Bring the thrill of a dog sled ride, the Northern Lights, and the Midnight Sun into your home.

By Andrea Romano
April 25, 2020
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While many people are stuck indoors in order to combat coronavirus, they’re looking for ways to explore the world, try something new, or just fight off boredom.

If you’re a thrill-seeker who is having trouble being cooped up, there’s nothing more exhilarating than a dog sled ride. Explore Fairbanks, a tourism authority in Alaska, has a 360-degree video on YouTube of dog sledding through a snowy forest.

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If sledding isn’t quite enough for you, Explore Fairbanks has a number of other virtual experiences in Fairbanks, Alaska that people anywhere in the world (including places where you don’t get snow) can enjoy, like the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun.

But Fairbanks isn’t all just snow and ice. If you’re looking to relax, take a virtual float down the Chena River if you want to feel like you’re getting into the great outdoors. In addition to videos, Explore Fairbanks has a number of 360-degree still images that showcase the natural beauty of Alaska. All of the 360-degree views and tours can be accessed on the Explore Fairbanks website.

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And since the onset of the Midnight Sun season started on April 22, Explore Fairbanks has launched a handy Midnight Sun Tracker. The tracker calculates the number of daylight hours for people to experience the sub-Arctic and Arctic areas of Fairbanks, Coldfoot, and Utqiaġvik.

The Midnight Sun lasts for 70 days, and Fairbanks experiences 24 hours of light during that time. The tracker also allows users to change the calendar and/or location so they can see the light shift throughout the year. In addition to the tracker, users can also explore traditional Midnight Sun activities, gorgeous views of sunrises and sunsets, and tips on how to photograph the Midnight Sun for anyone who wants to plan a trip to Fairbanks next year.

More information, virtual tours, and 360-degree views can be found on the Explore Fairbanks website.