In Search of Aurora and Glacier 2016

Yellowknife and Alaska, August 2016

Courtesy of Great Circle Mapper

This is really a trip of a lifetime. In 12 days, I will be covering many places I have never been but would love to go in my life. Slightly odd routing, though. This is due to an intermittent planning process.

It starts with Toronto. After a 15-hour flight, I would get to the other side of the Earth and venture in this Canadian city. We will also visit the Niagara Falls and Buffalo City across the border.

Then comes the Northern lights. In late August through to winter, Norther lights can be seen in Yellowknife, in Northern Territory. We are going to stay there for 4 nights to try our luck to catch a glimpse of the Northern lights. In addition, we would do some hiking, fishing and others that this remote place will have to offer!

As chance has it, I also have the chance to see another sub-Arctic place – Alaska. As my lovely college has made travel grants available to me, I would head to Alaska, via quite a weird routing – via Calgary and Seattle – it would be a whole day of flying! I would kayak to the glaciers and hike the mountains near Anchorage, before going home in Hong Kong.


Flights: AC HKG-YYZ / YVR-HKG; WS YYZ-YEG-YXF-YYC; DL YYC-SEA-ANC-SEA-YVR; all in Y; 9 segments

  • Introduction [here]
  • Slave Class to Toronto
  • Sightseeing in Toronto
  • One of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Niagara Falls
  • WestJet Take One: Toronto to Yellowknife via Edmonton
  • Spirits Dancing on the Lonely Planet: Aurora Hunting
  • Subarctic hiking and fishing
  • WestJet Take Two: Yellowknife to Calgary
  • A First in Delta: First Class to Seattle
  • Alaska with Delta’s Comfort Plus
  • Spencer Glacier Sea Kayak and Hike via the Alaska Rail Road
  • Anchorage in the rain
  • Redeye in Domestic First: Anchorage to Vancouver via Seattle
  • Home with Air Canada: not dead yet!