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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We begin our 14-hourlong journey to the Arctic Circlewith a convenient pick up at any hotel or address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole.Settle into your seat and relax on the 200 mile (322 km) journey down the back roads of Interior Alaska. We provide free snacks and drinks to ensure your utmost comfort in our climate-controlled vans.

Take a trip back in time as you travel down 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. Its one of the most isolated roads in the United States and provides some beautiful Alaskan scenery for you to enjoy during the ride.

Enjoy the journey across the Yukon River, as you catch a glimpse of the wildlife that inhabits Sub-Arctic Alaska. With sweeping views of mountains and valleys, you will also see the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System (TAPS), one of the largest pipeline systems, transporting thousands of gallons of oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.You'll have the chance to get out for quick photos. Then a bit further down the road, stop for another photo op at Finger Mountain, where views of the alpine tundra await.

Upon reaching the Arctic Circle, one of the five markers of latitude, (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Equator and Antarctic Circle), at which the sun never rises during winter solstice and never sets during summer solstice, you will be met with a glorious site.
Hop out and stretch your legs, take a short walk and and learn some interesting facts about the cultures of the Indigenous people whom have inhabited this remote area for more than 9.000 years.

Your guide will set out free sandwiches, coffee, hot chocolate and tea for you to sip while you take in your surroundings. At this point, it'll be about two to three hours before midnight start watching for the Northern Lights, which hopefully Mother Nature wont keep to herself on the night of your tour. If they appear, your driver will pull over at a few different locations, so you have plenty of time to snap photos and stare up in wonder at this natural phenomenon. (No guarantee) Your guide can explain what causes this mystifying and incredible atmospheric event.
  • We hope you understand that we cannot guarantee a natural phenomena like the Northern Lights or a clear sky. Therefore we are not able to give out refunds in case of the non occurrence of the Aurora or a cloud covered sky
Then hop back in your tour vehicle to start the return journey to Fairbanks. Free unlimited beveragesand other snacks are provided. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the early morning hours of the next day.

Inclusions for Arctic Circle And Northern Lights Tour From Fairbanks

  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, within city limits of Fairbanks and North Pole
  • free Snacks and water
  • free Sandwiches (vegetarian option available, please advise at time of booking)
  • free unlimited Hot drinks, like coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • personalized Arctic Circle Certificate

Exclusions for Arctic Circle And Northern Lights Tour From Fairbanks

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • pick up outside the city limits
  • no gluten free or vegan meal option available. You are welcome to bring or buy your own lunch and snacks.
  • cold weather gear
  • camera

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Adult pricing applies to all travelers. Please no small children! 

Please dress appropriately. The temperatures can reach extreme conditions during the winter month and we recommend to dress in layers. 

Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural occurrence and therefore cannot be guaranteed! (no refund possible)

The weather conditions are in no way predictable in our area and we will not offer a refund in case of too many clouds

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

Not wheelchair accessible

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required. We are not able to provide gluten free or vegan options. 

Type of transportation: climate controlled Van

The group size is limited to 8 people for each Van. Bigger group bookings are possible and multiple Van's will be used in this case. 

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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  • How can you go to Fairbanks and not take a drive up to the Arctic Circle? You can't! Or at least, you shouldn't. The northern lights don't always cooperate but the particular winter beauty and desolation of the road out of Fairbanks and the Dalton Highway along the pipeline, along with artisan Dorothy and her cabin on the Yukon River shore yes!, and the photo ops duh make this tour a must. Our guide's name escapes me, but he was a refugee from New Jersey, Michigan, and Los Angeles who lives for fishing, quotes Robert Service, and makes extra money driving first-time, only-time visitors up to the Arctic Circle and back - quintessential Alaska.

  • The tour was long, but thanks to Ricky’s (the guide) humor and talkativeness, I didn’t feel bored and tired at all. Ricky had so many secret and beautiful places for us to enjoy the auroras, and I had a great time to travel with him.

  • This is a very interesting tour. Ricky, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the route and he explained a lot of things while on the road. However, his microphone broke down midway so since we were sitting at the back of the van, we could barely hear him. We felt safe and secure driving on the deserted road. We saw some light aurora activity on our way back to Fairbanks so that was also good. On the way back we took in a couple who was saved by a truck as their rental car was stranded in the snow. We had enough stops for food/coffee/toilet which made the trip feel less long. It would be better if we were able to hear Rickly the entire time.

  • Awesome trip and great guide with interesting stories- even saw the lights!

  • 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 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,

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