In the tiny town of Bettles, Alaska, which lies 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle, people from around the world visit the Bettles Lodge to view the Northern Lights during the winter.

The aurora activity takes place at night but other events keep guests busy during the day, even when the temperatures drop well below zero.

Severin Cathri, a native of Switzerland, works for Arctic Winter Adventures as a dog handler. He takes visitors on a two-hour ride through what he calls “the real Alaska.”

Cathri said he came to Alaska four years ago after answering an ad in a Swiss newspaper to work as a handler for Iditarod musher Sven Haltmann. He said he fell in love with the state shortly after arriving.

He hopes one day to run dogs himself in one of Alaska’s premier races.

Watch his story in the video above.

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