ALASKA! exchange for LONDON or UK? 2020 +

ALASKA! exchange for LONDON or UK? 2020 +


Nov 2009

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Our home is set in 1.6 acres of birch forest, three miles from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It's peaceful and quiet, yet not far from the town and its activities. We have wonderful walking/crosscountry skiing trails all through the woods around our neighborhood, connecting with the extensive network of trails on the university campus. In June wild roses line our driveway, and mother moose sometimes bed down in our yard for an hour or two with their calves. August and September are berry picking times, and any month is good for a scenic walk. Autumn brings a halo of gold around our home as the hundreds of birch trees turn golden, and a drive in any direction reveals deep red colors in the low vegetation. Chena Hot Springs resort at the end of one road offers a splendid way to relax after a hike, plus tours of some very innovative geothermal energy technology which has kept a hotel made of ice and snow standing for many years, including all through summers with some 90-degree days. Across town is a ski area where National Championships have been held (because we have great snow through March, unlike much of the rest of the USA). Outside town are several downhill ski areas. March is an especially wonderful month in Fairbanks, with the world championship ice sculpture competition and our winter carnival with dog mushing races, a fur auction, dog weightpulling contest, and fireworks (there is too much light for us to have fireworks for the Fourth of July!). The aurora borealis is visible from late August to mid-April, weather permitting (there is an aurora forecast in the daily newspaper), and our deck is a great viewing spot.

Our house has three bedrooms; one is set up as a sewing room but could be used as a bedroom if needed, with an inflatable queen mattress and/or comfy pads. There is also a large (15' by 25') study in addition to the living room and kitchen/dining area.


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More about us

  1. We're a married couple in our late 60s and both retired. Over the last 20 years we have spent over 2 years total at homeswaps and love this way of travelling.

  2. We are eager to get back to visit friends in England (London, Oxford area, Norfolk) and hope to be there in September or October 2021 in exchange for time at our house either during late March 2022 (perfect time for Aurora watching) or during the summer of 2022.

  3. But we look forward to travel to other parts of Europe and North America also.

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Where is it?


Fairbanks is a relatively small community (90,000 in surrounding area) but with more amenities than many places its size because of the tourists who come in the summer and the fact that the next large town is 360 miles away! The university provides many educational and cultural opportunities, and this is truly an artists' community, with many wonderful art activities. Denali National Park is 110 miles south--a not-to-be-missed star of our national park system. Chena Hot Springs Resort, 50 miles east, is an innovative facility using geothermal energy for more than its fantastic natural rockpool--it's also used to heat greenhouses in the winter and in the summers keep cooled a museum/hotel built of ice and snow. We will consider allowing you use of one of our Subarus for exploring around Alaska.

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