Denali and Alaskan Wilderness, Alaska, United States of America
At a Glance
The adventure begins as you swoop into this remote lodge by floatplane
One of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World
Just five guest cabins ensuring a high staff to guest ratio and allowing itineraries to be completely personalised daily
Extensive activity menu which includes everything from high octane adventures to cookery classes and yoga
Each cabin was loving built by hand, giving them a unique charm and delightfully rustic feel
Experience incredible heli-adventures over this slice of Alaskan wilderness
Best time to Visit
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Winterlake Lodge operates in two seasons. The summer runs from 1st June to October 1st and the winter runs from February 1st to April 30th; it is closed for the remainder of the year. The best time to visit is the summer for warmer days and more hours of sunshine, along with an abundance of outdoor adventures to be enjoyed.
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Perched above Finger Lake in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, Winterlake Lodge is built up on a historic Alaska hunting camp-site. Wild landscapes surround the lodge and provide an idyllic playground for adventures and a fantastic escape from reality.
A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Winterlake Lodge is set amongst picturesque Alaskan countryside, with the crystal clear waters of Finger Lake to one side and the Alaska Mountain Range to the other. Accessible only by floatplane in summer or ski-plane in winter, the lodge benefits from a remote location along the Historic Iditarod Trail and occupies 15 acres, surrounded by spruce forest and glaciers.
The long summer days make explorations both easy and inviting; discover dazzling glacial pools high up in the mountains, try your hand at fly-fishing in wild rivers, hike along vertiginous ridges and through wildflower meadows and go on the hunt for bears as you immerse yourself in this beguiling area of North America's last frontier. Helicopter excursions are also included in a stay at Winterlake and provide an unforgettable way to take in the spectacular scenery and experience even more of the captivating and contrasting landscapes.
This peaceful slice of backcountry is also conducive to some serious relaxation, with fresh mountain air and the lodge's remoteness making it easy to disconnect. A hot-tub graces the deck of the lodge and boasts stunning lake views, whilst at night it is the perfect spot for stargazing with little light pollution to tarnish the experience. The ethereal green glow of the northern lights can also be seen during the winter months.
Charming, rustic and cosy, the five individual guest cabins have been crafted by hand by the lodge's owners or restored from the original hunting lodges that sat here when they acquired the property. Each is completely unique and has plenty of character, providing a comfortable retreat for either families or couples. The main lodge houses a spacious sitting area, dining area and the lodge's kitchen where the award-winning food is prepared. Tuck into wine and cheese every evening, followed by delicious regional Alaskan delicacies made with the freshest of local produce to restore your energy for the plentiful adventures ahead.
Winterlake Lodge has just five individual guest cabins dotted throughout the grounds, each lovingly crafted by hand giving them their own character.
|The Fireweed Cabin||
Sleeping up to 5, The Fireweed Cabin is ideal for families and is connected to the main lodge by a pretty, flower-lined path. There are two bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and queen-sized bed. There is enough space to add an extra bed into the bedrooms and there is also a shared living room which boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Tremble Glacier.
|The Red Lake Trail Cabin||
Sitting near to the main lodge on the western side, the Red Lake Trail Cabin enjoys some spectacular sunsets from its privileged position. There are three separate bedrooms in the cabin, each with a small sitting area and private bathroom, accommodating up to seven guests.
|The Iditarod Cabin||
Large windows and a small deck out front make the Iditarod Cabin ideal for enjoying the lodge's picture-perfect location. The cabin consists of a queen bedroom, loft room with twin beds and private bathroom.
|The Happy River Cabin||
The Happy River Cabin is a cosy retreat situated right at the start of the hiking trail to red Lake and enjoys beautiful views of the lake. There is just one bedroom, an open style living area and spacious private bathroom.
|The Mountain Pass Cabin||
The cosy Mountain Pass Cabin sits closest to the main lodge and enjoys stunning lake views form its front porch where a rocker has been perfectly placed for lazy afternoons. Inside you will find a queen-sized bed, private bathroom and open plan living room.
The main lodge at Winterlake has a cosy main living area where guests can curl up by the fire and enjoy views of the lake through the large picture windows. This is also where the dining room and kitchen can be found where the lodge's chefs prepare their award-winning cuisine. Other facilities include a bar which hosts wine tastings and appetisers in the evening, a wellness room for yoga and meditation, an Alaskan library, a hot tub on the deck with stunning mountain views and a game area with ping-pong and darts.
An array of adventure activities are included in your stay at Winterlake Lodge and every day a daily activity menu will be created which can be followed as a guideline or completely personalised. Activities include hikes along the historic Iditarod sled dog trail, kayaking or canoeing on Winterlake, fly-fishing, rafting and berry picking. Guests can also enjoy cookery classes daily from 4pm and wine & cheese tastings from 6pm.
For relaxation there is a hot tub for guests' use and the lake can be used for swimming. Yoga, meditation and stretch classes occur daily and therapeutic massage can be arranged.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
The float plane into Winterlake Lodge gives you a real sense of the isolation that makes this lodge so special. Miles and miles of Alaskan wilderness flies by, never ending spruce and birch forest intermingled with huge marshy areas loved by moose as the permafrost beneath stops water receding too far when the snow melts in June. The surrounding hills and valleys are the perfect place to see brown and black bear, we spotted a mother and two cubs. To top this off you have a glacier on your doorstep, it's true Alaska. I jumped off the plane to be greeted by the lodge team, owner Carl and the three guides along with two of the lodge dogs curious at the new arrival. The property consists of a small main lodge where you eat communally in the dining room with its huge windows and log stove burning. The accommodation is in traditional cabins set out around a large lawn. It all feels extremely homely and not far off a summer camp with the lake that gives the lodge its name sitting glass like infront backed by snowy peaks beyond.
Guests have a helicopter experience included and the local glacier tends to be the best playground. Landing on the icy toe the guides will show you the basics of ice travel putting in ice screws and micro clamp-ons to climb around on the ice and then you can enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by the huge crevasses of the glacier and the incredible views all around. Flying back we took the long route seeing black and brown bear as we travelled across nearby valleys and a moose or two trudging through swampy ground. Back at the lodge the most impressive thing about Winterlake is the quality of the food. The meals are Michelin quality and read like a top London restaurant with 3 or 4 ingredients listed combining into something modern and delicious often with ingredients foraged in the surrounding Forrest. It really is incredible what they do so far from the nearest civilisation and as the generator clicks off at night and the lights go out you realise just how far from civilisation you are, it feels great.
Hiking to Red Lake from Winterlake Lodge
The scenery surrounding Winterlake Lodge offers a number of stunning hiking trails, ranging from the mild to the challenging. Explore Red Lake on this moderate half-day adventure as you keep your eyes peeled for the resident wildlife.
Winterlake Lodge Heli-Excursions
A full day of helicopter excursions awaits at Winterlake lodge, an exhilarating and unforgettable way to experience the Alaskan wilderness, visiting glaciers, hiking along ridges which are otherwise unreachable, fly-fishing and floating along rivers.
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Location & directions
Denali and Alaskan Wilderness, Alaska, United States of America
Winterlake Lodge is located along the historic Iditarod Trail and is perched on the edge of Finger Lake on the western edge of the Alaska Mountain Range.
How to get there
Flight to Anchorage and then board a seaplane at Lake Hood seaplane base which is a short walk from either terminal. From here you will fly directly to Winterlake Lodge.