Arctic Circle Day Trip From Fairbanks

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Journey to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks for a first-hand experience of the Earths northernmost circle of latitude. Here, in the summer and winter, the sky is completely dark or light for 24 hours a day! Travel along the famous Dalton Highway and spot wildlife as you cross the Yukon River. When you arrive, learn about the areas indigenous Eskimo culture, take a walk with your guide, snap photos of the arctic landscape, and enjoy lunch amidst the incredible surroundings. Youll take home an official Arctic Circle certificate to commemorate this amazing Alaska experience. Be sure to bundle up! This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring youll receive personalized attention from your guide.

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We begin our journey with a convenient pickup between 7 am and 8 am at your hotel/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 on the road to ensure your utmost comfort in our climate-controlled vans.
Take a trip back in time as you travel down the Dalton Highway. 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.

Upon reaching the Arctic Circle, one of the five markers of latitude (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Equator & Antarctic Circle) you will be met with a glorious site.The weather in this region can range from extreme cold in the winter months (September to May) to temperate heat, as high as 90 * Fahrenheit (32 * Celsius) in the summer months. (May to end of August).

Hop out and stretch your legs, take a walk and capture photos of this unique location. Enjoy a deliciousfree hot lunch(Beef Stew and a Sandwich. Vegetarian option is available upon request) provided by our guides while soaking up the remote surroundings and learning about the history and geology of this very special area. You'll learn interesting facts about the cultures of the Indigenous people, whom have inhabited this remote area for more than 9.000 years.

After around 1 hour of sightseeing, enjoy flipping through your photos with your official Arctic Circle Certificate in hand. Sit back and enjoy the journey back to Fairbanks on this one of a kind trip.

With your camera filled with photos and an official Arctic Circle certificate in hand to show off to your friends and family back home, relax on the drive back to Fairbanks.

Inclusions for Arctic Circle Day Trip From Fairbanks

  • Local guide
  • Transport by van
  • Free homemade stew, sandwich, snacks, and
    beverages. (vegetarian option available upon request)
  • Official personalizedArctic CircleCertificate
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole(Any address is possible, as long as it is in the city limits)

Exclusions for Arctic Circle Day Trip 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.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

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.

Please dress appropriately. During the winter months, temperatures are usually very low, so please dress in layers and wear warm winter clothing. During the summer month it could get very warm and rain might be always possible. We recommend to bring sturdy shoes and a rain/weather jacket.

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

Adult pricing applies to all travelers. 

Please no small children under 5. 

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: 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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  • Great trip and great guide

  • We thoroughly enjoyed this side trip on our motorcycle ride to Alaska. We weren't sure about riding the nearly 100 miles of gravel, but wanted to see and take pictures with the arctic circle sign. Robert was our tour guide, very knowledgeable about the history and uniqueness of the road and surrounding area. Several rest stops, sandwiches and snacks and a tasty stew at the circle picnic area. We stopped at the Yukon river for a few minutes, the local supply depot and enjoyed everything about this tour until we were delivered back to our hotel. Highly recommended, thanks Robert!

  • A must do. The tour director was a wreath of information. I would recommend this to any traveler. Looking to visit Fairbanks and go on some of the other available tours.

  • Awesome to see Alaska in all it's pristine beauty! Robert, our guide, was very informative and had a lot of information about the area.

  • Our guide was very knowledgeable about the areas we traveled through. He was friendly, had a good sense of humor and took care of our needs. Too bad the weather didn't cooperate!

  • This was an excellent tour. Despite less than ideal weather, the drive went by quickly with regular stops at interesting photo ops. Our Driver/Guide Tyler first took us to a point along the Pipeline and we begin our day long journey of driving alongside and seeing beautiful views of it zig-zagging up ahead. One last stop at a gas station and we were off towards the Dalton Highway! Along the way, we were provided with a nice snack. We got to stop several times visiting beautiful vistas, the Yukon Bridge and eventually making it to the Arctic Circle. We enjoyed a lovely lunch of stew, coffee and hot chocolate prepared by Tyler at a camping spot right at the sight of the Arctic Circle sign. Then, the trip home with a few more stops and more scenery. Tyler was knowledgeable, didn't make us feel rushed at stops but kept us on schedule. This day was a highlight in my trip to Alaska.

  • We booked this tour based on the on-line reviews. Unfortunately, we DID NOT get one of the drivers/guides that other reviewers had. Our driver/guide had trouble with the headset. At the first stop I told him that we couldn't hear him, sitting in the last seat of the 10-passenger van. He fiddled with it some, and then took it off all together. Perhaps the people in the first seat got a nice tour, but the rest of us did not.

    We also had a trainee along, a native Alaskan. But she didn't have a headset at all, I couldn't hear the comments she was making. Again, the people in the first seat had a nice tour, chatting with her and hearing her stories. Not so much for the rest of us...

  • 3 stars for trip, 4 stars for our guide. We booked thru viator. This 12 hr day trip going to arctic circle sounded interesting and was a way i hoped to see up close a glimpse of the alaska wilderness. We got it alright, but with at least 7 of the 10.5 hrs van travel on bumpy gravel roads, it was just too much, and thus my 3 star rating. (Perhaps i should also mention that i had taken a 3 day backpack trip in Yosemite and when comparing the two, i would choose yosemite again hands down.)
    Our guide was a native from Alaska and throughout the trip, she talked about and answered our questions about growing up in the wilds of Alaska. At our stops she pointed out plants and offered us tastes of berries and local spices. While she was not a comedian, i would rather hear stories of what it was like to grow up and live in a place where you had to be self sufficient. Hearing her sharing her stories while driving thru the country gave me greater appreciation of what i was seeing. This was her first time out and given some experience she will eventually become a 5 star, but not there yet.

    We got lucky and saw a black bear briefly, but that was all the big wildlife we saw. Guide said bears not usually seen and one of the state volunteers at the arctic circle said that you normally have to go farther north to see the big game, though she did say that a bear was in the parking area last week.

    As to sightseeing, there were some nice vista views from the van, but the only place we stopped with a beautiful view was Yukon River. We had a couple of other stops, which were more for bathroom breaks than scenic stops. View at Arctic Circle was underwhelming, but at least we can say we were one of the few to make it that far north. Also met a couple if cyclists, one headed north and one headed south, that were interesting to talk to.

    So if we could have seen what we did in a 5-6 hour trip, i would given it a higher rating. But given the rough ride, i just could not give it higher than a 3.

  • It rained all day. We saw no landmarks or wild life. The rest room stops were frequent enough but the facilities were crude and odoriferous. Probably beautiful on a clear day but a waste of money on a bad weather day.

  • Long, bumpy, boring ride. The guide was great, but the van was second class compared to the other company's van travelleing the same route. Do NOT take this trip!!!

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