Explore Fairbanks, Alaska on a virtual vacation: Take a front-row seat and start your virtual vacation now. Explore Fairbanks presents five all-new virtual experiences, including an exhilarating dog sled ride through the pristine snowy forest, afloat on the Chena River on this perfect summer day, and a scenic mountain scene from nearby Murphy Dome. Plus, you can practically enjoy the midnight sun, the Northern Lights, and other amazing views of the Fairbanks area.
If wheelchair travel is on your to-do list, Fairbanks’ 360-degree immersive photos and videos have the power to virtually transport you to the Golden Heart of Alaska and actively explore like never before. Additional virtual immersive assets include a visit to Eagle Summit where the sun never dips below the horizon on June 21 (summer solstice), a spectacle of captivating aurorae, the iconic wooden arch of downtown Fairbanks and more. Sure, it may not be the same as being there, but it’s the next best thing while you wait to visit Fairbanks when the time is right. Click on the video below and slide your finger or mouse over the imagery to explore the scene.
Another unique way to immerse yourself in virtual reality is via the Midnight Sun Tracker. The Midnight Sun season started on April 22 when the Midnight Sun Tracker took center stage on the Explore Fairbanks website. The Tracker calculates the number of daylight hours, including civil twilight, that people can experience in the subarctic and arctic regions of Fairbanks, Coldfoot and Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow).
For 70 consecutive days during the midnight sun season, Fairbanks has 24 hours of light. The Midnight Sun Tracker allows users to change the calendar and / or location and achieve the radical change of light throughout the year. Visit explorefairbanks.com to access the Midnight Sun Tracker, which is compatible with all devices, including smartphones, tablets and desktops. In August, as the midnight sun season draws to a close, attention turns to the Aurora Tracker, which predicts the northern lights at six different locations.