In March 2013 I traveled to Alaska to try to see the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights. I stayed in Wasilla, just north of Anchorage for 7 days, without any luck. On the last day I drove to Fairbanks for a night, hoping to have a last chance there. Fortunately, it worked out, so I did get to see the Aurora Borealis, even though it was not a very prominent display.

But there were other activities that I enjoyed very much during that time. I took some flight instruction in ski flying, which was a blast. I flew out of Christiansen Lake (AK8) near Talkeetna with Alaska Floats and Skis. On the first day we flew to Denali (the native name for Mt. McKinley) and flew through some of the gorges there. On the second day I practices ski landings, including making landings on an untouched lake with a 2 ft (0.6 m) new snow cover. It was fantastic. On the last day we tried for a glacier landing, unfortunately the weather was not good enough. But at least we saw a herd of caribou on that flight.

On the drives between Wasilla and Talkeetna I saw some wildlife, notably Bald Eagles and Moose. Moose are everywhere, a couple of time I saw them cross the road just in front of cars. Pictures of wildlife in Alaska and birds in Alaska are on separate pages.

By luck, I was in Fairbanks just at the annual ice sculpture competition. The ice sculptures there were amazing.

It was an interesting trip, but Alaska is not a place where I want to live, too cold and too much snow.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Alaska Nature

Snow Covered Trees
Snow covered trees. (1004k)
Snow Covered Trees
Snow covered trees. (713k)
Snow Covered Forest
Snow covered forest. (700k)
Snow Covered Forest
Snow covered forest. (828k)
Scenic View
Scenic view. (770k)
Snow Covered Mountain Anchorage-fairbanks
Snow covered mountain on the Anchorage-Fairbanks Highway 3. (599k)
Denali National Park
Denali National Park. (508k)
Denali Highway 3
Denali from Highway 3. (626k)
Denali Range Air
Denali range from the air. (571k)
Denali Air
Denali from the air. (561k)
Denali Air
Denali from the air. (598k)
Glacier Denali
Glacier on Denali. (686k)
Glacier Ice Denali
Glacier ice on Denali. (646k)
Close-up Glacier Ice Denali
Close-up of glacier ice on Denali. (677k)

Alaska Ski Flying

Ski Plane Touching
Ski plane touching down. (514k)
Ski Plane Piper Pa-22
Ski plane (Piper Pa-22). (615k)
Tracks Fresh Snow
My tracks in fresh snow. (534k)
Flying Low Over Frozen
Flying low over the frozen river. (546k)
Flying Cliffs Around Denali
Flying through the cliffs around Denali. (527k)

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis. (435k)
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis. (436k)
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis. (540k)
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis. (421k)
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis. (414k)

Fairbanks Ice Sculpture Competition

Ice Sculpture
Ice sculpture. (638k)
Ice Sculpture
Ice sculpture. (681k)
Ice Sculpture
Ice sculpture. (661k)
Ice Sculpture
Ice sculpture. (709k)
Ice Sculpture
Ice sculpture. (601k)
Ice Sculpture
Ice sculpture. (587k)
Ice Sculpture
Ice sculpture. (577k)
Frosty Snowman
Frosty the Snowman. (609k)
Yellow Submarine Beatles
Yellow Submarine of The Beatles. (662k)
Ice Sculpture
Ice sculpture. (632k)
Ice Sculpture Night
Ice sculpture at night. (544k)
Ice Sculpture Night
Ice sculpture at night. (561k)
Ice Sculpture Night
Ice sculpture at night. (552k)
Ice Sculpture Night
Ice sculpture at night. (766k)
Fantasy Ice Sculpture
Fantasy ice sculpture. (706k)
Fantasy Ice Sculpture
Fantasy ice sculpture. (755k)
Fantasy Ice Sculpture
Fantasy ice sculpture. (819k)
Fantasy Ice Sculpture
Fantasy ice sculpture. (703k)

On the Road

Seaplane Airport Willow Ak
The seaplane airport in Willow, AK in the winter, with mist over the ice-covered lake. (724k)
Seaplane Airport Willow Ak
The seaplane airport in Willow, AK in the winter. (720k)
Willow Airport Winter
Willow airport in the winter. (644k)
Log Cabin Highway 3
Log cabin on Highway 3. (812k)
Snowplow Highway 3
Snowplow on Highway 3. (622k)
Pickup Truck Snow Mobiles
Pickup truck with snow mobiles. Half the traffic on the road was with snow mobiles. (615k)

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