have recently returned from a three night trip to Bettles Lodge
and it was incredible. It
was my first trip to Alaska and I wanted to experience it in the
winter time. The
staff was great and catered to your every want or need, even a
night cross country ski, thanks Melissa.
The food was excellent and I think I put on about 20
pounds from Matt\'s cooking.
I did cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog mushing and
even snow machined. Of
course there was also the Aurora Borealis, which I was fortunate
to see on my last night with a bon fire and Jeff\'s s\'mores,
totally an amazing night. It
was the trip of a life time.
Bettles Lodge is definitely the place to go to experience
it all and where staff treats you like family.
I give it an A+. I
hope to return to experience it all again. Thanks again Melissa,
Matt and Jeff for making my first trip to Alaska an experience
of a life time. Oh,
and Matt, you have me totally hooked on snowmachining!! You guys
were the best!!!! I
can\'t thank you enough for all your hard work and the enjoyable
time that I had there with you all. I hope to see you all again
some day. I had a
- Leslie from Colorado
Feb 2008 We had a great time! first you literally fly to the
doorstep of the lodge and are immediately greeted by the
friendly staff. we saw the aurora lights dancing on our first
night here and it was spectacular. see it from the viewing
cabin. it's almost a surreal experience. try dog sledding and
snow mobiling over the frozen river to see old Bettles.
definitely worth it. this place is remote but beautiful.
everyone was friendly , helpful and welcoming. no complaints.
Feb 2008 Thanks for an
amazing holiday and a truly unforgettable experience. The main
reason we went to Bettles lodge was to see the northern lights
as im an photographer and love taking pictures of this wonderful
natural phenomenon. Not only did we get to see an amazing
display but also got to drive our own team of huskies and rider
snow machines for the first time. Your all doing a great job and
made us feel very much at home. The staff were very
friendly and helpful unlike other resorts we have stayed at and
made us feel very welcome. Special thanks the Matt the
chief too for lending me his tripod which without i wouldn't
have been able take any pictures of the northern lights due to
my tripod deciding to self destruct the night before.
Dominic Beaven & Karen
Unbelievable... personable service! I'm coming back and
bringing/sending friends and reinforcements...and more
Can't wait to be back,
- Thank you for being so hospitable.
I learned so much about Alaska and the abundance of
life up there that I never knew about prior.
When I arrived back in Fairbanks from Bettles the
receptionist in Fairbanks gave me a ride to the university
museum. I forget
her name but I tried paying her and she wouldn't\'t accept
any payment. This
is the type of warmth and hospitality from you all.
- Brian Steele California
Bettles is the best place for not only Northern Lights
Viewing, but also activity! I tried dogsledding, northern
lights watching ,snowmobile riding and CX skiing. They kindly taught
me how I do. Each and every are so fun. All of the stuff have
feeling of hospitality. I had a ball by the grace of them. Thank
you so much. Absolutely I will come again.
Atsuko Takahashi Japan
Went up for the Aurora Package in February. Superb
adventure to never forget. Thanks for keeping us warm and comfortable
at 20 below.
Snow machines, Dog Sleds, Northern Lights, and superb food...what more
can you ask for!
Todd Dunnuck, All Alaska Tours
Thank you for a really great trip! We said we would only visit
Alaska once but we are already thinking of another trip!
- Godfrey & Elizibeth Pearce
- Johannesburg, South Africa
The auroral activity was great! The stay was superb,
Thanks to all, Ken Omsberg Eureka, CA
Just magic! You really live in God's country. If you ever need a break, I
know two willing Aussies that would sure love to help out..
- I worked for a big game guide in 1974 as a cook at the mouth of the
artic gate. This was before I was an employee of Wein Air Alaska. We
flew into Bettles on Wein and fly out of Bettles on a Super Cub. On
my return trip to Fairbanks I had to spend a night at the lodge to fly
out on Wein's F27 the next day. I swear to God I had the best food for
dinner I had ever had in my life! Dessert was chocolate cake with
chocolate frosting with black walnuts and cherries! My mouth waters to
this day when I think of the food I had at Bettles Lodge!
- Three of us floated down the Kobuk River on a hunting and fishing
adventure that took us from the headwaters to the village of Kobuk. By
the time we arrived back in the states we were already planning a
return trip in the future. The treatment by the staff was absolutely
great in all respects. Especially enjoyed the conversation, advice and
help from Bill the pilot. Wish we could have made it to the Pump House
though. We look forward to our return trip to Alaska and having the
folks at Bettles Lodge take care of us.
Thanks again, Tony Jacobson
- I have made it back to my home safely from my trip to Alaska and
Bettles this winter. I really have enjoyed my stay at Bettles Lodge,
and I couldn't have expected more! No one could, actually.
Kenji Chono.... Japan
Thanks to you and your staff at the lodge for the
wonderful hospitality you showed Jim and myself during our stay.
We will be back!!
We came and we saw......It was nothing short of fantastic,
Something to remember for the rest of our lives. We hope to be back
one day. We enjoyed everyone's friendship and thank you all very much
for a very enjoyable stay. thank you people of Bettles and God
- Keith Mary & Nathaniel
- Port Hedland, Western Australia
Here we are all the way from Los Angeles CA. We
were here three nights. The Northern Lights show was incredible!
There are no words to describe what we saw. Best of All...the
Bettles Lodge is the Greatest place to stay!!! We will be back!
and Barbara Villarreal.......... Los Angeles, CA
had a wonderful stay in Bettles and in Bettles Lodge. Your staff
made us feel at ease and like we were at home. The accommodations
were fine as well as the food. Yes there is a
possibility that we will be back, but I don’t know if it will
be in winter or summer.
I say thank you for a wonderful time.
& Wendy Adair
"Thank you " to Bettles Lodge and
everyone here who has made my stay unforgettable. The memories of
the Aurora, the dogsled ride through the serene beauty of this
frozen Northland and the warmth of all the people here will be
forever emblazoned in my heart and soul. It is so obvious here
that none of my adventure could have happened without
everyone! Thanks so much.
A great place to vacation!
Ultimate Vacation.....We came to see the Northern Lights.
We got what we came for.
The lights were amazing both nights.
We were also amazed by the comfort and treatment at Bettles
Lodge. We were
here in February 2008. I
requested a snack tray and wine be placed in our room as a
Valentine surprise for my husband.
While we were on a walk, a huge tray of smoked salmon,
smoked meats, cheeses and crackers along with a fabulous
bottle of wine. All
served on a candlelit table.
It was beautiful. From
the time we walked through the doors at Bettles Air, we were
treated like family. My
husband was allowed to fly as co-pilot and he was thrilled.
The treatment at the lodge was also like family.
We were equally amazed with the lights and the luxury
of this tiny lodge. Food
was Excellent. We love Minnie! We will most
definitely be back. Hopefully
Jerry and Kari McBride Fort Worth, TX
Feb 2008 We had an absolutely awesome
time. We had a great family reunion -- eleven us of came ranging
in age from 10 to 79 and stayed for five days.
We did all the activities - dogsledding, cross country
skiing, snowshoeing and a scenic flight tour. Oh, and the food
was scrumptious! The night we watched the northern lights was
amazing. The stories we were both entertaining and inspirational.
It was an experience that none of us will ever forget.
I would highly recommend visiting Bettles Lodge.
Everyone thought we were nuts coming up in mid-February
but we weren't!!! Everyone
associated with the Lodge was wonderful, accommodating, friendly,
and just a delight to be around
Feb 2008 I will tell you that all the
food was great. The
dog sledding was so much fun and the dogs were very nice.
If you go on vacation i will tell you right now this is
the place. I had gone
snowshoeing for the first time this year I walked two or three
miles into the woods and it was just so beautiful and peaceful.
All the activities were just so pleasant and the service
was very good. I love
this place and i don't want to leave but i am coming back with
the family in the summer!!!!! They were amazing, with great
service. And all of them are very nice!.
The food was awesome and all the staff really were just so
fun as well.
On Hudson NY
Feb 21, 2008 There is so much to say about my trip to Bettles.
I am a twenty something from new york and the idea of
going somewhere with no atm, cell service and a population of
less then 30 terrified me.
But from the moment we took off in fairbanks and i
looked out the window of the tiniest plane i had ever been on,
the fear turned to excitement.
Everything was so beautiful and real, and i could not
wait to land. From
the first 15 minutes of being there the staff had amazing
activities planned. John took us on a tour of the town, Jaime
and Melissa cooked some banging food (and i am the pickiest
eater on the east coast), and Jeff treated us like family.
But my favorite part of my adventure was dog sledding
with Mad Max. I
was a little nervous at first but as soon as the dogs rolled
on their bellies and let me pet them, I was in love.
Sitting down or standing up, I was just in awe of the
views and couldn't believe that people got to see them
everyday. I should
also mention that
the lights were incredible, they sure beat the light pollution
i get at home. The
entire time i felt totally comfortable roaming in and out of
the lodge like it was my home, and the staff members my
family. So thank
you soo very much to everyone in Bettles for opening my mind
and heart to an amazing world.
I am for sure coming back, and if my mom had her way
I\\\\\\\'d be working there...Dietrich need a babysitter? Oh
and shout outs to Minnie the sweetest dog in Alaska! You
guys are the coolest, realest people i have ever met.
I loved all your stories, and wish i had one tenth the
skill, honesty, and independence you all seem to have.
You have opened my eyes, and i cannot thank you enough.
I hope to see you all again, and if you are ever in the
new york area send an email and we will without a doubt meet
up! Thanks again for everything!
McMahon New York
Where do I begin. Dan and Linda are as great as can be. Down
to earth, just like family. Dans' flying was as smooth as silk.
I've never flown in such a little plane, but it was great!
Being here at the Bettles Lodge, is almost like being at home. Only
we have to wash our own dishes at home, here they do it for
you. And with a little spring in their step. All you do here at
the Lodge is eat and sleep. Then of course get up at midnight to
view the Northern Lights. It gets pretty cold up here. Just suit up
and go! You need to layer up them clothes. Just as long as you do,
you will be guaranteed to have the time of your lives!!! So if you are
even ! Thinking of visiting Bettles, get off this page
and book your reservations straight through Dan and Linda at
Bettles Lodge. You won't regret it! Take care and have a
Mike and Barbara V. from South Gate, CA.
We came to see the Northern Lights. They were
beautiful. We also went dog sledding and ice climbing. The hosts
at Bettles Lodge and Bettles Air could not have been better.
They took great care of us, were attentive to our needs,
extremely pleasant and helpful. The food was excellent! We had
the opportunity to speak with some of the local people who were
happy to share their experiences and knowledge of living in
Alaska. Bettles Lodge was a comfortable, relaxing and friendly
place to stay. We recommend it highly.
They could not have been better!
Lance and Tyler were excellent pilots!
Marianne North Carolina
It is hard to believe we were only here for three days
considering all the memories we are leaving with. Telling people
we were going to the Arctic Circle in March, everybody thought
we were nuts! In fact we thought we might be too!! But this has
been such a warm, caring, special, unique experience... the
aurora, sledding, skiing, saunaing,...and sharing it all with
such warm caring friends. We wouldn't have missed it for
Laura, Kevin, Tracey, Tim, Rebecca, and Keith.......
Spoutsville, AZ and Las Vegas, Nv.
Jan. 2008 I had a wonderful stay
at the Bettles/Aurora Lodge. Each staff member was friendly,
professional, and provided information and a level of attention
such that all my activities went smoothly and comfortably. I
found the lodge to be very clean and comfortable and the reviews
I had read regarding the food were, to say the least, very under
rated. I enjoyed all the activities provided by the lodge and
have a wealth of good memories from my stay. Every aspect
of the trip and stay in Bettles exceeded my expectations.
I want to thank each of you again for the level of attention I
received during my stay and to let you know that I have
wonderful memories from that visit.
Mark Brown Nashville,
Bettles Lodge provided a genuine home-like atmosphere and
were very welcoming. I was the only guest during my stay. They
arranged visits with locals, and wonderful conversation. meals
were home-style and delicious
Michael Hill...........San Francisco, CA
Finally are we back in Norway after a fantastic tour of Noatak
river. The tour of Denali and Denali highway were not the same,
we are more than satisfied with the support from Bettles Lodge.
We experienced that we were treated not only as customers, but
more as friends.... the way you prepared and selected the food
package for us bare evidence of not only a sale but much as well
care for all four of us. the kids and the grown ups highly
appreciated it. we have still food left. the
big boy, Wilhelm (nine years), caught a lot of artic greyling, so
we eat fish for some days as well. we saw wolfs, bears, eagles
and a lot more than 1000 caribous. the river Wally impressed us.
next river will be Coleville...
BETTLES LODGE will be highly recommended to all folks who will
ask us about relations to outfitters/transportation.
say hello and many thanks for help and support for all your
people who has
been in contact with us.
Wilhelm and Edward.......... Norway
Thank you for everything. We don't know how to explain the great trip we did. It was one of
the greatest moment in our life. I was so glad to get back to
Bettles, and see you again. Emi was so happy she had chance to talk with Alaskans, and see
their life. It may be more important to meet people, talk with
them than seeing nice scenery. People gives many tales to the scenery you see. she already started to think when we can come
back to Bettles again. Thank you for everything you did for us.
JOJI and EMI Tokyo Japan
- Armando and I have been planning this trip for almost a year.
We wanted to visit Alaska to see the Northern Lights. Coming to
Bettles was much more enjoyable and more our style than the
options. I like the slow atmosphere here. It has been like a
family here. We have enjoyed our stay very much. thank you for
- "The Honeymooners"
- Armando & Stephaine