Walk with Reindeer in Alaska
Take a walk through the boreal forest of interior Alaska with reindeer from Running Reindeer Ranch. This magical, one-of-a-kind tour will be the highlight of your trip to Alaska.
What You Will Do
- Take a guided walk with reindeer through the Boreal Forest in Alaska and experience an interactive and informative romp with these magical animals
- Uncover the forest's rich history and learn about reindeer from a knowledgeable, life-long Alaskan
- Finish the tour with world-famous, award-winning, homemade cookies made by the hosts
- Reindeer walk with guide
- Complimentary refreshments and snacks
The hike is not long, but the nature walk has uneven terrain so good season appropriate walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing are required. In the spring and summer the mosquitoes could be bad, bring your repellent of choice. Our reindeer are tame but not trained so sometimes they decide to take a route not planned for. Bring your cameras and expect the unexpected.
We do not provide transportation. If you're going to be in town for several days, we recommend renting a car, otherwise Golden Heart Shuttles & Tours, 907-456-4555; Air Link Shuttle, 907-452-3337; or local taxis. Children under 3 need to be in a carrier.
Full refunds for cancellations made at least 48 hours in advance.
- 1,111 Ratings
We loved every minute of our visit - it was wonderful to learn about the reindeer and so much fun to be close to them and hike with them!! A 'must do' when in Fairbanks!!
I appreciated all the information they shared about reindeers and you were able to interact with the reindeers.
1)the close interaction with the reindeer. Getting to know them as individuals, as part of the family. 2)the educational component. This I was not expecting and it was a great surprise. I did think if there was information to give it would be very superficial. Elsa and Alex were very entertaining while imparting facts so made it a fun experience while learning. 3)Elsa and Alex were great. Safety was their priority, but I felt freedom to move and touch the reindeer. 4)great time of year to go because of the babies. Soooo cute. Thank you for sharing these wonderful animals with us. It is an experience that you will not come across often with this type of set up.
I always enjoyed raindeer but never was up close what a great experience and Stacie was so thrilled as this was her first trip anywhere and wanted to add it into our last day so she could see them up close with me I will be putting my pictures on Facebook for all to see it was great meeting you and Doug and I will alway be happy I chose to see your ranch thanks again that was such a cool place and the cookies were great you do an amazing job loved hearing how it all started and the story abour the reindeer that leaves on the 24 and came back on the 25 dec it was so cute i cannot say enough. thank you Dottie Volff
First time experience for all 5 of us...for my mom's 80th birthday! Gratefully, they allowed her to use her walker (her "4-wheeler") and she was able to experience the entire thing. Wonderful, educational, simply fantastic experience...we all loved it!! I can't wait to experience it again!!
Fantastic once in a lifetime experience! Where else will you get to frolic with reindeer as they run free?? Highly recommend!
Jane and Doug and wonderful hosts and the reindeer are awesome! What a great way to have a unique Alaska experience.
What a treat! My 8-year old and myself loved our little stop by Running Raindeer Ranch. The staff was amazing. Seeing raindeers in real life was above and beyond what we expected and the overall experience was just wonderful! Definitely a must-do while in Fairbanks.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I felt it was a great tour and a wonderful value. We were immediately greeted upon arrival. Everything was clearly explained as to what we could expect on our tour. All of the staff were quite knowledgeable. They were also capable of keeping visitors safe despite the amount of hooves and antlers passing by us constantly during the tour. At one point, there was a short sparring between two reindeer and I was impressed with how the staff quickly and calmly got it under control. I never felt in danger. At the end of the tour, the owners invited us into their home where we could sit and enjoy delicious home made cookies and a hot drink while they explained a few more facts about their ranch. I highly recommend this tour. I don't think you would be disappointed.
Well organised, beautiful surrounds.
We try to do this Reindeer Walk every time we have friends or family visiting us here in the Fairbanks area. This time it was a Christmas present for my in-laws. It is such a great experience to meet these amazing animals, touch them, get to know them and walk with them on an not difficult trail through the beautiful birch forest. But that is not all. It is also amazing to meet Jane and listen to her talking about the animals she loves so much. It feels like visiting a friend saying to you: "Hey come, want to meet my reindeer?" She is super knowledgeable and has the great talent to talk about her animals in a fascinating and entertaining way. After meeting the reindeer by her house you will get an introduction and all the basic information. If you come in winter Jane also makes sure you are dressed warm enough. Then the walk starts with more facts about the animals and many stops and photo opportunities. Back at the reindeer house ("Reindeer Haus") there is time for some hot chocolate, reindeer cookies (no, no reindeer got harmed for them) and more information. This is also the time you can touch antlers and antler velvet. The tour will leave you with he urge to get your own two or more reindeer....or to return whenever possible.
It was not only a great, unique experience to walk with the reindeer, but was also very informative and educational. Jane was a very talented educator and storyteller.
- Mary Vail
Loved the experience AND all the information!
We had an awesome time. Jane was very nice and knew everything about reindeer and was very interesting in her talks on our reindeer walk. It was well worth the visit! Will visit again!
It was great.
The tour was very informative but also so warm and personable. Your properties are gorgeous and there is clearly a lot of love for your reindeer. Thank you! :)
Very informative and fun! Nice cookies and lemonade, Thank you for telling the story about the reindeer industry of the 30s.
Loved interacting with and leaning about the deer!
We wanted to see reindeer and this certainly delivered. Not only did we get to walk amongst them like puppies but Jane was so knowledgeable and obviously cared for the reindeer. Definitely worthwhile!
Educational, enjoyed the family story.
Leaned the difference between caribou and reindeer. Enjoyed the education given before and after and the walk with the reindeer. Pleasant day all around. Thank you!
Absolutely wonderful experience! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Thank you!
The walk was friendly, accommodating, and super informative. The woods were beautiful and the reindeer were nice walking companions. Enjoyed having the treats and more information at the end. So much fun!
This was a fun, unique experience we discovered last minute. It was a great way to fill our day. Where else can you mix & mingle w/ reindeer?? Jane is a kind, friendly, knowledgeable host. Happy we had the experience. Thanks, Jane. You're fantastic!
The best experience ever! It was the hightlight of our trip!
very fun experience, cute reindeer, taking lots of postcard pictures~
This was truly an experience not just a touristy attraction. Mrs. Jane was very knowledgeable and it was clear the reindeer were her “babies” not just money-makers. It was an amazing walk with the reindeer at our side, mingling with their guess. It is definitely a must do when in the area. I will be back!
Was a really nice day, the reindeer were so content walking amongst us. Definitely recommend this.
I really enjoyed my interactions and both our guides Yan me the owner. They were kind and super patient and explained in great detail all our questions. The interaction with the reindeers is unique and one of a kind you won’t get this close to these mystical animals. They are beautiful and sweet, do not be intimidated of their sizes or the antlers. Sweet as sugar that margarita. Only one thing that was difficult and it was in no control of the owner but they were renovating their kitchen so there wasn’t anywhere for our 3 hour walk. We stood most of the time and walked for about 30 minutes. I had back surgery so this would have been good to know before ha d. I was under the impression that we would be inside for the lessons and talks about reindeer than walk for 30 minutes and then go back inside. I totally understand it wasn’t in their control and that it wouldn’t have been safe for us because of the remodeling. But the experience was one of a kind and I can’t wait to come back.
The guide was able to share his knowledge of the reindeers. You could see he knew each personality and how to handle each accordingly. The walk with the reindeer along the trail and through the snowy forest was magical. I loved feeding the reindeer at the end.
We loved learning about the reindeer and being so close to them; this is a very unique outing! What was not so great: We waited 45 minutes for late-arriving participants which was frustrating, being so cold. The depiction we had from your tour description was that we would have time together up front to discuss the reindeer and then walk thru the woods with them, then feed them. However, the walk itself was more of an interpretive walk, stopping every 100 feet or so to learn more about the reindeer. One of the benches came in handy for my spouse who can't stand for such long periods. The entire tour was less than 2 hours including that long delay in the beginning. We wish we could have experienced the tour with you leading, but do hope you had a good time in Mexico!
We live in Fairbanks and always bring our guests to Running Reindeer Ranch! It is always an amazing experience for all, and we leave learning new things every time! Jane is so knowledgeable and it so much fun to take a walk through her beautiful birch forest with her reindeer. They are clearly part of the family and are so loved. It is an experience unlike anything else and should definitely be on your top priority list of things to do in Alaska!
Everything was perfect!! You could tell Jane has a passion for her reindeer babies!
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Alaska. We were expecting just a walk in the woods with the reindeer, but the hot drinks and cookies afterward and the informative talk that Jane gave us was really something special. I feel like we learned so much about reindeer! Jane was so fun and insightful. What a treat for us to have her open her home to us and the other guests! I would highly recommend this activity to anyone who wants an up close and personal experience with reindeer! What a great way for us to end our Alaska vacation! -Sharon and Graham Futerfas
Not only was it amazing to be next to these beautiful animals, but Jane also gave us quite an educational experience as well!
It is 3 days later and we are still in awe of how amazing this experience was. Having the opportunity to be up close with the Reindeer and pet them and hug them. This was a memory that I will cherish for years to come. Can't wait to come back again!
Definitely my best Alaska experience!
Felt the day was drawn out - the one hour into was too long.
we were in Alaska 2 and a half weeks, and this was truly one of the highlights of our trip. Jane and Doug do a fantastic job - this was so much fun and educational too! Thank you for opening your home1
- Gary L
I just love Jane, her enthusiasm for educating and sharing everything she knows about the reindeer with us, and her love for each of her reindeer. They are each special, and so is she! (Terri)
The tour itself was nice. However, after I booked the tour online, my credit card information was compromised. The payment site should have encrypted. Now, I have to dispute thousands dollars of unrecognized charges to my account.