Why we can't wait to visit again: Well, we're not visiting Fairbanks itself. We'll touch down at the local airport and then bundle into a taxi headed for Borealis Basecamp, a cluster of glass-ceilinged domes shrouded in a maribou boa of feathery mountain pines. After days spent kicking up powder on snowmobiles, put a couple of bottles on ice and settle in for cosy nights under the stars. Last time we were here, the Northern Lights made an appearance.
Where we're staying: Borealis Basecamp
Before you go: Read True North: Contemporary Art of the Circumpolar North by Julie Decker. It paints a picture of northern identity by considering the works of artists from Alaska, Russia, Canada and Scandinavia.