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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After pickup from your Fairbanks hotel in the early morning, settle into your seat and relax on the 200-mile (322-km) drive to the Arctic Circle. Youll be provided snacks and drinks to ensure a comfortable drive aboard a climate-controlled van.
Imagine what its like to be a real Alaskan ice road trucker as you travel along the Dalton Highway, the same highway used in the popular TV show Ice Road Trucker. Cross the Yukon River, where youll have a good chance of spotting wildlife, and discover the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), one of the worlds largest pipeline systems that transports oil hundreds of miles across Alaska.
Arrive finally at the Arctic Circle, one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth, the others being the Tropic of Cancer, the equator, the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle. Defining the southernmost part of the Arctic region, the climate here is very cold and much of the area is always covered in ice. In the winter, the sun never rises here, and in the summer, the land is graced with 24 hours of sunlight a day, melting the seas and the topsoil.
Hop out to stretch your legs, take a walk, and capture photos of this unique location. Enjoy a local lunch provided by your guide while soaking in your remote surroundings and learning about the history and geology of this area. Youll learn interesting facts about the culture of the indigenous Eskimos who have lived here for more than 9,000 years. You'll have about 1 hour at the Arctic Circle.
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
  • Homemade stew, sandwich, snacks, and
  • Official Arctic Circle certification
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole

Exclusions for Arctic Circle Day Trip From Fairbanks

  • Gratuities (optional)

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.

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

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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76 reviews by the users

  • 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!!!

  • Our guide was the best. Very knowledgeable and great with the history. Wonderful driver and stopped for break. The lunch was a really nice touch. The beef stew was wonderful when we arrived at the Arctic Circle. Would recommend to anyone.

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