bison, to musk-ox and moose, as well as bighorn sheep, mountain goat, deer and elk up close. Continue to Takhini Hot Springs to relax in the warm pools and enjoy coffee and cake (optional) surrounded by snowy winter landscapes. Duration: 4-5 hours.

Dog Sledding

Price from £145.00 per person

Learn how to harness a friendly team of husky dogs, hitch them to the sled and handle them. Run your own dog team for around 4-5 hours through snowy Yukon landscapes, stopping for lunch and hot drinks. Duration: 7-8 hours.

Snowmobile Driving

Price from £144.00 per person

After a safety introduction and basic instruction into driving a snow machine, you’ll have a go at driving your own machine over prepared trails through Yukon’s incredible winter landscapes. Stop for lunch and hot drinks. Duration: 7-8 hours.

Life in the Cold - Guided Hike

Price from £70.00 per person

Take a two-hour walk through Yukon’s boreal forest, following a creek to the banks of the Yukon River. Look out for birds and other local wildlife, learning about migration, hibernation and other wintering strategies adopted by the Yukon’s plants and animals. Bring your own camera to take fantastic photos of the frosty environment and frozen creek, stopping for hot drinks and cookies. Duration: 3-4 hours.

Ice Fishing and Snowshoeing

Price from £70.00 per person

Learn how to walk on snowshoes over a frozen lake, then stride out across the ice have a go at fishing through a hole. With luck, you’ll catch a lake trout or grayling and can pull it up through the hole. Fishing equipment, blankets, a snack and hot drinks included. Duration: 4-5 hours.

One-hour Flight Excursion

Experience the beauty of Yukon’s northern wilderness, as you fly over mountains, lakes and rivers. A unique and unforgettable experience, available by special request.

Price Guide

A sample price for a 10 night holiday in January: 7 nights 4* in Whistler followed by a 3 night Aurora Borealis package (introduction, city tour and aurora viewing with hot drinks and snacks), including all flights and transfers, costs £1,895pp.

For more details, information and a quotation to add this trip onto your ski holiday, please call Rupert on 01273 224060 or email [email protected].

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.