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 expeirence 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.
Hassle-free Cancellation Promise: We know travel plans change and sometimes it's necessary to cancel them. That's why you may cancel your reservation for a full refund if you notify us 48 hours before your scheduled tour. No questions asked.
- 677 Ratings
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.
very interesting enjoyed tour
It was just a wonderful experience with education and we loved it! I just expected that we had a little more time with Reindeer.
The children in our group were given special attention. The entire experience was very informative and great fun. The enthusiasm of the hostess and her husband for the animals was uplifting. A highlight of our Alaska experience.
Wow! What an adventure!! Jane made the whole group feel like family. We enjoyed the whole tour including the cookies. I would highly recommend the tour.
I'd give this 4.5 stars. Jane and staff were excellent and provided great information about reindeer. The walking experience was pleasant and the forest beautiful. The animals were lively. The cookies at the end were delicious. There were some minor inconveniences that made my experience less than 100% great - It rained pretty hard the entire visit. I don't fault the staff for that - it would just have been a little more enjoyable if we'd had clearer weather. The other issue was that there was another family on the tour that had two small children who were very distracting and the parents didn't seem too concerned that their children were negatively impacting the experience for other guests. The tour lasted 2.5 hours, which was a little long. I think 2 hours max is the sweet spot for an experience like this one. Overall, we all enjoyed the program and learned a lot about the very unique reindeer.
Outstanding interaction with the Reindeer. Jane tells her story with emotion and is extremely informative. We highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in animals! Truly a great experience!
Jane was knowledgeable and delightful. It was awe inspiring to be amongst the reindeer and the darling calf reindeer.
Well worth it...really enjoyed it. Would've loved more time for pics with the reindeers but overall it was a great experience.
This was just amazing. Walking in among the reindeer, getting a few gentle nudges when they wanted us to move was a fabulous experience. They wanted you to touch them!!!! It was one of the very best tours I've ever been on.
Visiting the ranch was a unique and super fun experience. Jane is simply great and so are her reindeer.
I loved the experience of interacting with the reindeer. I thought we would see reindeer in fenced areas and was pleasantly surprised that you could actually be right with them and touch them. It was one of my favorite experiences in my visit to Alaska.
Actually I loved the walk, and it deserves 5 stars. I clicked on my "star choices" out of curiosuty and was surprised to see that if I clicked anything other than a 5 star rating I was not directed to Trip Advisor. So I am here to thank you for alerting me to the fact the Trip Advisor ratings are manipulated. Plus to let you know that I thought it was great. I will definitely recommend it to anyone I know who comes to Fairbanks.
Really enjoyed our time visiting with the reindeer and learning so much about them. It was great to be able to interact with them directly and observe them wandering around the property (and porch!). The cookies were delicious. Thought the overall experience was a little expensive which kept me from rating as 5 stars.
I was not on the tour because there were not enough spaces available. My rating is based on people in my group who did go and give me feedback. The only real complaint I heard was that it was too long and that information was repeated. Otherwise the group of seven seemed to fing it interesting
Very wonderful owners and very informative but a little more personal information than I needed to know. Reindeer are not as friendly as those we have subsequently visited at other farms.
I thought the Reindeer Walk was loads of fun and it had a nice pace. It was not rushed nor did the walk take a long time. The only thing I did not care for was how long the time on the deck after the tour took. There was a lot of good information but it dragged on a little bit. The family was very very sweet for welcoming everyone to their home and gave us such a great experience.
What a great experience! It was so fun to spend time with the reindeer and we learned so much. Thanks for a wonderful day! :)
The nisit was great!! I learned a lot and enjoyed it very much!!!
I didn't expect a naturalist/biologist overview and loved it. Add to the overview the wonderful history and the individual characters and names of the reindeer and it was very endearing or should I say rein dearing....? Your hospitality was great. Thanks for following your bliss!
The amazing place, nice owner and the way they treat all ReinDeers... Love your way, and keep moving better.. (from STAR/PLA and ORM, From BKK, Thailand) 09Apr2017
Very friendly atmosphere and a very educational tour!
×there were just a few too many guests 15 and the deer seemed overehelmed and most of the time held back. I think they did an excellent job trying to keep these deer with the group. I would have oreferred less in the group. I would go again and recommed it to all my friends3
It was very nice and unique. Just a bit pricey.
Walking with Reindeer is terrific. The interaction and educational experience was more than I could have asked. Jane, the owner, has an affection for the reindeer that comes through when speaking about them. This is an absolute must-do for anyone enjoying the outdoors and mingling with animals.
You and your reindeer were delightful! Thank you for the wonderful time with your babies.
My sister and I took a chance on this tour and were so happy we did. It wasn't just a walk with some reindeer. We learned about the animals and heard stories about their lives. We were able to interact with the reindeer in their natural environment, not through a fence. I would definitely recommend going to the ranch and will go again if we go back to Fairbanks. Thank you! ~ S & K