On the northwestern corner of North America, in the Western United States lies the state of Alaska. Spanning more than 1.7 million square kilometres, Alaska is the largest state in the US. It is almost three times as huge as France and about 2.5 times larger than Texas. Alaska is a place of unspoiled beauty, diversified wildlife, rich culture, and exhilarating adventure. It is well known for its wide-open landscapes, extensive outdoor adventures, and native culture.
With its mountains, sea fjords, and huge interior countryside, this state is the wellness traveller’s paradise. Here are some of the wellness gems that you can experience in Alaska.
Borealis Basecamp in Fairbanks
Borealis Basecamp offers you a wellness experience unlike any other – the opportunity to watch the northern lights in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. When you visit this wellness gem, you will sleep in your own fibreglass igloo. Like the ones used by polar research stations and expeditions. Definitely something for Sci-Fi lovers!
These igloos are cosy retreats in the middle of the Alaskan winter, designed specifically to enhance aurora viewing and visitor comfort. You can snuggle up for a night of stargazing through an open, clear ceiling in a comfy luxurious bed. Talk about the perfect setting for a romantic getaway! Each igloo has a 5-meter-long window that is clear and curved, allowing you to lie in bed and watch the northern lights and the surrounding environment without leaving your comfortable igloo.
Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward
The Kenai Fjords National Park, located west of Seward, covers more than 600 000 acres of land! The park was established in 1980 to preserve some of Alaska’s most breathtaking and inaccessible nature. 60% of the park is covered in snow and ice, and the enormous 1800-square-kilometre Harding Icefield borders it. Numerous tidewater glaciers stream down from the vast icefield, sculpting valleys that create magnificent fjords.
Kenai Fjords offers you both relaxing and exciting activities. You can go beachcombing, biking, camping, cross-country skiing, fishing, flightseeing, hiking, kayaking, and mountaineering. You can also enjoy a full- or half-day boat excursion that explores Seward’s rocky coastline, towering mountains, and breathtaking fjords. The park has no entrance or camping fees; however, reservations are necessary for the park’s public-use cabins.
Alyeska Resort and Spa in Fairbanks
Alyeska Ski Resort, located in the Chugach Mountains, offers top-notch skiing and snowboarding with excellent views of the Turnagain Arm. With over 300 guest rooms and facilities such as indoor heated pools and whirlpool spas, this is by far the best resort in Alaska.
The resort has a second-floor spa facility that provides a range of therapies. These include eye and lip treatments, facial treatments, massage therapies, as well as manicures and pedicures. The Spa at Alyeska Resort is a perfect place to discover the world of wellness and self-indulgence in Alaska.
Some of the outdoor activities at Alyeska include cycling, quad biking, wildlife viewing, river rafting and hiking. You can also go snowshoeing, flightseeing or watch the northern lights.
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre in Juneau
Alaska’s most accessible glacier, the lovely Mendenhall, invites you to explore it. In this recreation area, you can walk on land that was covered in ice only a few decades ago. Spend some time strolling along Mendenhall Lake’s coast to a roaring waterfall or hiking through the forest to breathtaking vistas.
No matter your physical ability, you are guaranteed to find a suitable hiking trail among Mendenhall’s easy concrete roads and difficult climbs. One of the easier trails crosses a salmon stream where bears can occasionally be seen. Other animals that you will see during your time here include mountain goats, porcupines, black bears, and beavers.
Mendenhall opens from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily from May to September. However, you can only visit from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekends during the winter months (October – March). You will also need to buy a day pass for $5 to enter the visitor centre.
Potter Marsh in Anchorage
If skating across frozen channels and ponds inside a wildlife reserve sounds like fun then you should explore Potter Marsh! Following a severe freeze-up, the marsh changes from a place of bird nesting to a fascinating maze with miles of winding paths that lead to unforgettable skate rinks.
These skateways wind through the grass and scrub in wonderful disarray, connecting ponds over acres of wetland. The biggest networks run alongside the road. You can explore for hours, skating in circles, as well as back and forth. Potter Marsh’s icy ponds are a great place to do the Wim Hof method! Why not have a session before or after your skate?
Potter Marsh will certainly win your heart! It’s a wonderful spot to see nature. You are sure to see a variety of birds like bald eagles, sandhill cranes, and other shore birds if you visit in the summer. What’s even better is the fact that it is easy to walk there.