Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, is one of the best places in the world for viewing the northern lights. Not only is it directly under the auroral oval (so you are right under the lights as opposed to seeing them on the horizon), but it is mostly flat, providing unobstructed views of the dancing colours above. The eco-lodge is accessible only by bush flight (included in the package) and therefore far away from city lights. Combine all of this with very little precipitation year-round and nearly every night offers the ultimate opportunity to catch one of the world's most breathtaking natural performances. The lodge itself runs primarily on solar and wind power, has a greenhouse and garden producing fresh vegetables in season, initiated a fish management program to maintain a healthy stock of fish, follows a strict recycling and composting program, and engages with the local community through multiple projects and partnerships. Late summer and autumn stays include activity options such as paddling, hiking, swimming, yoga, boating, and local handicraft workshops. In the winter, try your hand at igloo/quinzhee building, snowshoeing, skating, skiing, or even fat biking! Or simply enjoy the open sky views from your room, lounge deck, or hot tub.
Your flight will take approximately 30 minutes from the time you take off in Yellowknife (around noon), to landing at the lodge. Along the way you can see the vast shore of Yellowknife Bay on your right and a series of finger-like lakes on the left – Jennejohn, Harding, Hearne, Watta and finally Blachford. See how the glaciers carved the landscape. Here and there, you can spot a small camp, a river, rapids, or a waterfall. As you travel, at about 1600m, you get a bird's eye view of the land. Watch for moose and bear which can both be visible from above. Upon arrival at the lodge you will have a guest orientation and get to know the beautiful site around you. Tonight is your first opportunity to view the spectacular Aurora Borealis!
The day is yours to explore the area as you wish. Please refer to 'A Typical Day' below for potential activities based on the time of year. Be as active or as relaxed as you like - enjoy the hot tub or sauna, lounge in the library, venture out onto the lake or trails, or partake in a guided experience - then enjoy a delectable dinner before the nightly routine of keeping your eyes on the skies!
Enjoy a full morning at the lodge, then head back down to the lake after lunch where you'll board your scenic bush plane back to Yellowknife, returning around 2pm.
Per Person, Twin Share