Borealis Basecamp launches new offerings

Three nights deep in the backcountry of the million-acre White Mountains National Recreation Area outside Fairbanks is a good example of a hard adventure. A soft adventure, says Adriel Butler, could be one hour riding a snowmachine through a powder field. Butler is the owner of Borealis Basecamp, which he aims to make the go-to resort in interior Alaska for those types of soft adventures.

The cubes at Borealis Basecamp are spaced out to give guests more privacy.

Borealis Basecamp opened in 2017 on a 100-acre parcel of forest 25 miles north of Fairbanks. It was open only during winter months and primarily a destination for aurora viewing. The team used time during the early months of the pandemic to plan new accommodations and adventures that launched in 2022. The basecamp is now open through the summer months and offers excursions like six-hour UTV rides and guided driving trips north of the Arctic Circle. In November, the resort will debut five block-shaped luxury accommodations. The “cubes” are more modern than the glass-domed igloos also available for overnight stays. They feature a rainfall shower, heated towel bar, and one full wall of glass facing northeast for optimal aurora viewing. 

Butler recalled a night he spent in one of the igloos with his family. They snacked on a charcuterie board, sipped wine, and watched the northern lights through the igloo’s glass. That’s the kind of blissful moment he hopes all Borealis Basecamp guests can enjoy. “It’s thrilling to see our dreams for this property take shape and we can’t wait for guests to experience them,” he said.


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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