5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

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  • Location:Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Duration:12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Best Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

Journey to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks for a first-hand experience of the Earth’s 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 area’s indigenous Eskimo culture, take a walk with your guide, snap photos of the arctic landscape, and enjoy lunch amidst the incredible surroundings. You’ll 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 you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.


  • Day trip from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle, the Earth’s northernmost circle of latitude
  • Travel on the famous Dalton Highway and spot wildlife along the Yukon River
  • Learn about the region’s geology and indigenous Eskimo culture from your guide
  • Enjoy free time to walk around, take photos and have lunch
  • Take home an official Arctic Circle certificate
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a rare opportunity get a glance at real Eskimo life and experience the Arctic. You'll even receive your own Arctic Circle certification!

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What You Can Expect

Best Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

Dalton Highway on Route to Arctic Circle

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. You’ll be provided snacks and drinks to ensure a comfortable drive aboard a climate-controlled van.

Imagine what it’s 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 you’ll have a good chance of spotting wildlife, and discover the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), one of the world’s 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. You’ll 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour. It was a more intimate tour in that we were in a van with only 6 passengers. Patricia was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour. Our guide was Ranier. Wonderful from the moment we were picked up to when we were dropped off. Upon arrival at our cabin, Ranier had a bag with a ham/cheese sandwich, water, chips and a cookie. Excellent narrative all along the drive to the Artic Circle. After we received our certificate that we crossed the Circle, a wonderful lunch was provided by him there. Delicious stew made by his wife. The drive back had many interesting stops. We were a party of five - 2 seniors, our daughter and an 11 and 14 year old. Ranier had all of our attention the whole time. All we can say is take this tour. Well worth it. Wonderful - request Ranier if you can.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

So glad we chose this tour. Patricia was great and we loved her bear story. So much better than being on a big bus tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The guide was excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The trip is fantastic and Highly Recommended. We had been looking forward to this tour and were not disappointed. Our tour guide, Daniel, was phenomenal. He is originally from Barrow, AK and is an Inuit Eskimo. He was polite, courteous, engaging and super knowledgeable about anything 'Alaska'. Daniel loves his job and he's suited perfectly for it. He stopped anywhere we wanted along the way for photos and provided us with non-stop information about anything we asked about. We also had a wonderful beef stew at the Arctic Circle cooked by the tour company owner's wife. The van was not crowded, either 6 total tourists, so the ride was comfortable. This was one of the major highlights of our entire trip. Thanks to Daniel for making the tour so much fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

What an excellent day! Rainer was our guide to the Arctic Circle. He was willing to make frequent stops for photo opportunities, relayed information about the area and ensured our safety on one of Alaska's most dangerous highways. There were only 4 of us on the tour and so it felt very personal. Rainer and his wife made an outstanding pot of stew and served us at the Arctic Circle. When booking the trip I mentioned it was my partner's birthday. Although I did not request anything special, he added his own special touch with a bottle of cider and a birthday card. He not only provided us with a nice certificate to commemorate the occasion but provided a nice sack of snacks for the journey and toilet paper when needed! :- His sense of humor, respect of nature and love of Alaska was greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend this tour company to anyone wanting a small personalized experience. We plan to book with Rainer again the next time we are in Fairbanks. The only recommendation I could make to improve the experience would be for the driver to have a small microphone to make it easier to hear in the back of the van.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

It is a long trip. But Mike, our tour guide made the trip interesting. We now know a lot more about the city, the pipeline, the Yukon river, eco system in Alaska. His driving skill make all of us feel comfortable on the famous Dalton high way. The small picnic at arctic circle add something special to the tour, the hot stew tasted really good.

It is truly a pleasant trip from pick up, till drop off at the hotel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Yes, it was a long trip, but you know that going in. Nicholi, our guide, was very knowledgeable and very interesting. We made a few stops along the way. One was to walk on the frozen Yukon River! The road is rough, but Nicholi was a good driver. When we got to the Arctic Circle, Nicholi heated up a wonderful stew and everyone had plenty to eat. We all also had a bag with a sandwich and snacks along the way. There is nothing at the Arctic Circle except a beautiful view, a very friendly bird and squirrel, and peace and quiet. Best birthday ever! Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was a great experience, the tour guide was very thoughtful and sweet, I would definitely recommend!

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