5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

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

Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

Bundle up and embark on this small-group tour from Fairbanks — limited to just eight people — that takes you to the Arctic Circle, Earth’s northernmost circle of latitude, where the sky is completely dark or light all day. Aboard a climate-controlled van, cruise along the Dalton Highway, cross the Yukon River and then enjoy lunch in the arctic landscape. Learn about the indigenous Eskimo culture in the region, and take home incredible pictures, as well an official Arctic Circle certificate. Hotel transport is included.


  • Day trip from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle, 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

Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

Dalton Highway on Route to Arctic Circle

Rise early for your hotel pickup in Fairbanks, and then relax aboard a climate-controlled van that travels for 200 miles (322 km) to the Arctic Circle. Listen to informative commentary from your guide, and enjoy beverages and snacks during the drive.

Speed along Dalton Highway, the same highway that appears in the TV show Ice Road Trucker, and when you traverse the Yukon River, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. You’ll also set eyes on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), one of the world’s largest pipeline systems that carries oil hundreds of miles across Alaska.

Arrive at the Arctic Circle, where most of the region is always blanketed with ice. Hear more about this major circle of latitude that is one of five making up the map of Earth. The sun never rises here in the winter, and in the summer, sunlight around the clock melts the icy waters.

Spend about an hour at the Arctic Circle. Take memorable shots of this special place and settle in for lunch in this remote landscape. Your guide provides facts about the local geology, as well as the indigenous Eskimo culture with roots in the region for thousands of years.

With an official Arctic Circle certificate and plenty of photos as souvenirs of this unique day, board your van for transport 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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