Arctic Circle And Northern Lights Tour From Fairbanks

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Travel along one of the worlds most isolated roads from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle on this memorable 14-hour tour through the Alaskan wilderness. In the company of an experienced guide with a passion for Alaska, journey up the Dalton Highway, passing by the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, crossing the Yukon River and reaching the edge of the Arctic Circle. On the drive back, watch for the Northern Lights (aurora borealis). Snacks, sandwiches, warm drinks and hotel transport are included. This tour is limited to eight people, ensuring you enjoy a small-group experience.

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Your 14-hour adventure to the Arctic Circle starts with hotel pickup in Fairbanks by your experienced guide. Head north out of town in the afternoon, traveling along the Dalton Highway.

Featured on the TV show Ice Road Truckers, the Dalton Highway (technically Alaska Route 11) runs north-south through Alaska, nearly all the way to the Arctic Ocean, and parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. It’s one of the most isolated roads in the United States and provides some beautiful Alaskan scenery for you to enjoy during the ride.

Learn from your guide about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world’s largest pipeline systems, built in the 1970s to carry crude oil from Prudhoe Bay 800 miles (1,287 km) south to Valdez. Stop for a photo op along a portion of the pipeline in the community of Fox, and get an up-close look at its construction while hearing about its controversies and environmental effects.

Continuing along the Dalton Highway, cross the Yukon River on the E. L. Patton Bridge, the only bridge in Alaska that crosses this legendary river. With a length of 2,295 feet (700 meters), the bridge carries not only vehicle traffic but the pipeline, as well. You'll have the chance to get out for a quick photo op here. Then a bit further down the road, stop for another photo op at Finger Mountain, where views of the alpine tundra await.

Finally, arrive at the edge of the Arctic Circle and pose for celebratory photos around the sign displaying your latitude of 66°33’ north, the southernmost latitude at which the sun never rises during winter solstice and never sets during summer solstice. Your guide will set out sandwiches, coffee and homemade hot punch for you to sip while you take in your surroundings. Then hop back in your tour vehicle to start the return journey to Fairbanks.

At this point, it'll be about two to three hours before midnight — start watching for the Northern Lights, which hopefully Mother Nature won’t keep to herself on the night of your tour. If they appear, your driver will pull over at a few different locations, including the Tolovana River and Wickersham Dome, so you have plenty of time to snap photos and stare up in wonder at this natural phenomenon. Your guide can explain what causes this mystifying and incredible atmospheric event.

Throughout your tour, keep your eyes open for Alaskan wildlife like foxes, moose, or possibly even bears, wolves or lynx. Beverages, cookies and other snacks are provided. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the early morning hours.

Inclusions for Arctic Circle And Northern Lights Tour From Fairbanks

  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, within city limits
  • Snacks
  • Sandwiches
  • Hot drinks

Exclusions for Arctic Circle And Northern Lights Tour From Fairbanks

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Please dress appropriately

Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural occurence and therefore cannot be guaranteed 

Exact schedule and itinerary of stops are subject to change based on daily conditions and Northern Lights activity on the day of your tour

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

There is a possibility of cancellation due to dangerous weather and/or road conditions. If this occurs, an alternative date or full refund will be offered

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
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  • Just amazing,,,,,,,,,mind blowing,,,,

  • Great driver/guide - Dave made it so interesting. The time flew by.

  • First, the van shuttle was too small and overbooked. Also, the van was unsafe as the windshield had several cracks on the passenger side and the driver side. The road is mostly unpaved, bumpy gravel with many, many huge potholes. The hot chocolate and coffee promised were lukewarm. Though we had nice bag lunches the driver insisted we stop and eat at a restaurant. This threw the trip behind and we didn't arrive at the Arctic Circle until after dark. We were to be back at 2:00 a.m. and that extra, unnecessary stop caused us not to be back until 3:30 a.m. I would NEVER recommend this to anyone and feel it is completely false advertising.

  • Wonderful tour...be prepared for a rough ride...and long night. But you can say...I've been to the Artic Circle! Didn't get to see the lights : But Mother Nature is fickle! ha!

  • This was one of THE BEST TOURS I HAVE EVER BEEN ON!!!!! Our guide Jeff was incredible and the lights were AMAZING!!! One of the best trips / nights of my life. GO! GO NOW!

  • this was a great day the round trip is 400 hundred miles amazing scenery lots of snow at the artic circle jeff the driver was great, very knoledgeable went on the dalton highway made famous by the ice road truckers program the only blemish on this trip it was to overcast at night and did not see the norther lights,

  • Our tour guide Dave was awesome!!! He took care of everybody in the group and being really responsible to make sure we had fun. He stopped a bunch times on the way back to the hotel just to make sure we could see the aurora in a good view. very very nice person.

  • This was a great tour. I thought that a 14 hour tour would be exhausting but the driver was very informative.would do it all over again. And we did see the Arouca twice that night thanks again

  • Although we didn't see the northern lights, Jeff was and awesome guide/driver. He tried from every vantage point to see the lights, but they just weren't cooperating. The only down side to the tour was the windows in the van kept icing over. There surely has to be some kind of de-icer or something to prevent this or to deal with this during the drive. Sitting in the back of a van for 12 hours and not being able to see out, is not fun.

  • Our tour guide, David, was impressively knowledgeable about the wildlife, geography, and history of the land and overall was a really nice guy. We stopped at a really cool Yukon roadside station to get food and interact with some of the locals who were interesting and gave me a ride on their snowmobile! before continuing up to the Circle. We stopped to take pictures of the sunset and got an official Arctic Circle certificate afterward, and yes, we saw the Aurora! It wasn't as bright as we were hoping because the moon was nearly full, so I highly recommend doing this trip when it's a new moon or close to it. Check before you book, and check the weather too as clouds will obstruct the view. The silver lining was that we saw not only the green lights but the rarer pink and red ones too. So maybe it was a red lining? Also! Keep in mind, humans can only detect so much with the naked eye and the Aurora will look similar to how we see the Milky Way: Yellow-gray, somewhat pale. The photographs of bursting skies are only visible with long camera exposures the same way all those extra stars in astrophotography are only visible with cameras. This doesn't dampen the experience at all especially because you CAN see colors with the eye alone, but it's a good heads up for those expecting a saturated tie-dye sky.

    I'd totally do this again. There's no such thing as seeing the Northern Lights too many times, especially over such a breathtaking landscape.

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